Cultural Affairs Officer
The History of FANCO
By Rudy M.Viernes
FANCO has had an odyssey this past 33 years. The Filipino-Americans of Northern California Organization (FANCO) was conceived in 1980 by Philippine Consul General of San Francisco, Romeo Arguelles. His Filipino contacts in 15 counties in Northern California formed the core of the 15-county federation composed of ethnic Filipinos.
The counties are: Alameda, Butte, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Sacramento, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo.
Each county chapter had a homogeneous structure and was represented in the federation by five officers headed by a vice-president. The county representatives elected from among themselves the Federation officers. The headquarters and meeting place was the office of the Consul General at Sutter Street in San Francisco.
In its preamble, FANCO had its usual motherhood statement: “To bring about a unified voice on issues affecting members: its goals shall be ‘social, civic, cultural, historical, educational’ and the be-all ‘to support the programs and projects of the Philippine Consulate Office.’”
The Federation lived on from its inception in 1980 and eventually disbanded in 1991 due to lack of attendance.The only surviving county member of the 15-county federation was Marin — FANCO.
FANCO in Marin is Reborn
FANCO was incorporated in 2009 as a tax-exempt, non-profit organization.
It expanded its membership to include Fil-Ams residing in Solano and Sonoma counties.
Scholarships are granted to deserving college-bound Fil-Am students who live of whose parents work in Marin, Sonoma, and Solano. Scholarship have been awarded to Hospicio de San Jose in Manila, Project PEARLS in Sitio Ulingan in Tondo, Manila, and to Philippine International Aid.
FANCO has heart. It has a mission — to share its resources with others. For it is only when you share your TIME, TALENT & TREASURE with others that life begins to have meaning and purpose, the time you touch others is the time you really live.
Our Mission Statement
The Filipino Americans of Northern California Organization is an association whose mission is to highlight the Filipino identity, its core values and culture through its participation in community activities and at the same time make a difference in the lives of others through civic involvement.
Visit our New Facebook Page:
FANCO: Filipino Americans of Northern California Organization
Visit us at our Facebook page especially during these pandemic times.
It will be our "Fil-Am town plaza" where we can hangout, share, and chat with old and new friends! Feel free to share interesting facts about our Filipino culture including: festivals, music, dances, legends, travel tips, recipes, historical fun facts, role models, best spots to watch a sunset, etc.
FANCO Past & Current Presidents
1992-1996 Minda Sagaral
1997-1998 Lou Umbay
1999-2001 Ever Bierke
2002-2003 Nora Antonio
2004-2007 Alta Alfiche
2009-2012 Eva Richards
2013-2014 Marion Gigliotti, Lettie Ranjo
2015-2016 Josie Pelletier, Randy De Leon
2017-2018 Beth Ortiz
2019 Riz Marsella, Teresa Ford
2020-2021- Riz Marsella