National Quincentennial Committee launches 2021 commemorative activities

Posted on 04 February 2019
By NQC Admin

Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea (leftmost) with NHCP Chairperson Rene Escalante (center) and NHCP Acting Executive Director Ludovico Badoy (rightmost) unveiling the logo of the National Quincentennial Commemorations. NHCP/JOVAN SORIANO

The National Quincentennial Committee (NQC) launched last 21 December 2018 the country’s commemoration in 2021 of the Victory at Mactan, introduction of Christianity in the Philippines, and Circumnavigation of the world.  The event took place in the National Historical Commission of the Philippines Building, Kalaw Street, Ermita, Manila at 10 a.m.

Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea was the Guest of Honor in the event.  The launching was also graced by newly confirmed Ambassador of Spain to the Philippines Jorge Moragas Sánchez, Secretary of the Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Msgr. Gabriel Viola, Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Ernesto Abella, Budget Undersecretary Agnes Joyce Bailen, Presidential Assistant to the Visayas Usec. Michel Dino, Municipality of Limasawa in Southern Leyte Mayor Melchor Palero Petracorta, and Lapu-Lapu City Tourism Officer Hembler Mendoza.

In the event the official website and the commemorative logo of the NQC were launched.  Dr. Rene Escalante, NHCP Chairperson and concurrently NQC Vice-Chairperson, presented to Executive Secretary Medialdea the national costume of 2018 Miss Universe Catriona Gray which features 16th-century tattoo motifs adorning the warriors and rulers of the Visayas during the time of Lapulapu. Dr. Escalante also presented to the public the plans for the quincentennial.

The NQC, created on 8 May 2018 by President Rodrigo R. Duterte through Executive Order No. 55 was tasked to lead government preparations for the commemoration of aforementioned milestones in 2021.

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