Sunday, July 10, 2005

Lapu-Lapu - The First Pilipino to challenge the Spaniards


Lapu-Lapu (Caliph Pulaka) is the earliest known chieftain of Mactan Island in the Philippines. Being known as the first resident of the archipelago to have resisted colonization by the Spanish, he is now regarded as the first National hero of the Philippines.
On the morning of April 27, 1521, Lapu-Lapu and the men of Mactan, armed with spears and cutlasses, faced 49 Spanish soldiers led by a Portuguese captain named Ferdinand Magellan. In what would later be known as the Battle of Mactan, Magellan and several of his men were killed.

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