Council pays courtesy to Spanish Embassy on Quincentennial role, holds talk on future collab

Council pays courtesy to Spanish Embassy on Quincentennial role holds talk on future collab

In recognition of the Spanish Embassy’s support to the National Research Council of the Philippines’ (NRCP) Quincentennial lecture series, the Council paid a courtesy visit to the former’s headquarter in Makati on March 22.

The said lecture series were organized as part of the NRCP’s goal to contribute in deepening the Filipinos’ understanding of the country’s culture and history.

Mr. Luis Morales, First Secretary, and Ms. Nerea Fernandez, Cultural Officer, represented the Spanish Embassy while Dr. Geraldo Petilla, Finance and Administrative Chief, and Mr. Daniel Maches, Information Officer II, were present on behalf of the NRCP.

The latter delivered the certificates and tokens for the Spanish stakeholders who were involved in the NRCP’s quincentennial lectures including Morales who coordinated the Embassy’s participation. Likewise, ambassador H.E. Jorge Moragas Sanchez also provided an inspirational talk while Dr. Antonio Sanchez de Mora, Spanish historian and archivist, gave a lecture during the October 13th event.

Highlighting Shared Commonalities

Relating to the topics of the Quincentennial topics, Petilla shared that the Spaniards have a lasting legacy to the Philippines especially on culture and religion. He also mentioned the various architectural remnants during the Spanish colonial times in Visayas like churches and bridges that need to be preserved.

Likewise, Morales shared that the Philippines is the only Catholic nation in Asia alongside East Timor, signifying how faith has shaped the country from the colonial period up to the present.

“The vast expanse of Catholicism in the country reflects the deep connection of the country with Spain. There’s a lot of things that the Philippines and Spain have in common,” Morales said.

Petilla, however, mentioned that much of Spain’s influence have been lost with the American colonization that followed.

“Although the Philippines was under Spanish rule for more than 300 years, the Americans have had more impact. I think there is the need to revitalize the connection between Spain and the Philippines,” said Petilla.

Morales shared that the shared commonalities can benchmark opportunities for collaborative projects.

Benchmarking for Future Collab

Morales expressed that they are willing to undertake future research collaborations with the Council especially on the area of social sciences and the humanities. Moreover, the NRCP and the Embassy can hold engagements towards preserving the country’s historical and cultural heritage.

He added that the Embassy can link the NRCP with the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) which is the NRCP’s counterpart in Spain. Similar to the NRCP’s mandate, the CSIC aims to develop and promote research to boost scientific and technological advancement.

Accordingly, the CSIC is prepared to collaborate with foreign entities to achieve the said goal, thus, the NRCP can enter along this line.

Petilla, however, clarified that the engagements can officially start once the Council has elected its new President on the last week of March. He added that this is the first time the NRCP is engaging an international government agency in Europe. //Daniel Jason M. Maches, Information Officer II, FAD-NRCP