Tuloy po Kayo!
Burnaby Village Museum
50th Anniversary Commemorative Arches
July – September 2022
Arko or Arches are abundant in the Philippines. The Spaniards introduced them during the Spanish colonization as a marker of place, erected at a land boundary's entrance. However, in this case, I want to subvert this concept. Instead of claiming a land territory, metaphorically, my arch will be the land space where I will ethically introduce my Filipino heritage to the public.
Tuloy po kayo! The title of my arch is a phrase commonly observed and used in the Philippines. When translated to English, the expression means, "Please, come in!" when Filipinos let someone enter their home or other spaces. Therefore, besides being a Filipino heritage site, my arch simultaneously serves as an invitation for everyone to explore our place and cultural heritage. Furthermore, the Filipino word 'Tuloy' means 'Continue.' Thus, my arch becomes a significant emblem or blueprint for BVM's continued support of Filipinos and the BIPOC community.
Photography by Karl Hipol