PWU hosts Spain-Philippine Conference

The Philippine Women’s University and the Embassy of Spain in Manila will host an international conference on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 8:30am at PWU’s Taft Avenue campus.

Keynote speakers are Dr. Ambeth Ocampo (of Ateneo de Manila) and Dr. David Javier Garcia Cantalapiedra (of Universidad Complutense de Madrid) who will re-imagine bilateral relations between Spain and the Philippines. Spanish Ambassador Luis Antonio Calvo and Dr. Jose Francisco Benitez (PWU President) will open the conference which brings together an interdisciplinary group of academics and specialists including Dr. Jose Diaz Rodriguez of Massey University, New Zealand who will talk about Intercultural Encounters; Dr. Declan Fitzpatrick of Liverpool Hope University, UK on “Cariñosa to Tinikling: From Colonial Subject to Independence” and Dr. Danilo Madrid Gerona of Santa Isabel University who will describe daily life at sea aboard the Magellan ship. Conference convenor Dr. Kevin H.R. Villanueva describes the conference as a way of examining the “special ties” that bind the two countries.

The conference is by invitation only. Interested parties may contact the office of Ambassador Rosario Manalo, Dean of PWU’s HZB School for International Relations and Diplomacy at tel. no. 526-8421 loc. 207 or tel. 465-1717.

Spain and the Philippines: Continuities and Discontinuities
An International Conference
Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, 24th May 2016
Philippine Women’s University, Conrado Benitez Hall, Taft Avenue

The conference brings together an interdisciplinary group of academics and specialists who will reflect on these “special ties” that bind: What are the forces that have shaped bilateral relations? How have they made an impact in the way Spain and the Philippines have cooperated in social, cultural and intellectual exchange? How has Spain evolved in the Philippine national imagination? How is globalization changing the way we think of our shared history?

Prof. Maura Patricia Samson
Master of Ceremonies
* Refreshments to be Served
7:30 Conference Registration
8:30 Entry of the Colors
Spain National Anthem
Philippine National Anthem
PWU Vocal Ensemble
Prof. Christopher Borela, Conductor
Doxology PWU Vocal Ensemble
Welcome Remarks
Dr. Francisco B. Benitez
President, Philippine Women’s University
Opening Address His Excellency Mr. Luis Antonio Calvo
Ambassador of Spain to the Philippines
9:00 - 10:00 Plenary
Re-imagining Philippine - Spanish Relations

  • Dr. Ambeth Ocampo
    Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines

  • Dr. David Javier Garcia Cantalapiedra
    Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
10:00 - 10:30* Filipino-Spanish Intercultural Encounters: Cultural Politics and Local Perceptions Dr. Jose Diaz Rodriguez
Massey University, New Zealand
10:30 - 11:00 Cariñosa to Tinkling: From Colonial Subject to Independence Dr. Declan Patrick
Liverpool Hope University, United Kingdom
11:00 - 11:30 The Daily Life at Sea Aboard the Magellan Ship Dr. Danilo Madrid Gerona
Universidad de Santa Isabel, Philippines
11:30 - 12:15 OPEN FORUM Discussants:
  • Mr. Fernando Zapico Teijeiro
    Education Counselor, The Embassy of Spain in Manila

  • Atty. Lily Freida
    Director, International Affairs
    Commission on Higher Education
12:15 - 12:30 Closing Remarks
Amb. Rosario G. Manalo
Dean, HZB School for International Relations and Diplomacy
PWU Hymn PWU Vocal Ensemble
Conference Convenor:
Dr. Kevin Villanueva
Senior Research Consultant, HZB School of International Relations and Diplomacy and Associate Professor in International Politics and Governance, University of the Philippines - Visayas

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