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MILESTONES of a Growing Organization
. . . Eleven years (so far) and more to come . . .
Accomplishments & Achievements
as FAAGC Makes an Impact in the Community



June 9, 1991 Formal organization of the Association when its By-laws are approved and adopted.
June 15, 1991 First election of officers, with Eva Rigney as first president.
July 11, 1991 FAAGC becomes officially incorporated in South Carolina.
Sept. 7, 1991 First inaugural gala.
March 1992 FAAGC sends funds from various fund-raisers to Mt. Pinatubo victims in an Angeles City orphanage.
Dec. 5, 1992 FAAGC participates in Carolina Carillon, the first time the Filipino-American community in South Carolina is represented in the state's premier parade.
June 19, 1993 FAAGC and the Philippine Cultural Society of Charleston (Hiyas-Min) present " Karilagan (beauty) -- The Philippine Cultural Show " at the Koger Center for the Arts --- a first-of-its-kind-show in Columbia.
Oct. 9, 1993 FAAGC participates in Florence First International Festival.
Nov. 6, 1993 Columbia Fil-Am Cultural Dance Troupe makes first public appearance (outside of FAAGC's own affairs) at an international festival in Columbia.
Dec. 4, 1993 FAAGC's " Christmas in the Philippines " float wins the Grand Marshal's Award as best over-all entry in the Carolina Carillon parade.
April 30 -
May 1, 1994
FAAGC presents cultural show and educational exhibits at Mayfest, Columbia's premier spring festival, a first-time participation for the area Fil-Am community.
Sept. 24, 1994 FAAGC presents cultural show at Autumnfest, Columbia's main fall festival of arts and heritage, another first-ever Fil-Am participation.
October 1994

FAAGC donates Philippine reference books to public schools and libraries;
Start of continuing cultural mini-shows and educational exhibits at various area schools and community events.
Dec. 31, 1995 FAAGC presents two cultural shows at FirstNight Columbia, a first-ever Fil-Am involvement in the city's New Year's Eve festival.
June 16, 1996 FAAGC's Philippine display wins " best country exhibit " at the First Columbia International Festival
June 12, 1999
August 21, 1999
FAAGC and the Philippine Cultural Society of Charleston (Hiyas-Min) present " Kalayaan (A Cry for Freedom) --- a cultural showcase in celebration of the "Centennial plus One" anniversary of Philippine Independence --- at the Richland Two District Auditorium (Columbia) on June 12 and at the Lightsey Chapel Auditorium, Charleston Southern University (North Charleston) on August 21.
October 11, 1999 At the invitation of fair organizers, FAAGC presents two cultural shows at the 130th South Carolina Annual State Fair, a first-ever Fil-Am participation.


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