Philippine Embassy in Buenos Aires Holds Webinar on 500th Anniversary of the Philippine Part in First Circumnavigation of the World
BUENOS AIRES 27 August 2021 - To mark the 500th anniversary of the circumnavigation of the world, and in celebration of the 73rd anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Argentina, the Sentro Rizal of the Philippine Embassy in Argentina, together with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the National Historical Commission (NHC), organized a webinar on 26 August 2021 to discuss the part of the Philippines in this momentous historical event.
Professor Ian Christopher Alfonso, a Senior Researcher at the NHC, shed light on the existence of sophisticated political and social systems in the Philippines before the arrival of the Spaniards, and how the conquest of Manila was a defining affair that turned it into, arguably, the first truly global city through the Galleon Trade. He emphasized that it is important to depart from the narratives that focus only on the European point of view on this historical event.
In her remarks, Philippine Ambassador to Argentina Linglingay F. Lacanlale recalled that the expedition stopped at what is now the Puerto San Julian in Patagonia, Argentina, on the way to the Philippines, thus linking the two countries symbolically through Magellan’s voyage.END
Philippine Ambassador to Argentina Linglingay F. Lacanlale gives her remarks during the webinar. (Buenos Aires PE photo)
Professor Ian Christopher Alfonso, a Senior Researcher at the NHC and conference speaker. (Buenos Aires PE photo)