communityThe Philippine American Community Center of Michigan (PACCM ) was one of the three Asian Pacific American community centers given plaques of recognition by the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs (MAPAAC) last September 23 at the Vista Tech Center, Schoolcraft College, Livonia, Michigan.

The two other centers cited by MAPAAC were the American Chinese Association Center and the Korean American Cultural Center of Michigan.

In a dinner event attended by some 200 community Asian leaders, the three centers were recognized for the outstanding role they play in the community.

On behalf of MAPAAC, this writer gave the audience a brief introduction of PACCM as follows: PACCM was established in 2001 and is located in Southfield. Its mission is to operate, manage and maintain the cultural center and the Filipino school and promote, advance and preserve Filipino culture, traditions, values and heritage by providing services programs for the benefit of the community at large.

Other service projects undertaken by PACCM every year are Healthy and Wellness Expo, Senior program implemented in cooperation with the National Alliance to Nurture the Aged and the Youth (NANAY), enrichment classes and hosting of the “Consulate on Wheels,” an outreach consular program of the Philippine Consulate and much more.”

The plaque of recognition for PACCM was received by Rebecca Tungol, PACCM president. Several other PACCM officers and members of the board of directors also attended the event.

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Willie is a teacher at the Detroit Public School. A very popular and influential leader in the Filipino-American community in Michigan, Dechavez is the incumbent Michigan state chairperson of the National Federation of Filipino-American Associations (NaFFAA) and public relations officer of both the Filipino-American Community Council (FILAMCCO) and the Philippine American Community Center (PACCM). A native of Sorsogon, Philippines, he is also vice president of the Bicol Association of Michigan. He is recipient of numerous awards.

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