The Philippines in the 1930s on exhibit at Ayala Museum
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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.

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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.

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“The briefs of Gerardo Diego and Julio Palacios together with the press of the time describes everything they saw, heard and experienced along the journey. These Chronicles serve as our guide through the exhibition,” said Valladares.
The exhibition will include a selection of documents, press clippings, audio recorded, and photographs from Fundación Gerardo, together with extra materials about Manila and the islands from different sources was approved during their visit.

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Admission is free.
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I wanna go! This was the time of my Lolos and Lolas and you know how I love their old photos!



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let’s gow!!


Rachel Ac

My grandparents, who were in their teens during that era, were able to receive a higher level of education and acquired a better sense of style coming from that time – and to top it off, their English is MUCH better than my parents’ generation! My grandparents are in a retirement home here in Canada with the majority of the occupants being of Filipino descent. When they joke around, its in Tagalog, but when they talk business, its in English. My grandfather just turned 100 and he still dresses like the guys you see in your picture! [Reply]CVS Reply:September 18th,… Read more »