PAANC is the first duly-registered 501c3 tax exempt non-profit Filipino-American organization in the state of North Carolina.
The organization is comprised primarily of Filipino-Americans residing in and around the Triangle who share a common vision.
The origins of PAANC date back to two events held in 1983: the first “Fil-Am Picnic” at Camp Durant in Raleigh and the first “Fil-Am Dinner-Dance” at the Green Pines Community Center in Knightdale. Both events drew together various groups of Filipinos, Filipino-Americans, and friends from the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill/Hillsborough), the Triad (Burlington, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Charlotte), and eastern North Carolina (Rocky Mount, Greenville, Fayetteville, and Lumberton/Pembroke).
These informal gatherings of several families in Raleigh, Durham-Chapel Hill, and outlying areas eventually grew to nearly two hundred members and came together as one organization with the formal establishment of PAANC in 1984. In the following years, PAANC supported the foundation of Fil-Am groups in Greensboro, Charlotte, and Fayetteville.