Elcano’s Previous Philippine Port Call

Posted on 22 March 2021
By NQC Secretariat

A photo of editor Danilo Galang during the 1972 port call of Spanish Navy Training Ship Juan Sebastian de Elcano in Manila. It was the 44th Midshipmen’s training cruise of the ship. Her next recorded visit to Manila was in 1979, for her 50th training cruise.

She again visited Manila on 14 April 1982, for her 53rd training cruise. President Ferdinand Marcos received in Malacañang Spanish Admiral Cristobal Colon de Carbajal, then the captain of the training ship and a descendant of Christopher Columbus. Her next visitation in Manila was in 1992 (64th training cruise), 1997 (68th), and 2003 (74th).

This 94-year old tall ship is currently in Cebu for her 93rd training cruise and goodwill visit to mark the 500th anniversary of the first circumnavigation of the world. This is also her 11th circumnavigation of the world. She entered the Philippine Sea as early as March 14 and participated in the 500th anniversary of the Philippine part in the first circumnavigation of the world on March 16 in Suluan and Manicani Islands and March 17 in Homonhon, all part of Guiuan, Eastern Samar. She is expected to return to Spain on 22 March 2021, after five months of tracing the route of the first circumnavigation of the world.

This 2021, we will commemorate the Philippine part in the achievement of science and humankind in circumnavigating the planet for the first time. Central in this commemoration is the 500th anniversary of the Victory at Mactan on 27 April 2021. These and more are collectively known as the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines by virtue of Executive Order No. 103 (2020). Know more about the event here:

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