Local and national dignitaries celebrated the formal unveiling of 17th historical marker for Panilongon (Negros), which is part of the Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines [1521-2021] of the First Circumnavigation of the World at Rizal Boulevard, Tuesday afternoon.
Commissioner Dr. Earl Jude Cleope of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines stressed that the ceremony is indeed an auspicious day for Dumagueteños and in Negrenses in general.
“Hopefully the marker figuratively becomes the vessel for future generations to understand the context of the past, appreciate who we are now at present and aspire as to who will we become in the future,” Dr. Cleope said.
Among those who led the unveiling proper of the Panilongon marker are Cabinet Secretary of the Philippines Karlo B. Nograles, Undersecretary Ramon Cualoping III, Undersecretary Marvin Gatpayat, Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, Congressman Manuel Sagarbarria, Governor Roel Degamo, DILG Region 7 Director Leocadio Trovela, Atty Lessandro Cleope.
Secretary Nograles said that the victory of Datu Lapulapu and his men in the Battle of Mactan remains relevant today and should serve as an inspiration as the country fights to be freed not from foreign invaders but from the COVID-19 pandemic.
For his part, Mayor Remollo paid tribute to the government workers, volunteers and institutions, who helped realize the installation of the Panilongon marker through community effort saying that 90% of the total project cost was shouldered by generous donors.
Mayor Remollo also acknowledged Bishop Julito Cortes for sending Reverend Monisgnor Robert Bongoyan, Parish Priest of St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral Parish to bless the occasion.
He also cited Councilors Karissa Tolentino, Manuel Sagarbarria, Michael Bandal, Lilani Ramon, Edgar Lentorio, Manuel Patrimonio, Liga ng mga Barangay President Dionie Amores and SK Federation President Renz Macion for supporting the project.
“We dedicate this historic landmark because without the 17th marker the expedition of Ferdinand Magellan and Juan Sebastian Elcano would not have been completed if they missed Panilongon (Negros). Each of the 34 markers is important singularly and as a whole.” Mayor Remollo concluded.
Cleope added that the marking of the 34 sites of the Philippines’ route of the Magellan-Elcano expedition is in solidarity with the international project of tracing the route of the unprecedented achievement of humanity and science, which proved that the world is indeed round.
NHCP is commemorating the Philippine part of the Magellan and Elcano expedition which is part of the achievement of science and humankind in circumnavigating the planet for the first time about 500 years ago.
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