MAYOR Edgardo C. Labella marked a historic weekend by welcoming to Cebu
City the captain and crew
of the Spanish Royal Navy
training ship Juan Sebastian
Elcano led by Captain Santiago de Colsa.
The ship is retracing the
route taken by the Spanish
armada led by world navigator Ferdinand Magellan 500
years ago when they found
their way to Cebu.
In his Facebook Page
post, Labella said the 500th
year celebration of the arrival
in Cebu of Magellan should
stir in us a pride in our heritage, respect for our history,
and love for our people.
“These 500 years saw
blood and sacrifice. It also
saw courage and heroism,”
Labella said in his post.
“These coming months
will give us a reminder to look back in honor across
centuries of our people’s
struggle. It is also prompts us
to look ahead to our place in
the world. Despite our past,
and largely because of it, we
have strong bilateral relations with Spain. I welcomed
embassy officials at City Hall
on Friday to talk about this
goodwill visit,” Labella said.
Labella said this event is just a start of months of commemoration about that historic milestone 500 years ago.
Labella added that Cebu
City is excited to be part of the
Quincentennial Commemorations and they look forward
for all the other activities that
have been lined up in the
comings week and months.
“I ask everyone to take
the time to join events organized by the church and government agencies. Most of
these are online and can be
watched safely from home.
Our Cultural and Historical
Affairs Office, for example,
has organized very informative online discussions and
talks. Let us take this opportunity to honor and preserve
our past by making sure the
future of our city, our children, remember our history,” Labella said. ELIAS O.