The quincentennial commemoration of the Battle of Mactan will push through this year despite the pandemic, according to the National Historical Commission of the Philippines and National Quincentennial Committee.
The government’s health protocols will be strictly followed during the celebration, said NHCP chair and NQC vice chair Rene Escalante.
One of the events to be expected later this month is the 100-day countdown to the commemoration of Filipinos’ victory in the Battle of Mactan.
“Victory and Humanity” is the theme of the event, highlighting the goodness and hospitality of Filipinos when the expedition led by Ferdinand Magellan, landed on Philippines shores in March 1521, Escalante said.
“This is one trait of Filipinos that I think we need to continue and to show to the world because this is an element of our culture that we need to strengthen and by which we are recognized,” he said.
“Victory” is also part of the theme because the commemoration is meant to inspire Filipinos to uphold the country’s sovereignty and independence, he added.
The art competition, which involves over 400 arts works, will name winners in each category. They will receive P500,000 and have their works displayed at the Lapu-Lapu Museum, built to commemorate the local chieftain who led in the battle that resulted in the death of Magellan.
The biggest event would be the commemoration of the Philippines’ victory in the Battle of Mactan on April 27, honored with a military parade and cultural presentations in Lapu-Lapu on that day.