CEBU CITY, Philippines — The government is set to open its first museum dedicated to the pre-colonial history of the Philippines, and it will be housed in Cebu.
The National Quincentennial Committee (NQC) announced in a statement that the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) will be opening the Philippine Quincentennial Museum this Monday, April 26, or on the eve of the 500th anniversary of the Victory at Mactan.
The new museum will be housed within Museo Sugbo, Cebu City.
Aside from showcasing pre-colonial Philippines, The Philippine Quincentennial Museum, the first of its kind here, will also feature the country’s participation in the first circumnavigation of the world that took place 500 years ago.
“It will further debunk the idea that we were discovered by Magellan and that our pre-colonial ancestors were savages and barbaric,” NQC added.
This Monday’s event will also mark the ceremonial turnover of the Philippine Quincentennial Museum from NHCP to the Capitol.
NQC is the government’s organizing arm of all events related to the quincentennial commemoration of the first circumnavigation, and the Battle of Mactan.
Malacañang earlier declared 2021 as the ‘Year of Filipino Pre-Colonial Ancestors’ in time with the quincentenary commemoration of the Victory at Mactan, also known as Kadaugan sa Mactan in Cebuano.
They also proclaimed April 27, 2021 as a Special Working Day to mark the quincentennial of the victory of Lapulapu in the Battle of Mactan.
Mactan’s chieftain Datu Lapulapu, also regarded as the Philippine’s first hero, resisted Spanish subjugation after his warriors fought Spanish colonizers on April 27, 1521.
The fierce battle ended the life of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan who led the Magellan-Elcano expedition in search of the Spice Islands.