NQC conducts stakeholders’ meeting in Cebu

Posted on 27 January 2019
By NQC Admin

12 October 2018, the National Quincentennial Committee (NQC) headed the 1st Stakeholders’ Meeting in Cebu. Attended by various local government units, national agencies, and private institutions, the stakeholders’ meeting presented in Cebu the plans and proposals of the NQC for the commemoration of quincentennial in 2021 of the Victory at Mactan, the introduction of Christianity in the Philippines, and the Circumnavigation of the world. The meeting was hosted by the Archdiocese of Cebu.

In the meeting, Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Radaza accepted the hosting of the 121st anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine Independence on 12 June 2019.  The NQC proposes to the Office of the President that the site of the rites be at the Lapulapu Shrine, with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte as the Guest of Honor.  This is to highlight the role of the Battle of Mactan in inspiring the generations of heroes that conceived and founded the Filipino nation in 1898.  A redevelopment plan of the shrine will be submitted to the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) for approval.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and the Archdiocese of Cebu formally announced in the meeting the hosting of Cebu of the 2nd National Mission Congress from 12-16 April 2021.  This is in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the introduction of Christianity in the Philippines.  Plans to invite Pope Francis to attend the milestone celebrations floated.  The CBCP and the NQC will meet soon to discuss the details of the proposed Papal Visit in 2021.

The majority of Cebu Representatives also expressed their support for the renaming of Mactan-Cebu International Airport in memory of Lapulapu.

The Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry expressed full support for the quincentennial activities in Cebu.

Executive Order No. 55, issued by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on 8 May 2018 created the NQC for the commemoration of the aforementioned milestones in 2021.  The main task of NQC is to systematically organize, coordinate and synchronize the Philippine commemoration in different localities and in other countries where Magellan’s voyage made landfall.

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