MANILA -- Senator Edgardo Angara said more academic exchanges with Spain will give Filipino students wider access to the international academic community.

“Why shouldn’t Spain, our historical madre patria, become more involved in educating our people like it did hundreds of years ago when they built the first schools in the country?,” he asked.

Angara plans to expand an academic exchange program already inked with the University of the Basque Country in northern Spain to include other universities in Spain.

“That will require more classes to teach Filipinos to speak and understand Spanish,” he said.

“Through more academic exchanges and scholarships, not only do we gain better understanding our historical ties with Spain, but Filipinos would gain entry into the international academic world,” he added.

Angara was honored in Madrid with the Premio Casa Asia for helping rekindle relations between Spain and the Philippines. (Jonathan de Santos/Sunnex)