TAGBILARAN CITY.He came. He saw. He?s conquered. Spanish ambassador to the Philippines Luis Antonio Calvo came to Bohol yesterday. And he immediately went to the earthquake-damaged centuries-old churches his forefathers? legacy and saw them in ruins after his arrival at the city airport. On his way to Alburquerque town, he passed by Baclayon church in ruins where works are on going for its restoration. And then to Dauis town, where the old church was also in ruins and being rehabilitated, the source said.
The source said that the ambassador was conquered because his country’s commitment to assist the province was evident in terms of different commitment and assistance poured to the province. The envoy told the provincial officials led by Gov. Edgar Chatto who received him during the courtesy call at the latter?s official mansion about some proposal in the field of culture, tourism and business sector.
He assured to be back here because Bohol is high on the agenda of Spain. The ambassador was apprised of Spain?s influence in the life and culture of Bohol. And he was also reminded how Spain became a friend indeed with Bohol when the blood compact was forged between the native DAtu Sikatuna and Spanish general Miguel Lopez de Legaspi 450 years back, Atty. John Titus Vistal, provincial planning coordinator who presented a power point presentation, said.
The Spanish influence was so powerful that molded what the Boholanos are today in their society, culture and history. For one, Sanish family names remain being used.
Spain assisted organizations have been partners with Bohol, pouring various assistance to development and calamities. Joining the envoy were National Commission for Culture and the Arts chairman Felipe de Leon, Jr.; NHCP Chair Maria Serena Diokno; Escuela Taller ChairJaime Laya; Ayala Foundation Inc’s Ruel Maranan alog with with Diocese of Tagbilaran Bishop Leonardo Medroso and in charge of cultural heritage churches Fr. Milan Ted Torralba. (rvo)