Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines

07 March 2021

On 16 March 2021 marks the quincentennial (500th anniversary) since the Philippines became part of the first circumnavigation of our home planet, Earth. At 11:00 a.m. on the same day, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines will unveil the first of the 34 historical markers marking the country’s part in this achievement of humankind and science: the Suluan Quincentennial Marker in Suluan Island, Guiuan, Eastern Samar. It will coincide with the arrival of the Spanish Navy Training Ship Juan Sebastian Elcano, named after the captain of the 17 remaining crew out of original 245 members of the Armada de Maluco (a.k.a., Magellan-Elcano expedition) who completed the first circumnavigation of the world. The said ship has been tracing the route of the first circumnavigation since 2019. Owing to the pandemic, no physical contact will take place between the crew members and those on the land. It is expected to anchor near Manicani Island, also under the jurisdiction of Guiuan, on the same date at 4pm. There, the Philippine Navy is expected to accord the said ship with naval honors. A fluvial parade organized by the Municipality of Guiuan will accompany both navies.

Elcano will also join the Philippine and Spanish governments in the unveiling of the next historical marker at Homonhon Island, still part of Guiuan, 11am of March 17. The public may still gaze at her from afar via Guiuan Transport Terminal from March 16-19. Minimum health protocols will be strictly implemented by the IATF.

She will leave for Cebu City on March 19 and arrive there on the following day. She is expected to pass by the Cebu-Cordoba Link Expressway on March 20 via Mactan Strait. No confirmed public event is taking place as of this time.

The Radio Television Malacañang – RTVM and the Presidential Communications (Government of the Philippines) will cover the port calls of the Elcano beginning March 16 here on the National Quincentennial Committee, Republic of the Philippines and various government Facebook pages.

Check the map of the Philippine itinerary of the first circumnavigation of the world 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]


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