New Lompoc mural celebrates Filipino heritage

Mural located off I Street near Sissy's Cafe

LOMPOC, Calif. - If you drive down I Street in Lompoc, you may catch a glimpse of a colorful new mural celebrating diversity.

The Lompoc Filipino American Club unveiled the piece called "Crossing the Ocean" on Friday. 

The mural took 21 days to finish and illustrates some of the struggles the Filipino community has had to overcome in America.

The piece of art also recognizes the fifty years the club has been in the city. 

The club's Vice President Randolph Ares says being able to see this mural every day gives them a great sense of pride, telling us: "Through hard work, effort, any minority can make it here in the United States. Yes there are hurdles to go through but those hurdles are able to be overcome through you know, camaraderie, bonding and being close with the community as well."

The man behind the mural is Filipino artist Eliseo Silva.

He has another mural in Lompoc, located right across from this new Crossing the Ocean piece. 

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