Czech-Phil Devotion to Sto Niño
Written & Photographed
By Jude Bautista
Most Filipinos are not aware that the strongest commonality our country has with the Czech Republic is our faith. The two nations are bonded in history by a strong devotion to the child Jesus. Ferdinand Magellan landed on our shores and introduced the Sto Niño in 1521 from Madre España. Not long after it also made its way to Prague in 1555.
The Czech Embassy in Manila led by Amb Jaroslav Olsa Jr hopes to remind us of this common history and devotion to the Child Jesus through the film PŘIJDE LETOS JEŽÍŠEK? (Little Baby Jesus). As part of the Cine Europa 18 Pinoys can watch this inspiring film for free at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall starting Sept 12-5pm, Sept 14-6pm and Sept 16-6pm. The line up of films from 18 countries includes virtually every genre from romance to action. Cine Europa fest will be free and open to the public starting September 10-20, 2015 in Shang Plaza Mall.
Ambassador Olsa said, “This time we are bringing quite an interesting film. It is a Czech Mexican co production. What is so special why did we bring it to the Philippines? The centerpiece of the film is Sto Niño de Prague. And I’m very pleased this Czech film, which is named Little Jesus or MILAGRO EN PRAGUE, will be shown in Cine Europa Film Festival. Not surprisingly this film will open the festival in Cebu. Also we will bring the director of the film Lenka Kny. She will be talking about the film talking to press, film people and we hope the film will be successfully received by the Filipinos”. Lenka Kny will be in the Philippines early October also as part of the Pelicula Spanish Film festival.
Cine Europa will be screening in Cebu from Oct 9-11, 2015 at the Ayala Center Cebu. The fest will then move to different parts of the country AFTER the run at Shang Plaza Mall in Mandaluyong to: Sept 22-27 Baguio City– FDCP Cinematheque, Sept 29-Oct 4 Iloilo City-FDCP Cinematheque, , Oct 13-18 Zamboanga City-FDCP Cinematheque, Oct 21-25 Tacloban City-University of the Philippines, Nov 3-8 Davao City FDCP, Nov 10-15 Leyte Visayas State University, Nov 18-22 Cagayan De Oro City-Liceo De Cagayan. And finally it returns to Makati City Nov 24-29 at the Metro Manila Development Authority.
He also discussed the role of filmmaking of Prague and the Czech Republic in Europe, “Prague the capital of the Czech Republic has a tradition and important place in film history. In the 1930s it was the second biggest film studios in Europe after Berlin. And still for a small country of 10 million people the production of 30-40 feature films every year is quite remarkable. This year we bring something very special. It is a tradition that we do many co productions. Foreign films are produced in Prague namely MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 2 & 4 was filmed entirely in Prague. There was this most famous Korean film from last year, SNOWPIERCER.”
The increasing number of different films from different countries is evidence that Cine Europa is getting bigger. Shang Rila Plaza Marketing Division Head Marline Dualan said, “It is the Longest running film fest here in Shang Plaza and we are happy to note that this gem of a festival has been growing bigger and better. Not only in terms of reach but also in terms of membership. Today we welcome the embassy of Poland who is a new member in the increasing number of countries joining Cine Europa.”
Cine Europa’s education component will continue with its series of lectures from Filipino experts in the movie industry providing intellectual insights. Filipino movie that have significant connections with Europe will be shown back to back with Cine Europa movies that portray the similarities between Filipino and European culture.
The Czech Emmbassy recently announced: After a long thirteen years since the anthology of Philippine short stories „Darovaná žena“ has been published in Czech, a new selection of works by Philippine writers is now available in Czech translation. Co-edited by Silvie Mitlenerová and Czech Ambassador to the Philippines Jaroslav Olša, jr., the brand new issue of literary monthly Plav contains a wide range of works by classics as well as brand new Filipino talents. And to show the scope of Philippine literature, there are translations of works written originally not only in English, but also in Spanish, Chinese and Tagalog/Filipino.
The Literatura ng Pilipinas“ issue of Plav (www.svetovka.cz) contains short stories by Philippine classics F. Sionil Jose (Graduation), Nick Joaquín (May Day Eve) and, one of the earliest precursors of the literature in the Philippines, Pedro Paterno (La dalaga misteriosa y el puente del diablo). The most contemporary literature is represented by short stories Wild Water by Crystal Koo (from the anthology „The Farthest Shore“, ed. Dean Francis Alfar and Joseph Nacino), Harinuo´s Love Song by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz (from „Alternative Alamat“, ed. Paolo Chikiamco) and Man of Letters by Marc Gaba (from „Maximum Volume“, ed. Dean Francis Alfar and Angelo R. Lacuesta).
According to the Czech Emb website: Santo Niño de Praga in Vigan was donated by the Czech Ambassador to the Archbishop of Nueva Segovia in the historical city of Vigan in February 2008.
Santo Niño de Praga is a very strong bond between the Philippines and the Czech Republic. Santo Niño arrived to the Philippines as soon as 1521 when Magallanes discovered the archipelago. The First Spaniards landed at Cebu island and brought along the image of Santo Niño de Sevilla which later became known as Santo Niño de Praga.
The Czech Embassy in Manila is well connected with the church of Our Lady Victorious in Prague and thanks to its generosity there are already five blessed genuine replicas of Santo Niño de Praga in the Philippines. The last one was donated by the Czech Ambassador to the Archbishop of Nueva Segovia in the historical city of Vigan in February 2008.
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