Ang Pamana is the Tagalog noun for the heritage, the legacy, or the inheritance.

We aim to preserve Filipino cultural heritage, keep the legacy of Filipino traditions alive, and educate the diaspora of Filipinos about our cultural inheritance.

The Philippines

An archipelago made up of about 7,641 islands in the Pacific with over 185 ethnolinguistic groups that have their own unique culture, identity and languages, the Philippines is a cultural fusion of East and West. The Chinese have long traded with them, the Spanish converted the majority to Catholicism, the Americans implemented an education system that taught English, the British and Japanese both occupied the country, and the Muslims flourished in the south. As a result, the Philippines has a rich and diverse array of customs and traditions evident in their culture.

A Brief Filipino American History

The Filipino experience in American history dates back to October 1587 when the very first documented Filipinos arrived in Morro Bay, California on a Spanish galleon. Around two hundred years later, in 1763, the very first permanent settlement of Filipinos was recorded in Louisiana. In 1898, the Philippines ceased to be a colony of Spain after 333 years and became a colony of the United States until its independence in 1946. During these 48 years, mass migration from the Philippines to the USA began. 

Today, Filipinos make up the third largest Asian American immigrant group after Indians and Chinese with 4.5 million people residing in the USA. There are approximately 40,000 people of Filipino descent in the Carolinas (25,000 in North Carolina and 15,000 in South Carolina). 

Upcoming Events

Charlotte, NC

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebrates the US achievements and contributions of people from around 75 countries that include Asia (East, Southeast, and South Asia) and the Pacific Islands (Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.)  The Philippines is a country that is in Southeast Asia and it's people are Pacific Islanders.

Threaded Traditions Exhibit in Charlotte, NC is sponsored by Arthaland. the Charlotte Museum of History, and the Filipino-American Community of the Carolinas, Inc.

COMING TO YOU

October 2024

Columbia, SC

BAMBOO WHISPERS: A PEEK INTO THE FILIPINO SOUL

Mangyan Poetry in Two Scripts and Four Languages

Presented by Lolita Delgado Fansler, President of the Mangyan Heritage Center. 

Learn about the ancient Mangyan heritage and the Philippines' oldest system of writing, Mangyan Scripts, dating to the 10th century A.D. and still in use today. 

October 5, 2024

Screening of K'na The Dreamweaver at the Nickelodeon

Evening of October 24, 2024

More details to come!