About Helen Agcaoili Summers
Helen Agcaoili Summers-Brown was the first Filipina graduate of the University of California Los Angeles in 1937. She then took on a teaching career at the LAUSD where she became a counselor and teacher. After her retirement, Helen took it upon herself to establish the first and only Filipino American Library here in Los Angeles. In 1985, Helen called together her friends and family and started off with her father’s book collection which he had built in his role as a colonial education administrator in the Philippines. Auntie Helen collaborated with Uncle Roy Morales for permission from the Filipino Christian Church in LA’s Historic Filipinotown for basement space and the Philippine American Reading Room and Library (PARRAL) was born. By 1999, it had outgrown its space thru donations and volunteers and was renamed the Filipino American Library.