On 19th October the Spanish Embassy celebrated their national day, with a ceremony attended by A�ngel Mesie Mibuy, Second Vice Prime Minister of the Government, Pastor Micha Ondo Bile, Minister for Trade and the Promotion of Small and Medium-sized Businesses, and Bonifacio Mitogo Edjang, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, who accompanied the members of the Spanish diplomatic mission, led by the Ambassador Guillermo Lopez Mac-Lellan.
The Hilton Hotel was the setting for the celebration of the Kingdom of Spain National Day, which by coincidence was celebrated last Friday. The event was attended by various Equatoguinean figures, such as the Rector of the UNGE, Filiberto Ntutumu, people from embassies located in Equatorial Guinea, and guests from various areas.
The first to speak was the Adviser to the Embassy, Marco PeAin Toledano, who welcomed those present and gave the order in which the event would take place: the playing of the national anthems of Spain and Equatorial Guinea; a speech from the Ambassador; a speech from A�ngel Mesie Mibuy; a performance by a Spanish flamenco group and a performance by the Equatoguinean singer Nelida Karr.
Guillermo Lopez Mac-Lellan began by welcoming those present to the Spanish national day, Hispanic Day, “a common celebration for the over 170 million Spanish speakers who, throughout the world, use Spanish as their means of communication. It goes beyond history, to a common language or culture, and this concept is much broader and represents a fusion.
To be Hispanic today is affinity and friendship between peoples that share a language and culture, while recognising the uniqueness of each one”.
The Ambassador spoke of the ties uniting the two peoples and the journey taken and still to travel, together with the priority of equality between men and women, and the importance of facing together the refugee crisis, through a global migration policy.
Finally, he welcomed everyone and hoped that they enjoyed the music that “represented the essential aspects of Hispanic culture”.
After that, A�ngel Mesie Mibuy, the Second Vice Prime Minister, Charged with Parliamentary Relations and Legal Affairs, spoke. He began by affirming that “cultural and trade relations between the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and the Kingdom of Spain are historical, in every sense. The will of the Government of H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo to cooperate with Spain must always be a benchmark within our country’s current relations.
We have 50 years of independence. Despite this half century, we are still awaiting a real presence, and effective cooperation with Spain, a disinterested contribution towards the modernisation of what was Spanish Guinea.
A son, who has grown up a son, but has missed the warmth and support of a mother, and has to walk alone. It is for the Spanish people to act above ant ideological convictions, as the centre of communication within the Hispanic community.
Through its governmental disagreements it cannot undermine the historical facts and common destiny of the Hispanic community”.
To conclude he stated, “I have the honour to offer congratulations, on behalf of the President of the Republic, Head of State and Government, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, and may God bless the Kingdom of Spain and its people on this Hispanic Day.
Long live friendship and cooperation between our two countries”.
Then, those present were able to enjoy a large buffet of food and drink, while listening to the performances from a Spanish flamenco group and the singer Nelida Karr.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office