Celebrating Spanish language and cuisine at Instituto Cervantes
Declared by Instituto Cervantes’ main office in Madrid as an
international cultural feast, Manila — along with the other 70 centers
in four continents worldwide – will simultaneously take part in the
grand celebration that underscores the relevance of the Spanish
language, the main global language after English.
“El Día del Español is a festivity that marks the significance of the
Spanish language as a spoken and written language,” says Instituto
Cervantes director José Rodríguez. “After English, Spanish is currently
the most important language in the world right now. It is also expected
to open up a lot of new opportunities to people, also being the second
most widely-spoken business language in the world.”
El Día del Español starts with an online campaign (http://www.eldiae.es)
that captures the widespread use of Spanish as a language used at home
and as a language of both instruction and learning. Free entertainment
will be provided by a host of exciting performers and musicians for a
whole day of leisure and activity for the whole family.
In addition to the great lineup of live music, Instituto Cervantes will
stage the grandest of celebrations, including an all-day feast of
Spanish food, vibrant street entertainment, games, and an exhibition of
mimes, acrobats, and other artists.
The fun will kick off at 10 a.m. on June 20 on T.M. Kalaw Street,
Manila , with the Manila City Hall Band playing lively musical pieces
to get the party and the dancing started in true Spanish style. A group
of artists will also be putting on displays of acrobatic performances
with stunning stilt walkers, jugglers, and mimes.
During the day, visitors can take part in the festivity by choosing
their favorite Spanish word. Interested participants may just visit the
Instituto Cervantes and write their thoughts in Spanish on a seven-foot
mural. First 50 visitors to write on the wall will receive a cool Dia
del Español T-shirt.
Guests can also join the Cual es tú palabra favorita video
contest, wherein they can upload their videos explaining what their
favorite Spanish word is in no more than 20 seconds. The first 100
guests who will submit a video entry will get a free Henna tattoo
containing their favorite Spanish word while the person whose word gets
the most number of votes will take home a special book set and three
thousand pesos (P3,000).
Children and kids at heart can also join the Pinta palabras, a colorful way of learning Spanish words.
To highlight the event, Instituto Cervantes de Manila will feature a
symbolic firing of cannon made up of five-kilogram cutout fabrics with
Spanish words imprinted on them. The cannon will be detonated at
exactly 11 a.m.
Once the words fall, people in the street can play with them by
stringing them together on cords that will be arranged in the trees,
lampposts and other structures that facilitate the action.
“Similar to the ancient tradition of firing cannon to inaugurate an
event, on June 20 at 11 a.m., a cannon will be fired to celebrate El
Día del Español. But instead of cannonballs, which are intended to
destroy, the cannon will be shooting out words that are meant to
create. It will be an explosion of words and the public will be invited
to string these words together to form meaningful sentences,” Rodriguez
After the cannon firing, at 11:05 a.m., for sale at the patio are
authentic Spanish dish and other mouth-watering pica-picas.
Simultaneously, there will also be cooking demonstrations and seminars
on Spanish cooking offered by Casino Español and food carts from
Dia del Español is presented by the Instituto Cervantes de Manila and
the Embajada de España, in collaboration with AECID. Other sponsors are
LRT, MRT, Casino Español, Faber-Castell, La Consolación College and
For information, call 526-1482 or visit http://manila.cervantes.es/. Instituto Cervantes de Manila is at 855 T.M. Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila.
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