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President Duterte Hosted Three Celebrations to Kick Off Philippine Quincentennial Commemorations!

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Choose Philippines | Dec 16, 2019
President Duterte Hosted Three Celebrations to Kick Off Philippine Quincentennial Commemorations!

Story and banner photo from the National Quincentennial Committee, Republic of the Philippines

The Office of the President organized these programs in anticipation of the 500th anniversary of the Victory at Mactan, the Philippine part in the first circumnavigation of the world, and other related events in 2021.  Part of raising people’s awareness of the said milestones is the conduct of three simultaneous programs for the 500-day countdown to 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines (2021 QCP) on 14 December 2019, Saturday, 5:45 p.m.

Described by historian Xiao Chua as the biggest staging of Philippine history since the 1998 Centennial of Philippine Independence, the 500-day countdown programs will take place at the Centennial Park in Davao City, Rizal Park in Manila, and Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu City. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has assigned Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat as the representative in the Lapu-Lapu City event, where the national government will lead the country in the program.

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The Presidential Communications Operations Office and the Radio-Television Malacañang planned the three events into one program, with Manila Mayor Isko Moreno delivering a five-minute remark, to be relayed to Davao City Vice-Mayor Sebastian Duterte and then next to Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard Chan, also five minutes each.  The two government agencies will stream the three events live on social media platforms of the Office of the President and various government agencies.  People’s Television Network will have delayed telecast of the three events on the three Sundays of December.

The purpose objective of the 500-day countdown is to raise people’s awareness of our early history before the arrival of the Spaniards.  Staying true to its thrusts, the National Quincentennial Committee (NQC) will showcase in three events a Filipino-centric history.

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The Junjet’s Productions will produce the Lapu-Lapu City spectacle titled “Mangayaw: The World of Our Ancestors,” directed by renowned theater stalwart Lurgardo Labad and penned by Floy Quntos, director of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 30th SEA Games.

The HQ Production chooses a melodramatic staging of the bustling cultural and historical heritage of Mindanao titled “Mindanao: Unconquered.”  It was directed by Vida Mia Valverde and written by Emi Englis and Harold Quibete.

The Manila event is produced by the Philippine Educational Theater Association.  Titled “Sinong Bayani,” the spectacle will use the façade of the National Museum of Natural History as a canvass of the projection mapping in portraying theatrically the enduring spirit of bravery and heroism down from the time of Lapulapu in 1521.  It was directed by Maribel Legarda and written by Froilan Medina.

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