Notes on Promoting Knowledge, Awareness and Appreciation of the Pre-Colonial Ancestors of Filipinos Today, to Assist the National Quincentennial Committee in Implementing Proclamation No. 1128 declaring 2021 as the “Year of Filipino Pre-Colonial Ancestors”.

Jeremy R. Barns
Director-General

General Context

2021 as the quincentennial year of the arrival of Magellan in the Philippines in 1521 as part of the first circumnavigation of the globe, representing the first recorded European contact with Filipinos and presaging the colonization of the Philippines by Spain with the arrival of Legaspi in 1565.