Duterte wants Lapulapu statue in Cebu ‘bigger and higher’ than Magellan’s

01/18/2022

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte wants a bigger and higher statue of Filipino hero Lapulapu in Cebu than the statue of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, who the native chieftain defeated in the Battle of Mactan. Magellan…

It’s Lapulapu, not Lapu-Lapu: Ahong pushes for city to be renamed, too

Morexette Marie B. Erram 12/08/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan also wants the city to be renamed to the correct spelling of the country’s first hero. Chan made this pronouncement after the Malacañang on December 7, 2021…

Qualifications for public office

Ambeth R. Ocampo - @inquirerdotnet 11/10/2021

As the circus leading to the 2022 elections has begun, we should take a hard look at the roster of presidential candidates and weigh each on a balance set by Apolinario Mabini in 1898: “The President is…

Massacre in Cebu

Ambeth R. Ocampo - @inquirerdotnet 05/12/2021

While history is mainly built on narratives from verified facts, we should also be sensitive to its silences. For example, our focus on the Victory at Mactan on April 27 obscures the Massacre in Cebu on May…

Let’s celebrate resistance, not empire

Roland G. Simbulan - @inquirerdotnet 04/12/2021

Should we be the ones celebrating 500 years of European colonization in Asia? In 1521, as Ferdinand Magellan was laying claim to our islands for the King of Spain, Hernando Cortez and his Spanish soldiers were completing…

Looking back 500 years

Ambeth R. Ocampo - @inquirerdotnet 03/26/2021

Following the directive from the National Historical Commission, Lapulapu is now spelled without the hyphen that formerly cut the hero’s name in two. If you go over manuscript copies of Antonio Pigafetta’s account of the Magellan expedition,…

500 years of Christianity and the  ships of faith

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 03/16/2021

My early grasp of the history of Christianity in the Philippines at a young age perhaps can be traced to the “Magellan” parody song of fellow Boholano Yoyoy Villame. “On March 16, 1521. When Philippines was discovered…

1521: Encounter or discovery?

Ambeth R. Ocampo - @inquirerdotnet 03/12/2021

March 16, 1521, is a date seared into my memory by textbook history and Yoyoy Villame’s 1972 hit song “Magellan.” Classroom history has come a long way since my childhood, and the “discovery of the Philippines” is…

Resolution condemning lyrics of ‘Panalo’ deferred by Lapu City Council

Futch Anthony Inso 02/09/2021

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu—The proposed resolution which condemns the lyrics of the song  “Panalo” of EZ Mil was deferred by the Lapu-Lapu City Council during their special session on Tuesday afternoon, February 9, 2021.  The proposed resolution entitled…

Interesting facts about the Philippines’ first hero and the battle that he led to victory

Rhobie Alburo Ruaya 04/27/2020

The Battle of Mactan on April 27, 1521 was a very significant event in the country. In our history classes, we learned that it was this day that Filipinos fought and won against Spanish invaders led by…

NQC: Lapulapu (without the hyphen) is Mactan ruler’s name

Norman V. Mendoza 11/14/2019

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — “It’s Lapulapu and not Lapu-Lapu.” This is the correct spelling of the name of the ruler of Mactan, who defied Ferdinand Magellan and Rajah Humabon of Cebu, according to the National Quincentennial Committee…

No ‘ABC nite’ in 2019 Lapu-Lapu fiesta

Norman Mendoza 11/12/2019

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu — Fiesta celebration in this part of the country is often characterized by nightly activities sponsored by a specific group. It has always been that way in Lapu-Lapu City but Mayor Junard Chan said…

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