The Lasting Links with Spain: The Churches of the Philippines Exhibit in Madrid, Spain

Friday, November 28, 2014 (All day) to Saturday, January 31, 2015 (All day)

The Ortigas Foundation is proud to announce that it was invited to present an exhibit on the history of the Philippines via its Spanish-era churches entitled “The Lasting Links with Spain”, to be held at the Casa de America in Madrid, Spain. The exhibit features the history of Catholicism in the Philippines which finds its roots in the spice trade via the famous Manila Galleon, the establishment of the first communities and thatched churches, to the development and construction of the stone churches which have lasted through the centuries.

The exhibit also features the dangers to these heritage structures which have been constantly exposed to the regular tropical monsoons and typhoons as well as their vulnerability to earthquakes, as experienced last year in the Visayas. Before and after photographs of damaged churches as well as of reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts have been included.

Our culture and traditions of today also find their roots in these majestic and silent witnesses to life in the Philippines in close to five centuries. This exhibit will be a prelude to the 500th year celebration of Christianity’s arrival in the Philippines.