[Cebu City] April 20, 2022— On Saturday, April 2, the awaited Historic Filipinotown Eastern Gateway was unveiled, giving Los Angeles a new monument to commemorate during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May.
The Historic Filipinotown Village Eastern Gateway, named “Talang Gabay” or Our Guiding Star” was designed by Filipino American painters Eliseo Art Silva and Celestino Geronimo.
They incorporated Filipino cultural symbols such as parol or an ornamental lantern; the Gumamela flower, also known as hibiscus, to honor frontline workers; and the Sarimanok, a legendary bird that originated on the Philippine island of Mindanao, are among the symbols of Filipino culture.
This project is estimated to cost $587,000 with a span of 82 feet wide and 30 feet high above Beverly Boulevard.
According to councilman O’Farrell, the project to install the gateway has been in the works for nearly 20 years. The project is part of a larger plan to improve the First Street Bridge with seismic retrofitting and lane enhancements, which is being carried out in collaboration with the Board of Public Works.
In 2018, O’Farrell committed $152,000 to the Eastern Gateway Project, but with extra funds from cost reductions on another project, he was able to increase his contribution to $452,000.