CAGAYAN DE ORO City – There is now a buzz bordering the future 500th anniversary of the Victory at Mactan. One can examine about it on the net or occasionally, pops up on your social media information feed. 

This year, the place commemorates the Victory at Mactan and other connected occasions – collectively recognized as the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines (2021 QCP) with the Nationwide Quincentennial Committee (NQC) getting the guide by the Executive Get No. 55, s. 2018. 

The NQC spearheads the 500th anniversary of the Victory at Mactan in April and the 500th anniversary of the Philippine section in the very first circumnavigation of the planet from March 16 to Oct 28. 

The 500th anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines, on the other hand, is led by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines. 

Samantha, 9, and Solenn, 7, working on their Catriona Gray paper dolls for the duration of a weekend loved ones art exercise. (SAYU/PIA-10)

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reported “let us all take section in the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations slated this yr so that we might deliver our record, society, and traditions closer to our hearts.”

Similarly, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin M. Andanar identified as on Filipinos to rejoice and participate in the 12 months-spherical party, “even if we are dealing with the difficulties brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is vital that we, the Filipino people, take part in the Nationwide Quincentennial Commemorations. We just do not remind ourselves what transpired hundreds of years ago, rather we are looking back to the basis of how the Philippines was set up and how it shaped our society and traditions. This reminds us of our roots, and let’s tell the earth our story and the Filipino identification.”

A person may perhaps visit the NQC internet site at, which is dwelling to an on the internet lecture portal, art levels of competition, the Lapulapu Monument layout, the quincentennial tunes, instructional movies, and documentaries among some others. Just one intriguing phase on the website you appear across is the Paper Crafts right here we get to see and down load printable reduce-out paper dolls of Lapulapu and other record makers – and paper boats as well! 

There is 1 exclusive inclusion on this set – Overlook Universe 2018 and Nationwide Commission for Lifestyle and the Arts (NCCA) arts ambassador Catriona Gray. She also has an on the net display for NCCA, Kultura: 101 which streams by means of the @NCCAOfficial facebook webpage.

According to the NQC website, the initial batch of the Quincentennial Paper Crafts Series was released in July of 2020 that includes historic characters like Lapulapu, Rajah Humabon, Rajah Colambu, Juana, Ferdinand Magellan, Juan Sebastian Elcano, Enrique de Malacca, and Antonio Pigafetta. 

The paper dolls are developed by Abegail Purisima, a BA Background graduate of the Polytechnic College of the Philippines. She immersed herself in the 16th century Boxer Codex which incorporates descriptions and the earliest identified illustrations to our ancestors. You can check out her social media web sites @pureautumnarts. 

The paper crafts sequence is section of the NQC’s on-line functions to encourage and popularize to kids the spirit of the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines and the entire world of our ancestors. 

The paper dolls are downloadable for no cost on the formal website of the NQC

Spouse and children Arts & Crafts Time

The quincentennial paper crafts give learners a opportunity to explore and master a piece of our cultural heritage and background. What much better way to take a look at the imagination and eyesight of this section in the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines than to in fact do these paper crafts – with our small children. 

The paper crafts are really significantly obtain pleasant, all one has to do is navigate the NQC internet site to a button titled “Paper Crafts” (an icon resembling a paper-folded boat) – there, specific paper dolls and paper boats can be viewed by clicking on every single button to see the picture, correct click on on it, save image as – click help save and voila the paper doll or boat file is now saved on your machine, all set for printing. 

This author suggests printing the dolls and boats on thicker compound paper other than a bond paper, as the latter is way too gentle to stand with out sticking it on a thing heavier. In this activity, we used vellum specialty boards with 220 GSM (grams per square meter), glad I located some aged shares in my paper stash. 

As for the paper boats, youngsters will require the help of mothers and fathers or guardians considering that it would involve utilizing a cutter for the intricate aspects. We even now use the vellum specialty boards as base – and you can modify it by putting slash-outs of old styro cups (or anything that can do the trick) on the foundation of the boat to make it float on water to guard the paper – you might also modify it more by printing scaled-down variations of the dolls and positioning them on the boats ready for voyage on a tub or a rain puddle. 

This action provides again memories earning paper boats back when we have been young children – rain allow us build hurriedly produced paper-folded boats and frolic in the rain looking for puddles or streams to established sail our paper boats. Some superior outdated occasions, suitable there. 

Samantha Andrea, 9, also suggests that we stick the paper dolls on popsicle sticks and make a puppet present with Lapulapu’s tale on spotlight– that would make for another good action.  “It was enjoyable earning the paper dolls and educational way too, I also figured out that the Struggle of Mactan transpired on April 27, 1521 immediately after watching the movie papa confirmed us” Samantha mentioned.


Govt Get No. 103 (s. 2020) embraces a Filipino-centric position of check out, according to the NQC, where by magnanimity, compassion, and humanity prevailed as our ancestors helped the starving crew of the very first circumnavigators  — the Armada de Maluco, also acknowledged as the Magellan-Elcano expedition– as very well as the bravery of the warriors of Mactan.

Sandro, 4, locations his Balangay paper boat on a plastic basin with h2o – and it floats! (SAYU/PIA-10)

Rai Bollozos Sanchez, a neighborhood historian in Cagayan de Oro Metropolis and section-time college at the Liceo de Cagayan College, shares how these paper dolls can support teach small children on historical past creatively. 

“It’s extremely catchy because it will not only introduce the coming of the Spaniards in the Philippines but also showcases the pre-colonial society of our ancestors. Like the method they gown, and most importantly the Balangay and the Caracoa“, Rai Sanchez mentioned. 

Sanchez also hopes that this paper crafts initiative of the NQC would make the Office of Education and learning understand its relevance as a finding out resource for elementary pupils in instructing specifically on pre-colonial historical past. 

“The National Quincentennial Commemoration does not only rejoice the introduction of Christianity to the Philippines but would also rejoice our pre-colonial past. Even although documented from a colonial place-of-view, from the documentation of Pigafetta, he was equipped to protect individuals practices and in switch, some of it is obvious in our current IP communities. In that scenario, properly preserved ang kasaysayan and mas ma-maintain pa sa umaabot nga henerasyon (our record is properly preserved and upcoming generations can preserve it even more),” Sanchez mentioned. 

In accordance to, paper dolls turned common in the course of the mid-19th century to mid-20th century as contemporary technologies built printing and replica a lot easier and more affordable – even newspapers and magazines posted paper dolls to illustrate recent style tendencies for women and women. 

Nevertheless, the 60s and 70s observed its drop in attractiveness, probably thanks to a lot more technological developments that led to the creation of the plastic dolls. On the other hand, paper dolls even now keep on being well known amongst avid collectors. 

Environmental Planner Angelie Azcuna-Collera, Head of the Center for Human Development at the College of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP), said “I obtain these paper dolls reminiscent of those people days when we were young–those people that you acquire from a sari-sari retail outlet and then we costume up the paper dolls with the absolutely free paper dresses. Seeking back again, that nurtured creativeness and it manufactured us, small children then, relate to the people of the paper doll–that is how I see these quincentennial dolls would influence children this working day in appreciating our historical past and culture, in typical.”

Visual narratives generally spark curiosity and the creativity. Joe Bacus, a critically-acclaimed filmmaker from Cagayan de Oro, co-founder of the Cine de Oro Movie Competition, and director of the movie Markado: The Moon Devourer, which has been nicely obtained in many film festivals below and abroad, weighs in on this NQC venture. 

“I feel in the electrical power of visuals. Nowadays nga infested na atoang multimedia with western and some Asian cultures and scarce kaayo ta makakita og atoang individual, kinahanglan kaayo nato ni,” Bacus stated. (Currently, our multimedia content material is infested with western and some Asian cultures, it is rare to see our very own, we require this.) 

Bacus also explained that if we need to contend with pop society, this challenge will definitely enable us. In today’s planet, to be globally recognized and competitive, we copy narratives that are not our own but however, we achieved much less. 

“The only way to be identified is we have to discover to accept una og kinsa ta (who we are) and upcoming – ipromote atoang very own id nga ma very pleased ta, ganahan ko ani na project“ (advertise our have identity that tends to make us very pleased, I like this job) Bacus explained.      

Michael E. Bacol, a multi-awarded visual artist and art trainer from Cagayan de Oro Town shares some insights on the NQC paper crafts and how future editions of the venture may well be enhanced. 

“I consider this would assist by keeping our custom seeking back again when we ended up youthful without the need of devices. But I really don’t know with the young ones now, if they nonetheless like this plan. I feel this is a great resource, potentially with our new technologies now, we could also adapt to it to bring in curiosity from our new generation” Michael Bacol claimed.  

Bacol also said that these paper crafts and other initiatives may perhaps be built-in into applications (laptop or computer purposes) for children about Philippine background to adapt to the current pattern amongst youthful learners. 

“For the paper dolls, perhaps, a portion of the paper reduce-out website page can be used for a assertion or description who Lapulapu and the other characters are, so that young children will know who they are and what their contributions are to historical past, substantially like to that of the Balangay paper craft page” Bacol provides.

Bacol also thinks that coloring instruments or books about Lapulapu and others would be a very good addition to the NQC routines to even more get little ones and young learners to participate even additional.

Dr. Steven P.C. Fernandez, the Founding Director of the Mindanao Point out College – Iligan Institute of Technologies (MSU-IIT) Middle for Lifestyle and Arts Experiments and Founder and Creative Director of the Integrated Performing Arts Guild (IPAG) tells us “Dolls are synonymous with childhood participate in, as these nevertheless necessarily mean to us now. But over and above getting toys, these playthings are embodiments of a community’s narratives. These dolls non-consciously embed a frame of mind that molds the child’s planet. Embodying the most profound portions of our nation’s narratives in these representations of our heroes and martyrs (tangibly in three-dimensional or paper-lower kinds) can fortify our identification and pleasure.”

Dr. Fernandez also claims that from pre-modern day situations, dolls represented what a group strove for, as mediums for religious yearnings between the shamans, to the icons of our saints that manifest our deep spirituality. 

Fernandez, on the other hand, also tells us how consumerism may perhaps have an affect on these representations. 

“Dolls can remind us of our nationhood. However, there is a downside to this as dolls, becoming playthings, might also be representations of the trivial. So, also, are its usually means of output. While its significance can lie in dolls’ representations, their perform in a consumerist modern society this sort of as ours can demean the substantial embodiments of what these dolls represent” Fernandez said. 

Fernandez also said that doll companies will surely take into account the marketing and advertising interests (thus income) doll-creating can crank out. “The enrichment of a national consciousness is hence misplaced to our little ones who will see dolls are mere playthings, companions to leisure.” 

“This is where by a composite system requiring comprehensive evaluation, exactly where our training, political, organization, and buyer sectors synch a concentrated course in doll-generating with our narratives as setting” Fernandez mentioned. 

These insights give us an overview of that the paper-craft dolls and boats have further meanings and evoke nice recollections as perfectly as producing more reminiscences with today’s era and further than. 

The paper crafts venture of the National Quincentennial Committee delivers with it a enjoyment mastering expertise by means of time, at the very least in that phase of our record, that kids would not only see these as mere dolls. Most likely, there will be extra functions and paper-crafts that feature our culture, heritage, history and variety as Filipinos.

We rejoice Lapulapu and the ideals, sacrifices and bravery of our ancestors. As a result of these paper dolls and paper boats, we not only commemorate the situations that help form our country’s vivid society and heritage – but also rejoice the creativeness of our little ones in preserving the stories alive through these paper crafts – and the rich cultural studying it delivers. (SAYU/PIA-10)