Highlights of the unveiling of the 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 by the Magellan-Elcano expedition 500 years ago.
“Hopefully the marker 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,” Commissioner Dr. Earl Jude Cleope of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines expounded.
“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 stressed.
“More importantly, kining maong marker mas na enhance pa ug maayo tungod sa Dumaguete’s own interpretation, thanks to Mayor Ipe and the City of Dumaguete. With this iconic symbol depicting Dumaguete’s own interpretation, of this symbolic marker, bisan asa ka karun, makadungog naka sa mga pangutana ‘nakakita na ba ka sa barko ni Magellan? Tua didto sa Dumaguete, niabot na diay ang barko ni Magellan sa Dumaguete!” Cabinet Secretary of the Philippines Karlo B. Nograles exhorted.
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