TEMPLE-BEAUDRY : Mural to Spotlight Filipino Americans

The graffiti-scarred east wall of the U.S. Postal Annex at 1660 Beverly Blvd. will soon become the site of a mural honoring Filipino American history.

"Filipino Americans: A Glorious History, A Golden Legacy" will be painted by 22-year-old Eliseo Silva, a Filipino American art student who was recently commissioned by the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) after his design was chosen by a panel of judges representing the community.

Silva's mural design incorporates images representing the progress of Filipino Americans in the United States. At the center is a likeness of the late Philip Vera Cruz, the Philippines-born labor leader who worked with Cesar Chavez to organize Filipino and Mexican agricultural laborers into the United Farm Workers union.

Silva will be paid a commission of $5,000 by SPARC to paint the mural. The center is now looking for two apprentices between the ages of 14 and 21 to help with the project. Those interested must be from the Temple-Beaudry area, and will be paid $4.75 an hour.

Painting is expected to begin during the next two to three weeks, and the mural completed by summer.

Information: (310) 822-9560.

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