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Guiuan Town Mayor Annaliza Gonzales-Kwan leads the Commemoration of the Philippines’ part in the first Circumnavigation of the World as the Unveiling of the Quincentennial Historical Marker

19 March 2021

Guiuan Town Mayor Annaliza Gonzales-Kwan leads the commemoration of the Philippines’ part in the first circumnavigation of the world as the unveiling of the Quincentennial Historical Marker in Homonhon, Guiuan, Eastern Samar transpires together with Ambassador of Spain Jorge Moragas Sanchez, Charge d’Affaires to the Phils. Jaroslaw Roman Szczepankiewicz, DILG USec. Jonathan Malaya, NHCP Chairman Dr. Rene Escalante, Eastern Samar Rep. Fe Abunda, Eastern Samar Gov. Ben Evardone and Brgy. Pagbabangnan Chairperson Winifredo Gapate Jr. held on March 17, 2021.

Also present in the said event were the distinguished guests: Department of National Defense USec. Reynaldo Mapagu, Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Anthony Gerard Gonzales, National Museum of the Phils. Dir. Gen. Jeremy Barns, NCCA Exec. Dir. Al Ryan Alejandre, DepEd. ASec. Alma Ruby Torio, Vice Gov. Maricar Goteesan, the Sanggunian Panlalawigan members, Borongan City Mayor Jose Ivan Dayan Agda, Guiuan Vice-Mayor Veronica Cabacaba-Ramirez and the Sanggunian Bayan members.

“I humbly accept this historical marker from the National Historical Commission of the Philippines for Homonhon and her people. This local role, this achievement, and this marker together, in part, realize your local government’s and my own personal dream for the island and people of Homonhon. Homonhon’s people, her land and her story will provide a huge opportunity for the Homonhonanons. The significance of this day will enable the island to invest in her rich culture and history, one that honors the sacred ground we are standing on”, Mayor Gonzales-Kwan said on her speech.

Furthermore she said “as I accept this historic marker of humanity, I think that maybe it is high time for all of us to go back and look at our history, how we once were, how we can be again. We are the heirs of our ancestors who left us with heritage of kindness.”

"Guiuan, Bungto ta...Higugma-a ta!"

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