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Welcome to Silayan Filipina National Organization

Join us and make an impact on the community through educational outreach and cultivation of the Philippine heritage.



The Silayan Filipina National Organization (a.k.a. Silayan Filipina) is a Filipina-American Women’s service organization dedicated to educational outreach, community service, and cultivating the Philippine heritage.

This dynamic sisterhood builds networks and relationships between multi-generations, fosters professional development and personal growth, and strives to positively impact society by empowering our members, providing positive Filipina-American women role models, and through community service.

Silayan Filipina is supportive of diversity regardless of age, gender, race, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation (LGBT), gender identity, socio-economic status or geographic region. Silayan Filipina’s national board of directors, officers and extraordinary members share the core set of values of education, empowerment and celebration.


We provide a positive learning environment in order to share our collective knowledge and model success. We provide members with tools and resources for career advancement, and professional development. We award scholarships to deserving minorities. Our Youth Leadership Training Programs nurture well-rounded individuals and future community leaders. Our Professional Development Program offers networking and mentoring opportunities, and features speakers who share their expertise. Silayan Filipina seeks to build relationships between our members and the community, representing diverse backgrounds such as medical, health &well-being, civic, veteran, arts & culture, media/broadcast, and corporations.


We create opportunities for personal growth and well-being. We nurture the bonds between generations and hold informal Round Table Discussions/workshops/programs to help address today’s challenges, such as self-esteem, peer pressure, graduation, career change, pursuing your passion, getting married, raising a family, caring for aging parents, getting divorced, empty nesting, bereavement, and retirement. Silayan Filipina performs community service and community outreach in order to inspire and empower underserved minorities to prevail over life’s obstacles.


We host an annual Charity Ball Fundraiser to celebrate the unique aspects of our culture through song, dance, music, art and food. Silayan Filipina hosts and sponsors fundraisers and events in order to support our goals and efforts. The Tagalog word “silayan” translates to "a glimpse” or “new dawning.” Silayan Filipina embodies these meanings by celebrating life's journey of the modern Filipina-American woman: intelligent, confident, assertive, empowered, well versed, courageous; and carries herself with dignity, grace, compassion, and self respect. It is this pathway of reflecting on our past, that we can create our future. Together, we share the beauty of the Philippine heritage so our art, culture and traditions may be preserved and cherished for generations.

Galas & Benefits

Join us for our annual fundraisers and events benefitting the community.


Attend one of our monthly workshops fashioned to enlighten, improve and empower.

Kapehans & Meryendas

Join our Kapehans and Meryendas to meet, network and discuss issues vital to our community.


Coaching and empowering young women with professionals, peers and mentors.


Join us for these current and upcoming events.

portfolio 6 Speaking Your Truth
Sunday, November 3, 2019, 2pm-4pm
New Americans Museum
2825 Dewey Rd, Suite 102
San Diego, CA 92106
portfolio 8 Boogie Wonderland Senior Prom
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Chinese Community Church
4998 Via Valarta
San Diego, CA 92124


Past events include our benefits, workshops, kapehans, meryendas and meetings. Here a few hightlights of some of our past events.

2019 BOARD

Joy Ella DeGuzman

Atty. Anne S. Bautista

Trish Tahimic
Vice President

Maricris Paloutzian

Marizel Secuya-De Castro

Theresa E. Frazier
Member at Large

Christine Palencia
Ass't., Secretary

Marilou Gabay
Ass’t., Treasurer
Linda Bianes
Director of Communications

Kristine Custodio
Director of Education

Jeanne DeGuzman
Director of Public Relations

Michelle Ella-Blake
Program Director, Karilagan

Carmie S. Ibarra
Director of Memberships

Evelyn Leano
Director of Arts & Culture

Sally A. Nanquil
Melinda Benavente
Co-Chairperson, Hospitality

June Olson
Director of Arts & Culture

Joyce Temporal-Ricasa
Director of Activities/Events
Mary Torres Porter
Director of Programs

Florita Bareno
Ass’t., Activities & Events

Christina Burr
Dulce Dauz
Ass’t., Membership

Ellen Pike
Assistant, Public Relations

Mae Agbayani
Karen Adan-Burks
Co-Chair, Community Service

June Olson
Chairperson, Community Outreach

Chairperson, Kapehan


Join us and make an impact on the community through educational outreach and cultivation of the Philippine heritage.


Sampaguita Member: $25 annual membership dues
Senior Associates (65 or older): $10 annual membership dues
• Workshops fee included Sampaguita Member
• Qualifications: Must attend Sampaguita Member Orientation, complete Sampaguita Training, and receive Board Approval
• Must participate/attend at least 2 events, meetings, or workshops per year.
• Full web access to professional networking pages & mentoring program
• Full voting privileges (Must be 18 years of age *)
• May enroll as the Primary member in a Family Membership
*Participants enrolled in the Silayan Filipina Youth Leadership Program who have paid their membership dues are Junior Sampaguita Members until they attain the age of 18. After which they can become a Sampaguita member, upon completion of the above requirements. No extra annual membership dues will be charged to the Junior Sampaguita member other than the annual membership dues.

Family Membership: $40 annual membership dues
• Covers one Sampaguita member plus 4 immediate family members, (e.g., partner, dependents, siblings, or parents) for a total of 5 family members
• Primary member is a Sampaguita member
• Family members do not have to live in the same household, but names must be listed on application.
• 4 immediate family members are included in this family membership, and have Associate member status and benefits, but no voting rights

Associate Member: $10 annual membership dues
• Workshops fee included
• No voting rights

Sponsor Member: $50 annual membership dues
• Complimentary workshops entry for Sponsor member and one guest.
• Sponsor name (or their Corporation name) listed in Charity Ball souvenir
program as a Sponsor Member • Name is listed on website
• No Voting rights

MEMBER DESIGNATION/STATUS: Charter Designation: Any member who joins (at any level) prior to Dec 31, 2013. (e.g., Sampaguita Charter Member, Family Charter Member, Associate Charter Member, Sponsor Charter Member)
• As long as this member renews annually, a one-time Charter Member Card will be granted that bestows lifetime Charter membership benefits decided upon Board Approval. (See Charter Membership Card Program for annual benefits and changes.)
• Limited Charter pin available only to Sampaguita Charter members
• Charter Member Certificate awarded for membership at all levels
• Official signed Sampaguita Charter Member board will be displayed at every event.
• Member is recognized at the Charity Ball.
• Name is listed in the Charity Ball Souvenir Program and website.

Active Members status: All Memberships are annual (paid through the calendar year.) Upon completion of the membership application via website or mail, submitted with payment, a membership “card” with renewal date and membership level, will be issued and will serves as validation for entry to events. Member Name must match government ID. Reminder for Membership Fee renewal emailed 1-2 mos. prior to due date, with available auto- renew feature on secure website.

Inactive status: Members who do not renew by 5th day past their renewal date become in-active and may rejoin at the current dues schedule. Benefits are not retro-active and inactive members forfeit previous benefits. Inactive members pay Nonmember pricing per workshop/event.

*Non-Members: Non-members may participate in individual workshops and events by paying individual fees, which vary upon workshop and event.

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Karilagan update coming soon.


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