Our Plans

 
The literal translation of the Filipino term ‘Bulwagan’ is “hall”.
 
In 1999, with the increasing number of Filipinos migrating to Wellington, Christina (Bing) Pan-garuy (nee Eguna) saw a need to build a Filipino Community Centre that all Filipinos in New Zealand can proudly call their own by providing:
 
a) a community centre where Filipino-New Zealanders (Filipino-Kiwis) can learn about their traditions and heritage;
b) a community centre where Filipino Culture and Heritage could be preserved and perpe-tuated and where Philippine history and artifacts can be permanently housed, displayed, and promoted in Wellington and shared with the rest of New Zealand;
c) a community centre where social contact and exchange through cultural and performing arts, recreational activities and sports events between Filipino-Kiwis with the wider commu-nity is encouraged through a multi-purpose facility;
d) a place where the awareness and respect for special status of Māori people as Tangata Whenua can also be taught;
e) a place where different forms of religious and spiritual beliefs can be practised and en-couraged;
f) a place made available for lease to small businesses, whānau, and commercial enterpri-ses; and,
g) a place that will help advance the charitable aims of the Foundation.
 
The number of Filipinos arriving in Wellington these days has grown exponentially and the call for a community centre at affordable prices rings louder. However this Project cannot be achiev-ed without the support of the community along with those of its friends, supporters and fund-ers. 

So even whilst the Bulwagan Foundation Trust continues to raise funds for this singular pur-pose, its desire to produce meaningful outcomes for all its stakeholders in the community now focuses more on improving its limited access to appropriate, effective and affordable capacity-building activities. 
 
Through this blogsite and its other touchpoints on the Web, the Foundation aims to generate much more interest, awareness, engagement, participation, support and a better understanding from the public of its plans and activities and also garner more support from funding bodies to help the Foundation enable itself to deliver more meaningful benefits and outcomes through the Foundation’s Community Centre Building Project. 
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