Cabinet Secretary of the Philippines Karlo B. Nograles lauded the unveiling of the Panilongon (Negros) marker as another reason for people to visit and discover Dumaguete City.
Nograles spoke during the unveiling of the Panilongon marker yesterday at the Rizal Boulevard attended by local and national dignitaries organized by Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, an avid student of history.
This 17th Marker here in Dumaguete to be unveiled today is one of the 34 historical markers in several sites in the Philippines as part of the Quincentennial Commemorations in the country.
Nograles describes the Panilongon marker, the city’s latest historical landmark, as consisting of a pedestal with a globe motif on top as a finial.
The tiltation of the globe element was also certified by the Philippine Space Agency.
On one side of the pedestal is the commemoration plaque and on another side is a dust marble relief which has a design dependent on the specific site of the marker.
The reliefs are made by sculptors Jonas Roces and Francis Apiles and are based on sketches by muralist
Derrick Macutay.
“Let this marker continue to showcase the heritage and rich history of the Philippines as having been part of the stop-over of the Spanish expedition that resulted in the first circumnavigation of the world in 1522,” Nograles said.
Nograles added said that collectively these 34 markers depict events of the Magellan-Elcano voyage in the Philippine Archipelago from our point of view as Filipinos.
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