For the past five years, I have spent most of my Saturdays at Instituto Cervantes Manila (ICM). I enrolled at ICM as a form of diversion, so I could stop myself from gallivanting around Luzon and beyond on weekends. What started out as a transient activity turned into a half-decade of mostly-love-sometimes-hate relationship. The love part comes from learning new things every session, participating in stimulating conversations about virtually any topic (football, TV series, economy, love, literature, etc), sharing genuine laughter with like-minded people, and attending some of ICM’s cultural activities. The hate part comes from waking up early on Saturdays, when most sane people sleep in. (For another ICM story, please read this.)
During this period, my Spanish has improved – from not knowing anything about this romantic language (with the exception of Spanish words that are Ilonggo words) to knowing some words and expressions, to say the least – and more importantly, I have encountered some interesting people I would not have had the pleasure of meeting if not for ICM. A handful of whom I now consider friends. 🙂
Last Saturday was eventful because I spent it with some old and current classmates and some other people I met in previous events. I guess this was not really surprising since I was at ICM from 830am until 7pm.
I will start with the Las Brujas photoshoot. Che, Mai and I wore shirts with an image of our favorite characters from the TV series we have watched. Hope wore her eponymous shirt.
Later, Hope and I watched the documentary La Sonrisa Verdadera and DS Duo and the Orchestra of the Filipino Youth Quorum. During the break between the events, we peer pressured other people to pose with us.
This might be my last entry about ICM in its present location because ICM will be (officially) moving to a new venue soon. I will miss this place and the memories it holds.
Side note: This is how my entry looks like when I have nothing specific in mind, with only photos to guide me to tell a story.
To know more about Instituto Cervantes Manila’s upcoming activities or if you want to learn Spanish, visit its website at http://manila.cervantes.es/en/default.shtm or its facebook page at www.facebook.com/InstitutoCervantesManila.