It was the decade of dial-up internet, Napster, Y2K, and a growing community of Filipino and Filipino-American professionals in the DMV. In 1998, an announcement board was created as a forum for these young professionals. After much debate of turning the listserv into a formal group, it was decided that a convenient platform to deliver community announcements would meet the needs of our community.
2000 – 2001: The Yahoo Group
The DMV had a great community of professional associations, regional organizations, student groups, and even youth arts groups, but where would 20 to 30 something Filipino-American professionals go to connect?
On a snow-covered day of January 2000, 32 people met on 18th and M at the Daily Grill. People who came that night moved to DC for work or school. There was also a good number of locals too. It was the first of many happy hours for the group of young professionals. On the spot, a sign-in sheet was created.
From that sign-in sheet, the FYP-WDC Yahoo group emerged. The mission of the listserv was to promote activities in the DC area, organize future socials, and share info (housing, restaurants, jobs, etc.). As word spread, the listserv grew to over 300 individuals! Folks in NYC, Philadelphia, and Virginia Beach were encouraged to start their own groups.
Early on there was a desire to formalize the Yahoo group and meetings were hosted by the Philippine Embassy. At that time, there were folks who supported the idea or incorporation, but weren’t able to commit to the necessary time in which to accomplish the work. It wasn’t until a few years later, that a group of younger newly-graduated folks decided that they would be able to commit to working on formalizing the group.
2002: Transition Year
In 2002, Rafael (RJ) Diokno picked up the torch and continued to organize social and networking events. He became the “de facto” President of the group. His commitment to the group brought many new people into the “informal group” who would later become the drivers into making FYP-DC into a nonprofit.
2003-2005: Becoming a 501(c)7
While the FYP-DC listserv has become an increasingly popular forum for Filipino young professionals in the DC area, many believed that the organization should be restructured to reassess its direction. RJ Diokno, Anthony David and Therese “Wit” Lizardo had the initial discussion to form an organized group. In late 2003, those three with several volunteers voiced interest in expanding existing events and developing new programs to benefit the community on both a networking, and professional level. In 2004, the first FYP-DC e-board was created (refer to Officer page for names and positions of prior e-boards). After the e-board’s hard work, FYP-DC became incorporated on November 2, 2005 and changed the FYP-WDC listserv to FYP-DC General Listservs (with over 500 subscribers) and created a member only FYP-DC Member listserve.