Philippines-Mexico relations revisited: Ambassador of Mexico to the Philippines delivers talk at NEU

By Cara Luzeleine C. Sanico

H.E. Gerardo Lozano Arredondo delivering a speech

On February 28, 2019, His Excellency Gerardo Lozano Arredondo, Ambassador of Mexico to the Philippines, visited New Era University as part of his country’s effort to foster the relationship between Mexico and Philippines.

            During his talk, Ambassador Lozano introduced to the students his country – its geographical location, its languages and dialects, and its government and history. His Excellency continued with his speech, he noted the similarities of the two countries found not just in the character of the people, but also in art, culture, and food. He pointed out that some textiles he saw in cultural events were similar to Mexican textiles and that some words like ‘atsuete’ and ‘sayote’ came from Mexican Nahuatl language.

            The two countries’ relationship was formed not only recently. “The Philippines has a stronger relationship with Mexico than with Spain,” Ambassador Arredondo said. Spain colonized the Philippines and governed it for 300 years through the viceroy of Mexico. The Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade operating for 250 years is the pioneer of transcontinental global trade, connecting three continents.

            The Ambassador pointed out that in recent times, Mexico and the Philippines still maintain a good relationship. One of the joint projects between the two countries is the digitization and cataloging of Philippine historical documents that were written in old Spanish language. Agriculture, health, and trade are also being discussed to strengthen the bond between the two countries.

            Ambassador Lozano was welcomed by NEU President Dr. Nilo L. Rosas; NEU Vice President for Legal and External Affairs, Atty. Serafin V. Cuevas Jr.; and Eagle Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) President, Rowena dela Fuente-Deimoy.