- We stand for paninindigan, where social, cultural, political and economic rights are respected; where relationships are based on equality; and where people actively work for a just society.
- We believe in pakikipagkapwa and diversity, where people from different cultures treat each other with respect; and where individuals can realize their full human potential regardless of age, race, religion, nationality, color, gender and sexual orientation.
- We believe in bayanihan, where people know their neighbors and work collectively in building strong communities.
- We believe in pakikibaka and self-determination, so that all people have decision making power in their lives, in the community in which they live and work, and in the larger society.
- To provide a safe space where Filipino families can access services, meet, and hold activities.
- To improve our collective capacity to address our immediate and long term needs, with a commitment to the low-income and underserved, through organizing, advocacy, and service.
- To deepen our understanding of our history and culture as Filipinos and heighten our consciousness of our civil and human rights.
- To build civic participation and grassroots leadership, and to strengthen our commitment and responsibility to each other, our community, and the larger society.
Terrence “Terry” Valen has been the founding Organizational Director of the Filipino Community Center (FCC) and has fulfilled programmatic, resource development, strategic planning and evaluation, and various administrative roles at the center. He is a graduate of the UCLA School of Public Health with a Masters in Environmental Health Sciences and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Duke University in Environmental Science and Policy.
Melissa Reyes is the Administrative Coordinator at the Filipino Community Center (FCC) and helps to oversee the Immigrant and Transitional Age Youth (ITAY) program where she carries out daily intakes, case management, general services, and bi-monthly service clinics for the community. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from San Francisco State University in Journalism and Ethnic Studies.