SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
The House of Representatives adopted House Resolution 2055, urging President Rodrigo Duterte to convene regional and national stakeholders for a consultative meeting to prepare for the commemoration of the quincentennial arrival of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in the Philippines on March 16, 1521.
The resolution, principally authored by Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez (4th District, Leyte), intends to underscore the importance of recognizing a significant event in the history of the country as well as instill patriotism among its citizens.
The resolution recognizes that Magellan’s arrival in Eastern Samar heralded the historical period of Spanish occupation, which was instrumental in the birth and transformation of the Philippines as one nation from being an archipelago of 7,641 islands.
It also states that the 300-year occupation of the Spaniards in the country has significantly influenced the Filipino culture, religious landscape, education, genealogy, political system, economy, and global presence.
It stresses that the commemoration of Magellan's arrival in the country shall serve as an opportunity to celebrate the convergence of two diverse cultures and their evolution into what is now the unique Filipino culture and heritage.
Likewise, the commemoration shall present economic and tourism opportunities for the country.
The resolution further states that various stakeholders have already been proposing for the government to conduct activities for this historical event.
The adopted resolution is co-authored by Rep. Ramon Durano IV (5th District, Cebu). | Monel Gonzales