Before the Oregon Coast Filipino American Association (OCFAA) organized officially, a core group of Filipinas in the Coos Bay-North Bend area had a tradition of putting together annual summer picnics and Christmas parties. Using their own resources and in the bayanihan spirit, they invited friends, relatives, and neighbors to these gatherings. It was a very pleasant introduction to the Filipino community in the area.
As time passed, the core group became aware of many more Pinoy transplants, and the network was growing rapidly. The need for a formal organization was felt.
The first organizational meeting was on October 10, 1999. The OCFAA was born. Now, it is a strong and vibrant organization with a mission to "Keep our Cultures Alive."
In time, the OCFAA networked with other Filipino American Associations in the area. it is now part of the Council for Filipino American Associations (CFAA), which serves as the umbrella organization for many groups in Oregon and Washington.
The OCFAA is a non-profit, non-political and non-religious organization affiliated with the Council of Filipino American Associations (CFAA).
- (An excerpt from The History of the Oregon Coast Filipino American Association by Helen Coughlin)
Purpose of the OCFAA