Make Yourself At Home
Raleigh Filipino Community Resources
Relocating is one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences a person can face. There is the excitement of a new place, new people, and new prospects. There's also the sense of loss when leaving behind what is familiar and comfortable. Often, we leave friends and loved ones behind. We miss them.
Moving to another country, especially one 1/2 way across the globe, can present additional challenges. Language barriers, nuances in customs, and even some of the smallest of things can cause confusion - idioms for example. But there are resources that can make the transition a "piece of cake."
As someone who's made that long journey, I also know what it's like to be a stranger in a strange land. I am grateful to those who helped make my transition more comfortable. I still consider myself a Filipina at heart, but after 29 years of living in the Triangle, I now have a good mix of "Carolina" as well.
I want to make sure that our new arrivals have the same resources I did. There are many organizations and websites available to those who need assistance and want to make connections. The Filipino community has a strong presence in Raleigh Durham Cary Apex Wake Forest areas and they are very welcoming to newcomers. Here are a list of a few that I'm involved in and/or recommend.
- Philippine American Association of North Carolina Inc is a registered non-profit organization which helps Philippine-American families acclimate to North Carolina. The oldest Phil-Am organization in the Triangle area, the PAANC (for short) provides assistance in humanitarian efforts both locally and in the Philippines. The organization is very active in the Triangle. They have an annual picnic (where they welcome new members), participate in the Raleigh International Festival, and a Holiday Gala in December. This group is a great way to get connected in the Triangle.
- PAANC's mission is to foster education, social exchange, and humanitarian assistance. One focus of the organizations is the Carolina Medical Mission (CMM). This group of dedicated volunteer professionals provides free medical, ophthalmic, surgical, and dental services to many disadvantaged, health-impaired individuals in the rural areas of the Philippines. The Carolina Medical Mission cannot serve the Filipino people without volunteers, however, and this is an excellent way to help those in need while meeting new people.
- A great website to visit, and one you can become involved in, is the Buhay Pinoy in the Triangle Facebook page. This site's objective is to bring the Triangle Pinoys closer together by sharing experiences, giving referrals, distributing favorite Filipino recipes, and sharing other helpful tips with one another. This site has a community bulletin board to announce all activities related to the Filipino Americans in the area.
- Philippine Nurses Association of NC is an organization created to serve the local Filipino nurses through further education, training, moral support, and camaraderie.
- Couple for Christ is a vibrant and charismatic North Carolina Catholic community of mostly Filipino-Americans who get together for worship and fellowship.
- Oriental Store of Raleigh is the first oriental store in Raleigh owned by a Filipino-Chinese businessmen, Claro and Vicky Chua. Because of the variety of Filipino food they offer, which includes African food, the store has stood up against a lot of competition. You'll find fresh vegetables, freshly cooked authentic Filipino food, and most importantly warm Filipino hospitality.
Feel at Home in Raleigh
Feel free to reach out to me to learn more about life in Raleigh or regarding other Filipino resources. I am here to help you with any information you may need, and I understand how challenging it can be to adjust to a new city and country.