The Journey of PACCA: Empowering the Filipino-American Community in Arizona
PHOENIX, ARIZONA - In the heart of the United
States lies a land of growth and opportunity. Arizona, once a desert state, has
transformed into a thriving hub, attracting people from all corners of the
Over the years, the state
has witnessed an incredible transformation. From a mere 200,000 residents in
1912, Arizona's population has swelled to over seven million today. Among the
tapestry of cultures, Filipinos have established themselves as a vibrant community,
second only to Mexicans.
With dreams of a better life, Filipinos made Arizona their home. This journey was not without its challenges. Adapting to a new land, they sought to meet their basic needs while embracing the promise of a prosperous future. One organization emerged as a guiding light amid this journey — the Philippine-American Chamber of Commerce of Arizona, PACCA.
"Phoenix, Arizona, is unlike the Philippines. It may not be as lively, but it's an ideal place for growth and self-discovery. I chose to develop my skills in the accounting sector, harnessing my financial expertise to contribute to both my career and the community," explains Edward Lago, current president of the Chamber.
PACCA's inception in 1994 marked a turning point. A collective effort by Filipino entrepreneurs birthed a platform that fostered unity and support.
This Chamber breathed life into the dreams of Filipino Americans, uniting them under a common purpose. The chamber's diversity became its strength, with members hailing from various ethnic backgrounds and industries.
"PACCA's diversity knows no bounds. From healthcare to law, from banking to accounting, we stand as a resource for every sector. It's not just about business; it's about giving back to the community," says Edward Lago.
"Our involvement extends beyond commerce. We coordinate with the Philippine Consular office during outreach events and lend a hand during community celebrations. Our efforts are amplified through collaborations with the Council of Filipino Organization of Arizona (COFAC), enriching the lives of those we serve," narrates Leonardo Aromin.
With the support of its
growing membership, PACCA has achieved remarkable feats. From less than a
hundred, its members now exceed 200, each contributing to the betterment of not
only existing members but the entire Filipino community in Arizona.
As Arizona continues its journey of growth, PACCA stands as a beacon of empowerment, lighting the path for Filipino Americans to flourish, united by their dreams and their commitment to community. PMAA
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