Named and celebrated all around the globe in different ways, the most important aspect of the Día de la Hispanidad is its historical underpinning; Christopher Columbus first set foot in America on the 12th of October 1492. And it marked the permanent connection between Europe and the Americas.
In Spain, it has been established by law as Fiesta Nacional de España, which is a public holiday. This is to celebrate the expansion of the Hispanic language and culture beyond borders. Like in the United Nations who as of 2010 declared October 12th as Spanish Language Day, to further foster cultural diversity and promote the use of all six official languages within the organization.
In the Philippines there used to be a Hispanic Week celebration, though, at present, there are only a few groups who still hold unto this tradition. So, here are ideas on can have for their Día de la Hispanidad:
WATCH the PELÍCULA Spanish Film Festival, an annual event that showcases high-quality contemporary films from different Spanish-speaking countries. This year Instituto Cervantes, the Embassy of Spain, Turespaña, and the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) will be presenting more than 20 films from October 3-13 at Greenbelt 3, in Spanish with English subtitles. Hence, making the event suitable for a bigger audience. The list of films and screening schedule can be found on this link: https://cultura.cervantes.es/manila/en/PEL%C3%8DCULA,-XVIII-Festival-de-Cine-Espa%C3%B1ol-y-Latinoamericano/128313
ATTEND the Spanish Language Meetup Philippines is a group of Spanish speakers from all levels–from absolute beginners to native speakers–who hold events in order to practice the language and share Hispanic culture. They normally have events every week and it can be viewed on their page: https://www.meetup.com/es-ES/Manila-Spanish-Language-Meetup/events/
DINE-IN with Authentic Spanish Cuisine at
Casino Español, an original club established by Spaniards living in the Philippines and now it is already open to the public. It is near the heart of the Philippines, along Kalaw St. in Ermita. A good place to experience authentical Spanish cuisine and feel the nostalgic Hispanic vibe before taking a walk at the Kilometer Zero.
Rambla Cocina Moderna, named after the famous street of Barcelona, has its branches in Rockwell and Salcedo Village in Makati. The place offers the taste of Spain through their ensaladas, quesos, embutidos, paellas, tapas, and bebidas.
Tomatito, whose name was inspired by the Spanish Flamenco guitarist José Fernández Torres, is at the 30th St. cor 11th Ave, BGC, Taguig City. It is a tapas bar with an 80´s retro theme. It allows people dining in to feel the Spanish ambiance with their food, drinks, decorated walls, and displays.
LEARN MORE at #descubretuciudadideal, a free online course offered by AVE Global of Instituto Cervantes. This course aims to help students of the language to practice and improve their Spanish vocabulary and grammar while knowing the culture of Madrid, Santiago de Compostela, Barcelona, and Granada.
¡Feliz Día de la Hispanidad a todos!