Monuments, statues, street signs, plaques, memorials, murals. Our communities are filled with tributes to the people, places, and things that hold some sort of significance to the people who live there, and this holds true in past and present Filipino Communities throughout America. Jose Rizal Bridge, Larry Itliong Village, and the upcoming gateway arch in Los Angeles’ Historic Filipinotown are all signifiers of the impact of Filipinos here and abroad… and yet, do people outside of our community understand the significance? Are we properly honoring these moments in our history and educating people about them? Are there people and moments that we should be recognizing, but haven’t yet?
Is there a Filipino American monument in your community? What kind of monuments would you like to see? Let us know by leaving a voicemail at (805) 394-TFAL or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org