Students and members of the Filipino community of San Francisco celebrated the 10th anniversary of SF State’s Filipino Community mural on Tuesday, April 2 at Jack Adams Hall.
About 100 people took part in the celebration which consisted of food, music and dance performances. Guest speakers from the Filipino community shared their knowledge of the mural and its significance to them.
In addition, the event was a tribute to several Filipino-American community organizers of the I-Hotel movement: Al Robles, Bill Sorro and Violeta “Bullet” Marasigan.
According to SF State student Joy Ng, who organized the event with the five Filipino-American organizations, the event was extended into a tribute to the three community organizers because the history of the I-Hotel has a strong connection to the mural.
“We wanted to bring back the topic of the I-Hotel so that people can refresh their memory and remember why we’re here, why we have the mural and not just celebrate having it, but to remember how we got it and to appreciate the struggle that happened to get the mural,” Ng said.
The mural, donated by the Filipino community to SF State’s Cesar Chavez Student Center, was the first mural in the California State University system to depict Filipino history. It is located outside of SF State’s Cesar Chavez Student Center near the entrance of the bookstore.