Culture not only defines places in the world, but also breaks through boundaries and differences.
Thanks to Jose Rizal, who lived in Germany for quite some time, the German and Filipino ties were born and strengthened throughout the years. The latest effort was felt at the 2019 Manila Open House last 31 August. Through Goethe-Institut Philippinen, Germay’s diverse culture is felt, experienced and tasted in the Philippines.
Event goers were able to take a trip to Bremen, Frankfurt, Berlin, Dresden Heidelberg, Munich and Hamburg and walked through state-of-the-art sets. Hundreds of people flocked the Goethe-Institut Philippinen and immersed themselves in art, language, games and music.
Among the activities were free German language crash courses, beer and sausage tasting, book bazaars and dance workshops. From its music to its food, games and arts, people from all walks of life discovered and connected with the German culture.
At Heidelberg, basic German courses were offered to the public, getting the chance to experience the learning environment inside the Goethe-Institut Philippinen and to get to know the basics of Deutsch.
Meanwhile, free books were given at Dresden along with information sessions, travel guides and a lot more.
German folk dances and other popular performances were shown at Hamburg, where the music seemed to be more alive, with the help of Bunga Arts Link teaching participants the steps.
It also showcased the world of German independent films through the Mini Cinema situated at Hamburg. Wir Sind Jung, Wir sind stark (We are Young, We are Strong) and Der Ganz Große Traum (Lessons of a Dream) were the two films which tackled real-life events that helped shape Germany’s past and culture.
Through Andy Maluche of Currywurst Meister, all attendees got their bellies full of the German cuisine at the beer and sausage tasting.
An acoustic session was also held right in front of the Goethe-Institut Philippinen to mark the end of their travelers’ adventure.
Goethe Institut-Philippinen is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institute and continues to promote and expand the study of the German language abroad. It also offers German language courses and exams. Goethe-Institut Philippinen is located at G/ 4F/ 5F Adamson Centre, 121 L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City.