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Help us cherish our past and embrace our future during these uncertain times

posted Apr 6, 2020, 12:32 PM by Rae Santos

Hello FAFC members and friends,

I pray you are all doing well and apologize it has taken me until now to reach out to our greater FAFC community.  There is much to reconfigure with life, school and work since the COVID-19 pandemic touched our lives.  Our officers and board initially took action a few weeks ago when closures started to roll out, contacting our hosts and venues for upcoming children's dance troupe performances and Easter celebration.  Understandably, all performances have been cancelled, even our May 5th performance at the Lan Su Chinese Garden.  We also concluded, as schools closed and events around the city were cancelled, we should cancel our Easter celebration for the safety of our cherished senior members, many of them founders of the club.  It would have been our 42nd Easter gathering!  That is something to be proud of and gives me hope that our club is resilient and will have many more Easters to share together.

In the meanwhile, I invite you to "join" my family in creating your own FAFC Easter celebration at home.  At the request of my daughter Elena, we will be enjoying a feast of Filipino food and doing our own egg hunt.  If you have the time, send us a picture of your family enjoying Easter and we will put together a photo montage of our collective experiences.  

Now, something to embrace in the future...we have begun our initial meetings about our next debutante cotillion, planned for 2022.  I am especially pleased to announce that my friend and fellow 1986 debutante, Maple Chiong Class, will be our chairperson coordinating our efforts to create another unforgettable event. Please join me in welcoming and thanking Maple for taking on this role.  It will be a night to remember and a milestone 10th cotillion for our club!

Please take good care,
Cecilia (Cecile) Saqueton Muraki
FAFC President 2016 - Present

Cancellation of March Classes & Performances + Cancellation of Easter Potluck & Performance

posted Mar 14, 2020, 10:11 AM by Rae Santos

Hello Friends,

I hope you and your families are all doing well amidst the confusion and snow we've experienced  in the last 24 hours.  Your FAFC officers spent a good part of Thursday morning and afternoon reaching out to our March performances' hosts and our Easter celebration venue to figure out how our club calendar would be affected.  Understandably, both March 19th and March 21st performances have been cancelled and we are not yet certain if they will be rescheduling their events.  To do our part in mitigating the transmission of the coronavirus, we have decided to cancel our March 15th class/rehearsal and our April 12th Easter celebration.  Though we are disappointed to cancel the Easter potluck, we feel it is the right thing to do at this point in time and plays out our 40th anniversary theme of "Cherishing our past and embracing our future."  We want to protect the health of our honored seniors and our youngest members. 

We encourage our FAFC children to make time to practice over the school closure break so that we can be ready to rehearse on April 17th for the April 24th performance at Laurelhurst School.  

Be well,
Cecilia "Cecile" Muraki
FAFC President 2016-present

Cancelation of 2020 FAFC Easter Potluck & Children Egg Hunt

posted Mar 12, 2020, 5:03 PM by Rae Santos

Dear FAFC Members & Friends, 

With recent COVID-19 news and out of an abundance of caution and concern for the health of our community and especially the elderly that typically attend our annual event, FAFC is unfortunately canceling the Annual FAFC Easter 2020 event. 

We hope to be able to see you all at future FAFC events. 

Take Care, 
Rae Santos 
FAFC Officer 

Come Support Filipino Girls Little League World Series Softball starting Aug 7, 2019

posted Jul 31, 2019, 10:12 AM by Rae Santos

Spread the Word Fil-Am Friends!


TIME: Varies.  See below.
LOCATION: Alpenrose Stadium, 6149 SW Shattuck Rd, Portland, OR 97221-1044

A team from BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines will represent the Asia-Pacific Region.


Asia-Pacific Game Schedule (Pacific Time):
8/7 Wed 10:00 AM – Asia-Pacific vs USA East Region
8/8 Thu 7:00 PM – Asia-Pacific vs Latin America Region
8/9 Fri 4:00 PM – Asia-Pacific vs USA West Region
8/10 Sat 9:00 AM – Asia-Pacific vs USA Central Region 

8/11 Sun – Asia-Pacific – No game

Game times on August 12, 13, 14 will be announced later.

WEBSITE:  For the complete tournament schedule and other information, visit the Little League WEBSITE –


A Special Tribute from FAFC's 40th Anniversary & 9th Debutante Ball

posted Mar 15, 2019, 12:05 AM by FAFC Oregon

Correction Notice:  It has come to the attention of FAFC that an older incomplete version of this tribute was in the printed souvenir program of the FAFC March 9, 2019 40th Anniversary and 9th Debutante Ball.  Above is the latest and complete version of this tribute. 

Deb Vlog video

posted Mar 10, 2019, 7:28 PM by Rae Santos   [ updated Mar 14, 2019, 11:53 PM by FAFC Oregon ]

Deb Vlog video showing a glimpse of rehearsals, the friendship 12 young women and 12 young men have formed, and their gratitude to everyone who helped with the FilAm Friendship Club's 40th Anniversary and 9th Debutante Ball on March 9, 2019.

Congratulations to FAFC's 9th Debutantes!!

posted Mar 10, 2019, 6:58 PM by Rae Santos

FAFC Children Classes to resume in Fall 2019

posted Dec 31, 2018, 1:35 AM by Rae Santos

Hello All,
Due to preparations for FAFC's major upcoming event on March 9, 2019, the FAFC officers have canceled FAFC children classes in Spring 2019.  Classes will resume in Fall 2019.  

Thanks for the understanding! 
FAFC Officers

Thankful for the Cultural Coilition of Washington County Grant!

posted Dec 24, 2018, 2:18 PM by Rae Santos   [ updated Dec 24, 2018, 2:19 PM ]

Tickets Available Now for the 40th Anniversary and 2019 Debutante Ball

posted Dec 14, 2018, 11:16 AM by Rae Santos   [ updated Dec 31, 2018, 1:38 AM ]

The Filipino-American Friendship Club of Oregon (FAFC) will be presenting their 9th group of debutantes and celebrating the club’s 40th Anniversary of sharing the Filipino heritage.

DATE:  Saturday, March 9, 2019
TIME: 5:00 PM No Host Cocktails; Dinner, Program, and Dancing to Follow
LOCATION: Red Lion Hotel on the River, 909 N Hayden Island Drive, Portland, OR 97217
COST: $60 per person, must be 10 years and older to attend (Tickets will not be sold at the door and are on sale now.  Contact us via email for information on how to purchase tickets.)

Formal attire required
Music Provided by the Manila Band and DJ Jon Oribello
Link to video of past FAFC Debutante Ball of 2002:

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