Patelco Credit Union partners with Philippine Consulate in Spark* Connect* Empower*

Organizations working together to empower Filipino Americans in the Bay Area

DUBLIN, CA (December 22, 2020) — Patelco Credit Union signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Consulate General of the Philippines in San Francisco under the Spark* Connect* Empower* (SCE) Movement, which seeks to help spark pride among Filipino Americans in their Filipino culture and heritage, connect them with one another, and empower them in the process.

A brainchild of Consul General Henry Bensurto, Jr., the SCE Movement aims to connect Filipino Americans to their Filipino roots and with other Filipinos and empower them to give back to their country of origin or of their ancestors and/or their present communities.

Patelco is the first and only credit union partner under the SCE Movement.

Patelco aims for the organizations to provide Filipino Americans in the Bay Area with opportunities for financial education.

“As a credit union, we owe it to our members to support the communities they belong to in order to fuel hope and opportunity,” said Long Vo, Director of Retail Development at Patelco. “Patelco and the Philippine Consulate share the same vision – to empower our communities and prepare the next generation for success and resiliency.”

Patelco hopes to provide workshops on relevant financial topics, mentorship opportunities and access to financial resources for Filipino Americans.

“We’re grateful for this partnership and we look forward to working with Patelco to spark, connect and empower Filipinos, both individually and collectively, through financial literacy,” said Consul General Henry S. Bensurto, Jr.

This partnership comes from a longstanding relationship between Patelco and the Filipino community in the Bay Area. Patelco team members – such as Alma Tolentino, Patelco’s Sunnyvale Branch Manager – have supported and participated in events such as the Adobo Festival, PistahangPinoy Festival and PaskuhangPinoy Festival as well as groups like the Filipino Ladies Guild in Milpitas and Filipino Association of Real Estate Professionals (FAREPA).

Through this partnership, Patelco and the Consulate General will be able to work together and continue to provide meaningful resources and support to Filipino Americans in the Bay Area.

About Patelco Credit Union

Dublin, Calif.-based Patelco Credit Union is a not-for-profit credit union committed to serving the financial health and wellbeing of its membership. With 500,000 members, primarily in and around northern California, Patelco is dedicated to improving its members’ financial health and wellbeing by offering personalized solutions, advice, and expertise that empower members to live their best financial lives. Founded in 1936 with $500 in assets by Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company employees, Patelco is in the top one percent of U.S. credit unions with more than $9 billion in assets. For more information, visit


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