The idea of owning a building for a Filipino community centre in downtown Toronto was simply a pipe dream for interested Filipinos in the 70s and 80s. Nonetheless, it seems only yesterday when a group of well-intentioned Filipinos mobilized by the Philippine Embassy in Ottawa with Ambassador Francisco Benedicto and the Philippine Consulate General in Toronto, under the auspices of Consul General Susan Cisternae, Consuls Olivia Palala and Sylvia Maralinga finally lay to rest the dream of a community center in downtown Toronto. It doesn’t hurt to mention that the first to donate $5000.00 US to the cause was Ambassador Benedicto and when President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo visited Toronto in 2001 and contributed $5,000.00 US, it sparked the interest and charitable nature of Filipinos in Toronto.
On December 17, 2002, the dream became a reality after this group now known as the FILIPINO CENTRE TORONTO, worked diligently and painstakingly to raise the amount needed for a down payment through donations, fundraisings and their own personal contributions. This building belongs to the Filipino-Canadian community of the Greater Toronto Area, and not by anybody in particular.