Cebu, Sabrosa propose sister city agreement
By Babe G. Romualdez | The Philippine Star
Lisbon, Portugal – Ferdinand Magellan is already immortalized in the annals of Philippine
history for “discovering” the Philippines, introducing Christianity to the inhabitants
of Cebu, and claiming the islands for King Charles I of Spain. Other than the fact
that he was killed by Lapu-Lapu’s men during the Battle of Mactan on April 27, 1521,
not many Filipinos are familiar with the background of this great explorer whose
Portuguese name was Fernão de Magalhães.
Born sometime in 1480 in Sabrosa, a city located some 380 kilometers north of Portugal’s
capital city of Lisbon, the ancestral house of Magellan (sometimes referred to as
Fernando Magallanes in Spanish) still stands in its original location and has become
a tourist attraction. Considering their historical connection, it does not really
surprise us that a proposal is already being forged to formalize a sister city agreement
between Magellan’s birthplace of Sabrosa and Cebu City, thanks in large part to
the efforts of Sabrosa mayor Jose Manuel de Carvalho Marques (left in the photo)
and our Ambassador to Portugal Philippe Lhuillier. In fact, there is now a street
named “Avenida Cidade de Cebu” in Sabrosa.
Our friend Ambassador Lhuillier informed us the sister city deal between Cebu and
Sabrosa is part of a larger project dubbed the “Magellan cities” that seeks to establish
linkages between several international cities which became part of the Portuguese
explorer’s expedition. The sister city pacts are in line with preparations for the
big event in 2021 that would commemorate the 500th anniversary of Magellan’s voyage.