SAMAHAN Filipino American Performing Arts & Education Center, Inc.

In Memoriam


Lolita Diñoso Carter, PhD (1927-2011)

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“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.

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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…


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

 Eleanor Edraisa

Vice Presidents

 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

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