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PACI will present the 5th Filipiniana Cultural Show
Sunday May 31, 2015, 3 PM at the Hoffman Auditorium
University of Saint Joseph 1678 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06117

The 5th Filipiniana Cultural Show represents a combination of PACI’s objectives: fundraising event, cultural showcase and educational learning experience for the second generation Filipino-American children. Our very own members are volunteering their time, talents and skills not only for the on-stage performances, but also for production and backstage technical support. The net proceeds of the show will sustain our funds necessary to support our scholarship program, civic and charitable projects, some of which are mentioned below.

PACI has produced four Filipiniana Cultural Shows that showcased Philippine Culture, folk dances, songs and culinary delights. Funds raised during the past four Filipiniana Cultural Shows held in 2005, 2009, 2011 and 2013 has enabled PACI to: sponsor three scholars. Two are now full-fledged Certified Public Accountants and the third is currently a freshman pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy at the Pamantasan ng Maynila contribute funds to build two 2-classroom buildings in the provinces of Oriental Mindoro and Biliran donate funds to the Knowledge Channel Foundation, the first and only all-educational broadcast and news media channel in the Philippines with curriculum-based and life skills programming made accessible to the elementary and high school public educational system, especially in the far-flung areas of the Philippine archipelago where there are no teachers donate books and school supplies to underprivileged schools in the Philippines

Upcoming Events

September 18, 2016

Sunday 3:00pm

Monthly Filipino Mass
Church of the Holy Spirit, Newington, CT

October 16, 2016

Sunday 3:00pm

Monthly Filipino Mass
Church of the Holy Spirit, Newington, CT

October 29, 2016

Saturday 5:00pm

Halloween Party
Nevers Park, South Windsor, CT

November 20, 2016

Sunday 3:00pm

Monthly Filipino Mass
Church of the Holy Spirit, Newington, CT

December 10, 2016

Saturday

Annual Christmas Gala
Radisson Hotel, Cromwell, CT

December 20, 2016

Sunday 3:00pm

Monthly Filipino Mass
Church of the Holy Spirit, Newington, CT

2017 Calendar

TBD

About Us

In 1969, Filipino expatriates in the Greater Hartford area formed a social group that fostered fraternal relationships among its members through social, recreational and athletic activities. The group ratified a constitution and adopted the official name Pilipinas Connecticut, marking the emergence of a potent force in the Filipino community in central Connecticut. In 1990, the organization became a non-stock corporation and changed its name to Pilipino Association of Connecticut Incorporated (PACI). PACI’s mission expanded from a purely social focus to encompass civic and charitable purposes.

Today, PACI is a tax-exempt non-profit, well-recognized organization in Connecticut and New England, composed of about two hundred Filipino-American families in central Connecticut. It is dedicated to serving the Filipino community through social, educational, civic and charitable activities. For example, PACI has:

  • Produced four Filipiniana cultural shows that showcased Philippine culture, folk dances, songs and culinary delights. These cultural shows encompassed all of PACI’s objectives: fundraising event, cultural showcase of our cultural diversity, and educations learning experience for the second generation Filipino-American children.
  • Funds raised during the past four Filipiniana Nights held in 2005, 2009, 2011 and 2013 has enabled PACI to:
    1. sponsor three scholars. Two are now full-fledged Certified Public Accountants and the third is currently a freshman pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy at the Pamantasan ng Maynila
    2. contribute funds to build two 2-classroom buildings in the provinces of Oriental Mindoro and Biliran
    3. donate funds to the Knowledge Channel Foundation, the first and only all-educational broadcast and news media channel in the Philippines with curriculum-based and life skills programming made accessible to the elementary and high school public educational system, especially in the far-flung areas of the Philippine archipelago where there are no teachers
  • donate books and school supplies to underprivileged schools in the Philippines Partnered with statewide Philippine organizations to promote greater awareness of the rich cultural diversity of the Philippines through award-winning productions held in Connecticut and at the annual Philippine Independence Day Parade in New York City
  • Sponsored performances of the Leyte Dance Group and the highly acclaimed Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company to celebrate the cultural heritage of the Philippines
  • Collaborated with Camp Mabuhay North and PAAC of New Haven County to share Philippine culture and tradition with American families who have adopted Filipino children Initiated a semi-formal school known as PACI Eskwelang Pinoy (PEP) to promote and preserve Filipino culture among first- and second-generation immigrant families.
  • Hosted annual celebrations of Filipino traditions such as the barrio fiesta, flores de mayo, misa de gallo and Christmas caroling
  • Fostered relationships among members through monthly Filipino Catholic masses followed by socials
  • Collaborated with other organizations dedicated to providing assistance to meet the economic, health and educational needs of the community
  • Provided financial assistance to several natural disaster relief efforts in the Philippines and in the USA, the most recent was Typhoon Haiyan.

Scholarship Program

PACI scholarship is geared towards helping young Filipinos residing in the Philippines achieve their dreams and career goals. The educational grants are awarded based on financial need and scholastic ability. The grant will be used for tuition and fees; and course-related expenses such as books, supplies and equipment, in an undergraduate college or university, or a trade or technical school. The scholarship is granted for one year but the recipient may renew the scholarship throughout his/her 4-year undergraduate course for as long as he/she remains eligible. The number of scholars and amount of educational grant awarded per year will be determined by the scholarship committee and must be approved by the PACI officers.

ELIGIBILITY:

  • 1. Acceptance for admission to or currently enrolled in an undergraduate college or university or a trade or technical school accredited by the Philippine government:
    • a.High school seniors after the start of their senior year
    • b. Freshmen, sophomore or junior college students
  • 2.Scholastic requirements:
    • a.High school students: Minimum weighted average grade of 85%
    • b.College students: Minimum weighted 2.0 (scale of 1.0 to 3.0), or the equivalent, thereof.
  • 3.Good moral character:
    • c.Must not have been judged delinquent, nor have been convicted or plead guilty to any felony
    • d.Must not have been convicted of any alcohol or drug-related misdemeanor
  • 4.In the event that there are no eligible applicants as mentioned in paragraph 1, high school students may also be granted the scholarship depending on the “need”, as judged by the scholarship committee.

REQUIREMENTS:

  1. 1. A copy of the most recent school report card.
  2. 2. The official transcript of records bearing the seal of the school must be sent directly to the PACI Scholarship Committee c/o Miss Amelita Punongbayan
  3. 3. A certified copy of parent’s most recent income tax return or a certified true copy of a financial statement
  4. 4. A letter of acceptance to an undergraduate college or university, or a trade or vocational school accredited by the Philippine government. The letter must include amount of tuition fee.
  5. 5. Two letters of recommendation. One letter must be written by the applicant’s current School Principal, Dean or Counselor
  6. 6. An essay on academic and career goals. The essay may also include special areas of interest related to these goals and unique personal and family circumstances that confirm financial need.

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Officers 2016-2018

President

Erwin Buhat

President

President

Carlo Gauat

Vice President

President

Raymond Raganit, M.D.

Vice President

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