LAPU-LAPU CITY, Dec. 13 (PIA) -- The kick-off of the 500-day countdown for the 500th anniversary of the victory of the Battle of Mactan, Cebu will be launched on Dec. 14, 2019.
This is part of the simultaneous nationwide launch for the 500-day countdown also happening in Davao City and Manila, with the highlight in Lapu-Lapu City to commemorate the heroism of Lapu-Lapu.
According to Eric Divinagracia, one of the associate directors of the 500-day countdown to 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines (QCP) Program, various artists from the Visayas will showcase their talents in theater, dancing, and chanting, to name a few, during tomorrow's event.
Divinagracia said artistic elements will come together with around 235 artists in attendance during the launch.
Over 21 historical monuments around the Philippines will be lit up during the launch as a ceremonial opening for the entire celebration.
Among the monuments include the Rizal Park, the Landing Site in Palo, Leyte, the Ayuntamiento in Intramuros, and the Liberty Shrine in Mactan.
The arrival of balangay boats will also be one of the highlights of the launch in Lapu-Lapu City.
The boats traveled from Palawan and Butuan before finally arriving at the Mactan Channel for the Quincentennial Commemorations.
There will also be a wreath-laying and lighting of a giant lantern at the Liberty Shrine.
The main show will be celebrated at the Hoops Dome of Lapu-Lapu City.
During the main event, various cultures, traditions, and pieces of history will be showcased through dance, theater, and the like to highlight the Battle of Mactan's rich history.
The organizers have also arranged a matinee show for students and teachers in Lapu-Lapu City for them to "be inspired to read up on history" as they experience the show and at the Hoops Dome.
The activities slated by the committee for the Quincentennial Commemorations aim to raise awareness and emphasize the Filipino-centric point of view in the historical narrative of the Battle of Mactan.
The public is encouraged to take part in the Quincentennial Commemorations events all over the Philippines which started in December 2018 and will run until September of 2022.
The "big day", slated on April 27, 2021, aims to highlight the heroism of Filipinos throughout the centuries. (smb/PIA7)