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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.



Silayan Filipina supports diversity and inclusion regardless of age, gender, race, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation (LGBTQ+), gender identity, socio-economic status, or geographic region.

Silayan Filipina’s board of directors, officers, and members share the core set of values of Education, Empowerment, Community Engagement, and Cultural Appreciation.


Silayan Filipina provides a positive learning environment to share our collective knowledge and to model success. Members have access to workshops, conferences, resources, and tools for professional and personal development. We offer networking and mentorship opportunities to build relationships between our members, representing diverse backgrounds in fields such as business, education, medicine, law, health and wellness, government, military, arts and culture, and media/broadcasting. We award scholarships to deserving students and nurture them through our Karilagan Youth Leadership Program.


Every woman is truly unique, resilient, powerful, and deserves to be heard. As a true sisterhood, we inspire one another through Kapehan round table discussions, encourage through artistic/creative opportunities, and support each other to address today’s challenges and enhance life’s experiences. “An inspired woman is an empowered woman. An empowered woman empowers others.”


Silayan Filipina works in partnerships with corporate/private businesses, non-profit organizations, health and education professionals, and diverse organizations to enhance community awareness on issues and topics that are current and relevant in our society. We offer a variety of activities that build on the strengths of our community and provide support to its citizens. Silayan Filipina believes in transparency, integrity, and inclusion with every engagement in its dedication to promote education and awareness, foster collaboration, and advocate for our growing and ever-changing community.


Silayan Filipina is proud to host a variety of events to celebrate the unique aspects of our culture through song, dance, music, art, and food. By learning about our roots and history, we can better appreciate our beautiful and rich customs and traditions. Together, through multi-generational celebrations, we share the beauty of the Filipino heritage to honor and preserve our culture as a legacy to future 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.


Past events include our benefits, workshops, kapehans, meryendas and meetings. Here a few hightlights of some of our past events.
Click here to see adiitional photos throughout the years.


Together Again: A 90s Rewind Showcase
November 19, 2022
Beneficiary: Silayan Filipina's Karilagan Youth Leadership Program

2023 BOARD


Joy Ella DeGuzman

Joyce Temporal Ricasa

Michelle Ella-Blake
Vice President, Karilagan

Catherine 'Cat' Boulton

Marizel Secuya

Nova Lara
Member at Large

Carmie Ibarra
Director of Activities/Events

Georgia Mugol
Director of Arts & Culture

Melinda Benavente
Director of Communications

Riza Eusebio
Director of Education

Sally A. Nanquil
Director of Logistics

Jeanne DeGuzman
Director of Marketing

Dulce Dauz
Director of Memberships

Director of Programs

Sarah Yasukochi

Director of Public Relations

Anna Hartwig
Community Service Chairperson

Debbie Payawal
Fundraising Chairperson

Jenylyn Carpio
Heart Smart Chairperson




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.

Download Membership Form



Karilagan update coming soon.


Visit our online Sampaguita UCast Channel for tutorials, podcasts, videos and Kain Na Tayo "Let's Eat" cooking demonstrations.


May 20, 2020
Pork Sparerib Afritada - Ana Torres

June 13, 2020
Pancit Bihon - Arlie Ricasa Bagaporo

July 11, 2020
Skinless Pork Longanisa - Georgia Mugol

August 15, 2020
Pork Laing - Anna Hartwig

September 12, 2020
Leche Flan - Annabel Bianes

October 17, 2020
Chicken Adobo - Gladys Castillo

December 24, 2020
Holiday Desserts - Alyssa Ricasa, Dulce Dauz,
Joyce Ricasa and Maricris Paloutzian

March 20, 2021
Shrimp and Cream Cheese Lumpia - Jacquiline Lapid

April 17, 2021
Pinakbet Ilocano Style - Maria Fontimayor

May 15, 2021
Lumpiang Sariwa With Fresh Wrapper - Grace Fordan-Almazar

October 23, 2021
Arroz Valenciana - Ines Gamboa


November 13, 2020 with Arlie Ricasa
Adapt, Transform and Prevail in 2020 with Arlie Ricasa

February 5, 2021 with Kristine Custodio-Suero
How My Career Chose Me
with Kristine Custodio-Suero


Tune in for future live feeds of our events.

Stay tuned for the next Silayan Filipina UCast Live Stream.


Mailing address:
4653 Carmel Mountain Road, Suite 308, Box 118
San Diego, CA 92130
(415) 745-2926