National Quincentennial Committee (NQC) organised for the preparation of the 500th Anniversary of the Victory of Mactan.

Newly appointed members of Mactan Quincentennial Committee (MQC) led by their chairperson Mayor Junard Chan and Co-chairperson Cindy Chan,second from right and third from right respectively, took their oath before Municipal Trial Court in Cities (MTC) judge Maryther M Budomo, right, in last Thursday 's oath-taking ceremony at City Hall. Other members of the committee , from right to left, are Edward Mendez, Councilor Queenie Malingin-Ammann, Josie Hayashi, , Emily Ong and City Director Col Clarito Baja.

Lapu-Lapu city mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan signed yesterday Sept 12, an Executive Order 21 Series of 2019, creating “Lapu-lapu City Quincentennial Committee (LCQC), which will act as the steering committee of President Rodrigo R Duterte’s National Quincentennial Committee (NQC) in preparation for the 500th Anniversary of the Victory of Mactan.

NQC was organized through Duterte’s Executive Order No 55, whose task is to commemorate the arrival of Ferdinand Magellan in the country and the victory of Lapu-lapu over Ferdinand Magellan almost 500 years ago.

All celebration will drum-up towards the main event which will be the 500th Commemoration of the Battle of Mactan on April 27, 2021.

All preparatory celebrations will start on the launching, 500-day countdown Dec 14, 2019; then the one year countdown to the Quincentennial; to be followed by the 100-day countdown to the quincentennial and the 500th Victory of the Battle in Mactan.

“Because of the bigger role of the City of Lapu-lapu to be played starting this December 2019 up to April 2021, I see the need to organize a committee whose members will study, formulate plans, design an activities that will reinforce the NQC-mandated activities that will zero in on our own Liberty Shrine,” said Mayor Ahong.

As the executive order mandates, LCQC is headed by Mayor Ahong, co-chairperson is City’s First Lady Cindy Chan; Vice chairperson is Vice mayor Celedonio Sitoy, Secretary is Tourism Officer Edward Mendez; and the members are City council chairman on Tourism, DOT regional director; and representatives from different sectors. PNP City Director is the Sergeant-at-arms.

NQC is headed by Dr Rene Escalante, who is also the chairman of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP).

Magellan was the first to circumnavigate the world. He set sail from Spain on Sept 20, 1519 in command of five ships and 270 men. Passing through West Africa, then to Brazil in Atlantic Ocean, until his fleet reached the Strait of Magellan on Oct 21, 1520. He passed through the strait and reached the Pacific Ocean and sailed across until he reached Guam on March 6, 1521. Days later his fleet reached Cebu.