Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc.(P.A.W.A.) evolved from what was Philippine American Women Writers and Artists (PAWWA), an organization established since 1994. In 1998 it was reorganized into PAWA to be more inclusive of the community and thus, membership became open to other Philippine American writers and artists regardless of gender. They had envisioned PAWA as a venue to create and encourage literature and arts for the preservation and enrichment of Filipino and Filipino American historical, cultural and spiritual values. In accordance with this vision, PAWA takes the lead in introducing new creative forms and techniques to actively disseminate Philippine life and culture to American readers. Officers and members support and encourage each others creative efforts through their literary and art work. As one of their many goals, P.A.W.A. endeavors to tap the services of Philippine American producers, publishers, booksellers and those in the multimedia and desktop publishing industry to build a bridge of mutual friendship and spirit of sharing among their members.
Original organizers in December 1994
at Seton Hospital in Daly City, California