THE ILOCANO AMERICAN ASSOCIATION, INC.

Brief Background

The Ilocano-American Association, Inc. (IAAI) is an association of Filipino-Americans of Ilocano descent.  Based in New York, it aims to promote and preserve the rich culture, beautiful customs and traditions, and strong work ethic and family values of Filipinos, in general, and Ilocanos, in particular, among Filipino-Americans, particularly the youth, and strengthen Philippine-American relations. 

IAAI traces its early beginnings in the seventies to the Ilocano Cultural Association, whose members went on to incorporate IAAI as a nonprofit corporation in Delaware in 1982. 

Scholarship Program

Started in the eighties, IAAI extends tuition assistance for four-year college courses to promising but financially strapped students residing in the Ilocos, Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon regions in the Philippines.

Graduates of the program have earned degrees mostly in business administration and education.

Eight students are currently receiving assistance under the program. 

Building Ownership

IAAI is the proud owner of a two-story building on Hillside Avenue in Jamaica, Queens.  Purchased in 1983 and called by members as the Ilocano Center, the building serves as the venue of various social and cultural activities of the association.  It is also home to the Filipino-American Human Services, Inc. ("FAHSI"), which rents office space at a subsidized rate.  Two apartments on the second floor are rented out to two low-income Filipino families, also at reduced rates. 

Charitable Activities

Aside from its scholarship program, IAAI is also involved in various charitable activities.  In February 2013, a medical mission was jointly implemented with the Philippine Medical Association of America in Vigan, Ilocos Sur. It participated in "Project Tulong," an initiative of the Philippine Consulate.  It provided support to the 2008 PMAA Surgical and Medical Mission in Surigao.  And it contributed to the funds for Hurricane Sandy victims in New York City and typhoon victims funds of Ondoy and Pepeng in the Philippines, and to the earthquake victims fund in Japan.

Community Service

As part of its service to the community, IAAI, through past IAAI president Rocky Singson, actively cooperates with Nassau County in promoting greater Asian participation in local government. IAAI represented the Philippines at the international food festival sponsored by Nassau County in 2011.  

Citations

In recognition of its charitable work and service to the community, IAAI was awarded Outstanding Filipino-American Community Organization by NAFFA Region I.  The award was presented at the NAFFA Region I Poinsettia Ball held in Manhattan on December 21, 2008.  On August 26, 2011, IAAI received a citation from Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano for IAAI's outstanding contribution to community development.  The citation was presented to during the IAAI Ball at Leonard's in Long Island.