Vibal Quincentenario Portal

It was in 1521 when the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, on a mission for King Charles I of Spain, set foot on Philippine shores. His fleet, known as Armada de Molucca, had come blazing through uncharted oceans in search of the legendary Islands of Spices, which would bring wealth and glory for the kingdom of Spain. 

Magellan and his men stayed for a week in Limasawa, where the first Mass in the country was held, marking the birth of Christianity in the Philippines. The expedition continued and they reached an island we know today as Cebu with the guidance of Rajah Kolambu. The chieftain of Cebu island, Rajah Humabon, entered an alliance with the Europeans and agreed to be baptized along with eight hundred natives. Magellan also gave them an image of the Sto. Niño

Magellan came to the island of Mactan on 27 April 1521 to take arms against the local chief, Lapulapu. Lapulapu’s warriors met Magellan and his troops in a bloody battle that ended in the explorer’s demise. This has been marked as the first documented victory of native Filipinos over European invaders.

Today, as we commemorate the five hundredth anniversary of the Victory at Mactan, we remember the people, places, and events of the Filipino-Spanish interactions that helped shape the Philippines as we know it today.

The Quincentenario Portal is an online initiative of Vibal Foundation in support of the quincentennial commemorations project of the National Quincentennial Committee. Launched in March 2021, the Quincentenario Portal serves as a platform for credible resources for quincentennial-related information.

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500 Taong Biyaya at Kabayanihan: Mga Aral at Diwa ng Quincentennial Celebration


Sa nalalapit na kwinsentenaryo ng Tagumpay sa Mactan, pagnilayan natin kung bakit nga ba kailangang ipagdiwang ang mahalagang pangyayari ito sa ating kasaysayan. Ano nga ba ang diwa ng kwinsentenaryo? Alamin natin ‘yan sa talakayan kasama si G. Paul John D.R. Hernandez.

1 + 1 Magellan, 2 + 2 Lapulapu: Ang Tala ni Pigafetta at Kung Paano ba Dapat Tingnan ang Quincentennial

Bilang paggunita sa ika-500 anibersaryo ng Tagumpay sa Mactan, balikan natin ang mahahalagang kaganapan noon at bigyang-linaw natin ang ating ilang bagay ikol sa ating kasaysayan at pagkadiskubre sa Pilipinas sa talakayang ito kasama si Prop. Xiao Chua.

Folk Catholicism: Ang Pagtanggap at Pag-aangkin ng Bayan sa Katolisismo with Mr. Xiao Chua 

As subjects of the colonial enterprise for centuries, let’s look into the manifestations and paradoxes of hybridity by exploing the processes of cultural interaction and transformation between the Philippines and Spain. Recall our Hispanic past with More Hispanic Than We Admit.

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