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Life and Culture
Life and Culture
BBVA Chairman Francisco González received last night in New York the Sorolla Medal with which the Hispanic Society of America distinguishes public figures and institutions that stand out for their contribution to Hispanic arts and culture. Along with BBVA Chairman, Mario Vargas Llosa, Nobel Prize in Literature, and Carlos Fitz-James Stuart, the Duke of Alba, were also awarded.
BBVA has unveiled the official website of Liga BBVA and Liga Adelante (www.ligabbva.com), offering users the best on-line soccer league in the world. Soccer fans can now access dozens of videos, exclusive content and live broadcasts. Gregorio Panadero, Managing Director of Communications and Branding at BBVA, explains that the philosophy behind www.ligabbva.com is "to provide users from around the world with a new tool for accessing the kind of on-line content they demand, quickly and free of charge, wherever they are and, in the future, regardless of the language they speak".
Adam Royalty, Hannah Lippe and Daniel Stringer, teachers at the d.school at the University of Stanford, outline this process with practical exercises to encourage creativity and empathy.
Gastronomy,restaurants and cuisine
'Cooking Up a Tribute', a film by the Roca Brothers and BBVA, closes the culinary cinema section of the San Sebastian Film Festival
Cooking Up a Tribute opens today in Spain in the 63rd edition of the San Sebastian Film Festival after its successful worldwide premiere in the last edition of the Berlin Film Festival. Josep Roca, sommelier and maître at El Celler de Can Roca, and the film’s co-directors Luis González and Andrea Gómez present the documentary in Saint Sebastian, a recount of the tour on which the team behind the El Celler de Can Roca restaurant embarked last year – when it was named the world’s best restaurant by the Restaurant magazine – whose itinerary included the United States, Mexico, Colombia and Peru. The screening will close the 5th edition of the ‘Culinary Zinema’ section.
The city of Madrid has a new architectural landmark, located in the Las Tablas District, north of the capital. La Vela, an elliptic high-rise as tall as the Statue of Liberty in New York, has reached its maximum height (93 m). The works to fit out the glazing on both sides of the building will start soon.
The 2015 BBVA-El Celler de Can Roca tour has successfully completed this second edition as the world gastronomic event of the year. Joan Roca, the chef responsible for savory dishes, Josep Roca, the maitre d' and sommelier, and Jordi Roca, the pastry chef, have prepared a total of 30,000 dishes for 1,600 BBVA customers and guests. The Roca brothers, the owners of El Celler de Can Roca, chosen as best restaurant in the world in 2015, have prepared specialties as a tribute to the gastronomy and local culture of each country they visited: the United States, Argentina and Turkey.
Carlos Soria usually treks across the Khumbu Valley to acclimate to local conditions before taking on a challenge in the Himalayas. The route he follows offers one of the best views of what became, in 2001, the fourth eight-thousander he climbed in his climbing career: Mt. Everest.
Old, medieval or Roman towns inspired Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron’s design of the new BBVA headquarters in Madrid, which they describe as a “workplace for the future.”