HINUNANGAN, Southern Leyte, Mar. 29 (PIA) -- The seawaters of this pacific town and that of the other island, Gibusong, had helped a lot in guiding the expedition of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan and the rest of his surviving crew, eventually circling the world by sailing the seas and oceans.

“Technically, the expedition entrusted their fate to Gibusong and Hinunangan,” Usec Anthony Gerard Gonzales, from the office of the presidential assistant for the Visayas (OPAV), pointed out in a speech for the unveiling ceremony of a historical marker here Thursday, March 25.

The event refreshes moments down history’s memory lane, recalling details that happened exactly 500 years ago to the day.

“People of Hinunangan, you are fortunate, for your very town was mentioned as early as 1521 through the story of the first circumnavigation of the world by Antonio Pigafetta, chronicler of the expedition. Hinunangan guided the clueless Magellan-Elcano expedition in the Philippine waters,” Gonzales thundered.

The occasion was also the 10th day of the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines, and the third in a series of markers unveiled, while a similar activity was done simultaneously in Gibusong, a territory under the Dinagat Islands province, Gonzales said.

Two more historical markers in the province are due for unveiling, at Limasawa island on March 31, and at Maasin City on April 4. Overall, 34 sites are commemorated in the Philippine portion of the circumnavigation of the planet, it was learned.

Attending the unveiling ceremony, aside from OPAV Usec Gonzales, were Karen Tiopes, regional director of the Department of Tourism (DOT), and Genis Murallos, provincial DepEd schools division superintendent.

Also around were municipal officials led by Mayor Reynaldo Fernandez, and provincial board members from the province’s second district: Aileen Estrera, Myrna Rentuza, Nap Regis, and Rolando Bacoy, chair of the SP Committee on Tourism. (ldl/mmp/PIA8-Southern Leyte)