A feature on the school and how work in heritage can help the nation’s youth.
Tags: conservation, Escuela Taller, graduates, heritage, Intramuros, Philippines, Queen Sofia, repoussé, Willy Layug, Youth
The title of this post borrows the words of Her Majesty the Queen of Spain when she was interviewed by Spanish Television at the Escuela Taller earlier this month. We hope that more and more people are infected by her confidence and trust in the Filipino Youth!
GOOD JOB, GUYS!
El titulo del presente post viene de las palabras de Su Majestad la Reina de España en una entrevista con la Televisión Española que tuvo lugar en la Escuela Taller a principios de éste mes. ¡Esperamos que más gente comparta su confianza en la juventud filipina!
Congratulations to all of you! There’s a great big world out there that is in need of your skills and talents!
To all the 71 graduates of the Escuela Taller Intramuros, we wish you the best! Trust in your talents and stay true to who you are!
Tags: Escuela Taller, Filipinas, Intramuros, Queen Sofia, Reina Sofía
The students had been busy for weeks preparing. Our graduates came back to the school to pitch in as volunteers. A storm came in and water had to be bailed out by hand and motor. But when the Queen of Spain came, time stood still as she walked through the different workshops, shaking the hands of almost all of the students and asking them about their lives – how old they were, where they were from, and what they were doing – as the rain fell gently on the garden of the Revellin de Recoletos.
The answers varied from “Baseco” to “Batanes” to “Maguindanao”, and the hammering of chisels gave way to smiles and explanations of how stone is cut or sculpted. As the cameras took their pictures and the media scrambled for the best of angles, Her Majesty went from one student to the next, and from one workshop to another, always finding sincere delight in the crafts and talents that surrounded her, and demonstrating an insatiable curiosity in what she saw.
“How clever!” she remarked of the painters creating different finishes on their panels – something she admitted that she had not seen before.
Nobody seemed to have minded the rain, but all eyes were on the students, the graduates, and a Queen who had touched their lives in all her simplicity and grace.
We thank Her Majesty the Queen of Spain for having passed by the Escuela Taller and give the youth support and encouragement.
We would like to take the opportunity to thank Spain for her continued patronage of the school, affirming the strong cultural ties that now give the Filipino youth a brighter future through our shared heritage.
Tags: AECID, atril, Bookstand, crafts, Escuela Taller, Intramuros, Jose Rizal
We had an amazing 2011 at Escuela Taller, thanks to all our partners and supporters, friends, and, of course, our super dedicated staff. Our gratitude to the NCCA headed by its Chairman, Professor Felipe de León, Jr., to everybody in the Embassy of Spain, especially to H.E. Ambassador Jorge Domecq, and to our friends at the Oficina Técnica de Cooperación of the AECID with its coordinator general, Señor Vicente Selles.
Maraming salamat po!
Here are some vignettes of the year that was…
More to come from 2011 soon!