Wonder what the Philippines was like in the 1930s?
Go back in time on a visual journey as Instituto Cervantes of Manila, Embassy of Spain, Ayala Museum, and Fundación Gerardo Diego present Gerardo Diego and Julio Palacios in the Philippines: Chronicles of a Journey at the Ayala Museum Function Room 2 this September 30 to October 27, 2015.
The show, curated by Ariana Valladares, marks the 80th anniversary of the first Cultural Embassy between Spain and the Philippines after the Paris Treaty was signed.
In 1935, two Spaniards—poet Gerardo Diego and scientist Julio Palacios—visited the Philippines to deliver a series of master lectures at the University of the Philippines and the University of Sto. Tomas as a sign of affection and friendship toward its former colony.
Diego and Palacios became part of Manila’s vibrant cultural scene and visited Iloilo, Negros Island, Cebu, Zamboanga, and Northern Luzon. More importantly, they witnessed the approval of the 1935 Philippine Constitution.