THE Cebu City Government held a coordination meeting with different government agencies on March 15, 2021, in preparation for the arrival of the Spanish Navy ship, Juan Sebastian Elcano, on March 20.
The meeting discussed possible activities that can be done upon its arrival and how to ensure the security of the area when these activities are going on.
The ship’s visit to Cebu is part of the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Ferdinand Magellan-Sebastian Elcano expedition and the 500th anniversary of the birth of Christianity in the Philippines.
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“The thought of the Elcano doing this circumnavigation (following Magellan’s route) in time for the 5th centennial of the introduction of Christianity to our islands and culminating in the baptism of the native Cebuanos through the efforts of Magellan and the Augustinian friars is so appealing to hear. That is another history in itself,” commented Salvacion Labella on the Facebook page of the Cebu City Public Information Office.
The coordination meeting was led by Atty. Mary Rose Lubino, chief of staff of the Office of the Mayor, along with Atty. Jocelyn Pesquera of the Cebu City Tourism Commission and Bryner Diaz of the Cultural and Historical Affairs Office.
Present during the meeting were representatives from the Cebu Port Authority, Philippine Coast Guard, Police Regional Office 7, and Cebu City Police Office. (NRC)