“The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists.” —Japanese proverb

Our Approach


The Association of Filipinos in Thailand (AFT) is a registered non-profit organisation.

Our Story

The AFT and its New Directions for 2019-2022
(as approved by the Board of Directors)

The statement “the history of AFT is the story of charity for the Philippines” quite accurately sums up the essence of the Association of Filipinos in Thailand (AFT) or Samahan ng mga Pilipino sa Thailand (SPT).

Its new directions are not about rewriting its history rather they seek to redefine that story of charity from being Philippines oriented into being Filipino oriented and extend that goodwill towards the Thai people who have generously aided the Philippines in so many ways and in so many times. In the end, what we do for the Thai people, we do for the Filipino people.

The New Directions put into proper perspective SPT’s role in light of the reality that there are now many thousands of Filipinos staying or working in Thailand when there were just a few thousands several decades ago

AFT Team

AFT’s new directions comprise four integrated approaches: Building goodwill between the Thais and Filipinos, mainly teachers; assisting Filipinos in Thailand and in the Philippines, disseminating information to increase the awareness of the Thai people on the positive contributions of Filipinos in Thailand, and persevering in working out projects in cooperation with Thai, Filipino and foreign organisations.

Mr. Efren Villanueva

AFT President

Always render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be.

Ms. Tess Prombuth

Vice President

“When someone is going through a storm, your silent presence is more powerful than a million empty words.”

Ms. Cora Bamrungcheep

AFT Adviser

“It is not how much we do – it is how much love we put into the doing.” – Mother Teresa.

Become a Member

Get all of the member benefits and become part of AFT Organization. To be eligible, you must be a Filipino Citizen with Thai Non-O, Non-Immig , Non-B and Student Visa.