As part of various activities and projects highlighting the Philippine National Heritage Month of May, the Philippine Consulate General staged a one-day exhibit last 22 May 2010 of “Spanish Colonial Bridges and Lighthouses in the Philippines.”
The exhibit consisted of 20 panels of posters depicting pictures, with detailed depictions, of various bridges and lighthouses built in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial period.
The materials for the exhibit were provided by the Filipino Heritage Foundation in Manila, which had come up with this undertaking through the joint efforts of such organizations as the UST College of Architecture, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the Department of Tourism, the Filipino Heritage Festival Inc., and the Spanish Program for Cultural Cooperation.
The exhibit took place at the Palau de Congressos de Barcelona, one of the city’s most important venues for concerts and exhibitions.
Speaking before Filipino community leaders and other guests who attended the event, Philippine Consul General Eduardo de Vega extolled the everlasting cultural links between the Philippines and Spain. He also encouraged the local Filipino community to take pride in their multifaceted heritage and to similarly inculcate in their Spanish-born and raised children the awareness of the Filipino people’s privileged status as true citizens of the world, as their special and unique national patrimony allows Filipinos to easily relate to all people of the world of whatever race or creed.
Elizabeth Ramos, Philippine Consulate General in Barcelona