Dear PAAET Members and Friends, Isn’t it amazing how time flies? This year we achieve yet another milestone in PAAET history. PAAET celebrates its 30th year anniversary. As we cross this monumental event, let us remember the key individuals who started PAAET. A small group of Filipino-Americans met each other during the 1982 World’s Fair in Knoxville. After that, in 1984, most everyone felt like continuing the camaraderie and decided to organize into a formal group, now PAAET. PAAET was created primarily to bring the Filipino-American community together. Together we enhance friendship, fellowship among the Filipino-American families in Knoxville and surrounding counties, and participate in local activities that broaden our understanding towards the Filipino culture and traditions. Through the years, the organization has grown significantly from a handful members to an estimated 280 families. We continue to make great strides in cultural, social, and economic arenas. While continuing the core purpose of the organization we pursue to provide humanitarian assistance and services in response to the natural and economic disasters to our members and to our extended families in the Philippines. With everyone’s combined efforts, we were able to achieve several accomplishments and milestones both in our community and in our native country.  I thank everyone who participated in our activities and projects. This year we will elect our new set of officers for 2014-2016 to lead our group to its next chapter. The election is scheduled in May during our Spring Picnic. If you would like to lead this awesome group, please contact any incumbent officer. I would like to personally thank the previous and incumbent PAAET officers, their families and all PAAET members for another great year! Maraming Salamat Po, Matthew Solis 



A letter from

Matthew Solis,


Orlino Baldonado
shares a brief history

How It All Started