Mission

To serve the interest of the Filipino-Canadian community as a contributing member of the broader Canadian, Filipino, and global societies, thru affirming, strengthening, and empowering processes, services, and activities.

Vision

We envision an organization with an inclusive membership, united in fellowship, founded on the principles of justice, sensitivity, accountability, transparency, and responsibility.

We envision a network of individuals and families deeply grounded in a firm determination to participate meaningfully in society, to grow as members and leaders and to promote the cultural values that make Filipino-Canadians unique in the world.

We envision a community of Filipino-Canadians whose rich cultural heritage, proud history, common aspirations, diverse stories, and distinct gifts serve as the framework for local action involvement and international outreach.

To enhance our capability to contribute meaningfully to the continuing development of Canada and the Philippines, we passionately subscribe to the principles of:

  1. Fullfilling teamwork among offices, members, staff, and volunteers, to the value of self-advocacy;
  2. To the requirements of functional cooperation with the various levels of goverment and other groups in areas relevant to our mission and vision; and
  3. To the rudiments of popular participation on the part of our internal and external stockholders;

To achieve our mission as a community of Filipino-Canadians determined to make an impact now and in the years to come, we commit ourselves to the establishment and maintenance of the KALAYAAN CULTURAL COMMUNITY CENTRE, that will serve as a focal point for the celebration of our culture and history as well as the enjoyment of a wide spectrum of programs and services.

1983

  • Kalayaan was established by 7 community organizations for the purpose of celebrating Philipine Independence.   Rufino Romano was elected as the first Chairman.

1995

  • Kalayaan was registered as a non-profit organization with the province of Ontario as “Kalayaan Filipino Cultural Organization” KFCO by Resty del Rosario.

1997

  • KFCO added a C&BL provision to create a Filipino Community Centre, KCCC was incorporated shortly after.  Resty del Rosario acted as the President until the first president was elected in 2000.

1998

  • Centennial celebration of Philippine Independence Day at SkyDome co-chaired by Resty del Rosario and Willie Cantos raised $120,000 seed money for the KCCC facilities.  Resty del Rosario filed the application for “Charitable Organization” status with Canada Revenue Agency.

1999

  • KCCC Constitution and ByLaws ratified.

2000

  • Acquired Charitable status.  Started operations at 5546 Timberlea Boulevard rent-free, courtesy of Cascade Canada Ltd., thru its Controller, Carlos Padilla.  First Executive Officers were elected Willy Cantos as President.

2002

  • Carlos Padilla elected president

2004 

  • Consolacion "Ching" Quejas elected president.  She was re-elected in 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012

2005 

  • Started the search for a building during Carlos Padilla’s term. Purchased a 3 unit condo building at 5225 Orbitor Dr. Mississauga on  December 15, 2005, when Consolacion Quejas (Mama Ching) was the President of KCCC.  Culture Philippines of Ontario contributed $50,000 and Mississauga Cookesville  Lions Club give $25,000 towards the down payment.

2006-2008

  • Difficult times, Mama Ching and the KCCC Board members scratched and scraped to pay the mortgage, maintenance fees, utilities, taxes, and more. Revenue from office and hall rental, membership fees and charity bingo were not enough. Board members and supporters loaned the Centre money and some donated funds generously

2009 

  • Transfer of mortgage to TD Canada trust arranged by Edgar Frondozo at 3.75% + prime interest.  Dr. Romulo Sinajon, Luis Carbonell, and Edgar Frondozo signed as loan guarantors.  $34,000/a year in interest payments saved.  Electronic Fund Transfer Donation Program started by Edgar.  Average monthly donation received $1000.  Bingo Social secured by Resty del Rosario.

2014 

  • Resty del Rosario elected president, re-elected in 2016 and 2018

2015

  • Consolacion "Mama Ching" Quejas passed away at 93 years old