1600 IVES AVE., OXNARD, CA. 93033
On December 2017, the Philippine Center of Ventura County, Inc. (PHILCENTER) acquired its dream building through the help of various investors and donors in addition to the funds it raised for nine years. Formerly Marie Callender’s Restaurant and thereafter as City Buffett Restaurant, this beautiful 8,828 square feet building sits on a 1.78 acres boasting 100 parking spaces and it is perfect for our need for a community center. The PhilCenter lies on a highly prestigious Channel Islands Business Park on the corner of Oxnard Boulevard (State Highway 1) and Statham Boulevard and bordered to the East by Ives Avenue.
Since owning its first property at 424 Juniper Place, Oxnard, and then its second property at 1220 Lindsay Place, Oxnard, the PhilCenter was able to grow its asset while improving its credit standing thus helping it qualified in acquiring this building.
Immediately upon acquisition, the PhilCenter staff together with many volunteers started converting the previous restaurant into a banquet hall which can accommodate various kinds of events. Since opening in April 2018, many events have been booked including weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, debut, organizational dances, meetings, trainings and children parties. Consequently, more investors and donors came forward to help from donating cash, large screen televisions, building signs, sound equipment, surveillance cameras, and flagpoles. The PhilCenter is still seeking additional donations for new kitchen equipment, bar equipment and building murals.
A plan for expanding the ballroom, renovating the kitchen and opening the bar was submitted for city approval. The PhilCenter now offers Zumba from Monday-Thursday and Sunday Fun Night every first Sunday of the month. Future events will include Disco & Karaoke Nights, Sunday BBQ Brunch, BINGO and possibly a Senior Day Care. Upon securing renovation permit, we are hoping to open our restaurant and bar next year. Although the building has ongoing business, the PhilCenter will continue all its fundraising efforts which includes sponsoring events like Valentines Ball, Santacruzan Pageantry, Ms. PhilCenter Pageantry and Casino Trips to help pay off investors. PhilCenter sincerely thanks those who have helped the project and it welcomes those who still want to be a part of this noble cause. #KASAMAKAMIDIYAN! (We are in it together!). – pb