Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation (CLFI), De La Salle University (DLSU) Celebrates 500 Years of Culture, History and Faith – Manila Bulletin


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Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation Inc. (CLFI), the corporate social responsibility arm of micro-financial service provider Cebuana Lhuillier, has partnered with De La Salle University (DLSU) in solidarity with the National Five-Year Committee and the Philippine Conference of Catholic Bishops (CBCP) to commemorate 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines alongside the country’s precious role in the first round-the-world tour by Ferdinand Magellan.

The event took place online under the theme “Inspiration in Mission: A Commemoration of 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines”, which celebrates the Philippines’ long-standing ties to Spain in culture, history. and faith. Held recently, the event brought together religious and academic institutions, including those represented by members of the Association of Catholic Universities of the Philippines (ACUP) as well as various diplomatic missions in the country.

His Excellency Philippe Jones Lhuillier, Ambassador of the Philippines to Spain.

The event was part of the national fiftieth anniversary celebrations commemorating the historical milestones that led to the discovery of the Philippines and the start of Philippines-Spain relations. The online party focused on the historical aspect of the culture of the two countries and how religion has become an integral part of the identity of Filipinos.

The festivities kick off with welcoming messages from Cebuana Lhuillier President and CEO Jean Henri Lhuillier and DLSU President Bro. Bernard Oca; followed by messages from His Excellency Jorge Moragas Sanches, Ambassador of Spain to the Philippines and his counterpart, Ambassador Philippe Jones Lhuillier, Ambassador of the Philippines to Spain. Both cited the productive and progressive relations of Spain and the Philippines for five centuries now.

“Today we commemorate the beginnings of a meaningful and deep relationship between the Philippines and Spain. The first world tour gave rise to a common history and a friendship that has existed for 500 years. This relationship has led to important traces of Spanish influences in our culture which constitute our Filipino identity, ”said Ambassador Lhuillier.

The online event featured the launch of the PJ Lhuillier Museum’s Virtual Concierge, showcasing Ambassador Lhuillier’s extensive collection of relics and religious artifacts. A series of webinars and learning sessions were also held during the event that discussed the development of the Christian faith in the country, based on research from key subject matter experts.

“We believe it is important for us to look back on our rich history and know the origin of our faith, so that we have a progressive future. Celebrating this momentous event is a big step in further expanding our knowledge and understanding of our values ​​and culture as Filipinos, ”said Jonathan Batangan, Senior Vice President and Group Leader of CLFI.




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