CNMI, PHILIPPINES WORK ON SPANISH ERA CHRONICLES

By Edith G. Alejandro

SAIPAN, CNMI (Saipan Tribune, July 27) -The CNMI Museum of Historical and Culture is working closely with the Philippine National Historical Institute to help them secure the complete chronicles of the Spanish Deportados that tackled ancient Chamorro cultures during the Spanish era.

NMI Museum chairman Herman Guerrero urged the support of the Philippine consul general to help them secure the duplicate copies of the Spanish Deportados, which chronicled the strong ties between the Philippines and the Northern Marianas.

Guerrero said communication with the Philippine National Historical Institute began early this year as discussions were made with Augusto Debian, the head of the research division of the institute.

The Spanish Deportados tackled the brief stay of Philippine hero Apolinario Mabini, when he was exiled to Guam during the Spanish regime in the Philippines during the 18th century.

According to Guerrero, accounts of the Spanish Deportados are with the Guam Depository, and the Northern Marianas hopes to get its own duplicate copies through collaborative efforts with the Philippine National Historical Institute.

"That is something we hopefully have and it would strengthen the archives of the Marianas," Guerrero told Philippine Consul General Wilfredo Maximo during a presentation held Friday at the NMI Museum.

He added that the Northern Marianas would be pushing with the project in hopes to get its own copies, hoping that the Philippine Consulate General in the CNMI would be able to help them.

July 28, 2003

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