CARLOS MADRID ALVAREZ-PINER was recently appointed as director of the Spanish Instituto Cervantes Manila this May.
“I really love the Philippines, the same way I am in love and delighted by working in the Instituto Cervantes,” said Madrid, who is not a stranger to the country because he has lived here for some years. “As the new director, I hope that this institution be an instrument in the present rapid growth of this engaging country.”
Madrid’s main role is to oversee the functions of Instituto Cervantes, whose purpose is, “The promotion of the teaching, study and use of Spanish as a second language, and to contribute to the advancement of Spanish and Latin-American cultures throughout the world.”
The new diretor currently holds a doctorate in Contemporary History and a master’s degree in History both from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He is the author of Flames over Baler, published in 2012 by the University of the Philippines as their first publication by a Spanish historian. He was also a researcher and associate professor at the Micronesian Area Research Center, the editor-in-chief of Filipiniana.net and the secretary of the Revista Española del Pacifico.
Madrid was a member of the board of directors of the Spanish Pacific Studies Association from 1999 to 2003, and was the academic coordinator for the Spanish Program for Cultural Cooperation of the Spanish Ministry of Culture. The program´s mission is to foster closer ties between Spain, the Philippines and the Micronesian Islands through the collaborative work of scholars in the humanities and the social sciences.