From now on, the Philippine flag will wave forever and will never go down at the Liberty Shrine in Mactan, Lapu-Lapu City.
The permanent display of the flag unveiled Sunday, January 17 officially signalled the start of the 100-day countdown to the 500th year commemoration of the Victory at Mactan on April 27, 2021.
Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan said the granting of the status of Liberty Shrine is “timely and relevant” as the city government, National Quincentennial Committee (NQC) and National Historical Commission (NHC)’s preparations for the Victory’s 500th anniversary is now on full gear.
Datu Lapu-lapu and his men fought on April 27, 1521 to resist foreign intervention in the famous “Bahog-bahog sa Mactan or the Battle of Mactan,” now referred as Victory at Mactan.
The Liberty Shrine in Barangay Mactan now joins other historic sites that are permanently hoisting the Philippine Flag.
Through the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) Board Resolution No. 10 series of 2020, Liberty Shrine joined the ranks of Rizal Monument in Luneta, Manila; Bonifacio Monument in Caloocan, Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite, Barasoain Church in Malolos, Bulacan; and Sta. Barbara Victory Plaza in Iloilo.
The Philippine Flag is also permanently hoisted, day and night throughout the year, in front of Malacañang Palace; the Congress of the Philippines building; Supreme Court building; the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Libingan ng mga Bayani; Mausuleo de los Beteranos dela Revolucion; all international ports of entry and all other places as maybe designated by the National Historical Institute.
Apart from the commemoration of the Victory at Mactan, the Philippines will also celebrate the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the country.
The year-long quincentennial celebration for the arrival of Christianity will officially begin on April 4 through a Holy Mass at 4:00 pm.
Earlier, Governor Gwendolyn Garcia committed the Capitol’s support and collaboration with the Archdiocese of Cebu through cultural shows that will be hosted by the towns and cities of the Province.
Christianity in the country was brought about by Ferdinand Magellan when he arrived in Cebu in 1521. Raja Humabon, the Rajah of Cebu at that time, and his queen were baptized into the Catholic faith, taking the Christian names Carlos and Juana on April 14, 1521.
Magellan then gave Juana the Santo Niño, as a symbol of their new alliance. (Mylen Manto)