Philippine International Quincentennial Conference Begins
Posted on 26 October 2021
By NQC Admin
The Inaugural Session of the Philippine International Quincentennial Conference kicked off on 20 October 2021 at the Emilio Aguinaldo Museum in Kawit, Cavite. National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) Chairperson and concurrently Executive Director of the National Quincentennial Committee (NQC) Rene R. Escalante delivered his opening remarks. It was followed by solidarity messages from Foreign Minister of Portugal Augusto Santos Silva, State Secretary for Foreign and Global Affairs of Spain Ángeles Moreno Bau, and Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin Jr. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, the Chairperson of the NQC, gave also his remarks and introduced Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
Immediately after the Opening Program was the first panel with the topic Philippine Diplomatic Relations with Spain and Portugal in the Quincentennial. The panelists were the Spanish Ambassador to the Philippines Jorge Moragas, the Portuguese Embassy in Jakarta Deputy Chief of Mission Emanuel Bernardes Joaquim, the Philippine Ambassador to Spain Philippe Lhuillier, and the Philippine Ambassador to Portugal Celia Anna Feria. The panel was moderated by National Museum of the Philippines Director-General Jeremy Barns.
The National Quincentennial Committee, the Department of Foreign Affairs, and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines serve as conveners of the Inaugural Sessions. It was streamed and produced by the Radio-Television Malacanang. It will run from October 20-22.
The conference, composed of thirteen sessions from 20 October to 17 December 2021, is an official program of the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines and is in solidarity with the Year of Filpino Pre-Colonial Ancestors.
For more information check out https://nqc.gov.ph/piqc.