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.