View Columbia Fil-Am milestones.

Download a Columbia Fil-Am membership application form.

Download a Columbia Fil-Am Scholarship application form.

View the Columbia Fil-Am Association By-Laws.

Check out the latest issue of the Fil-Am Bulletin, FAAGC's official newsletter.


to the virtual headquarters of the Filipino-American Association of Greater Columbia, SC (FAAGC), a voluntary organization to promote inter-cultural education and understanding.
     Duly registered and incorporated in the state of South Carolina in 1991, FAAGC is an all-volunteer, IRS-approved 501(c)(4) tax-exempt, non-profit organization.

As specified in its By-laws, the objectives of FAAGC are:
  • to promote better relations between Filipinos in the U.S. and their communities of residence;
  • to preserve and promote the rich cultural heritage of Filipinos and provide mechanisms for its introduction to the American culture;
  • to provide charitable assistance when and where needed; and
  • to provide opportunities for Filipinos and other interested parties to meet and promote friendship and good fellowship.

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  • Calendar of Events

    * Columbia Fil-Am Annual Summer Picnic & Membership Appreciation Day
          • June 13, 2015, Saturday, 1:00 p.m.
          • Weston Lake Recreation Area
    at Ft. Jackson [4420 block of Leesburg Road (SC-262), Hopkins, SC 29061] (about 9 miles from the intersection of Leesburg Road and Garners Ferry Road)

    Time to cool off during the annual summertime Fil-Am get-together. We will also have a brief program to acknowledge and appreciate the FAAGC volunteers.

    This is a POTLUCK event so please bring a 2-liter bottle of soda or water and a covered dish to share.

    For more details and directions to the venue, e-mail us or contact FAAGC President Cecilia Jacobsen (803-565-0272) or the other FAAGC officers. Check also the FAAGC Facebook page.

    Click here or here for a map and specific directions from your address to the entrance of the Weston Lake Recreation Area.

    * Columbia Fil-Am 25th Annual Gala
          • September 19, 2015, Saturday, 6:00 p.m.
          • Columbia Marriott Hotel
    (1200 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC 29201)
    *       The Filipino-American Association of Greater Columbia, South Carolina (FAAGC) will celebrate its 25th Annual Gala on Saturday, September 19, 2015.

          The gala, which is the organization’s annual fund-raising activity to benefit its scholarship fund, charitable endeavors, and other educational and multi-cultural activities in the Midlands of South Carolina, will be held from 6 P.M. to midnight at the downtown Columbia Marriott Hotel.

    More details will be coming soon!

    • Achievements Galore •

    *All Columbia-area Fil-Ams are reminded to send in the details of recent (School Year 2014-2015) graduation, awards, honors, other achievements, etc. of members of their family for the upcoming annual "Achievements Galore" issue of the Fil-Am Bulletin (Summer 2015).

    View or download the "Achievements Galore" info form. Send info and photos by July 15 to FAAGC @ or mail to: FAAGC, Attn: FAB Editor, P.O. Box 24112, Columbia, SC 29224.

    View the 2014 Achievements Galore issue


    Graduating Fil-Am high school students are reminded to apply now for the Columbia Fil-Am Scholarship.
    Started in 2002, the Fil-Am scholarship awards are given to college-bound students who have participated actively in FAAGC activities and whose families are paid FAAGC members for at least one year. As specified by the Executive Board recently, criteria are involvement in FAAGC (50%), academics (30%), and interview/essay (20%).
    Download a Columbia Fil-Am Scholarship application form.   Send completed form by June 30 to FAAGC @ or mail to: FAAGC, Attn: Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 24112, Columbia, SC 29224.

    Updates & Notices

    * Photo galleries of recent FAAGC activities (Gala, Christmas Party, International Festival, other get-togethers) can be viewed at the Columbia Fil-Am Facebook site.

    FAAGC Executive Board for 2014-2015
    (l-r): Cecille Jacobsen (President), Jocelyn Locke (Secretary), Tess Hill (Board Member), Prescy Ramirez (Treasurer), Sheena Shearer (Asst. Secretary), Carlos Arevalo (Board Member), Miriam Eschenfelder (Asst. Treasurer), Edith Alston (Board Member), Alma Robichaud (Board Member), Faye Colley (1st VP). Not In Photo: Eric Sosa (2nd VP), Peter Liunoras (Board Member).

    Congratulations to the newly elected
    FAAGC Executive Board for 2015-2017

    (l-r): Glenn De Guzman (Board Member), Peter Liunoras (Board Member), Cecille Jacobsen (President), James Orlick (Board Member), Miriam Eschenfelder (Treasurer), Anna Temples (Asst. Treasurer), Tess Hill (1st VP). Doris Matos (Asst. Secretary), Reyna Funderburk (Secretary), Al Cockerel (Board Member), Odess Brinkman (2nd VP), Carlos Arevalo (Board Member).

    * Columbia Fil-Am Cultural Dance Troupe

    If you and/or your child or children like to dance or learn to dance, Columbia FilAm Dance Troupe may be your ticket! The volunteer dancers perform during the Annual Gala, Christmas Party, Columbia International Festival, and other socio-educational-cultural events in the area.
    To join the troupe, contact the dance coordinators: Faye Colley (children); Helen Alon (teens), or Yani Irag-Gould (adults).

    To avail of the services of the troupe for your event, contact FAAGC President Cecilia Jacobsen at (803) 565-0272.

    Some Columbia Fil-Am Dance Troupe video clips:
    Subli . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pandango Rinconada 1
    Bulaklakan . . . . . . . . Pandango Rinconada 2
    Tiklos. . . . . . . . . . . . Sayaw sa Bakya

    • FAAGC's Charitable Endeavors •

    Since its formation, FAAGC has been involved in charitable activities -- from providing funds and goods to calamity victims in the U.S. and the Philippines to donations to Philippines orphanages to participation in other organizations' charity events.

    It has donated to, among others:
    The Hospicio de San Jose Orphanage in Metro Manila.
    The Catholic Relief Services for the relief of the victims of Typhoon Ondoy and Typhoon Yolanda (Hainan)
    San Vicente de Paul Orphanage in Manila
    SOS Village in Tacloban, Leyte
    The ERDA Foundation helping children in Metro Manila
    The Philippine National Red Cross for relief of Philippine calamity victims and for its special educational projects
    ABS-CBN Foundation's Sagip Kapamilya project addressing relief needs of victims of natural calamities such as Typhoon Yolanda.

    • WOW Pilipinas •

    A recurrent series of articles about the Philippines and its people, places, events and heritage. Article contributions especially from those who have recently visited the Philippines are welcome. Anybody interested in writing for this series should contact the Columbia Fil-Am Bulletin editor.

    * Philippine Fashion Tourism? Young Filipino Creative Talents Can Make Your Fashion Fantasy Come True by Faye Colley
    * Cebu Diving: In Love with Moalboal and Oslob by I.C. Go
    * Tubbataha Reef Marine Park - A World-Class Dive Site by I.C. Go
    Palawan - The Last Frontier by I.C. Go
    Anilao in Batangas ~ A Prime Showcase of Philippine Marine Biodiversity by I.C. Go

    • Columbia Fil-Am Pioneers •

    COMING SOON! A recurrent series of articles about the Filipinos and Filipino-Americans in the Greater Columbia area, especially those who arrived in the 1960s and 1970s (and earlier) and have lived in the area since then. The experiences of the old-timers provide vignettes on the prevailing social, economic, and political conditions they faced as they strived to adapt and live in a new environment. Anybody interested in writing for this series should contact the Columbia Fil-Am Bulletin editor.

    * Filipinas Magazine featured FAAGC in its February 2005 issue. Click on the image above to view the Filipinas article about FAAGC written by Alan Geoghegan in .PDF format.

    * The City of Columbia proclaimed August 29, 2009 as Filipino-American Day. * View the proclamation plaque and key to the city presented to FAAGC by Mayor Robert Coble and Councilman Kirkman Finlay III.

    Click here to view/download photos taken by Ronnie Corn during the Columbia Fil-Am 20th Anniversary Gala held at the Columbia Marriott Hotel on September 10, 2011.

    Photos taken during the Columbia Fil-Am 20th Annual Gala held at the Columbia Marriott Hotel on August 29, 2009 and the reception next day for then Philippine Ambassador to the U.S. Willy C. Gaa can be viewed at:
          FAAGC's Facebook site
          Alan G's site

    Click here to view photos taken during the Columbia Fil-Am 14th Annual Gala held at the Columbiana Hotel & Conference Center on October 16, 2004.

    Click here to view photos taken during the Columbia Fil-Am 14th Annual Christmas Party held at the St. John Neumann School gymnasium on December 11, 2004.

    Click here to read what The State newspaper had to say about the Fil-Am Christmas "cultural feast, starring a 125-pound roasted pig."

    Download a Columbia Fil-Am membership application form.

    Download the Columbia Fil-Am Association By-Laws.

    Download a Columbia Fil-Am Scholarship application form.

    View Columbia Fil-Am milestones.

    E-mail us.

    * FAAGC newsletters, souvenir programs, and other documents from 1991 to 2012 are now part of the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Collection of the Library of Congress.
    The Library of Congress
    Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ 150
    101 Independence Ave. SE
    Washington, DC 20540-4810
    Copies of the Fil-Am Bulletin are also being archived at the South Caroliniana Library of the University of South Carolina (Library Call Number: 301.451 F47).

    Check out the latest issue of the Fil-Am Bulletin, FAAGC's official newsletter.
    * Spring 2015 - Volume 24, No. 2, issued Mach 2015 - (2.6 MB)

    Past issues of Fil-Am Bulletin:
    * Summer 2014 - Volume 24, No. 1, issued September 2014 - (2.8 MB)
    * Spring 2014 - Volume 23, No. 2, issued April 2014 - (3.0 MB)
    * Summer 2013 - Volume 23, No. 1, issued August 2013 - (2.3 MB)
    * Spring 2013 - Volume 22, No. 2, issued March 2013 - (3.4 MB)
    * Summer 2012 - Volume 22, No. 1, issued August 2012 - (3.6 MB)
    * Spring 2012 - Volume 21, No. 3, issued May 2012 - (4.8 MB)
    * Fall 2011 - Volume 21, No. 2, issued December 2011 - (7.1 MB)
    * Summer 2011 - Volume 21, No. 1, issued August 2011 - (6.5 MB)
    * Spring 2011 - Volume 20, No. 2, issued April 2011 - (5.3 MB)
    * Summer 2010 - Volume 20, No. 1, issued August 2010 - (6.1 MB)
    * Winter 2010 - Volume 19, No. 2, issued December 2009 - (5.7 MB)
    * Summer 2009 - Volume 19, No. 1, issued August 2009 - (2.4 MB)
    * Spring 2009 - Volume 18, No. 2, issued March 2008 - (1.9 MB)
    * Summer 2008 - Volume 18, No. 1, issued August 2008 - (745 KB)
    * Spring 2008 - Volume 17, No. 2, issued March 2008 - (1.5 MB)
    * Summer 2007 - Volume 17, No. 1, issued August 2007 - (773 KB)
    * Spring 2007 - Volume 16, No. 3, issued March 2007 - (1.8 MB)
    * Fall 2006 - Volume 16, No. 2, issued November 2006 - (1.4 MB)
    * Summer 2006 - Volume 16, No. 1, issued August 2006 - (2.0 MB)
    * Spring 2006 - Volume 15, No. 3, issued March 2006 - (1.0 MB)
    * Fall 2005 - Volume 15, No. 2, issued November 2005 - (2.0 MB)
    * Summer 2005 - Volume 15, No. 1, issued August 2005 - (1.3 MB)
    * Spring 2005 - Volume 14, No. 3, issued March 2005 - (1.5 MB)
    * Earlier issues (2001 - 2004) can be found here.

    Other Fil-Am websites in South Carolina:


    Filipino Community Center of Charleston

    Hiyas-Min, the Philippine Cultural Society of Charleston

    Philippine-American Association of the Carolinas - Greenville/Spartanburg/Upstate SC

    Filipino-American Association of Orangeburg, ATBP

    Bicol Association of Charleston

    Other Relevant Fil-Am Links

    Taravision site about Filipinos and the Philippines