The Filipino-American Club welcomes anyone who has any interest in Filipino culture, tradition, food, history, language and more. Our club gives Midshipman opportunities to learn traditional facts and activities about the Filipino culture ranging from random facts to long time traditions such as the traditional dancing called Tinikling. You can have the chance to taste Filipino food during meetings and satisfy that taste you miss from back home, or for those who have not tried, taste for the first time. The national language of the Philippines, Tagalog, is taught by our own midshipman to anyone who is interested in learning. The history of Filipino-Americans is deeply set within our nations navy; Filipinos today still make up the highest foreign-born nationality to enlist in the United States Navy and represent a good portion of enlisted sailors. Coming to our meetings will allow you to know more about the culture that many of your future enlisted sailors grew up with. When you are member of our club, you become part of the Pamilya where Midshipman can get help in academics from MGSP leaders within our club.
The Filipino-American Club has many events outside the Academy as well. Our club is part of the Filipino Cultural Association which is based on the East coast. FCA is a part of the Filipino Intercollegiate Networking Dialogue (FIND), Inc. This is a student-led organization dedicated to promoting unity and cooperation amongst Filipino and Filipino-American students.
Based in the East Coast, FIND, Inc. currently serves over 1,000 students studying in East Coast colleges, universities, vocational, and technical schools. FIND, Inc.‘s primary member institutions are located from the Northeastern seaboard through the state of Virginia. These member schools are divided into seven districts according to their geographic proximity. (FCA is a part of District VI - Website) (taken from http://fcaatumd.com/fca/home/about/find/)
During the year our club will be involved with many D6 (district 6) events such as a Semi-Formal dance, picnics, sports, and meetings. These events allow midshipman to travel and outreach to other universities and their culture clubs. Other schools involved with D6 include:
- American University
- The Catholic University of America
- Georgetown University
- George Mason University
- George Washington University
- Naval Academy
- The John Hopkins University
- Towson University
- University of Maryland, Baltimore County
- University of Maryland, College Park
Outreaching with community service is another activity our club is placing efforts towards. With help from MAG and other colleges, our club is more involved than before within our local and international community.
Overall the Filipino-American Club unifies Midshipman with any interest in Filipino culture and calls us to action locally and internationally while building knowledge of our history and culture.