Vibal Foundation (VFI) will be launching Fifty Shades: Heritage Churches of the Cagayan River Basin by Dr. Javier Galvan Guijo at the National Museum of Anthropology from October 25 to 26, 2022. The newest addition to VFI’s Fifty Shades series highlights the Filipino heritage in the Spanish colonial era from the sixteenth until the nineteenth century.

Heritage Churches of the Cagayan River Basin

Heritage plays a big part in shaping the Filipino identity. Examining history, art, and tradition develops an awareness of nationality and gives light as to why we are the way we are. Fifty Shades: Heritage Churches of the Cagayan River Basin is a comprehensive architectural survey of the major heritage churches of the Spanish colonial era that were built due to the evangelization efforts along the Río Grande de Cagayan where the earliest Spanish colonization took place. Each survey is immensely intricate and discourses on the different aspects that made it unique. Finally, it unveils the talents behind its construction.

Author Javier Galván Guijo is an architect by profession. Guijo is greatly fascinated by the style and structure of the churches in the Philippines especially the Tumauini Church because of its purely baroque style. Señor Guijo has been the director of Instituto Cervantes de Rabat in Morocco, Orán and is currently the director of Instituto Cervantes of Manila. In recognition of Guijo’s efforts to promote Spanish-Philippine relations, he was conferred the Order of Presidential Merit by Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and the Cruz de la Orden de Isabel la Católica by King Juan Carlos I.

Dr. Javier Galván Guijo, Author

Book Launch

The book launch of Fifty Shades: Heritage Churches of the Cagayan River Basin will be held at the National Museum of Anthropology on October 25 and 26, 2022. The book launch is also part of the formal opening of the exhibition Las Iglesias de Tierra Roja: Heritage Churches of the Cagayan Valley Region curated by the author Señor Javier Galván Guijo.

On October 25, 2022, the launch is only accessible via invitation. The book launch has two parts: the exhibition and launch program On October 26, 2022 the book launch will be available for private viewing at the Ground Floor, Ayala Room at the National Museum of Anthropology from 1:00-4:00 PM. Dr. Javier Galván Guijo will give a lecture about his book.

Vibal Foundation

VFI aims to strengthen historical and cultural awareness among Filipinos. Through publication of books centered on arts, culture, and history for contemporary readers, VFI’s goals will always be achieved. Fifty Shades: Heritage Churches of the Cagayan River Basin is surely a great addition to VFI’s growing collection of Philippine books that help our country’s history, art, and culture to contemporary readers.

The book will be available on Vibal Group’s online shop, Shopee, and Lazada. Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to get more updates on all things Vibal.

Text and images courtesy of Vibal Foundation.

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