At the hub of Filipino business activities in the United States is the Federation of Philippine American Chambers of Commerce Inc., an organization established to mobilize Philippine business communities in the U.S.
Heading the Federation as President is Phoenix, Arizona based industrialist Marie Cunning, a luminary in business and civic leadership – well respected among the Filipino-American diaspora of the American Southwest and admired for her guiding influence in mainstream American economic and political empowerment arenas. Likewise, under the guiding light of its founding president Berkeley-based Dr. Yolanda Ortega Stern, a graceful and striking woman from beautiful Zamboanga City in the Mindanao region of the Philippines, the federation is poised to bring its considerable national presence in the U.S.A. to a new level of collaboration with Philippine Trade and Industry. “I am proud of our record of achievements and close working relationship with the Philippines,” remarked Dr. Stern at a recent breakfast meeting in Manila.
Today, the Federation is successfully united and headquartered in California and boasts a national network with over 25 chapters and over 5,000 companies. With the federation leadership composed of top Filipino-American business leaders from all over the U.S.A, it has forged strong relationships between private and public sector entities in the U.S. and in the Philippines. The federation, in its 20 years of existence, has signed major memorandums of Agreement between US-SBA and in the Philippines with TESDA; PCCI; PACCI; Philexport; ECOP; PTA; CFO; and NYC. The federation has also collaborated with PCCI and PUBC for trade conferences and trade visits on both sides of the Pacific.
An honorary ambassador of California, Dr. Yolanda Ortega-Stern has been appointed Honorary Investment and Trade representative by DTI as well as representative of PCCI. With over 40 years of experience in international trade and civic works, Dr. Yolanda O. Stern continues to be an ambassador of goodwill – bridging coalitions for mutual benefits.
“We are a contributing force to American society.” says Mrs. Stern. “We continue to lay our foundations brick by brick as we invite the U.S. corporations to join hands with us as lay ambassadors and facilitators of economic goodwill between the United States and the Philippines.
President Marie Cunning, agrees. “In our continuing effort to bridge international trade between the U.S.A. and Philippines, it is important to remember that success is a group effort. It is hard work, perseverance and sacrifice. All of this can be achieved with the right leadership and guidance. The FPACC in the next two years hopes to be able to lead your businesses into a myriad of success stories and groundbreaking milestones and hopefully in so doing, we can also leave a legacy to all aspiring entrepreneurs and up and coming business moguls”.
The Federation of Philippine American Chambers of Commerce (FPACC) promotes and advocates strong entrepreneurial foundation for Filipino American business community and its partners; creates economic bridges on trade and commerce between Philippines