Homonhon set for quincentenary of Magellan’s landing | Inquirer News

Homonhon set for quincentenary of Magellan’s landing

MARKER The site where Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was believed to have first set foot on Homonhon Island on March 16, 1521, is an important historical landmark on the island. —PHOTO COURTESY OF PAUL QUIAMBAO

BORONGAN CITY, Eastern Samar, Philippines — For the first time, all eight villages on Homonhom Island have been working together to ensure the success of the celebration to commemorate the time when Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan first set up on the island 500 years ago, on March 16, 1521.

“The people of Homonhon are so excited since this is the first time that all the eight barangays are working together in cooperation with the national, provincial, and local government for the success of this very historic event for our country and for our faith,” said Fr. Christian Ofilan, parish priest of St. John the Baptist church in Barangay Casuguran on the island.

ADVERTISEMENT

Magellan and his crew dropped anchor off the uninhabited Homonhon Island, then known as Humumu, on March 16, 1521, where they stayed for eight days before proceeding with their journey to what is now known as Philippines.

The activities set on the island on Tuesday included the unveiling of the National Quincentennial Historical Marker at the Magellan Landing site, which forms part of the 500th Year of Christianity in the Philippines celebrations.

FEATURED STORIES

President Duterte was expected to lead the unveiling of the marker and the switch-on ceremony of the island’s electricity but he might just stay in Guiuan town proper due to health protocols and security reasons. Homonhon is part of Guiuan in the province of Eastern Samar.

Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription has been successful.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: 500th Year of Christianity in the Philippines, Homonhon, Magellan's landing
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription has been successful.

News that matters

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2023 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.