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As part of its outreach program to help the survivors of typhoon Haiyan, the PAAC offered three needs-based scholarship grants to Haiyan survivors in Ormoc City, Philippines. These grants were awarded based on the recommendations of Sister Edita Eslopor, OSB of Ormoc City. Sr. Edita has been very active in Ormoc in helping survivors recover from the historic typhoon. The PAAC has had a long relationship with Sr. Edita in reaching out to the needy in Ormoc City. She has recently been featured for her efforts to champion the struggles of Haiyan victims by bringing their plight to the attention of President Aquino and Cardinal Luis Tagle. The following report was submitted by Sr. Edita to the PAAC to feature the three beneficiaries of the PAAC Haiyan scholarship grant.
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PAAC members joined the City of Milford 375th Anniversary Parade on June 15, 2014. While waiting for the parade to start, Connecticut US Senator Richard Blumenthal visited the PAAC parade contingent
The PAAC Contingent to the 2014 Philippine Independence Day Parade in new York City won First Runner Up in the marching division. This year, as the organization looks back to its beginnings, it also honors the very first group of migrant Filipino workers in the United States who worked in the sugar cane and pineapple plantations in Hawaii and California and the canneries of Alaska. When Spain ceded the Philippines to the United States in 1898, Filipinos, mostly men, started arriving in America to seek employment particularly in the fields and canneries. In 1933, the first Filipino-led labor union in the US was formed by these men – the Cannery Workers and Farm Labors Union local 18257 based in Seattle. The Filipino cannery workers in Alaska were more famously known as the Alaskeros. In 1906, the Hawaii Sugar Planter’s Association (HSPA) began hiring Filipino workers By 1930, there were about 100,000 Filipinos in Hawaii working the sugar cane plantations. It is evident that Filipino workers helped build the America of today. Today, just like the PAAC’s, the Filipino-American contribution is not just in the fields and the canneries but also in the realms of medicine; information technology; education; banking and finance; , the legal, judicial and political systems; and other fields
The Leyte Dance Theater performance in New Haven, CT on June 14, 2014 was perhaps the most successful Filipino cultural show held in Connecticut so far this year, and even for the last several years. The auditorium was almost filled to capacity. The audience was very happy with the show, many saying they would watch them again if they come back next year. Great Show, LDT!! Great job, PAAC! Our heartfelt thanks to every one who came to support us in this event. Maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat!
Five of the twenty Leyte Dance Theater members on tour in the United States performed and were interviewed for WTNH8 Connecticut Style June 11th, 2014. The group was accompanied by PAAC President Joe Battad. Watch the short performance here: http://wtnh.com/2014/06/11/stage-8-presents-typhoon-haiyan-survivors-from-leyte-dance-theater/