Philippines on centerstage in Spain

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Philippine Star

MADRID – We could use some good news, for a change. For the first time in 134 years, the Philippines is back on centerstage in Madrid. Backtrack to the year 1887 and Spain hosted the World Exposition. It will be recalled that Spain’s status as a colonial power was on a decline at this time. The Spanish crown intended to show the world that it was still a colonial force to be reckoned with. Thus, it featured the Philippines, its colony in the Far East, as the centerpiece of the exposition. The event was entitled, “Exposición General de las Islas Filipinas.” Under the baton of Victor Balaguer, S…

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