“Ibig Naming Matanghal sa Lupain ng America”
The Mural at the Kern-Veloria Plaza, Filipino Community Village, Seattle, WA
© Filipino Community of Seattle. Images of the mural, or any part thereof, can only be used for any purpose with explicit written permission of the Executive Director of the Filipino Community of Seattle.
We, the Filipino Community of Seattle, respectfully acknowledge the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish, past and present, whose unceded land we are on. It is with humility that we express our gratefulness to all members of the Duwamish Tribe for sharing with us the richness of their land. Maraming salamat po.
“Ibig Naming Matanghal Sa Lupain ng Amerika"
Ilokano: Kayat Mi A Madaydayao Ditoy Daga Iti Amerika
Bisaya: Gusto Namo Mahibalo Tungod Sa Yuta Ng Amerika
Acrylic, First 2 Panels - 5.8’ x 8.6’, and the Last 2 Panels - 6.8’ x 8.6’, 2021
Artist: Eliseo Art Arambulo Silva
Assisted by Hannah Bi, Riley C Cook, Alissa Jean-Baptiste, Emilia May Hughes, Anh Nguyen,
Matt Patrick, MJ Steele, and Roberto San Luis
This mural embodies the collective aspirations of many generations of Filipino immigrants and their descendants to be accepted and included as equals in America: for their Filipino and Filipino-American stories and art to be taken seriously enough to be showcased as a main event of the American narrative, to become major players in the US cultural landscape, and finally to be recognized with an equal seat at the table of power and influence with synergy and in harmony with the beloved community. Aspirations, dreams and wants, which are depicted in the mural, are resonating as powerfully today as when the Filipino Community of Seattle was first established in 1935.
With profound gratitude to our ancestors and elders whose shoulders we stand on proudly today, and to the members and friends of the Filipino/Filipino American community who believed in, supported, and guided this project.
FCV Plaza Mural Committee
Chair: Armilito Pangilinan
Members: Cindy Domingo, Alma Kern, Gemma Mechure, Agnes Navarro, and Edwin Obras