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Life and Culture

Life and Culture

Picture of HAZLO-en-cortometraje-films BBVA Bancomer

For almost a decade, the BBVA Bancomer Foundation has been supporting the filmmaking vision, dreams and talent of young university students through its Hazlo en Cortometraje (Do it in a Short Film) contest. This year’s contest, with over 1,113 submissions, has been a success. The works are produced by Mexican students - the contest only recently opened to participants from other countries – and focus on topics that basically aim to drive a change in attitude among society with respect to different issues.

The history of its commitment to Mexico began on October 15, 1932 when a group of 28 people, driven by the vision of Salvador Ugarte Vizcaíno, set up Banco de Comercio S.A. The first headquarters of the Bank located in the center of Mexico City was opened in 1936 and before the decade ended it already had correspondents in Chicago and New York.

Picture of Joan, Josep and Jordi Roca during the BBVA Roca Tour 2016 ©Ernesto Zelada - BBVA - Xpress Media

The 2016 BBVA – El Celler de Can Roca Tour 2016 ended with great success, after traveling around the world in 35 days. Joan, Josep and Jordi Roca, together with the entire El Celler de Can Roca team, went to London, Hong Kong, Phoenix, San Francisco and Santiago de Chile over the past five weeks. In each city, they paid tribute to the country’s cuisine, reinterpreting popular dishes and creating new ones inspired in the tour’s previous travels. Joan Roca, the head chef; Josep Roca, maitre d' and sommelier; and Jordi Roca, pastry chef, have served nearly 40,000 dishes for 1,900 BBVA customers and guests.

The Turkish Way, the second movie by the Roca brothers and BBVA, will be premiered on Monday 19 September at the 6th edition of the culinary section of the San Sebastian Film Festival. This second installment  follows Joan, Josep and Jordi Roca during their trip to Turkey before the 2015 BBVA Tour, which over a period of 5 weeks visited several countries to pay tribute to their cuisine. The owners of El Celler de Can Roca discovered the history and gastronomic potential of Turkey through young chefs, sommeliers and local producers.    

The Roca brothers are having a very hectic time. Their normally frenetic life has been further intensified by several social projects. These projects include creating a foundation, meeting with vulnerable female entrepreneurs in Chile and the 2016 BBVA-El Celler de Can Roca Tour through London, Hong Kong, Phoenix, San Francisco and Santiago de Chile.

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