This 2021, prepare for something big and historical.
The Victory at Mactan's 500th anniversary is well underway with activities and events as we approach the milestone, including three simultaneous programs in Manila, Davao, and Lapu-Lapu City.
As an initiative to raise awareness of the said milestone, the Office of the President officially kicked off the 500-day coundown to 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines (2021 QCP) last December 14, Saturday at the Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu City, Rizal Park in Manila, and Centennial Park in Davao City.
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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has assigned Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat as representative in Lapu-Lapu City event, where the national government led the country in the program and where Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard Chan gave his remarks. While Manila Mayor Isko Moreno and Davao City Vice-Mayor Sebastian Duterte also gave their remarks at their respective locations.
Staying true to its thrusts, the National Quincentennial Committee (NQC) showcased three Filipino-centric history events.
In Lapu-Lapu City, Junjet’s Productions produced a spectacle titled “Mangayaw: The World of Our Ancestors,” directed by renowned theater stalwart Lurgardo Labad and penned by Floy Quntos, director of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 30th SEA Games.
Meanwhile in Davao, the HQ Production chose a melodramatic staging of the bustling cultural and historical heritage of Mindanao titled “Mindanao: Unconquered.” It was directed by Vida Mia Valverde and written by Emi Englis and Harold Quibete.
And finally, the Philippine Educational Theater Association produced the Manila event with Maribel Legarda as director and Froilan Medina as the writer. Titled “Sinong Bayani,” the spectacle used the façade of the National Museum of Natural History as canvas of the projection mapping in portraying theatrically the enduring spirit of bravery and heroism down from the time of Lapulapu in 1521.
Watch the post-event video below to see what went on during the celebration!
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Source: National Quincentennial Committee, Republic of the Philippines