21 October 2021- The Philippine Consulate General in Frankfurt, in cooperation with the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), held today the virtual launch of the publication of the final report of the one-year research project by Professor Stephanie Marie Coo via Facebook livestreaming in the FB pages of the Consulate and FSI. The published article entitled “Journey of Culture Through Objects: The Philippine Collection at the Linden Museum in Stuttgart” presented part of the research findings on the evidences of 19th century Philippine material culture found in German ethnographic museums. The project received funding support from the Office of then Senator and now Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda.
During the event, Professor Coo, who is a Marie Curie Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Granada, Spain and Universidad de Lisboa, Portugal, emphasized that the first phase of the research project yielded significant research data which had never been previously published. She noted that insights gained from her person-to-person interactions with curators, researchers and academics have been invaluable and critical in providing context to the Philippine collections found in German institutions. She expressed hope that the second phase of the research project will yield further significant research data that will result in the publication of a full-fledged book on the subject.
Consul General Evelyn D. Austria-Garcia congratulated Professor Coo on the completion of this significant research material which documented Philippine realia in German institutions and contributed in enriching knowledge and information on the subject. “In bringing together museum experts, professors, researchers, diplomats and through the exchange of new ideas and fresh perspectives, this project has opened up meaningful opportunities of utilizing Philippine collections in German repositories, other than enriching cultural knowledge,“ the Consul General said. She expressed appreciation to Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, who was instrumental in providing financial support for the pioneering research project. The Honorable Deputy Speaker Legarda and FSI Director Jose Maria Carino extended congratulatory messages as well. END