29 March 2012 – The Philippine Embassy in Madrid reported that a 10-man delegation, headed by National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) Chairperson Maria Serena I. Diokno, called on Ambassador Carlos C. Salinas yesterday, 28 March.
The delegation, composed of officials from the NHCP and the Office of Senator Edgardo J. Angara, is in Spain for the turn-over of the Ruta Rizal in Barcelona, to do research in various Spanish archives on the Philippines in Seville and Madrid, and to look into possible collaborative projects with the Spanish Government.
During the courtesy call on Ambassador Salinas, NHCP Chairman Diokno briefed the Ambassador about the ongoing projects of the NHCP particularly their preparations for the 150th anniversary of the birth of Andres Bonificio next year and the ongoing digitalization of important documents in Manila so that it can be assessed by researchers and students abroad.
For his part, Ambasssador Salinas discussed the projects of the Embassy for June, including Philippine Independence Day and the 10th Anniversary of Philippines-Spain Friendship Day.
In addition to the courtesy call on Ambassador Salinas, the delegation visited the Archivo Historico Nacional (National Historical Archives), the Archivo de Bellas Artes y Bienes Culturales (Fine Arts and Cultural Heritage Archives), and the Archivo General Militar (General Military Archives). In the latter visit, there was a turn-over of digital copies of documents pertaining to the Philippine Revolution to NHCP Chairperson Diokno.