<p>In the summer of 2008, a group of dedicated Filipino-Americans who were eager of having our own Community Center came together and decided to give it another try in pursuing this dream. There were three attempts before this. Fueled by the success in building a 50-Home Ventura County Village in 2007 for the homeless at Marilao, Bulacan, Philippines, the Gawad-Kalinga Core of Oxnard (Dr. Jessica Nicholas, Ped Bucao, Myrna Vilora, Sid Cabran and Winston Raquedan) quickly turned their focus in pursuing the Philippine Center Project. They rallying cry was “If we can build a village in the Philippines, we can also build a Community Center here.” In September 2008, the Philippine Center of Ventura County became a Non-Profit Organization (501.c3) which helped encouraged more tax-deductible donation projects. At the year end, the current LOGO was adopted from the winning design by Tino Ocampo among six other entries.</p>
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 became the PhilCenter. Now that we have our own 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 tasks at the center. Each one of us should be a proud owner and supporter of our own PhilCenter for a lasting legacy to the many generations to come.