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Dr. Gerona invites the public to lecture-dinner

Posted by Irvin on June 22, 2019 at 10:40 AM


I wish to invite everyone to my lecture on June 30, 2019 at Avenue Plaza at 7pm. Sponsored by the Nueva Caceres Heritage Movement, the Naga City government and the Partido State University, this lecture is part of the annual celebration of the Fil-Spanish Friendship Day.

Drawn from the rare primary sources of the famed Spanish archives, from the Archivo General de Indias of Seville, the Archivo Franciscano Ibero Oriental, the Real Academia de la Historia, the Biblioteca Nacional de Espana, and the Museo Naval all in Madrid as well as the Archivo de los Padres Agustinos de Filipinas in Valladolid, and of course the Philippine National Archives, this lecture provides a panoramic view of the development of Bicol regional economy from the incipient colonial galleon trading, to inter-provincial commerce, until the emergence of major capitalists industries in the late 19th century.

This one-hour lecture will not only provide a linear historical narrative but also examines the comprehensive implications of this emerging vibrant commercial and industrial life on the cultural landscape of the Bicolanos. The expansion of open spaces due to the demand for habitation and large scale cultivation had tremendous impact not only on the shift in the mode of transportation but also on the reconstitution of geography and urban design. Culturally, the massive migration of non-Bicolanos and the accumulation of wealth necessarily redefined the boundaries of Bicolano ethnicity and culture.

Finally, since this great era which the great American economic historian on the Bicol abaca trade, Dr. Norman Owen, characterized as one of "prosperity without progress" was responsible for the rise of families who earned renown in the age of the revolution such as the Abella, Arejola, etc. the lecture will be capped by probing into the relationship between capitalist interest and Bikolano response to nationalism.

A short open-forum follows after the lecture.

Ticket for this dinner-lecture is sold for P700 which includes a sumptuous dinner and a short program featuring Spanish dances and music. (Facebook)

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