About BAEC

Grand Sampaguita BallroomThe completion of the Bayanihan Arts and Events Center inside the Philippine Cultural Enrichment Complex in Tampa, Florida is the work of a seamless, integrated fabric of talents that blended perfectly. It consisted of generous and focused people who have diligently and selflessly given their time and energy since the founding of the Philippine Cultural Foundation, Inc. (PCFI) in 1995. Built in 2001, the Center is a spectacular and an exceptional arts and events facility that offers a spacious 9,900 sq. ft. of carpeted and chandeliered convention, exhibit and event hall for the use of the organization and its members. With tastefully paved entrance, adorned with a majestic fountain and well-manicured garden, one comes in to a magnificently crystal-chandeliered lobby and a gracious library holding a vast collection of books, musical instruments and artifacts on Philippine culture.

In the lobby are meticulously hand-carved entrances to the Grand Sampaguita Ballroom, a significantly huge room decorated with capiz shell chandeliers and other lighting ornaments handcrafted from the Philippines. It also boosts a handmade bamboo bar, to take the Filipino design a little bit further, a 33’x33′ dance floor. This hall has been the venue of the Organizations cultural shows, exhibits, charity balls and festivals.