Inspiration Behind the Quincentennial Motif

Posted on 19 August 2021
By NQC Secretariat

You have probably noticed this motif we have in our collaterals and designs across the country and Philippine embassies and consulates abroad. We call it the “patik (tattoo) motif.” Artist Mary Lyn Dioso reimagined a water ripple with layers of patik inspired by the Visayan tattoo designs documented in the 16th century–the period of Lapulapu–by the Boxer Codex of the Lilly Library, Indiana University. Dioso, along with artist Relly Coquia, also designed the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines (2021 QCP) logo in 2018. They are both resident artists of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.

Tattoo and water are two powerful elements of the 2021 QCP: the first element represents our Visayan ancestors who mattered in the history of the first circumnavigation of the world, 500 years ago; and the second one, the maritime civilization of our ancestors.

Ripples by Lapu-Lapu City First Lady Cindi King-Chan

The 2021 QCP of the Philippine Government echoes an important message: to locate ourselves in our own history and in understanding who we are always.

Champion the voice of our ancestors and people. See Philippine history from our viewpoint. 2021 is the Year of Filipino Pre-Colonial Ancestors by virtue of Proclamation No. 1128, s. 2021. Know more about the 2021 QCP here: ?

? About us ?[]

? Watch our promotional video ? []

? Listen to Quincentennial Soundtrack ?[]

? Watch our lectures []☝️

?️‍♀️ Quincentennial activities and materials here []



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