The City Government of Isabela de Basilan is set to unveil the Quincentennial Historical Marker of Tagima on November 11, Thursday as part of the activities outlined in the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines, particularly the Philippine part in the first circumnavigation of the world.
The said marker stands on the shoreline of Fuego-Fuego Beach –clearly visible to all vessels making their way in the Isabela Channel to the city’s port. The area has been spruced up to be a pleasant seaside promenade for tourists and Isabeleños alike.
The Quincentennial Historical Marker of Tagima commemorates the stop made by the Magellan-Elcano Expedition (1519-1522). Tagima, present-day Basilan is one of the identified places in the Philippines mentioned in the chronicles of Antonio Pigafetta. Though there is no exact mention on the exact location in Basilan, the National Quincentennial Committee follows the protocol to have the marker in the capital of the province or the island. Thus, the Local Government Unit of Isabela de Basilan accepts and cradles this marker on behalf of the Province of Basilan.