About PPHC

Our Mission Statement

The Philadelphia Portuguese Heritage Commission was founded by Portuguese-Americans with the sole purpose of building and sustaining awareness of the Portuguese culture, Luso-American businesses and their attributes to the city of Philadelphia. Over 30 years old, the PPHC is the active nucleus in yearly event held at Penn’s Landing, known as the Dia De Portugal (Day of Portugal) driving thousands of Americans and immigrants alike to a day-long event showcasing traditions from the mother country of Portugal and it's islands of Madeira and the Azores, and the Community of Portuguese Language Countries: Brazil, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe, and East Timor.

Mission Statement in Portuguese


Our History

Although the Portuguese presence and contributions to the United States date back to the days of the initial discovery on this great nation, our most recent history as an organized ethnic group in Philadelphia can be traced back to as early as the 1930's.

Back then, the first Portuguese organization was founded to serve and promote our interests and culture. In the next decades to come, and after an influx of emigrants arriving in Philadelphia, other organizations were created with similar objectives to keep the Portuguese traditions alive, while adapting and learning with the American way.

In the late 1980's, the Portuguese American and Professional Business Association took charge of these separate celebrations held by each individual organization, unifying them all into one single celebration that was to be held every June 10th.

In the early 1990’s, a new, ambitious idea took hold and had Penn's Landing in its sight...
This waterfront gem, named after the founder of this great city, was to be the indefinite location where the Portuguese would introduce their culture, history and heritage to all of Philadelphia. In 1993, the PPHC stepped on stage, making its mark throughout the Grand Plaza to showcase all that the Portuguese stand for -all that we are as a people…all that we are as a collective ethnic identity living, working and thriving in the City of Philadelphia. 

Today, 18 years later, as they say it’s all history.

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Learn more about the volunteers that make up this year's commission. click here.

Opportunities exist for volunteers to participate in many facets of the Philadelphia Portuguese Heritage Commission's operation. We try to match individual volunteers with jobs that fulfill both interests and skills. Individuals interested in volunteering may do so by contacting info@portugalinphilly.com .