Tuesday, August 17, 2010


The Philippines, the First ASEAN Culture Capital 2010–2011, will host the International Día del Galeón Festival 2010: Connecting Continents. With a 250-year history that connected four continents, the Galleon Trade was an essential trade route that served as a vessel for cultural exchange.


• To assess the impact of the Galleon Trade as a vessel of cultural transmission across the continents of Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Europe in the aspects of food, agriculture, arts, religion, customs, knowledge, and world-views
• To highlight the Philippine contribution to the Galleon Trade
• To trace the effects of the Galleon Trade as a major influence in world political economy through the trade routes and international commerce it globally spawned and its repercussions on present-day globalization
• To establish the role of the Galleon Trade in the development of the marine sciences and their related areas of knowledge (geology, oceanology, geography) and focus on biodiversity and underwater heritage survival
• To affirm the integrity and importance of the indigenous peoples in their continuing heritage against the historical struggles of colonization as an important contribution to the universal process of human liberation and peoples’ empowerment
• To affirm the protection of the oceans and seas from the pollution and impact of climate change
• To affirm the effects of the historical encounter of peoples engendered by the Galleon Trade and the Spanish colonization, generating new forms of cultural, political, and economic achievements and expressions
• To establish the historic role of seafarers, such as the Filipino seafarers, during the centuries of the Galleon Trade and their contemporary manifestations in the lives of modern marine workers in the light of their struggles for human rights and human working conditions

Día del Galeón Events
September 15–October 8
A three-week interdisciplinary festival of workshops, demonstrations, exhibits, and performances with participants from the Philippines and all the continents with the Galleon Trade experience.
• Workshops on arts and heritage
• Theatrical production of Miguel Sabido’s Juana la Loca
• Literary and visual art exhibits

October 5-October 7
A forum that brings together scholars to share current research. This year’s theme is “The Bicentennial of the Independence of Latin American Nations”.
• The emergence of Latin American identities including the role of culture and language in nationhood
• Independence movements, personalities and leaders
• Post Colonial Development, including national and regional histories
• Parallelism in the Philippines

October 6- October 8
A harvest of performances and media arts modules reflecting on the themes of Galleon trade through its history and impact. It will include a climatic production of Juana La Loca by Mexican playwright Miguel Sabido, The play will fuse Filipino and Spanish languages in a unique intercultural dialogue involving a multinational cast.
A replica of the 17th century Galleon from Spain will dock in the Manila Pier for public viewing. Guests can climb on-board and view the Galleon Museum.

October 8
An intercultural dialogue and culminating activity for workshop participants and guests; these will include presentations, creative industry exhibits, and declarations for unified action on the themes and impact of the Galleon Trade. Launching of the book, Encuentro , edited by Father Pedro Gallende, OSA, which describes the first contact between the Filipinos and Spanish.
October 8–11
A four-day educational trip from Manila to Cebu with on-board activities and tours around Cebu. The conference and workshop participants will lead the activities, to be shared to youth passengers
• On-board seminars, interactive performances, exhibits,
• On-land Galleon Trade significance reenactments, City and heritage tours
A series of commemorative events and gestures will be programmed to provide focus and emphasis to this international celebration.
•Commemorative Stamp
• Bilingual declamation and oratorical contests
• Pilgrimage

Día del Galeón Festival
6F NCCA Building, 633 General Luna St., Intramuros, Manila
Telephone: (632) 527 2192 local 616

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