2021 Quincentennial Calendar of Activities Released

Posted on 03 January 2021
By NQC Secretariat

Note: This is religiously updated.

The National Quincentennial Committee published on its official Facebook page on New Year’s Day the first batch of its slated activities of the series of quincentennial commemorations in 2021 (as of 1 January 2021).

Jan Event
6 Deadline of submission to the Quincentennial Art Competition and Lapulapu National Monument Design Competition
Biggest LED-lighted rosary show at the Rizal Park, Manila (for the front liners)
13 15th Countdown to 500 Online Lecture Series with Francis Navarro (“Reading and Appreciating Spanish Archival Documents”)
17 100-day countdown to the 500th anniversary of the Victory at Mactan (D-Day)
Declaration of Liberty Shrine, Mactan, Lapu-Lapu City as site of permanent display (24/7) of the Philippine flag
LED-lighted 500 emblem at Rizal Park, Manila
Beginning of D-Day campaigns
21 7th Road to 500: Our Ancestors in Philippine Textile Patterns (Balay na Bato, San Jose de Buenavista, Antique)
27 16th Countdown to 500 Online Lecture Series (“Bishop Domingo de Salazar, OP and the Defense of the Natives”)
Feb Event
10 17th Countdown to 500 Online Lecture Series with Felice Prudent Sta. Maria (“Goodwill, Tolerance, and Deception: The Role of Food in the Battle of Mactan”)
24 18th Countdown to 500 Online Lecture Series with Danilo Gerona (“Magellan: A Tragic Hero”)
26 Announcement of winners to the Quincentennial Art Competition and Lapulapu National Monument Design Competition
Mar Event
5 19th Countdown to 500 Online Lecture Series with Dr. George Emmanuel Borrinaga (“The War God of Homonhon and the Arrival of Magellan”)
16 Beginning of the 500th anniversary of the Philippine part in the first circumnavigation of the world and unveiling of the Samar quincentennial historical marker, Calicoan, Guiuan, Eastern Samar
Groundbreaking of the Guiuan Museum, Guiuan, Eastern Samar
Unveiling of the Suluan quincentennial historical marker, Suluan Is., Guiuan, Eastern Samar
17 Unveiling of the Guiuan Church Historical Marker, Guiuan, Eastern Samar
Commemorative Lecture of Ambeth Ocampo
18 500th anniversary of the Philippine-Spanish Contact and the unveiling of the Homonhon quincentennial historical marker, Homonhon Is., Guiuan, E. Samar
20th Countdown to 500 Online Lecture Series with Carlos Madrid Álvarez-Piñer (“Guiuan: The Beacon and Hope in the Pacific”)
18-20 Sabang: Early Southeast Asian-European Intercultural Conference (International Conference of the UP Asian Center)
24-26 Visitation of the Spanish Navy training ship Juan Sebastian Elcano
25 Unveiling of the Gibusong quincentennial historical marker, Magsaysay, Gibusong Is., Loreto, Dinagat Island
25 Unveiling of the Hinunangan quincentennial historical marker, Hinunangan, Southern Leyte
27 21st Countdown to 500 Online Lecture Series with Carl Sanchez Bordeos (“Fr. Cantius Kobak, OFM and the Development of Samar-Leyte History”)
27 Inauguration of the Battle of Mactan Diorama (Sulu Garden, Miag-ao, Iloilo)
29 Unveiling of the Limasawa quincentennial historical marker, Government Compound, Limasawa, Southern Leyte
31 500th anniversary of the mass at Limasawa, Southern Leyte
Apr Event
4 Unveiling of the Leyte quincentennial historical marker, Combado, Maasin City


Unveiling of the Canigao quincentennial historical marker, Canigao Island, Matalom Leyte
Unveiling of the Gatighan quincentennial historical marker, Himokilan Island, Hindang, Leyte
Unveiling of the Baybay quincentennial historical marker, Baybay City, Leyte


Unveiling of the Ponson quincentennial historical marker, Pilar Cebu
Unveiling of the Poro quincentennial historical marker, Poro, Cebu
Unveiling of the Ticobon quincentennial historical marker, San Francisco, Cebu
7 Unveiling of the Cebu quincentennial historical marker, Plaza Sugbu, Cebu City
14 500th anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines, Cebu City
27 Quincentennial TV Special (500th Anniversary of the Victory and Mactan Commemorative Rites)

1.     Military Honors for Lapulapu’s 500th Anniversary of Heroism, Liberty Shrine, Mactan, Lapu-Lapu City (invited guest of honor: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte)

2.     Unveiling of the Mactan, Lapulapu and Magellan quincentennial historical markers, Liberty Shrine, Mactan, Cebu

3.     Quincentennial Evening Show, Metropolitan Theater and Liberty Shrine

4.     Tribute to Frontliners and Common Filipinos

5.     Launching of the new Quincentennial Theme Song MTV “Bagani” (participated in by 50 OPM artists)

May Event
2 Unveiling of the Bohol quincentennial historical marker, Punta Cruz, Maribojoc, Bohol
4 Unveiling of the Panilongon quincentennial historical marker, Dumaguete City
7 Unveiling of the Kipit quincentennial historical marker, Brgy. Kipit, Labason, Zamboanga del Norte
13 Unveiling of the Cagayan quincentennial historical marker, Mapun, Tawi-Tawi
26 Birth Bicentenary of Jose Felipe Del-Pan, Champion of Nascent Philippine Studies and Filipino Scholarship
27 Unveiling of the Palawan quincentennial historical marker, Sitio Marikit, Brgy. San Juan, Aborlan, Palawan
Jun Event
18 Unveiling of the Tagusao quincentennial historical marker, Sitio Tagusao, Barong-Barong, Brooke’s Point, Palawan
21 Unveiling of the Balabac quincentennial historical marker, Balabac, Palawan
Jul Event
10 Birth Centenary of William Henry Scott, Scholar of Philippine Pre-Colonial History
23-24 International Conference on Contacts and Continuities: 500 Years Asian-Iberian Encounters
Sept Event
30 Unveiling of the Dulo ng Palawan quincentennial historical marker, Buliluyan, Bataraza, Palawan
Oct Event
11 Unveiling of the Sulu quincentennial historical marker, Jolo, Sulu
Unveiling of the Basilan quincentennial historical marker, Fuego-Fuego Beach, Brgy. Tabi-awan, Isabela City, Basilan
12 Unveiling of the Cawit quincentennial historical marker, Cawit, Zamboanga City
Unveiling of the Subanin quincentennial historical marker, Zamboaga City
13 Opening Session of the 19th Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day at Zamboanga City (Virtual/Tentative)
14 Unveiling of the Manalipa quincentennial historical marker, Manalipa Island, Zamboanga City
15 Unveiling of the Moro Gulf quincentennial historical marker, Pagadian City
19 Unveiling of the Maguindanao quincentennial historical marker, Old Cotabato City Hall
20 Opening Session of the Philippine International Quincentennial Conference at Cotabato City (Virtual/Tentative)
25 Unveiling of the Benaian quincentennial historical marker, Kamanga, Maasim, Sarangani
26 Unveiling of the Batulaki quincentennial historical marker, Brgy. Batulaki, Glan, Sarangani Province
27 Unveiling of the Candighar quincentennial historical marker, Municipal Grounds, Balut Islands
28 Unveiling of the Sarangani quincentennial historical marker, Brgy. Camalig, Sarangani Island, Sarangani, Municipality, Davao Occidental

 For queries, contact Ms. Juvelyn Nierves of the National Quincentennial Committee Secretariat at [email protected]. Layouted version of this calendar of activities can be accessed through [ https://bit.ly/3dHrnKF ].

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