Filipino-Spanish leaders unite to honor the humanity and victory in the First Circumnavigation of the World

Borongan City, March 21 (PIA) - - Filipino-Spanish leaders unite to honor the humanity and victory in the First Circumnavigation of the World in Homonhon Island, Guiuan, Eastern Samar on March 17, 2021.

The Spanish Ambassador to the Philippines led the commemoration of the Philippines' part in the first circumnavigation of the world as he unveiled the Quincentennial Marker in Homonhon Island.

Spanish Ambassador Jorge Moraga Sanchez with  Congresswoman Ma. Fe R. Abunda, Governor Ben P. Evardone, Mayor Annaliza Gonzalez Kwan of Guiuan, Dr. Rene R. Escalante, Chairman, National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and Executive Director of the National Quincentennial Committee and OIC-Deputy Executive Director Alvin R. Alcid of NHCP unveiled the historical marker on March 17, 2021.

It was the day of St. Lazarus the Spanish Expedition to the Spice Island led by Ferdinand Magellan landed on this Island the expedition consisted of the ships Trinidad, Conception and Victoria, Philippine history bared.

The visitors stayed for eight days to rest and refurbish their supplies with Magellan’s servant Enrique from Mallaca as interpreter.

The great navigator extended to the Islanders the message of goodwill from the King of Spain, this started the interaction of Filipinos with the Europeans.

Guiuan Mayor Annaliza Gonzalez Kwan and Pagbabangnan Barangay Captain Freddie Gapate accepted the Certificate of Transfer and Acceptance of the Historical marker. Dr. Rene R. Escalante, and Mr. Alvin R. Alcid witnessed the signing. (Photo credit: Allan Valentin /PGO Media)

Fast forward to the present, after the unveiling, Guiuan Mayor Annaliza Gonzalez Kwan and Pagbabangnan Barangay Captain Freddie Gapate accepted the Certificate of Transfer and Acceptance of the Historical marker. Dr. Rene R. Escalante, and Mr. Alvin R. Alcid witnessed the signing.

In her acceptance message, Mayor Kwan said the unveiling of marker does not only officially commemorate the landing of Magellan, El Cano and crew who took great human achievement for the world but it also recognized the role that our ancestors assumed and contributed to the success of the greatest maritime adventure of all time.

"May we continue to help one another, to welcome everyone even strangers, to be kind to all. We are all brothers and sisters. We are all human beings. We are all Guiuananons, we are all Estehanons, and we are all Filipinos."

She further said that" humanity is our heritage."

In response, the Ambassador of Spain Jorge Sanchez said  "I think it is good to imagine what happened 500 years ago. We have the boat, we have the water, we have the historical marker that recalls what happened, and we have the privilege to be here. I am happy and it is a privilege for me of course to share that very particular moment with you."

“Let us try to get the idea of this fruitful touch between our two people that took place 500 years ago, in this very place, same date, and I think that experience should inspire all of us for the next 500 years.”

Congresswoman Abunda also gave her message.

"Our ancestors in Eastern Samar played a vital role of the first successful navigation of the world.”

"I have only one wish. I pray that Magellan landing marker and the historic island of Homonhon will last another 500 years for the next generation of Estehanons to commemorate and celebrate," Abunda said.

The Quincentennial Marker is among the 34 historical markers mounted along the route of the first circumnavigation that took place in the Philippines, including key sites in Palawan, Visayas and Mindanao. (nbq/SDC/PIA-E Samar)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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