Celebrating 500 years of exploration

Published August 24, 2021, 1:57 PM

by John Legaspi

Philippine Ambassador to Spain Philippe Lhuillier, Spanish Ambassador to the Philippines Jorge Moragas celebrate the 500th anniversary of the first round-the-world voyage

The year 2021, while still under the gloom of the COVID-19 pandemic, is still a historic one for the Philippines. It is in this year that the country is celebrating its fifth centenary of the arrival of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan who reached the Philippines and brought Christianity to the land.

Philippe Jones Lhuillier, Philippine ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain (fourth from left) is joined by Jorge Moragas Sánchez, Spanish ambassador to the Philippines (fifth from left); and Miguel Ruiz Lavin, mayor of Noja, located in Cantabria, Spain (sixth from left) in celebrating the centenary of the Magellan-Elcano Circumnavigation

Apart from the quincentennial events that happened in the country, the celebration continues with the visitation of Philippine Ambassador to Spain, Philippe Jones Lhuillier, to Noja, Spain recently with Spanish Ambassador to the Philippines, Jorge Moragas to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the expedition that first circumnavigated the world led by Magellan alongside Juan Sebastian Elcano.

The meeting signifies the continuous camaraderie between the two nations, and their shared history and cultural influences. During their visit, the two ambassadors were welcomed by the mayor of Noja Miguel Angel Ruiz Lavin and several members of the municipal corporation at the town hall.

Ambassador Lhuillier shared the Philippine government’s plans of working on a Philippine Catedra with Universidad Complutense de Madrid to further enhance external relations between the two countries. In the second day of the commemoration, presentations focused on the Hispanic Philippines following that first circumnavigation journey. To conclude the day’s events, the ambassadors visited the Lafuente Archive, which houses collections and documentaries on contemporary arts.