The year 2020 may not be as great as how we expected it to be, but sure there’s a better tomorrow waiting for all the faithful. This month, the National Quincentennial Committee unveiled the proposed design for the Lapu-Lapu Memorial Shrine and Museum. This is part of the country’s preparation for the 2021 5000th Quincentennial Celebration of the Victory at Mactan and the Philippine Circumnavigation.


Lapu-lapu Shrine Rehabilitation

September last year, the National Quincentennial Committee and the local government of Lapu-lapu City agreed to rehabilitate the Liberty Shrine (also known as Mactan Shrine or Lapu-lapu Shrine) as this will be the center of the celebration of the Philippine quincentennial in 2021 – a celebration that will focus on the heroism of Datu Lapu-lapu and less on Magellan, Pigafetta, Barbosa, or Valderama. This aims to rekindle in the minds of the Filipinos the heroism of the chieftain in resisting the attempt of foreigners to conquer the land.

New Design for the Lapu-lapu Shrine and Museum

The Chairperson of NHCP, also Vice-chairperson of NQC, shared that the National Historical Commission of the Philippines decided to construct a bigger shrine that will reach towards the shore of Barangay Mactan – instead of destroying the present monument of Lapu-lapu which was the first agreed when this project began. On the new design proposed, the present statue will be encased in a closed-door shrine. This project is said to cost around Php105 million.

Proposed Lapulapu Memorial Shrine and Museum

Contrary to what had circulated last week, this proposed design for the Lapulapu Memorial Shrine and Museum is inspired by our maritime heritage–the…

Last July 21, 2020 the poster of the new design of the Lapu-lapu Shrine and Museum has been unveiled through a virtual press conference. Mayor Junar “Ahong” Chan warmly welcomed this development and shared that he is looking forward for the completion of the museum. According to him, this would truly bring pride to Oponganons. As this can become a new tourist destination in the country that could attract thousands of foreign and local tourists who are interested with the Philippine’s history and culture.

“Usa kini sa makahatag og garbo natong mga Oponganon kay magsilbi kining bag-ong tourist destination sa tibuok Pilipinas nga pagabisitahon sa liboan ka mga langyaw o mga lokal nga gustong mobalik tanaw sa atong kasaysayan,”

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Quincentennial committee unveils new design for Lapu shrine, museum

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The National Quincentennial Committee unveiled on Saturday, July 18 a proposed design for the Lapulapu Memorial Shrine and Museum. The committee said that the new design in a poster promoting announcing a virtual press conference slated this July 21, 2020, would feature flagship projects in relation to the country’s 500th Quincentennial Celebration.

Lapulapu statue in Cebu to be replaced in 2021

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Structures obstructing Lapu-Lapu Shrine to be demolished

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu — City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan on Friday vowed to help residents and establishments near the Liberty Shrine, also known as Lapu-Lapu Shrine, to be affected by demolition as proposed by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP).Dr. Rene…

Agreement signed for 500th year celebration of Victory of Mactan

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu – The National Quincentennial Commission (NQC) and the city government here on Friday signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to formalize their partnership in commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Victory of Mactan on April 27, 2021.Dr. Rene Escalante, vice chair…

Screenshot photos National Quincentennial Committee, Republic of the Philippines Facebook Page

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