It’s been almost two years since I’ve last featured an overseas Filipino-related sight here in Vista Pinas, so I’m now featuring the Filipino Community Center (website) in Seattle, Washington in the United States. This is actually the second sight found in Seattle (the first one is the Dr. José Rizal Park), but while the park is just named after the National Hero, the community center is a focal point for the Filipino-American community in the Pacific Northwest.
The organization that runs the Filipino Community Center started in 1935 as a social organization named the Philippine Commonwealth Council of Seattle. In 1946, the organization was renamed to the Filipino Community of Seattle and Vicinity and then simply as the Filipino Community of Seattle, Inc. in 1952. Over the years, the organization has evolved to become a service-oriented organization instead of just a social group.
In the 1970s, the organization purchased an old bowling alley facility located along Empire Way South, and this is the building that stands as the Filipino Community Center to this day. (Empire Way South has since been renamed as the Martin Luther King Jr. Way South).
The community undertakes various programs and projects related to education, the youth, seniors, arts and culture, and community building. For instance, they have a Family Academy program that holds various extra-curricular educational events for the children in the community.