Humanity of the Filipino

The 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines theme of Humanity highlights the Filipinos’ innate character of helping societies from other nations, beginning with the compassion shown by our ancestors towards the hungry and sickly crew of the Magellan-Elcano expedition when they landed on the shores of Homonhon, Guiuan, Eastern Samar on 17 March 1521. This magnanimity of our ancestors endures and is reflected in the outstanding humanitarian history of our nation towards the forcibly displaced. In collaboration with the National Quincentennial Committee (NQC), UNHCR Philippines aims to showcase and remind Filipinos of their concrete expressions of solidarity for people in need of international protection. At a time when inward-looking, security-focused policies become dominant, Filipinos continue to be a beacon of hope and humanitarian spirit more recently expressed during the Global Refugee Forum in December 2019.

For details, contact
Ms. Gia Leanne Luga
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
3/F, Jaka II Building, 150 Legaspi Street, Makati City 1200 Metro Manila | [email protected]

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