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     The Filipino-American Cultural Association of North San Diego County had its first community meeting in September 9, 1976. It first began as a social gathering of some whose mission was to preserve the Filipino cultural customs and traditions. The Alegre brothers, named June and Albert, who played a major role in this endeavor knew that they would need to seek help, so they set out to the Community Action Corporation and it was there, they met and asked for the assistance of Ms. Nelly Taguba. It was then when Ms. Taguba, one of our past directors, and the Alegre brothers began their quest in forming a club of Filipino-Americans in North San Diego County area. On September 9, 1976, the first general meeting was held at Balderrama Center on San Diego St., where there was a huge turnout. What followed was the birth of the Fil-Am Cultural Association of North San Diego County. On January 17, 1977, the first installation of officers was formed and the organization was formalized as a social club. The Association was eventually integrated with the Council of Filipino Association and Organization (COPAO) based in San Diego. On April 16, 1977, the Constitution and By-laws of the association was ratified. On May 1977, the Association Crest was adopted and in June 1979, it was chartered by the State of California. On June 6, 2001, Mayor Terry Johnson of Oceanside, California, officially afforded the Fil-Am Cultural Association of North San Diego County a Proclamation Day as part of the Oceanside community through the "Friends of the Oceanside Library". On October 17, 2013, the association was incorporated and the name was changed to FILIPINO-AMERICAN CULTURAL ORGANIZATION (FACO). On January 13, 2014, FACO became a 501(C)3 non-profit organization. Currently, the Association has more than 500 family members.


In fall of 1976, an inaugural dinner and dance was held at South Mesa Club, SNCO Club, Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, CA, for the first induction of officers and directors of the association.

L-R: Mrs Epifania (Epie) Peapealalo, Chairman Ways & Means Committe; Mrs Gloria Pansoy, Treasurer; Abelardo (Abe) Mangrubang, Advisory Board Member; Mr Aritakis, Palomar College, guest speaker; Felix Saguing, Advisory Board Member; Mrs Thelma Pantig, Treasurer; Mr Albert Allegre, Parlamentarian; Mrs Connie Tirona, Advisory Board Member.


In September 1976, the official logo of the association was designed and created by PP Felix Saguing.

In 2008, the name of the association was incorporated in the logo.

In 2009, the FIL-AM logo was modified and the year it was established was added.

On October 17, 2013, the association was incorporated as Filipino-American Cultural Organization; thus, a new logo was created.


1. Dr. Rodolfo Punzalan February to July 1977
2. Gilbert Calderon July 1977 to February 1978
3. Felix Saguing   
February to May 1978
4. Abe Mangrubang May 1978 to February 1979
5. Tony Reyes February 1979 to February 1980
6. Ray Pura             
February 1980 to February 1983
7. Connie Tirona February 1983 to June 1985
8. Angel Tirona June 1985 to April 1986
9. Tony Reyes April 1986 to April 1987
10. Connie Tirona
April 1987 to April 1989
11. Dr. E. T. Muldong-Tantay July 1989 to March 1991
12. Leo S. Sicat
March 1991 to March 1993
13. Jose A. T. Capati February 1993 to February 1995
14. Connie Tirona February 1995 to February 1997
15. Melvert Nacional February 1997 to February 2000
16. Lita Jose (Interim) October 2000 to June 2001
17. Marilou Hruby 
June 2001 to January 2006
18. Rica Derosier   
January 2007 to December 2010
18. Amelia Sivage  
January 2011 to 2014
19. Belle Limoge  
January 2015 - December 2016
20. Rein Hanson
January 2017 to present