Spanish ship 'Elcano' to join the 500th year commemoration in Samar for world's first circumnavigation

(Elcano in Pontevedra via WikiCommons)

TACLOBAN CITY — After one-hundred thirty years of gaining independence from Spain, the country will mark on March 16, 2021 the quincentennial (500th anniversary) of the Philippine part of the first circumnavigation of the world led by Ferdinand Magellan and the ship's namesake 500 years ago.

During the said event, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHC) will unveil the first of the 34 historical markers highlighting the country's part in the said achievement. The Quincentennial Marker is erected in Suluan Island, Guiuan, Eastern Samar.


It will concur with the arrival of the Spanish Navy Training Ship Juan Sebastian Elcano, which is named after the captain of the 17 remaining crew of the Armada de Maluco (a.k.a., Magellan-Elcano expedition) who completed the first circumnavigation of the world.

The training ship has been tracing the route of the first circumnavigation since 2019 and its expected time of arrival will at 4 p.m. on March 16. It will anchor near Manicani Island, Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

Upon arrival, the Philippine Navy is expected to escort the ship with honors through BRP Apolinario Mabini.


On March 17, a fluvial parade organized by the Municipality of Guiuan will accompany both parties wherein Elcano will be joined by the Philippine and Spanish governments in unveiling the next historical marker at Homonhon Island in Guiuan.

The general public will be allowed to see the Elcano ship in Guiuan Transport Terminal from March 16 to 18 before 'she' depart for Cebu City on March 18. She is expected to pass by Mactan Strait on March 20. 


There will be no public event taking place since it is where Magellan died at the hands of Lapu-Lapu.

The Radio Television Malacañang-RTVM and the Presidential Communications (Government of the Philippines) will cover the port calls of the training ship 'Elcano' beginning March 16 on its social media platforms including the National Quincentennial Committee, Republic of the Philippines Facebook page. — Tacloban News Update (Reference/Source: Sunstar Philippines)

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