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Project Saysay to Stream an Int'l Conference

Project Saysay Inc.'s Facebook page will join 140 other Facebook pages in streaming a two-month-long Philippine International Quincentennial Conference (PIQC) from 20 October and 17 December 2021. It is a commitment of Project Saysay Inc. to the National Quincentennial Committee (NQC) and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP). [PRESS BRIEFING FOR THE PIQC HERE]



The country will host this international gathering of scholars online in line with the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines. Per NQC, around 100 Filipino and foreign scholars, diplomats, officials, artists, and scientists will deliver lectures and insights about the theme "Situating the Filipino and the Philippines in 1521."


Sessions are also streamed live at www.nqc.gov.ph, NQC's official Facebook page (@nqc2021), and YouTube Channel (@nqc2021).


According to the NQC, the PIQC will challenge the centuries-old 'discovery of the Philippines' idea by Ferdinand Magellan in March 1521. "For centuries, it created an impression that prior to Magellan’s arrival, our ancestors were nothing but savage, uncivilized peoples," the NQC noted in it press release about the PIQC. It further added that "[while] the world is celebrating the 500th anniversary of the realization of Magellan’s feat as an achievement of humankind (i.e., circumnavigating the world for the first time), the Filipinos are trying their best to find their place in the milestone that is respectful of their own history."


PIQC has thirteen sessions, divided into two to six panels each:


20-22 October 2021. Opening Ceremony and Inaugural Session: Recent Studies on the Magellan-Elcano Expedition and the Philippines (Convener: National Historical Commission of the Philippines and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Republic of the Philippines)


25-26 October 2021. Historiography Among Filipino Propagandists/Ilustrado Historiography (Convener: Philippine Historical Association, in partnership with the Ateneo de Manila University Department of History)


4-5 November 2021. The Formative Years of Spanish Philippines, 1565 to 1665 (Convener: Philippine National Historical Society, Inc.)


10 November 2021. Religion, Colonialism and the Revolution: Quincentennial Reflections (Convener: De La Salle University Department of History)


15-16 November 2021. Reclaiming Our Place: Reanalyzing Toponymy and Philippine History (Convener: University of the Philippines Los Baños Department of Social Sciences)


17 November 2021. Southeast Asia in the 16th Century (Convener: Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology Department of History)


23-24 November 2021. The Southeast Asian-Latin American Connection (Convener: Department of Foreign Affairs, in partnership with Philippine Academic Consortium for Latin American Studies)


1 December 2021. Tracing the Maritime Silk Road in the Visayas (Covener: University of San Carlos Museum and Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and History)


2 & 15 December 2021. Year of Filipino Pre-colonial Ancestors Special Papers (Convener: National Museum of the Philippines and National Historical Commission of the Philippines)


3-4 December 2021. Belief Systems and Spiritual Climate in the Philippines Over the Last 500 Years (Convener: University of the Philippines Department of History and Philosophy)


6-10 December 2021. The Early Philippine and Southeast Asian Building and Gold Crafting Technology (Convener: Fr. Saturnino Urios University)


13 December 2021. Documentation of Early Filipinos (Convener: ADHIKA ng Pilipinas, Inc. and National Historical Commission of the Philippines)


16 December 2021. Closing Session: Asserting a Filipino Point of View (Convener: University of the Philippines Diliman Department of History)


The PIQC will end its more than two-month-long run with a Closing Program on 17 December 2021 at 1:00 PM PhST.



The PIQC is the biggest history conference ever mounted in the Philippines. To accommodate the clamor of the public, the NQC and the NHCP just recently announced that its Zoom facility can now accommodate up to 39,000 slots from 13,000 scattered across the 13 sessions. It also holds the record of being the longest history conference in the country per duration and the first time the three national professional historical societies are collaborating: Philippine National Historical Society, Philippine Historical Association, and Asosasyon ng mga Dalubhasa, may Hilig at Interes sa Kasaysayan (ADHIKA) ng Pilipinas.


The conference is a partnership of the NQC, NHCP, Department of Foreign Affairs, University of San Carlos, Ateneo de Manila University, University of the Philippines Diliman, University of the Philippines Los Baños, University of the Philippines Baguio, De La Salle University, Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology, and Fr. Saturnino Urios University.


Register now at www.nqc.gov.ph/piqc.


For queries, contact

Philippine International Quincentennial Conference Secretariat

c/o National Quincentennial Committee

2nd Floor, National Historical Commission of the Philippines Bldg., T.M. Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila

secretariat@nqc.gov.ph | (+63) (02) 5335-1200 loc. 145

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