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Quincentennial art competition: Imagining PH 500 years back

Updated: Jul 26, 2020

The Philippines will mark in 2021 an important landmark in its history: the Filipinos' victory against Spaniards in the Battle of Mactan in Cebu in 1521.

This year, the Philippines marked the 499th anniversary of the victory of Datu Lapu Lapu of Mactan over Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan.

Next year will be the 500th year since Magellan was killed on April 27, 1521 by Datu Lapu Lapu, considered the Philippines' first hero.

READ (via Project Gutenberg): The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XXXIII, 1519-1522 By Antonio Pigafetta

Art competition

The National Quincentennial Committee (NQC) launched the "Quincentennial Art Competition (Painting) for the quincentennial or 500th anniversary of the Victory at Mactan.

The project is in partnership with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

The art competition will focus on four themes:

  • Sovereignty (depicting the Filipinos' victory in Mactan),

  • Magnanimity (the Filipinos' compassion toward the first circumnavigators of the world -- they rescued the crew of the Magellan-Elcano expedition),

  • Unity (the blood compact between Magellan and the rajah of Mazaua), and

  • Legacy (the Spaniards' presentation of the Santo Niño image to the queen of Cebu).

The contest is open to all Philippines-based Filipino citizens, 18 years old and above.

There will be four grand prizes of P500,000 each, one for each theme. There will also be two minor prize winners per theme and will receive P50,000 each.

The NQC said select entries will be exhibited at the ManilArt 2020 this October 2020.

The deadline for submission is on August 28, 2020.

Drop off points

The NQC said the entries may be submitted at these drop off points:


Cebu City Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission

Rizal Memorial Library & Museum Building, Osmeña Blvd., Cebu City

Contact Person: Mr. Bryner Diaz, | (+63) (32) 412-4069


History Department, Xavier University

Cagayan de Oro, 73 Corrales Ave., Cagayan de Oro City

Contact Persons: Mr. Kristian Sulmayor or Ms. Precious Tolibas,;

+639212677982 or +639356556412 [Mr. Sulmayor]

+639560384999 or +639072432038 [Ms. Tolibas]


National Quincentennial Committee Secretariat

2nd Floor, National Historical Commission of the Philippines Bldg.

T.M. Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila

Contact person: Ms. Ayesha H. Sayseng | (+63) (2) 5335-1200 loc. 145

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