Los Angeles – The Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) will celebrate its Platinum or 70th Anniversary this weekend, April 25 to 26, at the Social Hall at 1740 W. Temple St. Los Angeles, CA 90026.
FACLA President Austin Baul Jr said, Anniversary Committee Chairs Susan Oca and Linda Nery reported that the celebrations for April 25, 2015 will for loyal FACLA members and supporters. It is $10 donation and no one turned away. The event will be from 12 noon to 4 p.m.
On the other the April 26 at 6 p.m., grand celebrations will be a $ 50 ticketed event. Many government officials and top personalities were invited to the affair.”
FACLA’s Checkered 70 Years History
FACLA is celebrating its Platinum 70th Anniversary on April 26, 2015. FACLA was founded on April 26, 1945 in Los Angeles.
On the closing stages of World War II , on April 26, 1945, a Filipina named Petra Hernandez, and three Filipinos; Jose A. Reyes, B.G. Aquino and Alex G. Velasco, all farm workers and residents of Los Angeles established the Filipino Community of Los Angeles (FCLA) as a non-profit organization and made it the oldest existing non-profit organization in California and the United States;
From 1945 until 1963, FACLA grew from two halfway houses into growing facilities. They were able to add a big annex with a social hall and planned to build a cultural center.
This became that became a reality in 1965 when a modest one-story building with a social hall was built. It was named as the Filipino American Cultural Center. Basically a center for Filipino American Cultural identity.