Instituto Cervantes of Manila, the Embassy of Spain, Ayala Museum, Fundación Gerardo Diego have come together to mount the exhibit, Gerardo Diego and Julio Palacios in the Philippines: Chronicles of a Journey, to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the first cultural mission between Spain and the Philippines after the Treaty of Paris.
Curated by Ariana Valladares, the exhibit opens to the public beginning today and will run through October 27 at the Ayala Museum’s second floor function room.
In 1935, Spain’s poet Gerardo Diego and scientist Julio Palacios visited the Philippines, sent by the government of Spain in cultural mission, with the main purpose of delivering a series of master lectures at the University of the Philippines and the University of Santo Tomas as a sign of affection and friendship of Spain towards the Philippines.
During that trip, “Prof. Diego and Prof. Palacios not only enjoyed and were part of the Manila vibrant cultural scene but also witnessed that moment of great importance for the formation of the Filipino identity: the approval of the 1935 Constitution,” said the curator. Iloilo, Negros, Cebu, Zamboanga and North Luzon were also visited by the cultural envoys before leaving to Spain.
The exhibition offers visitors the chance to embark on a journey to the Philippines at the 1930s through the impressions of these two Spanish masterminds reflected in a selection of documents, press clippings, audio recording and photographs from Fundación Gerardo, together with extra materials about Manila and the Islands at that time from different sources.
“The briefs of Gerardo Diego and Julio Palacios together with the press of the time described everything they saw, heard and experienced along the journey. These Chronicles serve as our guide through the exhibition,” added the curator.
In addition to the exhibition, Instituto Cervantes of Manila publishes a catalogue with a prologue by the daughters of the main figures and texts written by renowned experts in their respective fields: Dr. Florentino Rodao of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Dr. Juan Manuel Diez de Guereñu of the Universidad de Deusto and Dr. González de Posadas, full member of the Real Academia Nacional de Medicina and the main expert of the works of the scientist Julio Palacios.
“The cultural mission of 1935 built bridges bringing borders closer and with them the people, through dialogue and exchange of knowledge. Spain and the Philippines keep the spirit alive, nowadays like it happened before. This spirit encouraged the scientist and the poet to explore the islands bringing the value of culture, and the desire of both places to reconnect and together walk along the path of harmony” stated Carlos Madrid, Instituto Cervantes de Manila Director.
This exhibit is presented by Instituto Cervantes of Manila, the Embassy of Spain, Ayala Museum, Fundación Gerardo Diego, with support of Forma Lighting and Bodegas Vivanco. Admission is free.
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