Pigafetta Monument Readied for the Quincentennial

Pigafetta Monument at the start of the conservation on 1 March 2021 (left) and the current condition on 29 March 2021 (right). Image courtesy of Rommel Aquino.

The National Historical Commission of the Philippines’ (NHCP) Materials Research Conservation Division, together with the Cebu City Cultural and Historical Affairs Office (CHAO), is almost done in sprucing up the 1980 Antonio Pigafetta Monument at the Plaza Independencia, Cebu City. The monument, which was donated by the Philippine-Italian Association (PIA) to the Cebu City Government, was a work of National Artist Abdul Mari Asia Imao. The NHCP is scheduled to install a historical marker on its pedestal on April 13, a day after the 41st anniversary of the monument’s inauguration. 500 years ago, Pigafetta recorded details of the way of life, belief system, language, and world view of our pre-colonial ancestors in the Visayas and Mindanao. A joint exhibit of NHCP, PIA and CHAO will be opened on the unveiling date, to be followed by the launching of food historian Felice Prudente Sta. Maria’s book, Pigafetta’s Philippine Picnic.

Visit www.nqc.gov.ph for more details. Follow www.facebook.com/nqc2021 for updates.

In 2021, we will commemorate the Philippine part in the achievement of science and humankind in circumnavigating the planet for the first time. Central in this commemoration is the 500th anniversary of the Victory at Mactan on 27 April 2021. These and more are collectively known as the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines by virtue of Executive Order No. 103 (2020). Know more about the event here:

About us [https://nqc.gov.ph/en/about]

Watch our promotional video [https://youtu.be/ptgU1ZUgFZc]

Listen to Quincentennial Soundtrack [https://spoti.fi/3nxWXPa]

Watch our lectures [https://portal.nqc.gov.ph/]

Quincentennial activities here [https://bit.ly/3dHrnKF]


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