By Glen S. Ramos
ABORLAN, Palawan — The 20th historical marker which is part of the 34 landing sites of the Magellan-Elcano expedition in the Philippines which began in 1521 was unveiled at Sitio Marikit, Bgy. San Juan, Aborlan on Wednesday, 22 September 2021.
The marker, which is the first of four quincentennial historical markers in Palawan, was presented by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) through the Palawan Studies Center of Palawan State University (PSU), which represented the National Quincentennial Committee (NQC) and the NHCP with the objective raising public awareness of the province’s significance during the expedition.
According to PSU Prof. Michael Angelo Doblado, head of the studies center, the town of Aborlan is significant because it is where Juan Sebastian Elcano was supposed to have landed after Ferdinand Magellan’s death but was chased away by belligerent Tagbanua tribes.
Following Magellan’s death in Mactan, his crew continued their voyage and made several landfalls in Palawan, according to Doblado’s research for NHCP in 2019.
Three other markers will be placed in the towns of Brooke’s Point, Bataraza, and Balabac.
The NHCP said that all historical markers will be unveiled by October 30 to give way for the competition of the best site for the marker. The primary requirement in the position of the marker must be beside the sea or facing the sea.
By virtue of Proclamation No. 1128, s. 2021, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte declared the year 2021 as the Year of Filipino Pre-Colonial Ancestors (YFPCA). The National Quincentennial Committee (NQC) is tasked to lead the observance along with the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines. This is also in celebration of the victory of Lapu-Lapu in the Battle of Mactan. (ai/mtvn)