NQC to Lead Scott’s Birth Centenary

Posted on 09 July 2021
By NQC Secretariat

In observance of the Year of Filipino Pre-Colonial Ancestors and the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines, we are inviting the public to the commemorative lecture with Dr. Victor Paz of the University of the Philippines-Archaeological Studies Program on the birth centenary of Philippine historian William Henry Scott on Saturday, 10 July 2021, 10 am, here on the Facebook page of the National Quincentennial Committee and various pages. For those who wish to receive a certificate, you may join the webinar by registering in advance at https://bit.ly/QLS9-Scott100. This is free.

Most of us were taught that Philippine History only began when Magellan arrived in our country in 1521… [this] is wrong,” said Dr. Rene Escalante, Chair of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines and Executive Director of the National Quincentennial Committee. He added that “We have an exciting history before 1521,” and that “we owe a part of our knowledge of the so-called pre-colonial history to an American who is considered Filipino by heart, …the Episcopal missionary and historian William Henry Scott, whose birth centenary [will be] commemorated [on] July 10, 2021.”

Scott utilized pre-Hispanic sources in reconstructing Filipino pre-colonial history one may read in his iconic book, Barangay, and a lesser-known yet important article in Philippine Studies journal, “The Mediterranean Connection.” Escalante furthered, “[Scott] was able to find out that our ancestors participated in the Muslim campaign Sumatra by becoming part of the Muslim armada of the Ottoman Empire under the command of the governor of Islamic Egypt and the retaking of Melaka from the Portuguese in 1539; that in Palawan, the surviving crew of the Magellan-Elcano expedition after the Battle of Mactan, met a Portuguese-speaking native; and that the young Rajah Matanda of Manila had acquainted the said crew of Magellan in Brunei 500 years ago and not only that—the rajah had a Spanish-speaking servant whom he instructed to assist the expedition in the latter’s journey to the Maluku, the goal of the Magellan-Elcano expedition.”

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Seeing this post? Curious what this is about? 2021 is the Year of Filipino Pre-Colonial Ancestors by virtue of Proclamation No. 1128, s. 2021. Also in this year, we commemorate the Philippine part in the achievement of science and humankind in circumnavigating the planet for the first time. Central in this commemoration is the 500th anniversary of the Victory at Mactan on 27 April 2021. These and more are collectively known as the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines by virtue of Executive Order No. 103 (2020). Know more about the event here: ?


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