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True International Bonds

Mural de la hermandad hangs at Palo Alto College's Ozuna Library.

Mural de la hermandad hangs at Palo Alto College’s Ozuna Library.


San Antonio was fortunate last week to host the 2013 Sister Cities International Conference. Amongst the 500 delegates from across the world and all the fantastic information shared and connections made, the city was the recipient of a very special gift – a mural named “Mural of Brotherhood.”

The beautiful work of art is by Mexico City artists Roberto Rivera Novoa and his brother Ernesto Rivera Novoa.  It will hang permanently at Palo Alto College‘s Ozuna Library and Academic Center.

Pictured above, it is meant to depict the strong connection between San Antonio and its two Sister Cities in Mexico – Monterrey, Nuevo Leon and Guadalajara, Jalisco. For those not familiar with the city’s demographics, more than 60% of San Antonians have some Hispanic ancestry.

As a part of that 60% myself

, the mural was a bit more personal to me.  I couldn’t help but think of the journey of my grandad’s family from the Saltillo region to San Antonio after the Mexican Revolution began in 1910.  They knew nobody in the United States, but they had heard the stories of San Antonio and its friendly people.  They were beyond words with the warm embrace they received.

Looking around the room during the mural unveiling, and throughout the entire Sister Cities Conference, it was easy to see how much of that friendly and welcoming culture continues to define San Antonio.  Those who were visiting our city for the first time were genuinely impressed (many having images of desert and oil rigs before arriving) and those who had moved here shared stories about arriving and setting up their lives here.

The stories came from natives of Madrid, Hong Kong, and Monterrey, among others, but they all shared a common theme: San Antonio’s warm embrace.

The beautiful new mural certainly depicts our strong bond with Mexico, but it also reflects this city’s genuine attitude of welcoming people from all walks of life and all parts of the world.

In San Antonio you’re not just a visitor, you’re family.


One comment on “True International Bonds

  1. vanessayr
    July 16, 2013

    What a lovely post. Its so true, San Antonio is like a great big family!

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