The Pilipino-American Association of New England, Inc (PAMAS) was formed in November, 1978 to fill a vacuum in the social life of Filipinos living in the greater Boston area. Its initial goal was simply to establish an association accessible to Filipinos and their families serving in the Armed Forces of the United States. Other goals and objectives delineated in its constitution and by-laws were then added. Its manifesto and accessibility became popular and spread throughout New England. Soon they were joined by Filipinos from the private sector of all walks of life as it held social functions to satisfy the need for a social calendar, and conducted various programs to benefit the Pilipino community.