The Big Bend Filipino-American Association, Inc. is a 501(3)c registered non-profit organization.

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Please fill out the BBFAA Membership Form in the link above and mail your check to the BBFAA P.O. Box 227, Tallahassee, FL 32302-0227.  Or pay online by clicking the links below or the Pay Online Membership buttons above. Thank you for supporting the BBFAA.

Student membership fee with a valid .edu email $10
3 year family membership fee $72
5 year family membership fee $115
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The Election Committee is proud to announce the new BBFAA Leadership. We would like to recognize and thank the Election Committee for their hard work and dedication in running a fair and transparent election. We also appreciate all the BBFAA members, who submitted their votes and participated in the election. We also appreciate all of the candidates who stepped up to volunteer for the positions when the need emerged. We are proud of all of you. Now, let us together move our association forward and continue its purpose and future.

Here now comes the Final Election Result from the Election Committee:


The following are the elected Officers and Board Members of the Big Bend Filipino-American Association, Inc. after the counting of the election ballots held on Tuesday, November 21, 2023, 5:30 pm at the Panda Buffet, 3507 Thomasville Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32312

BBFAA Officers:

  • President: Sonny Abad
  • Vice President: Michelle Riley
  • Secretary: Annette Gante
  • Treasurer: Josephine Bass
  • Auditor: Joanne Skelton

5 Elected Board Members:

1. Lally Mosley
2. Albert Foz
3. Father Alberic Lazerna
4. Nelly Guarda
5. Arneil Reyes

2 Board Members (Past Presidents):

1. Earl Campos
2. Romy Aggabao

Certified and respectfully submitted by:

The Election Committee

  • Dinah Johnson – Chairman
  • Sue Sparks – Co-Chairman
  • Clarisse Grise – Committee Member
  • David Johnson – Committee Member
  • Jeannette Chancey – Committee Member

Council of Cultural Arts Grant

BBFAA has been approved to receive  $1260 in Cultural Grant and $360 Marketing Grant for FY24 in COCA Grants. The Cultural Grant (City Grant) has not been finalized in which BBFAA requested $10K. We will hear more information soon as we have just submitted the FY2023 Final Grant Report.

Thank you for your support! – Click here to view the 2022 BBFAA Pista sa Nayon Patron Sponsors and Businesses/Organizations.

Pista sa Nayon – Filipino Festival

 The Annual 2023 Pista sa Nayon – Filipino Festival was held on Saturday, November 4 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. where BBFAA showcased its Filipino traditions, food, and performances.  This cultural festival is sponsored by COCA grant and the City of Tallahassee. Our major sponsors included Florida Blue, Sanista, HCA Healthcare and Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Special thanks to our food vendors: Acosta’s Kitchen, Murillo’s Kitchen, Eat’s Pinoy, Real Sarap, Filipiniana Cafe, Josie’s Kitchen, and Tarty’s Enterprise ETC.  

Event: Volunteer Concession Opportunity – High School Graduation

  • Date/Time: May 25, 2024
  • Location: Civic Center Food/Snack Concession
  • Details: For transportation, meet at Olive Garden parking lot at 11:30 a.m. Interested high students (16 years and up) or BBFAA members click here to sign up to volunteer or contact Concession Lead Lally Mosley at 850-766-0281.  Deadline to sign up is on May 20. High School students can earn Bright Future hours. BBFAA members can earn credit/discount towards the 2024 Annual BBFAA Christmas Party.


Event: Filipino Mass (Philippine Independence Day)

  • Date/Time: Sunday, June 9 at 12:30 p.m.
  • Location: St. Louis Catholic Church, 3640 Fred George Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32303
  • Details:  Celebrate Philippine Independence Day with us and make sure to ask for the limited hand held Philippine Flags for souvenir.
  • Join us for a Fellowship Lunch after mass. This is a potluck event. We encourage everyone to share their best dish. Click here to sign up for potluck.
  • Feel free to wear your Philippine inspired attire.
  • BBFAA Charity Team Tallahassee will have a fundraising activity after mass and sell Halo-Halo. Bring cash.
  • Thank you to Father Alberic Lazerna and the St. Louis Parish Catholic Church for hosting. And thank you to Barbara Reyes for providing the Filipino Church music for the mass.

Event: BBFAA Family Picnic

  • Date/Time: Saturday, June 22 from 10:00 a.m. until sundown
  • Location: Dr. Julian G. Bruce (St. George Island) State Park, 1900 East Gulf Beach Dr. East Point, FL 32328
  • Details: For more details, visit Hours & Fees for Florida State Park
  • Activities: Culinary Workshop Featuring “Inihaw Cookfest”, Inihaw na Talong (Eggplant), Liempo (Pork), Isda (Fish) at Gulay (Vegetables)! Bring your best dipping sauce!
  • This is a potluck event. Click here to sign up for the potluck
  • More activities include: Pakwan Eating Contest, Best Pick Up Line Challenge, Bingo at the Beach, and many more. Halo-Halo fundraising, Drawing fo Two Free Disney Tickets (Tickets available for purchase from the BBFAA Charity Candidates (listed below). Mini Pinoy Games (Sipa, Dama, Tumbang Preso, atbp) Swim! Swim! Sim!
  • BBFAA Charity Candidates: Olivia c/o Joanne Skelton, Jaymie Strickland, Ohna Koontz, Lydia Ruth. If you have any questions, please contact Lally Mosley at (850) 766-0281.

Ongoing Event
Event: BBFAA choir

  • BBFAA Choir Co-Leads: Michelle Riley and Barbara Reyes
  • Location: St. Louis Catholic Church, Tallahassee, Florida
  • Details: Volunteers are needed for the Tagalog Choir to support the Tagalog Mass. The choir will have scheduled practices. Please RSVP to Vice President Michelle Riley if you are interested.  Please come to practice as we would love to hear your voices

Past Events

BBFAA Leadership 2023 - 2025


BBFAA Executive Council
Dec 2023 – Dec 2025


  • President Sonny Abad
  • Vice President Michelle Riley
  • Secretary Annette Gante
  • Treasurer Josephine Bass
  • Auditor Joanne Skelton
  • Public Relations Officer Odyssy Pastrana

Board of Directors

  • Chairman of the Board Arneil Reyes
  • Vice Chair Board Member Lally Mosley
  • Board Member Romeo Aggabao (Past President)
  • Board Member Earl Campos (Past President)
  • Board Member Albert Foz
  • Board Member Father Alberic Lazerna
  • Board Member Nelly Guarda

BBFAA Members are welcome to attend the Executive Meeting held each month. Location TBA. Contact any Officer/Board member for more information.


BBFAA US Educational Grant $500

Attention High School Seniors and University/College students!!!
2024 U.S. Educational Grant Scholarship Application

The U.S. Educational Grant Scholarship is now open! Please click on the link above for the application. Then, mail your application and essay to Chair Michelle Riley by the deadline: May 31, 2024 to this address: BBFAA Educational Grant, P.O. Box 227, Tallahassee, FL 32302. Please contact Chair Michelle Riley at if you have any questions

Civic Center Concession Volunteer Opportunities:

BBFAA is giving more opportunities for High school students (Age 16 and above) to receive Bright Futures Scholarship service hours by volunteering at the Civic Center Food/Snack Concessions stands during special events, basketball games and concerts. This is also an opportunity for members to start building up concession hours for a complimentary dinner at the 2024 BBFAA Christmas Party in December. Upcoming Concession event: High School Graduation, 3:00 PM, May 25, 2024. Meet at the Olive Garden parking lot at 11:30 am. Sign up at or please contact Lally Mosley to volunteer at phone: 850-766-0281.

Congratulations to our first recipient of the 2022 BBFAA $500.00 U.S. Volunteer Student Service Award!
Jason Munoz

Jason Munoz received this award for volunteering the most hours at the FSU concession stands in 2022. BBFAA is thankful for his service.

Congratulations to the 2023 recipients of the BBFAA $500.00 U.S. Educational Grant!

Essay Contest Winners:
Christopher “Justin” Salvador (Winning Essay)
Marc Guarda
Zoe Brammer
Anton Abad

TikTok Video Winner:
Rafael Guarda

@rmcguarda My TikTok entry for the 2023-2024 Pilar Hinchcliffe Educational Grant. In this video, I will try to educate you on the traits, values, and culture of the Philippines with a comedic twist. Through performing arts and skits demonstrated throughout this video, I hope I can exemplify one very good Filipino trait, and that is spreading humor and positivity. Through comedy I hope to show you that education is POWER and that we treasure our familial relationships. #BBFAA2023 ♬ original sound – rmcguarda

Chair: Michelle Riley email:

BBFAA FSU Volunteer Concession


Sign up to be a BBFAA Concession Stand Volunteer

High school students can earn volunteer hours for their
Bright Futures Scholarships
All games listed below are Home games in Tallahassee, Florida at Doak Campbell Stadium.

    • All volunteers must be over the age of 18 years and take a 2 hour training.
    • Please meet 4 hours before kickoff. Transportation at Olive Garden.
    • Dress code: Black or khaki pants/long shorts. No jeans or leggings. Non-skid shoes with covered toes and clear bag policy.

Contact: Lally Mosley, phone: 850-766-0281

Click on the logo below to sign up as a volunteer

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 2024 FSU Football Schedule

All games listed below are Home games in Tallahassee, Florida

Monday, September 2FSU v. Boston College Eagles
Saturday, September 14FSU v. Memphis Tigers
Saturday, September 21FSU v. California Golden Bears
Saturday, October 5FSU v. Clemson Tigers
Saturday, November 2FSU v. North Carolina Tarheels
Saturday, November 23FSU v. Charleston Southern Buccaneers
Saturday, November 30FSU v. Florida Gators