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The Filipino American Student Association is a student organization at William & Mary


The Filipino American Student Association at the College of William & Mary is a cultural organization that was founded in 1991 by a group of Filipino American students under the advisement of Professor Mario Zamora. The current adviser is Professor Francis Tanglao-Aguas, who has been with the College since 2005.


FASA's main objective is to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of the rich Filipino and Filipino-American cultures to all students at William & Mary and the community. Its emphasis is on cultural awareness and focuses on the contributions of Filipino-Americans to American society and current issues affecting them today. FASA's major goals are to increase its visibility on campus through various cultural activities and to support and participate in cultural programs within the William & Mary community and with other universities.


FASA holds biweekly general meetings during which presentations regarding Filipino culture are exhibited and the general assembly is given the opportunity to vote on events pitched by the executive board.

FASA hosts a variety of events, from fundraisers to showcasing guest speakers at the College. Popular fundraisers include selling Turon and Halo-Halo, traditional Filipino desserts. Past guest speakers have included spoken word artists Phil Kaye and Sarah Kay (2012), entrepreneur for the non-profit organization ARK (Advancement for Rural Kids) Ayesha Vera-Yu, and more recently the Virginia Poet Laureate, Sofia Starnes (2014).

In 2009, the late FASA President Steven Enriquez and Vice President Amanda Tira Andrei collaborated to bring General Antonio Taguba to William & Mary to speak about his experiences as one of the highest ranking Filipino Americans in the US military. Mr. Enriquez also initiated FASA's annual ritual ceremony celebrating and honoring the service of Filipino and Filipino American veterans at the Wren Chapel.

In hosting events, FASA also strives to inform the public about Filipino history. For example, FASA has held vigils for Filipino WWII veterans (2007, 2008) and for victims of Typhoon Haiyan (2013), and raised public consciousness of issues faced in the Philippines through cultural awareness weeks in which speakers were invited to discuss topics pertaining to the Philippines and movies were screened documenting Filipino conflicts.


Though Filipino Americans comprise most of the club's membership, anyone is invited to participate in club activities. To facilitate bonding within the group, the Kuya/Ate program (Big brother/big sister) is hosted at the start of the fall semester, introducing new members to the atmosphere of FASA. Each new member becomes part of a family within the organization, making connections more personal as members become more invested in the organization.

FASA itself is a part of the greater Asian American community/family, taking part in the William & Mary-based Pan-Asian Coalition (PAC) and the regional District 7 sector of the Filipino Intercollegiate Networking Dialogue (FIND). Both facilitate communication with other cultural groups, though PAC is between other cultural organizations such as the Chinese Student Organization or the Korean American Student ASsociation while FIND is between other Filipino organizations at Virginia schools within the District 7 region (i.e. UVA, VCU, VT, etc). Activities within these communities span from activism conferences to Olympic-style field days facilitating bonding and growth.

Culture Night

Beginning in 1998, Culture Night is a student-run presentation held in the spring semester every year that combines Filipino and Filipino American dances, songs, and themes into one comprehensive showcase. The performance occurs through the medium of a play or a series of skits and is followed by a dinner of traditional Filipino foods. Culture Night is the most popular outreach program hosted by FASA.

FASA Culture Night Performances



Culture Chairs (Directors)

Feb. 1998

Filipino Culture Night


Feb. 6, 1999

Filipino Cultural Night


Feb. 19, 2000

Ako Ay Pilipino-"A Cinderella Story"

Danae Busa, Gemma Longfellow, Mary Sy

Jan. 27, 2001

Maalaala Mo Kaya?-"Will You Remember?"

Rianne J. Rodriguez, Julieta Valenzona

Feb. 16, 2002

Pasalubong-"The Gift"

Sharon Punzalan, Anna Navarro

Feb. 15, 2003

Magunawan Tayo-"Understanding Each Other"

Stacy Aquipel, Sienna Marie A. Malubay

Feb. 15, 2003

Magunawan Tayo-"Understanding Each Other"

Stacy Aquipel, Sienna Marie A. Malubay

Feb. 14, 2004

Ang Pinanggalingan-"Know Your Roots"

Liza de la Cruz, Tamera Rivera

Feb. 12, 2005

Ang Lakas ng Pamilya ay Lakas ng Bayan-"The Strength of Our Family is the Strength of Our Nation"

Aisa Martinez, Tara Pascual

Feb. 11, 2006

Sama Sama Tayo-"Let's Stay Together"

Tara Pascual, Eirene Pilar Busa

Feb. 10, 2007

Tatlong Daan, Isang Biyahe-"Three Paths, One Journey"

Rob Landicho, Melissa Lorenzo

Feb. 2, 2008

Bayani-"A Filipino Journey"

Rob Landicho, Tamar Peterson

Feb. 20, 2009

Kalayaan-"A Lesson From the Past"

Cherrie Soleria, Cecilia Esteban

Feb. 6, 2010

Walang Pinagkaiba-"Not So Different"


Feb. 5, 2011


Stacy Lewis, Michael Magaling

Feb. 10, 2012


Abby Acio, Michael Magaling

Feb. 8, 2013


Abby Acio, Paul Atienza

Feb. 16, 2014

Kakoyanang Bumangon-"Resilience"

Weldon Emerson, Michael Lefew

FASA Presidents

  • 1998-1999: Christian Jose
  • 1999-2000: Rechelle Apolonio
  • 2000-2001: Jeremy de Milo
  • 2001-2002: Jeremy de Milo
  • 2002-2003: Danielle Miranda
  • 2003-2004: Carmela Laygo
  • 2004-2005: Louise Lockett
  • 2005-2006: Heather Soloria
  • 2006-2007: Tara Pascual
  • 2007-2008: Anthony Elopre and Carling Sitterley
  • 2008-2009: Steven Enriquez
  • 2009-2010: April Maglalang
  • 2010-2011: Amanda Andrei
  • 2011-2012: Stacy Lewis
  • 2012-2013: Dannie Angeles
  • 2013-2014: Jasmin Green
  • 2014-2015: Paul Atienza

Material in the Special Collections Research Center


  • Current information about FASA is available at its website.


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