The Life of Lapulapu, The Filipino National Hero
Lapulapu was a Chieftain of the Filipino island of Mactan in the 16th century.
When the European explorer Magellan, arrived at his homeland and pushed Christianity on his people he resisted. Even after every other Chieftain had accepted the new faith he stood firm.
The European’s were eager to make an example of this apostate, but things would not go the way they’d planned…
Lapulapu is the national hero of the Philippines and is celebrated yearly on ‘Lapulapu Day’.
- Who killed Lapulapu
- Not Magellan. Its not recorded what happened to Lapulapu after the battle of Mactan. Its likely he died of natural causes.
- Why lapu lapu is a hero
- Lapulapu is the first recorded guardian of the Philippines. He is remembered today as a defender of Filipino liberty.
Additional Reading / Sources:
- “Aginid Bayok Sa Atong Tawarik”: Archaic Cebuano and Historicity in a Folk Narrative
- The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XXXIII, 1519-1522, by Antonio Pigafetta
- De orbe novo decades by Peter Matyr (1555)
- Retracing Our Roots – A Journey into Cebu’s Pre-Colonial Past by Marivir Montebon
- The Battle of Mactan and the Indigenous Discourse on War by Jose Amiel Angeles
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