Guam – The Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB), along with Mayors Melissa Savares of Dededo and Dale Alvarez of Santa Rita have announced the commencement of “We Are Guam” village mural projects in each of the respective villages.
Mayor Savares and the Dededo Municipal Council have built a 6-foot-by-150-foot-long wall specifically for the “We Are Dededo” mural project and the Veterans Association from the village. Located along Marine Corps Drive adjacent to the Dededo Skate Park, the mural will feature artwork created by Anita Bendo depicting the village’s multicultural diversity, its schools, the flea market, and other agricultural elements.
Mayor Alvarez will assist his village resident, Phil Card with the elements for Santa Rita’s mural in order to pay homage to the southern village’s historic past. Located along Chalan O’Bispo Olano Street, the “We Are Santa Rita” mural spans 6-feet-by-110-feet long, and will include such elements as Namu Falls, Sumay Cemetary , the Pan Am Clipper, the Nuestra Senora De Guadulupe Church, and Sumay Village.
“It’s been a lot of fun,” Card said. “People have stopped to provide their input and even paint. We’ve all been having a good time with this project, and are incredibly honored to do it. I have lived in Santa Rita for over 25 years, and it is the place my family and I call home.”
To date, 12 of the “We Are Guam” village murals have been completed as part of the “We Are Guam” branding initiative including Mangilao, Barrigada, Yigo, Inarajan, Tamuning-Tumon-Harmon, Hagåtña, Agat, Piti, Mongmong-Toto-Maite, Asan, Chalan Pago-Ordot, and Sinajana.
All paints and supplies have been generously donated by Benson Hardware and the Mikel I.V. Tan Foundation.
Volunteers and community organizations are invited to participate and encouraged to call their village mayors for details on assisting in each project.