The Committee

By virtue of Executive Order No. 55, issued by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on 8 May 2018, a steering committee for the commemoration of the quincentennial of the victory of Lapulapu in the Battle of Mactan, and other historic events that happened from 1519 to 1522 to be known as National Quincentennial Committee (NQC) is created. The main task of the committee is to systematically organize, coordinate and synchronize the Philippine commemoration in different localities and in other countries where Magellan’s voyage made landfall.

Context Setting

The theme of the Philippine quincentennial is 500 YEARS OF VALOR AND VICTORY. NQC saw in the words valor and victory the themes recurrent in Philippine history which parallel the achievement of humanity in circumnavigating the world for the first time.

 

Valor manifests the spirit of various peoples composing the Magellan-Elcano expedition, e.g., Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Genoese, Malay, in conquering what was then unknown to anyone—the other side of the world—making their achievement a victory of humanity; and our ancestors played meaningful and enigmatic roles in its completion.

 

Valor was aptly true as well in our ancestors’ stance in Mactan, leading to the victory against the Magellan-Elcano expedition.The same spirit recurred in the hundreds of recorded uprisings of our ancestors against colonization, until they began to see themselves as brethren in transforming the colonial Philippines into a free and sovereign nation in 1898 and acknowledged the victory at Mactan as the predecessor of their will to self-determination.

 

Our culture is also victorious because the seed planted in our islands by Christian pioneers 500 years ago grew until Christianity became the known religion in the Philippines.

The Comprehensive Plan focuses on four guiding principles that are diverse, modern, and empowering:

 

Filipino-centric/Asian-centric. Reflecting the Filipino points of view of the commemorations.

Commemorative. Conducting meaningful activities to commemorate various milestone events in Philippine history in 1521.

Multidisciplinary. Engaging scholars from various fields to contribute to the advancement and enhancement of our understanding of the past.

Communicative. Promoting the event and historical education through traditional and new media.

Diverse, upbeat, engaging, and meaningful quincentennial commemorations for Filipinos, taking full advantage of various platforms, media, and disciplines.

1. Reinvigorate Filipino nationalism, unity, and international comity through history, culture, and media
2. Promote tourism and highlight our rich cultural and religious heritage as a nation
3. Increase awareness of the quincentennial commemorations among Filipinos
4. Prioritize the refurbishment of historical sites and structures associated with the quincentennial
5. Provide historical research and settle historical issues

1. Undertake the overall study, conceptualization, and implementation of programs and projects relevant to the quincentennial commemorations
2. Act as the principal coordinator for all the activities related to the quincentennial commemorations
3. Serve as clearing house for the preparation and dissemination of all information about the plans and activities for the quincentennial of the Victory at Mactan, the circumnavigation of Magellan-Elcano expedition, the introduction of Christianity in the Philippines, and other associated events
4. Constitute working groups which shall undertake the implementation of the programs and projects
5. Receive donations for the purpose of achieving the objectives of this Order, subject to applicable laws, rules and regulations
6. Call upon any government agency or instrumentality, and invite private individuals and organizations, including overseas or international entities, to assist in the performance of its function
7. Settle historical issues and problems related to the commemorations

Committee Members

EXEC SEC. SALVADOR C. MEDIALDEA 

Chairperson

DR. RENE R. ESCALANTE

Vice-Chairperson

USEC. AGNES JOYCE G. BAILEN 

Member

USEC. ERNESTO C. ABELLA 

Member

USEC. HAROLD E. CLAVITE  

Member

EPIMACO V. DENSING III 

Member

USEC. ARTURO P. BONCATO, JR. 

Member

USEC. ANNALYN M. SEVILLA 

Member

R.D. EDGAR B. TABANGON 

Member

FR. MARVIN S. MEJIA 

Member