In 2021, the country will commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Victory at Mactan, the Philippine part in the first circumnavigation of the world, and other related events, collectively known as the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines (2021 QCP). Executive Order No. 55, s. 2018 created the National Quincentennial Committee (NQC) for this purpose.
The State-sponsored commemorations are branded as 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines as per Executive Order No. 103 (s. 2020).
The National Quincentennial Committee is spearheading the 500th anniversary of the Victory at Mactan (27 April 2021) and the 500th anniversary of the Philippine part in the first circumnavigation of the world (16 March – 28 October 2021). Whereas, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines is leading the celebration of the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines.
The Filipino Way
The Executive Order No. 103 (s. 2020) espouses a Filipino-centric point of view of the first circumnavigation of the world, underscoring the magnanimity, compassion, and humanity of our ancestors in helping the starving crew of the first circumnavigators—the Armada de Maluco, a.k.a., Magellan-Elcano expedition—that traversed the Pacific Ocean, and the courage and bravery of the warriors in Mactan that inspired the heroes and martyrs who founded the Filipino nation and the generations thereafter.
- Promote local and national tourism
- Reignite nationalism of every Filipino
- Inculcate values for the common good
- Strengthen social cohesiveness of the community
- Intensify social awareness
- Foster the Filipino creativity for our socioeconomic growth
- Undertake the overall study, conceptualization and implementation of relevant programs and projects on, but not limited to, diplomatic concerns, history, culture and the arts, academic affairs, science, environment and agriculture, socio-civic participations, volunteer and partner mobilization, military participation, and infrastructure;
- Act as the principal coordinator for all the activities related to the 2021 QCP;
- Serve as clearing house for the preparation and dissemination of all information on the programs, activities and projects for the 2021 QCP;
- Constitute sub-committees or working groups, as may be necessary, to undertake the implementation of programs, activities and projects;
- Undertake fund raising activities, as may be necessary, to attain the objectives of the Executive Order No. 103 (s. 2020), subject to applicable laws, as well as budgeting, accounting, and auditing rules and regulations;
- Call on any government agency or instrumentality, and invite private individuals and organizations, including overseas or international entities, to assist in the preparations and celebration of the 2021 QCP; and
- Carry-out such other functions as may be directed by the President.
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What we are commemorating with the world is the 500th anniversary of the achievement of humanity in circumnavigating the planet for the first time.
EO 103 (s. 2020) emphasizes our (Filipino) point of view in commemorating the said milestone. The National Quincentennial Committee (NQC) maximizes the world-wide commemoration to underscore the fact that our ancestors have had flowering civilization upon the arrival of Magellan in 1521.
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But what Filipino?
While Lapulapu and our ancestors in 1521 were not Filipinos, we, the Filipinos, are their descendants. Although they existed long before the birth of the Filipino nation in 1898, our pre-colonial ancestors are worthy of remembrance. Thus, we celebrate their ideals, sacrifices, struggles. They are the source of our inspiration. By assimilating them into our national imagination, we are rescuing them from oblivion and colonial prejudices.
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Between 16 March and 28 October 2021, a series of quincentennial milestones will be commemorated. Just like the Philippine Centennial Decade (1988-1998), when several milestones were commemorated and the State chose 12 June 1998 as the D-Day, Victory at Mactan embodies greatness and pride. Like the founders of the Filipino nation, we see Mactan as a symbol of triumph.
Executive Order No. 103 (s. 2020) brands the Battle of Mactan quincentennial as 500th anniversary of the Victory at Mactan.
Instead of arrival of the Magellan-Elcano expedition, it should be 500th anniversary of the Philippine part in the first circumnavigation of the world—not “discovery” of the Philippines nor “arrival” of Magellan. All these and other related events in 1521 are collectively known as 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines (2021 QCP or QCP).
Why Victory and Humanity
Victory represents Lapulapu and his men’s triumph that transcends to our generation. This also represents how the gallantry and the spirit of freedom of our ancestors and forebears determined our destiny and history.
Humanity represents the compassion of our ancestors in saving the sick, starving, undernourished, and hopeless crew of the first circumnavigators of the planet in Homonhon, Guiuan, Eastern Samar. This trait of us as a people is recurrent in our history, and we want the world to know this further.
Our Blue Motif
Our ancestors were sea-faring people. Our identity, our world view is partly based on water. So as our history with the first circumnavigation of the planet.
Water connects us, Filipinos, to our rich, distant world of our ancestors. Blue is the motif of the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines to celebrate our ancestry and the achievement of humanity in circumnavigating the world for the first time.
We have always been part of the world because of water.
On 14 August 2019, the National Quincentennial Committee adopted the official logo of the commemorations. It highlights “500” to represent the quincentennial commemorations; the number “5,” designed in a stylized cross, symbolizes Christianity, while the waves represent the circumnavigation. The silhouette of Lapulapu is patterned after his statue at the Liberty Shrine, Mactan, Lapu-Lapu City.
Blue is the color of the logo, representing the maritime culture of our ancestors, as well as the achievement of humanity in circumnavigating the world. The logo was designed by Mary Lyn Dioso and Relly Coquia.
National Quincentennial Committee
Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea
Office of the President of the Philippines
Vice-Chairperson and Executive Director
Dr. Rene R. Escalante
Chairperson, National Historical Commission of the Philippines
Department of Foreign Affairs
Ernesto C. Abella
Undersecretary for Strategic Communications and Research
Department of Tourism
Arturo P. Boncato, Jr.
Undersecretary for Tourism Regulation, Coordination and Resource Generation
Department of the Interior and Local Government
Jonathan E. Malaya
Undersecretary for Plans, Public Affairs and Communication
Department of National Defense
LtGen Reynaldo B Mapagu, AFP (Ret.)
Undersecretary for Civil, Veterans, and Retiree Affairs
Department of Budget and Management
Atty. Agnes Joyce G. Bailen
Undersecretary for Supervision of Internal Audit Service
Department of Education
Annalyn M. Sevilla
Undersecretary for Finance-Budget and Performance Monitoring,
Department of Public Works and Highways
Engr. Antonio V. Molano, Jr., CESO III
Assistant Secretary for Regional Operations in the Visayas, NCR, and Region IV-B
Presidential Communications Operations Office
Ramon L. Cualoping III
Assistant Secretary for Brand Integration
Office of the Presidential Adviser for the Visayas
Anthony Gerard Y. Gonzales
National Commission for Culture and the Arts
Al Ryan S. Alejandre
National Historical Commission of the Philippines
Carminda R. Arevalo
Office of the Executive Director
Rosario V. Sapitan
Office of the Deputy Executive Director for Administration
Alvin R. Alcid
Office of the Deputy Executive Director for Programs and Projects
Gina C. Batuhan
Historic Sites and Education Division
Ar. Reynadlo S. Lita
Head of the Secretariat and the Technical Working Group for Infrastructures
Ian Christopher B. Alfonso
Senior History Researcher and In-Charge of Quincentennial Commemorative Events
Ayesha H. Sayseng
Historic Sites Development Officer II
Gerwill I. Cruz
Museum Researcher II
Josef Alec D. Geradila
History Researcher II
Mark Kiven G. Oriendo
Museum Technician I (Administrative)