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#AAPI TRAILBLAZING: Filipino Association of Greater Kansas City

In 1968, the Filipino Association of Greater Kansas City was founded by Dr. Edilberto Lorenzo, Dr. Manuel Pardo, Dr. Arnulfo Sulit, and William R. Ick to preserve, promote, and enhance Filipino culture through education and cultural arts, and to provide service to the community at large through its projects and programs. The Association supports the Asian American Islander Heritage in Kansas City by participating in events that showcase its culture through dances and food. It also puts its philanthropic muscles behind the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City, and the Ethnic Enrichment Commission of Kansas City. According to the Census Bureau, there are more than 3,000 Filipinos in the Kansas City metro area, and the Association would love to be able to connect with and support all of those individuals. Its desire to share and preserve the Filipino culture provides opportunities for people to get involved in activities such as Sinag-Tala Dance Troupe, the Sampaguita Choir, and the Rondalla. In addition, there are hosted health fairs, blood drives, educational events, and even assistance from the Philippine Consulate. 



Jonel Loreno presented at the Health, Wellness, and Safety Fair to Jocelyn Doolin, Dr. Aurora Arribas, and Lilia Bautista.


Anna Sarol, a disabled model, social media blogger, and keynote speaker, at the Disability 101 educational event


(Front row) Dr. Mila Tiojanco, Shirley Gador Sulit, and Dr. Lillian Pardo (back row) Dr. Jason Arribas, Dr. Aurora Arribas, Evie Tan-Todd, and Luz Conde, volunteers at Fiesta Filipina

Featured in the May 13, 2023 issue of The Independent.


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