Tinig ng Kinabukasan: A Concert for a Cause

14 Oct

by Nathaniel Sisma Villaluna

The year 1986 was a very significant year in the history of the Philippines.  Democracy was restored and it marked the end  of two decades of  abuse, oppression and injustice.

It may be destiny, fate or divine providence, but  that same   year,  1986  also proved to be a  vital year for the Filipino community  in Barcelona, Spain. Together with the Benedictine sisters, Centro Filipino  was founded on November  30, 1986 as the social and cultural arm of the Filipino Personal Parish headed by Father Avel Sapida.

Twenty five years have passed and  Centro Filipino, with its numerous educational and cultural programs,   has not only  turned out to be just a center. But more than that, it has grown to be a HOME.  A home which not only  educates and  attends to the needs of our Kababayans in Barcelona, but  also   a home with a strong  foundation,  durable four walls and a hard-wearing roof to protect and fight for the rights of its occupants.  The center has helped turn the Filipino community become visible and socially integrated with the Spanish locals.  From then on, we ceased to be relegated as  the silent minority.

Looking back, the parallelism of the events that happened in that momentous year serves as a  a great lesson to us  that nothing is impossible.  As long as we are united towards an unselfish  goal,  a  goal that  benefits  the common good, victory is in our hands.  

To celebrate its silver anniversary, Centro Filipino wishes to invite everybody to come and enjoy the “TINIG NG KINABUKASAN” , a benefit concert which will be held on October 15, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. at the Auditori del Conservatori del Liceu. The concert will feature  Barcelona´s Pinoy talents of all ages. 

“We thank God  from the bottom of our hearts for the 25 fruitful years of Centro Filipino. We rejoice  for its continued existence in spite  of the hardships  and the problems that came along the way.  We pay tribute to the people who have   given their unwavering and unconditional  support to keep our “home” safe and whole.  After all,  Filipinos, no matter where they are, are worth fighting for.  Be it 25 years and beyond.” –  Centro Filipino family.

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