More PH History Lectures Online Slated Beginning June 12

Posted on 05 June 2020
By NQC Secretariat

The National Quincentennial Committee (NQC) launches its new program titled Countdown to 500 Online Lectures Live.  It reformatted the conduct of the Quincentennial Lecture Series previously held in various cities of the country.  The objective is the same: to diversify discussions about the 500th anniversary of the Victory at Mactan, the Philippine part in the first circumnavigation of the world, and other related events in 1521, collectively known as the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines (2021 QCP) per Executive Order No. 103 (2020).

The themes of the lectures center on the 2021 QCP theme Victory and Humanity.  Victory represents the triumph of our heroes since the Battle of Mactan, while Humanity embodies the kindness our ancestors in Homonhon showed the ailing and hungry crew of the Magellan-Elcano expedition, the first to voyage around the planet, 500 years ago.

Scheduled lectures are as follows:

June 2020

“Mactan, Macapagal, and the Transfer of Independence Day to June 12” by Dr. Vic Torres, 12 June 2020, Friday, 4:20 pm (in commemoration of the 122nd anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine independence)

“Rizal and Reclaiming the World of Our Ancestors” by Dr. Kerby Alvarez (UP History Department), 19 June 2020, Friday, 4:20 pm (in commemoration of the 159th birth anniversary of Jose Rizal)

July 2020

“Mabini and the Malay Freedom” by Dr. April Hope Castro (UP Los Baños), 23 July 2020, Thursday, 10:00 am (in commemoration of the 156th birth anniversary of Apolinario Mabini)

“Theorizing the Visayan Food Magellan Possibly Ate” by Dr. Rolando Borrinaga (UP Manila), 28 July 2020, Monday, 10:00 am (in observance of the Nutrition Month)

August 2020

“Our Ancestors and the World Trade in Pre-Hispanic Times,” by Prof. Van Ybiernas, 11 August 2020, Monday, 10:00 am (in observance of Made in the Philippines Product Week and History Month)

“From Magellan to Quezon: Our Heritage of Compassion,” by Dr. Ricardo Jose (UP Diliman), 19 August 2020, Wednesday, 10:00 am (in commemoration of 142nd birth anniversary of President Manuel Quezon and History Month)

“The Last Governor General of the Philippines,” by Mr. Ian Christopher Alfonso (NHCP), 25 August 2020, 10:00 am (in celebration of History Month)

September 2020

“Our Ancestors and the Peace Process: The Case of the Lumads,” by Prof. Hanee Saloria-Badiles (Mindanao State University), 15 September 2020, Tuesday, 10:00 am (in observance of National Peace Consciousness Month)

“Dogs in the Life of Our Pre-Colonial Ancestors,” by Mr. Timothy James Vitales (National Museum of the Philippines), 30 September 2020, 10:00 am.

October 2020

“Interesting Things in the Museums of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines,” 14 October 2020, Wednesday, 10:00 am (in observance of Museums and Galleries Month)

“Periodization and Colonization: The Case of Cordillera History,” by Dr. Maria Nela Florendo (UP Baguio), 28 October 2020 (in solidarity with the commemoration of the National Indigenous People’s Month

November 2020

“The Spanish Encounter of Philippine Boats,” by Dr. Ma. Bernadette Abrera (UP Diliman, 5 November 2020, Thursday, 10:00 am

December 2020

“The Indigenous Thrives in Us,” by Dr, Fernando Zialcita (Ateneo de Manila University), 2 December 2020, Wednesday, 10:00 am

“Tattooing in the Life of Our Ancestors,” by Prof. Xiao Chua (Dela Salle University) 9 December 2020, Wednesday, 1:30 pm.

On June 6, NQC collaborated with the De La Salle University Southeast Asia Research Center and Hub (DLSU SEARCH), Society of Indonesian Historians, and Philippine Historical Association, for the webinar titled “History of Pandemics in Southeast Asia.”  Three historians from the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia will share their expertise on the topic.  The registration is closed but DLSU SEARCH and Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) will stream live the proceedings starting at 3:30 p.m.

This year, the country is supposed to commemorate a series of events in various places in the Visayas and Mindanao in anticipation of the aforesaid quincentennial milestones in 2021.  Barely a day before the first activity for the 499th anniversary of the Philippine part in the first circumnavigation of the world in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, office work was suspended in Manila on 13 March 2020.  This was in preparation for the placement of the entire Luzon under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) which lasted until the end of May.

NQC has intensified its online presence in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.  It fully supports the measures the government is implementing to prevent the further spread of the virus, and one of the ways the NQC has manifested this support was by automatically canceling the scheduled projects and activities involving mass gatherings.

As of the latest count, a total of forty-six (45) programs and activities have been canceled, nineteen (22), indefinitely postponed, four (4) research endeavors abroad, affected, two major infrastructure projects deferred to 2021 and 2022 (i.e., Lapulapu Memorial Shrine, Museum of Philippine Early History at Butuan), and six conservation projects of monuments and sites, halted.  The NQC also contributed almost 50% of its total allocated budget to the government’s response against COVID-19.

Last April 27, the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) spearheaded the Countdown to 500 Specials.  It was a whole-day online program celebrating the one-year countdown to the quincentennial.  PCOO is also at the forefront of the new edition of Countdown to 500, which this time is now an online lecture series.

The NQC was created by virtue of Executive Order No. 55 (2020), to prepare the country for the 2021 QCP.  Visit and its official Facebook page (@nqc2021) for updates.  Further queries may be made with the NQC Secretariat at [email protected].  #

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