By Daniella Flanagan
HOUSTON, TX – Philippine Community Center, a project that had long been conceived, much talked about for many years now celebrated the fruition of a nearly 2 decade long dream with the 2018 Inaugural Ball last month.
It took 16 years to manifest the dream of having a Philippine Community Center in Houston, TX.
The Philippine Community Center opened its doors for the very first time thanks to the tireless efforts of the men and women of PCCI (People Caring for the Community Inc.) under the profound leadership of Dr. Norma Mendoza and her husband, Ernie Mendoza last September 22.
Why Do We Need Community Centers?
Community centers are not just for seniors, not just for kids, not just for families.
The center will offer something for everyone – programs for all age groups and interests. They can offer an enormous variety of educational, social and recreational activities, tailored to the interests of the members of the community. Community potlucks, singles nights, after-school programs and tutoring, language, cultural, health, wellness and exercise classes, crafts, lectures, dances, music performances … to name just a few examples.
Filipinos in Houston also get to reach out to their friends, allies, neighbors and make new friends (or renew old ones) via community centers. Overall, quality of life is increased, improved, and transformed for the better through a community center.
The community center will offer countless benefits to Houstonians fortunate enough to make a visit to the Philippine Community Center.
Remember when? Not long ago Jim “Rocko” Banque Narvios was entertaining us at People Caring for the Community Inc. (“PCCI”) groundbreaking for the Community Center this Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 11:00 am. Other prestigious attendees included Rep. Al Green.
Attending the inauguration of Philippine Community Center was the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors including Florencio Guinhawa, Anthony Guevara, Bhong Zausa. Jun Juguilon, Imy Juguilon, Philippine Consul General of Houston Vice Consul Marco Angelo Lopez, Attorney Gary Ilagan, Thess Arceo Mangahis, and Dr. Roberto “Bobby” Reyes.
It took per the website “so much passion, perseverance, commitment, endurance, determination, dedication and hard work to make things happen”.
The Filipino community mustered their “collective resources of time, money, effort, knowledge and skills.”
Little and large individual contributions helped to complete the construction of the Philippine Community Center in Houston. Thousands of Filipinos and their allies can gather to learn more about their culture and customs and to serve as a rallying point in Houston.
Government and Media Officials in Attendance
Local government officials and international government officials were in attendance.
“What an honor to welcome the Philippine Community Center to District K! We are looking forward to making many memories in your new facility. Together we are stronger. #DistrictK” said Martha Castex-Tatum.
Tatum is a Houston City Council Member for District K, a proud Prairie View mom, and a Realtor for Berkshire Hathaway. Twitter: @MarthacastexT
The Philippine Consulate General is now in Houston Texas!
Consul services reopened after 25 years by the Department of Foreign Affairs. The Vice Consul joined Houstonian Filipinos during the Philippine Community Center Inauguration night.
The Vice Consul is pictured here with Dr. Roberto “Bobby” Reyes.
In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)
Houston today has one of the largest Filipino populations in the South.
In 2000, Texas was home to the seventh (7th) largest population of Filipino immigrants. According to the Census 2010, there were 137,713 Filipino Americans and Multiracial Filipino Americans in Texas. Source: https://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Demographics_of_ Filipino_Americans#Texas
Contact Information and Location
Enthusiastic members of the Philippine Community Center leadership and development team are hoping to create a welcoming place for all ages with programming aimed at a wide variety of needs and interests.
Please join them with your energy and ideas as they build momentum for a vibrant Community Center for decades to come!
Our first introduction to economic development, social interaction, environmental preservation, culture, history — everything about who we are as people is rooted early in the cultural gatherings and programs found in community centers, gathering places. PCCI’s leadership understood the importance of preserving Filipino culture in Southeast Texas.
The Philippine Community Center is located at 9181 W. Bellfort Rd. Houston TX 77031. Their mailing address is: 9800 Town Park Dr., Ste. 258E, Houston, TX 77036. (281) 496-3006