PH Navy, Spanish Navy Join the Quincentennial

Posted on 14 March 2021
By NQC Secretariat

Philippine Navy will send Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas (BRP) Apolinario Mabini to Philippine Sea in a meeting procedure with Spanish Navy’s Buque Escuela de la Armada Española Juan Sebastián Elcano on March 16, 2021. The two navy ships will join the Philippine Government in marking the start of the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines at Suluan Island, Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

Spanish Navy Training Ship Juan Sebastian Elcano, from the official Facebook page of the school.
BRP Apolinario Mabini.

On the said date, the country commemorates the 500th anniversary of the Philippine part in the first circumnavigation of the world, which will begin in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, and will close in Sarangani Island, town of Sarangani, Davao Occidental on 28 October, respectively. These milestone events are collectively known as the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines. Thirty-four (34) historical markers are to be unveiled within this celebratory period.

The reckoning date of the event is March 16, 1521, which was when the Philippines became part of the history of the first circumnavigation of the planet by the Magellan-Elcano expedition. It began when the expedition saw the island of Samar and anchored off the island of Suluan. A significant part of the history of the first circumnavigation of the world happened in the Philippines. Among these events that occurred during this part of the expedition in the Philippines, underscored the compassion of our ancestors toward the starving and undernourished crew of Magellan on meeting them in Homonhon; the blood compact between the expedition’s captain-general Ferdinand Magellan and Rajah Colambu, as well as the celebration of Christ’s Resurrection in Limasawa, Southern Leyte; the Christian baptism in Cebu; and the Battle of Mactan.

After Magellan’s death in Mactan, there were three men who were seen as successors to his captaincy of the expedition while in Philippine waters. First was Duarte Barbosa, who was among those killed in Cebu. Next was Juan Carvalho, who ordered the destruction of the Concepcion (one of three ships of the expedition that reached the Philippines) off Bohol, and was removed from the captaincy after accepting a bribe from the Prince of Luzon (evidently, Rajah Matanda of Manila) while in Brunei. Gonzalo Gomez de Espinosa was the third to succeed in the captaincy. In Tidore, a community in the Maluku, south of Mindanao, Espinosa, who was concurrently the captain of the flagship Trinidad, and Juan Sebastian Elcano, captain of another ship, Victoria, parted ways. Espinosa was determined to retrace the Pacific route going to the Americas, while Elcano sailed back to Spain via the Portuguese waters. The Trinidad was captured by the Portuguese, while the Victoria evaded them, and on 6 September 1522, they finally reached Spain.

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