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Philippine Ambassador Philippe J. Lhuillier inaugurates the exhibit


A Guidepost Report
Photos: Philippine Embassy

The Philippine Embassy is holding an art exhibit at the Centro Cultural Eduardo Urculo in the Madrid district of Tetuan, featuring the artistic works of Filipinos living and working in Madrid who pursue painting on the side as an avocation.  “Litrato: Una Mirada al Alma de los Filipinos en España” (Litrato:  A Glimpse of the Filipino Soul in Spain)seeks to provide the Spanish people an opportunity to recognize and appreciate the artistic talents of Filipinos in Spain who are better known and admired for their dedication and excellence at work.”  It is hoped that, through these artistic works, the exhibit will help broaden the Spanish perspective on Filipinos in Spain.

The Philippine ambassador proudly shows Malaysian Ambassador Zainal Abidin Bakar around

Artist Alicia Kalaw-Fernandez poses with Ambassador Lhuillier (right) and Consul General Emmanuel Fernandez in front of her paintings

Photo op: Filipino artists (l-r) Rickie de Jesus, Ralf Roldan, Manolo Valdez, Bong Delfin, Sancel Damongsong, Aurora Vozmediano, Alicia Kalaw-Fernandez, Rachel Gonzales,and Fr. Carlos Yurong OP with (center) Ambassador  Lhuillier and Consul General Fernandez

Philippine Ambassador Philippe J. Lhuillier launched the exhibit last January 24, which was attended by some 130 guests from the diplomatic corps, the cultural and religious sectors, and members of the Filipino community.  

The roster of artists exhibiting their works includes Bong Delfin, Sancel Damongsong, Rickie de Jesus, Alicia Kalaw-Fernandez, Romeo Gabriel, Rachel Gonzales, Ralf Roldan, Manolo Valdez, Aurora Vozmediano, Father Carlos Yurong and the late Nicanor Custodio Hidalgo.  

The artists come from very different professional backgrounds. Father Carlos Yurong is a Dominican priest; Alicia Kalaw-Fernandez (who is a former bank executive) is the wife of the Philippine Embassy´s Consul General and Deputy Chief of Mission Emmanuel R. Fernandez; Ralf Roldan and Rickie de Jesus are diplomats; while the rest work as business people, teachers, and service workers.

Litrato: Una Mirada al Alma de los Filipinos en España
Venue: Centro Cultural Eduardo Urculo, Plaza de Donoso 5, Madrid
> Date: 24 January — 20 February 2018 except Sundays and holidays, 9:00 AM to 9:30 PM
> Free admission





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