President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will unveil on March 18 the first of the thirty-four historical markers of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) identifying the Philippine part in the first circumnavigation of the world 500 years ago. Titled “Samar: Ruta ng Ekspedisyong Magallanes-Elcano sa Pilipinas,” this historical marker is located at the Veteran’s Park in Ngolos, Guiuan, Eastern Samar. Alongside this is the Spanish translation of the historical marker courtesy of the Embassy of Spain in the Philippines.
Dubbed as the quincentennial historical markers, each comes with a special pedestal constructed by the National Quincentennial Committee. It features a globe as a finial to symbolize the first voyage around the world of humankind through the Magellan-Elcano expedition which further confirmed that the Earth was indeed round. Axial tilt of our home planet’s representation was confirmed by the Philippine Space Agency. Also, the pedestal has a relief depicting the episode of the expedition in a particular site, based on the sketches of muralist Derrick Macutay and executed in dust marble relief by sculptors Jonas Roces and Francis Apiles. The NHCP ensured that the depictions are far from the typical orientalist approach by the foreign artists which imagined our ancestors as savages. The marker texts and the artworks blended together to exude “our” point of view of the events.
Preceding the unveiling by President Duterte are that of the historical marker for Suluan Island on March 16 and Homonhon Island on March 17, both under jurisdiction of Guiuan. Check the other sites of the historical markers through a map, as well as the activities and other quincentennial materials here: [https://bit.ly/3dHrnKF]
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Seeing this post? Curious what this is about? In 2021, we will commemorate the Philippine part in the achievement of science and humankind in circumnavigating the planet for the first time. Central in this commemoration is the 500th anniversary of the Victory at Mactan on 27 April 2021. These and more are collectively known as the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines by virtue of Executive Order No. 103 (2020). Know more about the event here:
🖱 About us: https://nqc.gov.ph/en/about
🎞 Watch our promotional video: https://youtu.be/ptgU1ZUgFZc
🎧 Listen to Quincentennial Soundtrack: https://spoti.fi/3nxWXPa
📺 Watch our lectures: https://portal.nqc.gov.ph/
🕵️♀️ Quincentennial activities here: https://bit.ly/3dHrnKF