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On Saturday, November 28, at 6:00 PM, Instituto Cervantes de Manila, in collaboration with the Embassies of Spain and Chile in the Philippines, the Intramuros Administration, and the National Quincentennial Committee, will be holding the webinar Today, 500 years ago, the Pacific Ocean was baptized. The Strait of Magellan.

During the famous expedition that first circumnavigated the world, the three remaining ships of that voyage completed the crossing of the strait that connects the Atlantic and the Pacific, which would later be known as the Strait of Magellan.  That very day, on the 28th of November in 1520, the first crossing of the ocean that was named the Pacific began.

The speakers of the panel discussion will be Braulio Vázquez of the General Archives of the Indies in Sevilla, Filipino historian Danilo Gerona, and the Ambassador of Chile to the Philippines, H.E. Claudio Rojas Rachel. The moderator will be the director of Instituto Cervantes, Dr. Javier Galván. The discussion will be conducted in Spanish and English with simultaneous translation in both languages. The audience will be able to interact with the speaker by submitting their questions during the event.

Admission is free and open to all on a first come, first served basis.  The link to access the event is For further information you may visit the website of Instituto Cervantes at or Facebook page at 

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