In February 2017 a new Filipino community organisation was started named “Filipino Community of Manchester and Cheshire” (FCMC). On 2nd March, 2020 the community officers took an oath at the Philippine Embassy in London where the Ambassador to the UK – Antonio Lagdameo and Consul General – Senen Mangalile were present. During the meeting, the future cooperation between the Embassy and FCMC was discussed regarding how the Filipino people residing in Manchester and Cheshire could be better served, helped and supported. It was decided that to start with, a Consular outreach program, OWWA and DOLE services would be provided and additionally Filipino culture will be promoted with the help of the Department of Tourism.
It was believed that the Embassy could reach more Filipino people living in the North-West of England through FCMC members. FCMC is also known for organising seasonal, well attended events throughout the year. The purpose of these events is to unite the community and to give the opportunity for Filipinos to socialise with each other in a fun and engaging event.
FCMC reaches further than the local communities by fund raising and donating to Filipinos in need and worthy causes in other parts of the UK and indeed in the Philippines. The organisation helped a Filipina who was a victim of abuse from the relatives of her late husband and recently FCMC and its members have assisted victims and people affected by the Taal Volcano eruption. FCMC set up fund raising activity which resulted in almost £200 in cash and 3 large Balik-bayan boxes filled with toiletries, canned goods and clothing being sent to the affected area in Batangas.
FCMC was founded by the current president Mr. Jefferson Lopez and to date it has built a community of over 1000 members, making it the largest Filipino community in the Greater Manchester and Cheshire region. Jefferson has brought together a team of dedicated individuals to pursue the vision and mission of FCMC. Below is the list of the current officers:
President: Jefferson Lopez Secretary: Samantha dela Paz
Treasurer: Raquel Enriquez
Auditor: Ma. Cristina Reyes
Marketing & Admin Operations: Anne Read
Creative and Design: Angel Fio Wallace-Hartley
Member Relation Officer: Amelia Bailey
Member Relation Officer: Zindy Villagomez
Advisor: Francisco de Chavez
Advisor: Gina de Chavez
If you would like to find out more or participate, attend, support or take part in future FCMC events and projects, you can reach any of the officers through their dedicated Facebook page or their personal profile pages. You can also email of call using the details below.
FB page: Filipino Community of Manchester and Cheshire