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Updated 2011 Apr 01
PHILFIESTA Okeechobee Florida
Sylvia dela Cruz and John Collins showcased the recently completed Bahay Kubo, a project of the PCFI,

Outdoor Events


PCFI: Beacon for Philippine Culture and Heritage

TAMPA -- It wasn't too long ago when then Florida Governor Jeb Bush congratulated Filipinos in Tampa for its Bayanihan Arts and Events Center as a "new US landmark". The cultural icon is the hub of a Philippine cultural complex set on a 10-acre land.

Today, the Philippine Cultural Enrichment Complex has grown with the construction community pavilions, open air performance stage, murals, Philippine hut, information center, paved pathways, parking and basketball court. All of these were the fruits of hard work, dedication, and leadership of the Philippine Cultural Foundation, Inc. known by everyone as the PCFI.

The PCFI was founded in 1995 by a group of Filipinos with a passion and vision to promote Philippine culture and heritage in their community. They involved Filipino associations and the business communty to set in motion a plan to build a cultural complex on land donated by a generous supporter.

As its project evolved through the "bayanihan" spirit ('neighbors working together') the PCFI created fundraising events that appealed to a wide sector of benefactors and volunteers.

The Annual Sampaguita Ball, held about every September of the year at its magnificent Bayanihan Arts Center, it attracts attendance to its signature event with Philippine cultural dance and choir performances by its artistic directors and members.

The PCFI's premiere fundraiser is the PHILFEST, a three-day outdoor cultural festival held at its 10-acre grounds. Cultural performances, entertainment, youth participated programs are presented, spiced up by Philippine food and delicacies. Philippine product and services vendors provide a one-stop-shopping trip for Filipnos. US-born Filipinos have found the Bayanihan Arts Center to be a valuable resource to trace back to their heritage with its Philippine library, exhibits and even PCFI staffers on hand for a facility tour.

The PCFI's accomplishments have made Filipinos here and abroad proud. It had been recognized by communities, local and state authorities, and importantly, by its motherland the Philippines.

In 2006, the PCFI received the Philippine Presidential “Banaag” Award for its outstanding achievement as an organization that benefited its community and Filipinos overseas. PCFI representatives were invited to the Malacanang Palace to receive the award.

In 2010, the PCFI was among top six organizations recognized by the UGAT Foundation and ABS-CBN with the Gawad Geny Lopez Award (Bayaning Samahang Pilipino Sa America) for its efforts that exuded the value of “pagkakaisa” (unity) and the “bayanihan” spirit (cooperation toward a common goal) that had made a measurable impact in its community. Awardees were invited to the globally televised ceremonies.

Looking back to its beginnings, the founders, members, volunteers, and supporters of the PCFI have given the most precious gift to every community -- achieving through the "bayanihan spirit". Through hills and valleys, blood, sweat, and tears, the PCFI have overcome challenges and turned these into a treasure of learning experience that will benefit generations to come. (Basta Pinoy News/ercruz)

A Bahay Kubo in Tampa
PHILFEST 2011: Tremendously Successful Festival


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