History

Kultura Pilipinas (KP) was founded in 1986 by a small group of students who wanted to give other Filipino students at the University of Oregon campus a community. At the time, Filipino students did not have the resources to cope with the sometimes daunting challenges associated with living in a foreign country. The group was conceptualized by business major Ruben Zamora whose vision was to link Filipino students back to their roots while creating a supportive community.

 

KP provided its first nine members with a sense of family and a space where Filipino students could interact with American and international students on campus and establish a relationship with the Eugene/Springfield community. Forming the backbone of KP's outreach programs was Pilipino Culture Night, a cultural show. Generations of KP members, several of Oregon's Philippine American chapters, as well as dance troupes from as far as Corvallis and Portland, all took part in the yearly cultural shows which showcased many different aspects of the Filipino culture.

 

The banner years for KP were 1996 and 1997 when former President of the Philippines, Corazon Aquino visited the University of Oregon. She was the guest of honor at KP's tenth annual culture night and was the feature speaker at the University's 120th commencement speech. She also received the first honorary degree in 48 years from the University of Oregon.

 

In the Fall of 1998, the group became independent from its long-time umbrella organization, ISA and became a recognized student organization through the ASUO. This event signified just one of the major milestones for Kultura Pilipinas. In Fall of 2013, in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, KP partnered with the Philippine American Association of Lane County to raise more than $1,000 in donations and collected 24 balikbayan boxes worth of clothing and emergency supplies to send to typhoon victims.


Today, Kultura Pilipinas continues to build a strong, solid foundation at the University of Oregon. It has evolved into an organization not only for Filipinos, but for Filipino-Americans and students of all backgrounds interested in learning about the Filipino culture and being a part of a supportive community. We are glad to have you join us. Mabuhay ang Filipino!