The Fil-Am Society of St. Augustine

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HISTORY:
The Fil‐Am Society of St. Augustine Parish is one of the oldest organizations in our parish. It came into existence during the infancy of St. Augustine Catholic Church in the early 1970's.

The original name of the organization was, The Philippine-American Community of St. Augustine. True to its name, the 1970's organization consisted of both Filipino and Caucasian American members of the parish community.

The Phil-Am Community of St. Augustine worked very hard to raise and donate funds for the Stations of the Cross Wall of the church.

One of the functions that the organization held were dinner dances. Since the parish did not have a physical church or a parish hall during those days, dinner dances were held at the hall of Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Wellington Avenue in Daly City.

As of this writing, the earliest Executive Chairman on record is Bernardo Castillo, 1972 and 1975.
A complete list of officers, members and sponsors of that era, can be found inside the two Dinner Dance Programs featured below.

Take a look inside the
1972 Dinner Dance Program

Shared by Mrs. Virgie Sevilla

Take a look inside the
1975 Dinner Dance Program

Shared by Mrs. Virgie Sevilla

 

With the steady influx of Filipinos into St. Augustine Parish, the organization began to evovle.

In 1981, Fr. Michael Keane restructured the organization with Msgr. Fred Bitanga, as clergy consultant and the name of the organization was changed to The Fil‐Am Society of St. Augustine Church.

Lernie Prudenciado (now Deacon), became the first president of the restructured organization. After a year at its helm, he relinquished the presidency to Irene Arcano. Irene led the organization through six of its formative and successful years, introduced several popular Filipino cultural‐church related activities such as the Salubong (Sunrise Easter Sunday services), Santacruzan (month of May devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary) and Simbang Gabi Novena of masses. Fil‐Am members still participate collectively on the ongoing activities of our organization, except for the Santacruzan festivity which is now being undertaken by the Parish Office.



OBJECTIVES:
          1. To promote the active participation of the members in all parish activities through  
              camaraderie and oneness among all the members;
          2. To promote interests and well‐being of the all the members;
          3. To preserve the cultural heritage of the Fil‐Am members and their posterity that
              could enhance their service to the church and parish community.

MEMBERSHIPS:
Membership to the organization is open to all parishioners of Saint Augustine Parish with Filipino affiliation either by ethnicity or otherwise.

MEETING TIME: The group meets every 2nd Sunday of the month, after the 11:00A.M. Mass at Room C, Saint Augustine Church.

CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
          1. Public address system in the parish hall.
          2. The granite church sign at the corner of Callan Blvd and Greendale Street.
          3. Contributed more than $5,000.00 towards the expansion of the church building, a
              pew for the renovated church, security cameras, and landscaping.
          4. Installed diaper changers in the restrooms,
          5. Chairs in the chapel and three (3) ciborium.

PAST PRESIDENTS
          1. Deacon Lerny Prudenciado
          2. Irene Arcano
          3. Manny Yap
          4. Joe Arcilla
          5. Eva Baldwin
          6. Jun Panelo
          7. Manny Almojuela‐
          8. Lito Puno
          9. Linda Gamboa
          10. Vicky Santiago

OFFICERS‐2014‐2015
President…………………….Flora Nolasco Tel 650‐255‐1244 (contact person)
Vice‐President…………… Cora Gadduang
Secretary………………….. Christina Christenson
Treasurer………………….. Colette Panelo
Auditor………………………  Linda Gamboa

 

For information contact:
Flora Nolasco
(650) 255‐1244