In the Summer of 2008, some dedicated Filipino-Americans who were eager of having our own community center decided to give it another try in pursuing this dream. There were three attempts before this. Fueled by the big success in building 50-home Ventura County Village in 2007 for the homeless at Balasing, Bulacan, Philippines, the Gawad-Kalinga Core of Oxnard (Dr. Jessica Nicholas, Ped Bucao, Myrna Viloria, Sid Cabran and Winston Raquedan) quickly turned their focus in pursuing the Philippines Center Project. The rallying cry was “If we can build a village in the Philippines, we can also build a Community Center here.” In September 2008, the Philippines Center of Ventura County became a Non-Profit Organization (501.c3) which helped encourage more tax-deductible donations to the project. At the year end, the current Logo was adopted from the winning design by Tino Ocampo among six entries.
According to the designer, the colors used depict our Philippine Flag. The center core shows two hands nurturing a growing plant. The designer portrays the growing plant is the Philippine Center and we, Filipino-Americans, are the hands that nurtures it to keep it alive.
Through the help of the community, it took nine years of relentless fundraising effort, real estate investments, solicitations of donations and seeking investors in trying to grow the seed that now become the PhilCenter. Now that we have our community center, we are all charged with the important responsibility of continuing its care so it can grow to be a self-supporting tree on its own. We can all help by supporting its events, patronizing its business or campaigning for additional donors, investors and volunteers. We can share some of our free time in various task at the center. Each one of us should be a proud owner and supporter of our very own PhilCenter for a lasting legacy to the many generations to come.