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The Philippine Cultural Center Foundation (Calgary) was incorporated on March 28, 1995 under the Societies Act of Alberta as non-profit organization. The primary objective is to acquire a Cultural Center for the Filipino Canadian community in Calgary.

The Philippine Cultural Center

The Philippine Cultural Center (“Center”) was acquired on February 24, 2001 at a cost of $228,000. The Center is a 2,750 square feet condominium property located at the Westwards Business Park with municipal address of Bay 206, 4656 Westwards Drive N.E. Calgary, Alberta. The main floor is 2,000 square feet of open area except for two enclosed washrooms. This floor is ideal for school classes, dancing activities & lessons, meetings, family gatherings, and so on. This can accommodate 80 seated people with three service tables to put stuff. The mezzanine floor is 750 square feet with two offices where meetings, heritage and culture classes are conducted. Also one of the offices is being used as a computer room where training classes are held.

The Founders of the Philippine Cultural Center

Health and wellness, among other things, was the main driving force for what the Filipino Calgary Community has today – a Cultural Center of their very own. A group of eight couples who called themselves Friends of Charity (“Friends”) initiated the line dancing craze in 1993, renting dancing facilities all over town to exercise. Space and availability became limited and scarce, so a desire to have their facility was conceived. On Dec 31, 1994, the Friends hosted a New Year’s Gala which raised $717, funds used as the seed money for the Center. On February 6, 1996, the Friendslaunched a very ambitious dream of acquiring their own building. Five years later on February 24, 2001, with the help and support of dedicated volunteers in the Filipino Calgary community, the Center became a reality. Today, the Center is home to a variety of educational, cultural, social and health & wellness programs for the Filipino community and the greater City of Calgary.