The Filipino Fashion Time-Capsule

On June 12, 2021, PAANC presented a virtual fashion time capsule celebrating Philippine Independence Day. We took a look at the evolution of Filipino fashion across different regions and are extremely grateful to the members of the Filipino Dance Group. A presentation of Philippine history through fashion and time was also made, featuring PAANC members.
This event is also a fundraiser. We will raffle off a pair of custom, Filipino themed, personally sized sneakers provided by S2S Creations, with proceeds benefiting Stop AAPI Hate. Tickets will be sold until midnight, EDT, on July 3. You can buy tickets here or you can make a donation to PAANC for any of our on-going projects here.

PAANC Charity Golf Tournament: It Takes a Village

PAANC’s tenth annual Charity Golf Tournament took place on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at the Quaker Creek Golf Course in Mebane, NC. This year’s fundraising event, which happened under a sunny blue sky, is in support of the upcoming 2023 Carolina Medical Mission (CMM) to Tanauan, Batangas. Nearly $1,700 was raised for the mission.

Each year, the tournament has been spearheaded by PAANC Board Member Ed Panganiban with support from the PAANC. In addition, the Triangle Filipino Golf Association (TFGA) President Jonathan Dagpin, Vice President Wency Mendoza, as well as officers and members have given their time, treasure, and talent to fundraise for the popular event.

Special thanks to Fred Avila, tournament director, for promoting the event and to Ron Tadeo, statistician. Charlotte golfers from the Carolina International Golf Association including Raul Delfiero, president and Bert Rodgriguez contributed as well.

“I want to send a big thanks to all of our CMM supporters and PAANC Board members Emma Dempsey, Tess Ferrer-Turner, and Dr. Robert Turner for helping with registration. Also, to Linda McGloin for publicity.” said Panganiban. “Lastly thanks to my family and my wife, Bing, for their love and support. May God bless you all.”

During the awards ceremony, Avila was recognized with a PAANC appreciation certificate for his continued support of the tournament. “We are very thankful for Fred’s help over the past decade. The tournament wouldn’t be as successful without him,” said Panganiban. Participants enjoyed a Filipino-themed luncheon after the event.

The tournament was one of a handful of PAANC events that took place this pandemic year. If you missed The “Filipino Fashion Time Capsule,” you can see the recording here. PAANC’s upcoming events include the badminton tournament in August and the 5K in October. For more information, go to Upcoming Events.

If you’re interested in volunteering with PAANC or playing in next year’s golf tournament, please contact

Pictured above are the tournament participants; the top row features the winners of the tournament.

PAANC Presidents’ Welcome 2021

The Filipino Spirit: Fun, Giving Back, and Hard Work

Keith and Laura Lawton address PAANC members as 2021 co-presidents. They touch on how the organization is pivoting to provide virtual activities and events, and how important it is to support the Filipino and Asian communities during this turbulent time. Laura emphasizes that members should reach out to PAANC for help if they’re experiencing anti-Asian sentiment or violence. Keith recalls our annual events like the gala, picnic, and member luncheon, and urges members to share their ideas for events to Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat!

Our Mission

The mission of the PAANC is to preserve cultural heritage, foster education and social exchange, and provide humanitarian assistance and services in the wake of natural or economic disasters regardless of geographical location, but especially in North Carolina and the Philippines.

Our Goals

PAANC aims to implement cultural, social, health, and educational support and initiatives to improve the resilience and general quality of life of vulnerable and underserved communities in North Carolina and in the Philippines. It also strives to meet the growing and ever-changing needs of its members and of those in dire need of assistance.

Board Member Spotlight: Dr. Robert Turner

This article features PAANC Partners in Health Chair Robert Turner and continues our series that spotlights a different member each month. We hope you’ll be inspired by Robert’s story and want to volunteer with PAANC. If so, please contact

Q: Where were you born and where did you grow up?

Robert: I was born in 1947 in Abingdon, Virginia. I lived there through the first grade when my parents moved to a suburb of Chicago.

Q: Where did you attend college?

Robert: I completed medical school at the University of Illinois in Chicago and did my residency at Michigan State University.

Q: What did you do after medical school?

Robert: I was a part of the National Health Service Corps and planned to return to practice internal medicine in a physician shortage area in Virginia. Unfortunately, there were no suitable sites in Virginia. I ended up relocating to Maysville, NC, which is near New Bern on Highway 17. I did this for two years and was offered a position on the faculty of the newly established East Carolina (ECU) Medical School in Greenville, NC.

Q: What led you to teach at ECU Medical School?

Robert: I had no plans to go into academic medicine, but this is apparently where God wanted me. I spent 13 years on the faculty of the ECU Brody School of Medicine where I earned tenure.

Q: What did you do after teaching?

Robert: At the request of several of my former resident trainees, I joined the private practice of Physicians East. I spent 20 years practicing medicine in a clinic that they built for me, two other doctors, and a physician’s assistant in Winterville, NC.

Q: When did you retire?

Robert: I retired from Physicians East in 2014. I still maintain my medical license and volunteer once or twice a month at two free clinics.

Q: How long have you been a member of PAANC?

Robert: I have been a member for over 30 years.

Q: What are your hobbies?

Robert: Writing short stories, birding, gardening, and sailing, which I don’t get to do much anymore.

Congrats to Our 2020 PAANC North Carolina Scholarship Recipients!

Alianna Cole

Alianna is a cum laude graduate of Millbrook High School. She was vice president and president of the Venture Crew, a member of the National Honor Society, and she received the Presidential Service Award. Alianna was a member of the PAANC dance group for 12 years and also volunteered in the soup kitchen. She is a freshman at East Carolina University and intends to major in biology.

Alexis Duran

Alexis is a magna cum laude graduate of Rolesville High School. She was an N.C. Academic Scholar, captain of the Women’s Varsity Soccer team, class of 2020 treasurer for three years, president of the Asian Student Association, and an officer of the Health Occupation Students of America club. Alexis was a member of the PAANC dance group for 12 years, a Wake Med Hospital volunteer, and also participated in Habitat for Humanity. She is a freshman at Clemson University and intends to major in biology.

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