Rare artifacts pertaining to Magellan’s first circumnavigation of the earth dating back between 1565 to 1588 will be showcased at the second open “Flea Market at Palacio de Memoria” from June 5 to 6, 2021 from 10 am to 5 pm.
The Gallery of Prints will be showcasing the collection entitled, “The Half Millenium Arrival of Ferdinand Magellan,” at the Flea Market. This also marks the first time that many of the items will be for sale. Discerning art and antique collectors will particularly enjoy the complete original three-volume set of Giovanni Battista Ramusio’s “Delle Navigatione et Viaggi” (Navigations and Travels), published during the second half of the 16th century. The book includes the famous Ramusio analysis of the Pigafetta Narrative of Magellan/Elcano’s First Circumnavigation and narrative sequences on the same voyage from Maximillianus Transylvanus, which first appeared in 1522.
The cover page of the first volume of Delle Navigationi et Viaggi, a collection of accounts by
different explorers including Magellan during time of expeditions, published 1550 by Italian
geographer and travel writer Giovanni Battista Ramusio in Venice, Italy.
The collection will also include the Gastaldi Map, which is considered the “Birth Certificate” of the Philippines with “Filipina” appearing for the first time on a printed map. These volumes include 13 other famous maps, both with woodcuts and copper engravings. The map also includes an analysis of Pigafetta’s account of Magellan.
Aside from the Gallery of Prints, the second Flea Market at Palacio de Memoria will also showcase incomparable pieces from Rue, Vidro, Gallery of Prints, Private Collection of Angelique Lhuillier, Private Collection of Edd Fuentes, Farzam, Silahis Center, Lotus Asian Antiques, and Caramel Creatives. Shoppers can also expect more rare and vintage finds, such as sculptures, furniture, textiles, accessories, toys, and more.
An illustration of Juan Sebastian de Elcano, Castillan explorer who took command of the
carrack Victoria following Ferdinand Magellan’s death at Mactan, Cebu.
Visitors to the Flea Market can also experience a gastronomical feast at the newly opened restaurant, The Loggia by Margarita Forés. They can indulge in delicious Italian meals in a beautiful alfresco dining set up by the lush gardens at Palacio de Memoria. They can also enjoy libations from Remy Martin and Sta. Ana Gin from 1 pm onwards.
Open for everyone, the two-day vibrant affair is a quick respite from the stresses of the current pandemic. To help ensure the health and safety of its visitors, Palacio de Memoria will strictly implement safety measures throughout the duration of the event.
Aside from the monthly Flea Market, the Palacio is also lining up a series of fun and safe outdoor events that will be open to the public soon. For starters, from June 5 to 6, 2021 from 5 pm onwards, visitors can witness cigar carving and rolling by Tabacalera Incorporada. More events will be announced in the future. The Flea Market’s major partner is Smart Infinity.
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