Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh, Inc.

aka FAAP   |   West Mifflin, PA   |


Vision Statement: We envision a dynamic and vibrant Filipino American community that is recognized and valued as an integral part of America's ethnic diversity. Mission Statement: Our mission is to preserve, promote and perpetuate the Filipino heritage among our members and the general public through cultural, charitable and educational activities.

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We would like to invite all of you to the Philippine Nationality Room at the Cathedral of Learning, Room 313. It will be our lasting legacy to the people of the City and the general public and our gift to the University of Pittsburgh. We are very proud to provide this lasting gift as a testament to the future Filipino American generations. It is our hope that all the Fil- Americans will know, feel and be very proud of their sense of identity The FAAP has also acquired the very first FAAP Multicultural Center at 200 Church Street West Mifflin PA 15122 which offers its facilities to all individuals and other ethnic groups for a nominal rent to subsidize the cost of utilities.

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Lani Mears

Main address

200 Church Street

West Mifflin, PA 15122 USA

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Formerly known as

Samahang Pilipino ng Pittsburgh (SPNP)



NTEE code info

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Leadership Development (W70)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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FAAP Dance Troupe

The FAAP Dance Troupe is a cultural, folkloric dance ensemble hosted. Its varied and exciting repertoire reflects the breadth and depth of the Philippine culture and history, which encompass animistic beliefs of the many mountain tribes, Muslim and Christian beliefs, and celebrations of Spanish-influenced fiestas. Its basic philosophy believes in the importance of authentic audio-visual presentation through music, costumes and choreography.
Well-researched dances are chosen based on cultural study of the ethnic groups they represent. These dances are used to teach the performers and the public about the richness and diversity of the cultural groups, and about significant historical events of the Philippines. We offer this program free of charge to our members of all ages.

Population(s) Served

The FAAP exposes its members and the public to Filipino culture through participation in cultural events in the Greater Pittsburgh region and through its many activities which serve as the medium for experiencing the Filipino family. Its involvement with the Pittsburgh Folk Festival has been unbroken for almost 50 years until the annual event ended. We're working to establish an organized Filipino School that will provide students with a deeper understanding of the Philippines through its many languages, histories, geographies, and cultures.

Population(s) Served

The FAAP holds many fundraising events and participates in year-round activities that benefit charities here in the US and the Philippines. These include fundraising money for disaster relief programs, orphanages, women’s shelters, libraries, hospitals and volunteering at local food banks, soup kitchens, and other various programs.

Additionally, the FAAP has published three editions of its cookbook, “Cooking with the Filipinos of Pittsburgh, PA”, which served as a fundraiser and as an ambassador of goodwill from Pittsburgh.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

The Philippine Nationality Room is the 31st Nationality Room at the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning. Architect of record Warren Bulseco and Manila-based room designer Popi Laudico modeled the PNR after the “Quema” house in Vigan. This museum-quality classroom is designed to showcase Filipino architecture prior to 1789, reflecting the “Bahay na Bato” style (house of stone) that makes homes sturdy to deal with environmental disasters – such as typhoons, earthquakes, and floods.

Population(s) Served

The Philippine Center in West Mifflin is a community resource for all cultures in the Greater Pittsburgh Region. We hold several cultural and community outreach events throughout the year in the center. We offer a community space\venue that accommodates 150 theater/classroom style, and 100 seated for receptions, a stage for performances, and a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen.

Population(s) Served
People of Asian descent

The YFAP is composed of young middle school and high school-aged students from the Greater Pittsburgh Region. The youth group volunteers and raises funds around the community to donate money, clothing, and food for various charities around the city. The group creates programs including field trips to museums and cultural venues, in-person workshops and online events to educate and expose young people to Filipino culture, as well as topics relevant to their age group. They organize team building activities to foster collaboration and leadership skills.

Population(s) Served

The FAAP hosts many events throughout the year to engage the community, raise money, and perpetuate Filipino culture in the Greater Pittsburgh area.

Events include (but not limited to):
- YFAP Valentine’s Party
- Philippine Independence Day
- Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Celebrations
- Annual Summer Picnic and Board Voting
- Barrio Fiesta with University of Pittsburgh’s Filipino Student Association
- FAAP Fall Classic 5k Race
- Anniversary & Induction Ball
- Annual Christmas Party

We attend and perform at:
- McKeesport’s International Village
- Global Stage during the Pittsburgh Art Festival
- Dragon Boat Festival
- Lunar New Year Celebration
- Cathedral of Learning Nationality Rooms Open House

Population(s) Served

The FAAP hosts the Philippine Consulate General of New York every two years to provide consular services for Filipino Americans in the Greater Pittsburgh region. Services include passport renewal, retention and reacquisition of Philippine Citizenship, reports of birth, marriage, and death, notarization/authentication, overseas voter registration, and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) clearances. This program provides much needed consular services to the residents of Pittsburgh and the surrounding counties, saving them a trip to New York city. The services are provided in our Philippine Center in West Mifflin.

Population(s) Served

The FAAP has extended its initiatives to include programs that encourage civic engagement from its members and the Filipino community. The organization participated in the Census 2020 efforts to ensure that everyone was counted. There were also several Voter Registration and “GOTV” campaigns encouraging eligible members to participate in the electoral process.

Population(s) Served

Named after Simplicio “Jan” Maramba, the Simplicio Maramba Scholarship Award honors the most outstanding Filipino American senior high school student who is active in our organization and community. This annual scholarship award provides up to $1,000 towards college expenses to the awardees.

Population(s) Served

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Goals & Strategy

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The Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh(FAAP) is a non-profit organization the mission of which is to promote a keen understanding of the Filipino culture, moral values and heritage to the community and to our children for posterity; to keep active charitable projects and activities to enhance the lives of the members in its community and those of corresponding communities in the Philippines and elsewhere.

To support our cultural aims, we hope to establish a Filipino Folk dance and music school, we will continue to be very active in raising funds for the Philippine Nationality Room at the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning. We hope to grow our Filipino Folk Dance troupe which has been invited to perform not just locally but in other cities including New York and Chicago.

To support our charities program we organized our charity committee into four divisions, one to focus on raising funds and giving aid to victims of natural calamities in the Philippines, the second to focus on Charities in The Philippines, a third to focus on possible recipient of charitable contributions in the local area and a fourth to focus emergent needs of Filipinos in the local area.

To expand our scholarship program, we plan to create awards for our Dance and Music school to enable both our teachers and students to further enhance their education in the Filipino folk Arts.

To realize our long term goals, we plan to expand our membership development program by improving our communications with our members and the general public through enhanced use of the electronic media and by creating programs intended to attract and retain more members.

The creation of the dance and music school are long term projects but can be achieved as we have a majority necessary resources at hand including costumes and props, a group of dance teachers, one of whom has long term experience in Filipino folk dancing.

Our organization has been successful in raising funds through various members of our community and public fund drives in support of our calamity program. We have established a calamity fund to allow us to rapidly provide help wile raising funds for more aid. We have developed a model for these purposes where we try to aid members of local families affected by the calamities in the Philippines while at the same time partnering with a Philippine based organization for more long term programming.

The FAAP has a long standing commitment to scholarship and maintains a fund for this purpose. We continue to raise funds for this program but n the immediate future we will be depending on returns on our investments in the market.

60+ years of cultural performances in Greater Pittsburgh area and beyond. Purchase of a property for a Philippine Multi-Cultural Center. Bidding for construction of a Philippine Nationality Room at the Univ of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning with $500-K funds raised. Charitable donations in excess of $60K in the last two years in the Philippines and the USA.


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Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 05/19/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lani Mears

Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh, Inc.

Term: 2020 - 2022

Fanny Spanos

Jun Calejesan

Irna de Leon-Knapp

Lani Mears

Isabelo Toledo

Junriz Delos Santos

Joji Smith

Maria Bucao-Walker

Jaime Abola

Melinda Angeles

Alex Grubbs

Lilian Stefanick

Evelyn Abola

Don Michael Mendoza

Sheila Worthington

Mary Claire Rethage

Anna Glinoga

Lindey Glinoga

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/26/2022

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/16/2024

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Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.