Welcome to the official website of
the Bayanihan Filipino-American
Alliance of Maryland
The Bayanihan
Filipino-American Alliance of
P.O. Box 1817
Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061
The Bayanihan Filipino American Alliance of Maryland
was founded on December 7, 1996.  

Who are we?  We are an organization of Filipino-
American families, proud of our Filipino heritage and also
proud to be Americans.  Most of our older members
immigrated here and have become naturalized United
States citizens.  Some are dual citizens. Almost everyone
has close relatives living in the Philippines.  Our younger
members are a mix of immigrants and U.S. born Filipinos.  
Many of the organization’s members are professionals:
doctors, nurses, lawyers, engineers, accountants,
teachers, and business owners.  A significant percentage
of our members have connections to the United States
military.  Some enlisted in the Philippines and later
immigrated to the United States.  Others were U.S.
citizens who served in the U.S. military and married
Filipinos.   Some of our members retired from military
service after full careers in the United States Army, Navy,
Marines, or Coast Guard.  We often have U. S. active duty
and reserve forces personnel of Filipino descent among
our membership.

Where are we?  The organization is located in central
Maryland with its headquarters in Glen Burnie, just south of
Baltimore.  We have members in Anne Arundel County
Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Howard County, Prince
Georges County, and the eastern shore.  Our service area
has about 54,000 Filipinos.   This is exclusive of those
north of us who are served by the Katipunan and the Fil-
Am Association of the Upper Chesapeake, and to the
south of us who are served by the Migrant Heritage
Commission and Fil-Am Association of PG County.  

Why do we exist?  The organization has several missions
which are:  to preserve and pass on Filipino culture and
values; learn American culture; help Filipino immigrants
acclimate to life in the United States; help Filipinos here in
the United States and in the Philippines through charitable
giving; provide college scholarships to worthy students of
Filipino descent; help Filipino business development and
networking; and foster and enhance individual confidence
and competence through social interaction.  

How do we accomplish our missions and what do we
 First, we provide information programs/seminars on
such topics as immigration, dual citizenship, estate
planning, health, law, Philippine culture, Tagalog, and
American culture/language.  

Second, we have the professional expertise among our
members to help anyone who has a problem, be it
medical, legal, financial, social, or emotional.  If we do not
have that expertise, we know someone who does.  We
have been a leader in Maryland in helping Filipino
teachers with their problems for the last ten years.  

Third, we are constantly aware of the importance of our
Filipino youth.  They are our future, and we are intent on
passing on Filipino culture to them.  We also want to see
them reach their full potential in life.  To this end, we ensure
all of our programs and events include cultural and youth
oriented activities.  Last year we gave two scholarships to
students of Filipino descent.  Our scholarship grants are

Fourth, we encourage Filipino business development and
can and have provided guidance in business
development, networking, business short and long term
planning, taxes, and bookkeeping.  We encourage our
members to patronize Filipino businesses.

Fifth, the organization has consistently made significant
donations to disaster relief from typhoons, earthquakes
and floods not only in the Philippines, but also in Haiti and
Chili.  Yearly donations have also helped fund medical
missions to the Philippines.  Currently ongoing are relief
efforts for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.  We have
educated the public about the typhoon and its horrific
effects, even appearing on television and in the written
press, and have solicited donations from businesses,
schools, professional organizations, and the general public
and sent our own funds and those of our donors to the
Philippines through Catholic Relief and Feed the Hungry.  
Our first check for $1000 was dispatched only three days
after the Typhoon hit the central Philippines.  We have
since send thousands more.  We have also collected and
shipped significant amounts of clothing, dry goods,
personal hygiene items and food to the Philippines Red
Cross.  We are continuing to collect donations and goods
and will be for quite some time in the future.    

Sixth, we put on several high quality social events each
year including our Sweetheart Ball, Easter celebration,
family picnic, Halloween costume party, and Christmas
celebration.  We also have trips to Atlantic City several
times a year, and we have taken trips to New York City,
Niagara Falls and other places of interest.  We even have
a Birthday Club.

The organization has a Cultural Dance Group which
performs creative and colorful exhibitions of Filipino
cultural dances.  There is an adult component and a youth
component to the dance group.  The 2013 group had 19
dancers ranging in age from 12 to 57, and five logistical
support personnel.  The Group has performed at the
Sweetheart Ball (2012 and 2013), at Fiesta Filipiniana in
Towson (2012 and 2013), at the Baltimore Filipino Fiesta
at Power Plant Live! (2012), at Fort Meade (2012), at
Walter Reed Army Hospital (2012), as the headliner
performance for the U. S. Department of Defense Diversity
Day in July, 2013 (5 dances), at the Fil-Am of AAC
Philippine Heritage Celebration in August, 2013, and in
September 2013 as the lead group for the Filipino Saints
Day Celebration at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in
Baltimore (4 dances and one vocalist).

We publish a quarterly newsletter (“Sulyap”), and have our
own facebook page (Maryland Bayanihan), and website

The organization is active in the Filipino community
throughout Maryland and Washington, DC.  The Bayanihan
is a charter member of the Filipino Council of the
Archdiocese of Baltimore, and strongly supports the efforts
of its sister civic and religious organizations in the region.  
Membership News:

We have changed our
membership system.  
Membership is no longer on a
calendar year basis.  
Membership dues are for a
year, but your membership
year expires on the 365th day
after you have signed up and
paid.  You must then renew.  
We will be giving out
membership cards with your
expiration dates.

Application/Renewal Forms are
downloadable on our
membership page.