Chile Embassy mounts exhibit on first global circumnavigation

PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF THE EMBASSY OF CHILE IN THE PHILIPPINES Ambassador of Chile Claudio Rojas (left) presents an exhibition piece to the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Most Rev. Charles John Brown, D.D.

The Embassy of Chile in the Philippines inaugurated the two-week cultural exhibition Encounter Between Three Worlds: 500 Years After the First Circumnavigation of the Earth.

The exhibition, located at the lobby of the UST’s Bl. Buenaventura García Paredes, O.P. Building, details the long sea voyage of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, who, for the first time, placed in the maps the Pacific Ocean and the Strait that connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. This global route navigated by Magellan was used for four centuries to connect the East and the West through the sea as it was the only possible route for galleon or ships until the construction of the Panama Canal in the 20th century. This contributed to the colonization and development of many nations, including the Philippines and Chile.

(FROM left) Consul Marco Antonio Navarro Ahumada, Associate Professor Ma. Eloisa De Castro, National Library of Chile historian Professor Jaime Rosenblitt, UST Secretary-General Rev. Fr. Louie Coronel, O.P., Claudio Rojas Rachel, and History Department chair Associate Professor Archie Resos.

The ambassador of Chile Claudio Rojas Rachel; UST vice rector Rev. Fr. Isaías D. Tiongco, O.P., JCD.; Deputy Head of Mission and Consul of the Embassy of Chile Marco Antonio Navarro Ahumada; Assoc. Prof. Ma. Eloisa G. Parco de Castro, Ph.D; and National Cultural Heritage Service Research Council’s Jaime Rosenblitt, Ph.D. attended the unveiling of the exhibit.

Philippines and Chile are celebrating their 77th anniversary of diplomatic relations this year. It began in 1854 when Chile opened a consulate in Binondo, Manila. However, formal relations were officially established on 4 July 1946, the day when the Philippines officially gained its independence from the United States.


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