SAMAHAN Filipino American Performing Arts & Education Center, Inc.
Lolita Diñoso Carter, PhD (1927-2011)
“In your life you touched so many, in your death many lives were changed” – Melinda Jones
The SAMAHAN Filipino American Performing Arts and Education Center, Inc. (SAMAHAN FAPAEC) was organized in 1974 by the late Dr. Lolita Diñoso Carter with the purpose of helping the Filipino American youth acquire pride in their cultural heritage, by providing them opportunity to participate and experience Philippine dance and music as a social, recreational activity, and as a professional performance venue.
Becoming a 501(c)3 non-profit organization immediately after its founding, SAMAHAN has endeavored for more than four decades to fulfill this primary purpose of advancing the Filipinos’ beautiful culture, reaching out to a large number of youth and to the San Diego community. SAMAHAN has continued to sustain a milieu for the San Diego community to appreciate the Filipinos’ cultural arts through dance, music and living traditions, all to enrich cultural diversity.
The SAMAHAN Filipino American Performing Arts & Education Center presents a full repertoire of Philippine dances and music featuring the Spanish influenced dances called “Maria Clara”, the rural dances of the peasants in the country-side, and the adaptations or variations of ethnic dances and rituals of the indigenous tribes of the Cordilleras in Northern Luzon and the Islamic and the highland tribes in Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago. We bring to every occasion a combination of exhilarating Filipino folk dances and indigenous tribal rituals accompanied with live Rondalla and Kulintang music. Read more…
MEET OUR CREATIVE TEAM
SAMAHAN’s Creative Committee is responsible for teaching, coordinating and staging performances of Filipino folk dances and music. The members of the committee have been long-time performers of SAMAHAN with professional and academic background in dance performance, choreography and ethnomusicology. Read more…
Board of Directors
Reina Belle Chiong
JdLynn Chiong – Secretary Irene Almoite – Treasurer Lorena Welch – Asst. Treasurer Elly Aguilar – Public Relations Officer
Juanita Caccam, PhD Bernard Ellorin, PhD Alexander Alcantara
Kim Kalanduyan Villanueva Sheila Militar Melanie Reyes – Parent Liaison
Jhenice Villanueva – Immediate Past President Dina Ellorin – Executive Director