Your acordaba tu el Filipinas? Do you remember the Philippines? – Manila Bulletin


The University of Madrid organizes a course in Hispanophilippine literature

Participants were offered a sample of Filipino dishes, which included pancit, as described in a chapter by Dr Jose Rizal´s El Filibusterismo.

As part of its efforts to commemorate the Filipino-Spanish friendship, the Philippine Embassy in Madrid has collaborated with the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in its offering of a summer course on “Hispanophilippine Literature”. The course was led by Rocío Ortuño from the University of Antwerp and Professor Beatriz Álvarez Tardío from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. Professor Tardio, the director of the summer course, approached the embassy to collaborate on the course.

HISPANOFILIPINO STUDIES Clockwise from top left: Ambassador Philippe J. Lhuillier during the course opening ceremonies; the Ambassador flanked by Vice-Rector Mercedes del Hoyo Hurtado and the Course Director, Professor Beatriz Alvarez Tardio; Consul General Adrian Cruz and the citadel Muñoz Cruz during the closing ceremony; and students holding jute bags with their names printed in baybayin (photo Madrid PE)

In his remarks at the opening ceremony of the course, Ambassador of the Philippines to Spain Philippe J. Lhuillier thanked the students for their interest in the Philippines, and expressed hope that the course would strengthen the special friendship and interpersonal relationships that the Philippines and Spain enjoy.

The course took place at the University‘s Vicálvaro Campus and was open to the public, with over 70 participants registering over the course of a week. A limited number of participants were allowed on campus, while the rest of the participants attended virtually.

On the first day, the Embassy gave a three-hour lecture on baybayin in Spanish, led by the Citadel Muñoz Cruz. A sample of Filipino dishes was offered to participants, which included pancitis, as described in a chapter by Dr Jose Rizal´s El Filibusterismo.

Professor Daisy Reyes of the University of the Philippines (UP) has lectured on poetry writing and Professor Marlon James Salas of the University of Michigan has lectured on colonial literature. Sally Gutierrez Dewar, a Spanish-British documentary filmmaker, showed an excerpt from her documentary “Your acordaba tu el Filipinas (Do you remember the philippines) ”, Which explores the ways in which the Philippines adopted Spanish culture.

The summer course was made possible in part by a grant provided by Erasmus +, a European Union program that promotes and supports education, training, youth and sport.



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