Catbalogan City hosts prelude to 500th year anniversary of world circumnavigation

Catbalogan is very lucky to have the Philippine Quincentenario Center Inc.(PQCI) who is here today for the 1st Node of Philippine History on the 1519-1522 Circumnavigation of the World. This is just one of the hundreds of events that will be devised nationwide with the end goal of promoting 500 years of Philippines history -its people, places and cultural achievements.

“Ini nga paghatag hin importansiya han mga naglabay na hitabo in usa nga pitad han Catbalogan para mas umuswag pa an aton ciudad. Magserserbe ini nga pahinumdom ha yana nga henerasyon ngan ha mga masunod, nga kinahanglan naton igpadayon an paghigugma han aton ciudad, an Catbalogan ngan han aton bug-os nga nasod.” Mayor Step shares.

With Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan of Catbalogan City, Councilor Eric Cordero of Guiuan, Mr. Jun Alvizo of PQCI, Mr. Manny SD Lopez of PQCI, Fr. Joesilo Amalla of the Diocese of Butuan, Mr. Johnil Bajado of Samar State University and Ms. Charo Cabardo of Samar Heritage Inc., We had fruitful discussions in history particularly: 1.Before 900 AD 2.900 AD- 1380 AD: Hindu Buddhist Era, Srivijaya Empire and Majapahit Empire 3.1380 – 1521 AD: Islamization and the rise of Sultanates 4.Circumnavigation: Armada de Moluccas of the World 5.First Landing of Magellan’s in Homonhon Island 6.First Mass: Limasawa or Masawa 7.The First Christians: Rajah Humabon and Princess Humamay, A Story of Sto. Niño 8.Battle of Mactan 9.Onwards to Spice Islands (Mollucas).

The symposium led to the formation of the Quincentenario Local Council of the City of Catbalogan. The following are the officers of the council who will work hand in hand with PQCI and the City Government of Catbalogan:

Chair: Charo Cabardo
Co- Chair: Ador Hurtado
Vice Chair: Thelma Corrige
Secretary: Johnil Bajado
Treasurer: Mike Labendia
Sectors Church: Fr. Erwin Rodriguez
Youth: Manuelito Uy
Culturati: Hermie Sanchez
Media: Myra Tambor
Academe: Jeffreynald Francisco

(Article and Photos by Michael Labendia)

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