The Mexican Embassy marked the commemoration of Mexico’s Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) tradition in the Philippines by inviting Miriam College to participate in showcasing ofrendas/altars.
The Dia de Muertos, a declared World Intangible Heritage of UNESCO, is a tradition rooted in the old and new, the pre-Hispanic and the colonial heritage of Mexico. The tradition and festivity is celebrated by the Mexican people all over the globe to remember the dead and celebrate life. Dia de Muertos is very similar to the Filipino tradition of Undas influenced by Spain. It is a historical tie that binds the Philippines and Mexico. The two celebrations are similar as both bring families and friends together, reuniting and creating spaces for unity while celebrating life.
First year students of Humanities and Applied Arts under Applied Arts faculty members Joseph Renta and Ching Estarija, and chair Rino Datuin created 11 ofrendas/altars which were showcased on campus from October 16 to 25, 2018.
On October 19, 2018, the Mexican Ambassador H.E. Gerardo Lozano, his wife Mariza Arciniega, Eucation and Cultural Attaché Gerardo Regalado came to Miriam College for the opening of the exhibit.
The half-day event concluded with a winning ofrenda display chosen among the 11 entries. The Ambassador,, his wife, and Cultural Attache along with faculty guests Suzie Renta and Mitch Shivers chose the winning piece which was featured at the Ayala Museum from October 26 to November 11.
The chosen ofrenda was given recognition by the Embassy in a speech during the opening delivered by Amb. Lozano. He emphasized on the valuable contribution of Miriam College in the promotion of culture and the arts, and the rich ties that bind the Filipino and Mexican people. Moreover, he recognized the talents of the students and shared his admiration for their dedication and hard work.
The opening event at the Ayala Museum was attended by members of the diplomatic community including representatives from the Russian, Indonesian Norwegian and Singapore embassies. Members of the art community of the University of the Philippines, local art groups, and the Mexican community in the Philippines were also present.