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Spanish Scholar National Scientist to grace NRCPs Quincentennial Lecture on Oct. 13

The fifth Quincentennial Public Lecture of the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) on October 13, 2021 goes international with the participation of a scholar from Spain.

Dr. Antonio Sánchez de Mora, historian and archivist from Spain, will talk on, “The archival documentary heritage and its actual value: Different approaches to the 1st circumnavigation.” His discussion will present the Spanish perspectives and reflections of the circumnavigation of the world based on existing archives. In an interview, he mentioned that the Filipinos and Portuguese have different perspectives of the circumnavigation with the Spaniards.

“I want to present my personal reflection and analysis of the commemoration and how our societies had valued it from the point of view of the archival documents including what these archives can offer to our societies,” shared de Mora.

This is the first time that NRCP will host an event with the participation of a Spanish scholar. Meanwhile, H.E. Jorge Moragas Sánchez, Ambassador of the Embassy of Spain to the Philippines, will deliver an inspirational message.

On the other hand, Fr. Bienvenido F. Nebres, a National Scientist a former Governing Board Member of the NRCP, will discuss, “Developing STEM talents in public high schools and SUCs.”

Also in an interview, Nebres shared that there is lack of appreciation of STEM talents in the country’s educational institutions, thus, the need to foster such.

Nebres is known for championing science and math education in the country to promote a “systematic and critical thinking” among students. Relatedly, he chaired the Project Advisory Group for the Engineering and Science Education Project (ESEP) and co-founded the Kapisanan ng mga Siyentipikong Pilipino (KSP).

The lecture on October 13 is the fifth of a series organized by the NRCP to promote awareness and understanding of the different perspectives concerning the Quincentennial commemoration. It is expected to draw hundreds of representatives from various sectors including the academe, national government agencies, local government units, and civil societies.

Interested participants can register for free through the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/7416319299704/WN_FVla7L7KTYmW0PV0XuFbWA