The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), National Quincentennial Committee (NQC) and the Diocese of Borongan unveil the historical marker that recognizes the role of the Guiuan Church, a ‘National Cultural Treasure’, in the first circumnavigation of the world.
Today’s activity forms part of the series of commemorative events in Philippine history relative to the 500th anniversary of the first circumnavigation of the world led by Ferdinand Magellan and Juan Sebastian Elcano. The Guiuan Church Historical Marker is among the 34 historical markers mounted along the route of the first circumnavigation that took place in the Philippines.
Located at Barangay Poblacion in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, the Guiuan Church was heavily ruined by Super Typhoon ‘Yolanda’ in 2013. Restoration and reconstruction of the church was made possible through funding of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and National Museum of the Philippines.
NCCA Executive Director Al Ryan Alejandre and National Museum Director-General Jeremy Barns lead the unveiling of the Guiuan Church Historical Marker.