History and Culture
The Philippines to Highlight 500 Years Compassion and Victory in 2021
Choose Philippines | Dec 16, 2019
Story and banner image from the National Quincentennial Committee, Republic of the Philippines
In 2021, our country will commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Philippine part in the first circumnavigation of the world, the Victory at Mactan, and other related events. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte organized the National Quincentennial Committee (NQC) to be the clearinghouse of all 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines (2021 QCP) projects, events, activities, and programs.
The Philippine commemoration began on 21 December 2018 through the launching of the logo. It will last until 6 September 2022 or the 500th anniversary of the completion of the first circumnavigation of the world. The NQC envisions a diverse, upbeat, engaging, and meaningful Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines for Filipinos, taking full advantage of various platforms, media, and disciplines.
The NQC also advocates a more Filipino-centric point of view of the first circumnavigation of the world by underscoring the magnanimity and humanity of our ancestors in helping the impoverished and hungry crew of the Magellan-Elcano expedition that traversed, for more than three months, the deadly Pacific—characteristics of us as a people that is recurrent in Philippine history, such as in the Siege of Baler in 1899, the Open Door policy of President Manuel L. Quezon to the Jews in 1939, and the sheltering of President Elpidio Quirino to the homeless White Russians in 1949, to name a few. Along with the said milestone is the 500 years of the victory of Lapulapu and his warriors in the Battle of Mactan, an event that served as among the inspirations for our heroes and martyrs during the Philippine Revolution of 1896 and of the subsequent events that led to the formation of the Filipino nation, the first democracy in Asia.
On 14 December 2019, the 500-day countdown to 2021 QCP began. Key cities are Lapu-Lapu City, Davao, and Manila. All government institutions are enjoined to integrate the 2021 QCP in their plans, programs, activities, events, and strategies for 2019 to 2022, including but not limited to formal and non-formal education, economy, diplomacy, science, technology and agriculture, media, natural and cultural heritage, health, tourism, sports, youth empowerment, and community mobilization, and military affairs, provided there shall be coordinated with the Committee for alignment and proper documentation.