Less than a year more before our country commemorates the 500th anniversary of the Philippines' part in the first circumnavigation of the world, the Victory at Mactan, and other related events. And so as a historical effort, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte organized the National Quincentennial Committee (NQC) to be the clearing house of all 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines (2021 QCP) projects, events, activities, and programs.
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The NQC advocates a more Filipino-centric point of view of the first circumnavigation of the world—by underscoring the magnanimity and humanity of our ancestors in helping the impoverished and hungry crew of the Magellan-Elcano expedition that traversed the deadly Pacific for more than three months. These said traits of Filipinos are recurrent in Philippine history, such as in the Siege of Baler in 1899, the Open Door policy of President Manuel L. Quezon to the Jews in 1939, and the sheltering of President Elpidio Quirino to the homeless White Russians in 1949, to name a few.
Along with this milestone is the 500th year anniversary of Lapu-Lapu's victory in the Battle of Mactan, an event that served as among the inspirations for our heroes and martyrs during the 1896 Philippine Revolution. It led to subsequent events that ultimately formed the Filipino nation—the first democracy in Asia.
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All government institutions are urged to integrate the 2021 QCP in their 2019-2022 plans, programs, activities, events, and strategies, covering education, economy, diplomacy, science, technology and agriculture, media, natural and cultural heritage, health, tourism, sports, youth empowerment and community mobilization, and military affairs.
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Source: National Quincentennial Committee