A mural depicting the history of Filipinos in Vallejo was created by a renowned Filipino artist Eliseo Art Silva, with help from the community, and was completed last month.
The book “Filipinos in Vallejo” by Mel Orpilla, President of the Filipino-American National Historic Society, inspired the 60-foot wide mural.
As Vallejo has a rich history of Filipino-Americans since the beginning of the 1900s, the mural stands as an acknowledgment of the long line of families who made an impact in the Vallejo culture and its society.
Silva, along with various community artists and non-artists alike, came together in public painting sessions to help participate in the mural. Silva has also created more than 80 murals across the nation.
The mural stands in three arches and has a designated theme in each arch: respect, heroism, and generations.
“The first panel says, ‘manong’, and I separated it to ‘mano’, like respect,” said Silva. “And then the second one is ‘kabayanihan’, with the ‘ka’, is about heroism, so that’s World War II. And then the third one is ‘kapwa’. Kapwa is shared being, and it talks about the idea of two different generations converging in 1965, the professionals with the old timers who were here before, and they converged to the Delano Grape Strike.”
The mural will stand on the Florida Street side of the Filipino Cultural Center, located at 611 Amador Street.