18th Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day Conference, Oct 15-16

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The year 2021 marks the 500th year of Ferdinand Magellan’s arrival in the Philippines. This event is significant not only because it was our first direct contact with a people who subsequently colonized us, but more importantly, it ushered in a new period in our history. This period was characterized by dramatic changes in the political, economic, and socio-cultural life of the Philippines. But although Spanish colonialism was the primary stimulus that brought about such changes, the reactions of the Filipinos themselves, ranging from flight and fugitivism to outright resistance, and deliberate participation and accommodation, must also be emphasized. Hispanization, therefore, as John Leddy Phelan (1959) argues, was a product of the colonizing efforts of the Spanish conquistadores, officials and religious missionaries, and the Filipinos’ involvement in this process.

To commemorate this historic event, the Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day Conference 2020 aims to gather scholars to present new researches that reexamine the “hispanization” of the Philippines from the sixteenth to the late eighteenth century. Phil-Span 2020 intends to provide a forum for academic papers which interrogate the multi-faceted hispanization process viewed from different perspectives and by utilizing diverse theorical lenses and unexplored primary materials. Through these papers, the conference will probe three specific processes. First, it will analyze the colonial impositions introduced and maintained by the Spaniards, highlighting their motivations and their consequences. Second, it will examine the myriad forms of negotiation and even conflicts that occurred between the Spaniards and Filipinos that shaped Philippine colonial society. Finally, it will explore the diverse transitions and transformations in the Philippines as a result of hispanization.



The Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day Conference 2020 will be held online via the National Quincentennial Commission of the Philippines (NQC) portal. The conference is free of charge but only a limited number of participants will be accommodated via the portal’s webinar. Interested individuals must follow these steps:

(1) register in the NQC portal: https://bit.ly/2FZCBOg; then,

(2) sign up for the conference by clicking “take this lecture” on the Phil-Span 2020 page: https://bit.ly/3i4Cj5R.

The conference will also be live streamed on the UP Department of History’s and NQC’s Facebook pages. For inquiries, email the Secretariat: philspan.upd@up.edu.ph.