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‘Liberal Streaks’ at the Lopez Museum Celebrates the Bicentennial of the Spanish Constitution of 1812

The Embassy of Spain in the Philippines, Lopez Memorial Museum, University of the Philippines Diliman –Department of History, and the Metropolitan Museum of Manila commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Spanish Constitution of 1812 and the Philippines-Spanish Friendship Day through a traveling exhibit on the Constitution of 1812, the role of the Filipino delegates and its strong influence on the Malolos Constitution of 1899.

Possibly influenced by the French Revolution, the Spanish patriots accepted the democratic ideologies of France, but not the Napoleonic rule. The Cadiz Constitution of 1812 materialized the provisional government of Spain (Junta central) during the colonization of Spain by Napoleon by establishing a cortes to complete the constitution. To accomplish this, the Spanish government invited representatives from their colonies. The Philippines was represented by Don Ventura de los Reyes, a wealthy merchant from Vigan and a member of the Royal Corps of Artillery of Manila as well as his deputies Pedro Perez de Tagle and Dr. Jose Manuel Couto.
Curated by Ambassador Jose Maria Cariño and Claro Ramirez Jr., Liberal Streaks takes off from the ideas of representative democracy and liberal ideas promoted and to be safeguarded by the Cadiz Constitution and various Philippine Constitutions. Books on the topic and other materials from the Lopez Library and Juan Luna’s España Y Filipinas are featured in the exhibition. Books and artworks from Ambassador Cariño will also be displayed along with the museum’s collection.
The exhibit in the Lopez Memorial Museum will open on the 28th of June and will run until October 2012.
The Lopez Memorial Museum is at the ground floor of Benpres Building, Exchange Road corner Meralco Avenue, Pasig City. Museum days and hours are Mondays to Saturdays, except holidays, 8am-5pm. For more information, call 631-2417.