IX Spain-Philippines Tribune, on 6 and 7 February at the Instituto Cervantes

On Monday (10:30 am), José Rizal's legacy "in memoriam", and on Tuesday, "Tribune of Philippine Hispanism"

PHOTO/INSTITUTO CERVANTES  -   The director of the Cervantes Institute, Luis García Montero

On 6 and 7 February, the Cervantes Institute will host the 9th Spain-Philippines Tribune, which will bring together representatives from both countries in the economic and academic spheres, public administrations and civil society, with the aim of strengthening bilateral relations and mutual cooperation.

Organised by Casa Asia and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Philippines with the support of the Cervantes Institute, the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation; the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines and the Embassies of both countries collaborate in this forum. 

The Spain-Philippines Tribune, which has been held since 2004, is a platform for dialogue to explore and strengthen collaboration between the two countries, especially in the economic sphere, but also in the academic and cultural fields

The 9th Spain-Philippines Tribune will begin next Monday (9:30 am) with welcoming remarks by the director of the Cervantes Institute, Luis García Montero, and greetings from the director general of Casa Asia, Javier Parrondo, and the president of the Philippines-Spain Business Council, Jose C. Ibazeta. Afterwards, the opening speech will be given by Eduardo Jose A. de Vega, Secretary of State for Migrant Workers' Affairs of the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.

At 10:30 a.m., an in memoriam bequest of the Filipino writer José Rizal, considered the hero of his country's independence, will be kept in the Box of Letters. Miguel Utray, Spanish Ambassador to the Philippines, and Philippe Lhuillier, Philippine Ambassador to Spain, will deposit the legacy of Rizal (1861-1896) in box number 1690 of the Cervantes vault.

The handover of the legacy can be followed live on the Cervantes Institute's Directo 1 and YouTube channels.

Throughout Monday, three successive sessions will analyse the role of Spain and the Philippines in the Indo-Pacific region, the energy transition and mutual cooperation in the development of infrastructures.

Tuesday the 7th will begin with a keynote speech by Juan Fernández Trigo, Secretary of State for Ibero-America, the Caribbean and Spanish in the World.

This will be followed (at 10 a.m.) by the Tribune of Philippine Hispanism, a round table organised by the Cervantes Institute, which will be devoted to the current situation of Hispanic studies in the Philippines. It can also be followed live on the Instituto Cervantes YouTube channel.

The hispanists Daisy López, Marlon James Sales and Luisa P. Young, moderated by Javier Galván Guijo, director of the Instituto Cervantes in Manila, will discuss the subject. This will be the sixteenth edition of the Tribune of Hispanism, a forum for reflection that has brought together hispanists from different countries and areas of the world since 2017.

The last session of the 9th Spain-Philippine Tribune will then focus on Philippine studies in Spain, and can also be watched live on the Instituto Cervantes YouTube channel. The event will then be brought to a close (13:15) by Ángeles Moreno Bau, Secretary of State for Foreign and Global Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Submitted by José Antonio Sierra, Hispanismo advisor.