|Lope de Vega (1562-1635)|
In Rizal Avenue (Avenida area in Manila) there is a street called LOPE DE VEGA named after the famous Spanish playwright of the Baroque period, Felix Lope de Vega y Carpio (1562-1635). Because we are separated now from the Spanish language, we hardly read or even know him, instead we read Shakespeare. Some of us gets only that chance to see or hear something about Lope de Vega, say if Instituto Cervantes, Manila would feature something about him.
Looking at the street names and plazas of Manila you will also find Zurbaran, Cervantes and Calderon de la Barca, it does not only tells of our Spanish heritage but also Spanish history itself. For those names were representative of a period when Spanish arts and literature flourished unrivaled up to now. The period known in Spanish history as "SIGLO DE ORO" or the golden age.
|"Agnus Dei" by celebrated Spanish painter Francisco de Zurbarán|