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…

An eyewitness account of the Battle of Mactan

Ambeth R. Ocampo - @inquirerdotnet 04/30/2021

Fireworks of a different kind exploded last April 27 when politicians commented on the 500th anniversary of the Victory in Mactan. Cavite Vice Gov. Jolo Revilla posted on FB: “A salute to the bravery of one of…

Pigafetta monument in Cebu City unveiled

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 04/13/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A monument to the Italian chronicler, Antonio Pigafetta, who has written the first historical records of Cebu and the Philippines has been unveiled at the Plaza Independencia grounds today, April 13, 2021. The…

Magellan’s graffiti: The Homonhon Rocks

Ambeth R. Ocampo - @inquirerdotnet 03/24/2021

We reached Homonhon last week, three hours by motorized boat from Guiuan, Eastern Samar. From the port to the Magellan Landing Site in Cantilan meant a five-kilometer travel on a rough, rust-colored road — a sign of…

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…

Beyond Lapulapu

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 03/10/2021

Amid the continuing pandemic, there’s growing but still subdued excitement over the Quincentennial Commemoration of the Victory of Mactan, pegged on April 27. Most people I talk to are aware of the battle where Lapulapu repelled and…

Nat’l Museum to declare Basilica, image of  Sto. Niño de Cebu as National Cultural Treasures

Futch Anthony Inso 02/10/2021

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu—The National Museum of the Philippines will declare the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño and the image of the Sto. Niño de Cebu as National Cultural Treasures. This was announced by National Historical Commission of…

A king’s ransom for Magellan’s men

Ambeth R. Ocampo - @inquirerdotnet 11/13/2020

Some students who were thoughtful enough to thank me for our recently concluded online Rizal course confessed that their hatred for history stemmed from boring content and being forced to memorize mind-numbing dates, names, and places. With…

The end of the beginning

Manuel L. Quezon III - @inquirerdotnet 11/04/2020

Two things combined to make me wonder about an altogether different thing. The first of the two things was an interesting report in MyCebu.ph on Resil Mojares revisiting his insight into the dispute between Humabon and Lapu-Lapu:…

Kid’s rendition of Yoyoy Villame’s Magellan song is worth watching

Immae Lachica 03/10/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines— Can you remember the songs you sang when you were six years old? Maybe you’d recall singing to your favorite nursery rhyme or favorite cartoon song. But this six-year-old boy from Cagayan de Oro…

Roads to be closed Sunday for kickoff of 500-day countdown to Holy Child’s quincentennial celebrations

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 11/30/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Expect road closures along Streets M.C. Briones, Urdaneta, P. Burgos, and D. Jakosalem in Cebu City on Sunday, December 1, 2019, for the countdown of the 500 years celebration of the Señor Santo…

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