Welcome to Tagbo
Welcome to Tagbo: The Philippine Quincentennial Museum!
In this 2-room gallery showcasing the richness and diversity of the archipelago during the arrival of Ferdinand Magellan in 1521, let us briefly tour you through important details of the historic journey from Spain to the Philippines, and let you experience the many mutual discoveries that followed.
In Tagbo, we shift our gaze to the world our ancestors had during the encounter and way before it. The galleries feature how it was to be a Filipino long before the name Philippines. Tagbo looks into our ancestors’ way of life, their society, their faith, how they related with other cultures, how they led communities, how they labored and reaped the bounty of the earth.
All these so that Tagbo brings us to realize that Philippine history, contrary to popular belief, did not start with the arrival of Magellan. Now—500 years later—we claim our own story and let the world hear our voice.
Dr. Rene R .Escalante
Message of the NHCP Chair
On behalf of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), I welcome you to the virtual feature of the Philippine Quincentennial Museum, new addition to the Museo Sugbo, the provincial museum of Cebu.
The museum is a testament to the advocacy of the National Quincentennial Committee (NQC) which is to combat the misconceptions that our ancestors were savages and barbaric when Magellan arrived 500 years ago. We want to use the global commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the first circumnavigation of the world to locate the place of the Philippines in this scientific achievement of proving that indeed our home planet was round. The accounts of the first circumnavigation by the Magellan-Elcano expedition, in a way, give us a glimpse into the world of our ancestors. The museum also highlights the other historical pieces of evidence to our pre-colonial history.
The Philippine Quincentennial Museum opens just in time when President Rodrigo Roa Duterte issued Proclamation No. 1128 earlier this month declaring April 27 as a national day in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Victory at Mactan, and the year 2021 as the Year of Filipino Pre-Colonial Ancestors.