LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu—President Rodrigo Duterte’s closest confidante, Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, revived what historians stated was a false idea that Lapu-Lapu, thought of as the Philippines’ first hero, was really from Mindanao.
Speaking on the five hundredth anniversary of the conflict between a bunch of natives, led by chieftain Lapu-Lapu, and Spanish colonizers, led by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, Go stated Lapu-Lapu may very well be somebody from Mindanao.
“It is important to look back at our past,” stated Go in Filipino.
“But it is also important to correct the mistakes of the past so we can understand the present and face the future with confidence,” he added.
Go cited a idea of Abraham Idjirani, a Sultanate of Sulu official, who believed that Lapu-Lapu was ordered to journey from Mindanao to examine on foreigners arriving in what would later be recognized as Mactan.
“I and President Duterte are from Mindanao,” stated Go.
“We, too, are Bisaya,” he stated.
“But based on a version of history, the former East Kingdom of Sulu, who guards the 7,107 islands of the Philippines, requested Lapu-Lapu to be vigilant after foreigners were seen near Mactan,” he stated.
Go echoed what Duterte stated in August 2018, a bit greater than a 12 months after being elected President.
“Lapu-Lapu was the first Filipino to kill a foreigner who invaded our country,” a number of reviews online quoted Duterte as saying then.
“But sadly, he was a Visayan. I think he was a Moro, still in the Visayas,” Duterte stated.
“History forgot him,” the President stated on the time. “He was the first hero and designated a certain specie of fish and called it Lapu-Lapu. That is why it pains me deeply to see Lapu-Lapu being eaten every day—escabeche, fried and all sorts of recipe,” Duterte had stated.
Go’s accounts, nonetheless, had been criticized by some Cebuano historians.
Cebuano archaeologist Jose Eleazar Bersales, who research human historical past via the excavation of web sites and the evaluation of artifacts and different bodily stays, stated Go might have taken his account from Dr. Danilo Gerona’s e-book, entitled “Ferdinand Magellan, The Armada de Maluco and the European Discovery of the Philippines.”
”Most of what is recognized about Lapu-Lapu in latest occasions was embedded in folks myths and legends, closely loaded with nationalist discourses,” Bersales stated.
“I warned that as the 500th anniversary of the historic Battle of Mactan approached, there will be idiotic claims about him, about his being Muslim and Bornean at that,” he added.
At his speech, Go stated the historic conflict happened solely as a result of Magellan and Lapu-Lapu met on Mactan Island.
“From Sulu, Lapu-Lapu brought with him several Tausug warriors on board some boats,” Go stated. “They were met by Magellan’s soldiers, which led to the Battle of Mactan where the Portuguese explorer was killed,” he stated.
“Lapu-Lapu became a hero for defending our country,” stated Go.
“Part of the victory were those people from Mindanao who fought the invaders. That is why President Duterte wholeheartedly looks up to Lapu-Lapu,” he stated.
Bersales, nonetheless, identified that lack of historic particulars about Lapu-Lapu had led to numerous myths about him.
He stated the one present major supply mentioning Lapu-Lapu by title was the account of Antonio Pigafetta, the chronicler of the Spanish expedition led by Magellan in 1521.
“Where did he come from? What was his genealogy? Nobody actually knows,” Bersales stated of Lapu-Lapu’s origin.
“Pigafetta, who kept a log of the Magellan expedition, was not interested in genealogies of native chiefs,” he stated.
“Given this vacuum, therefore, came attempts at filling it up by inventing history, cloaking it as folklore handed down from one’s grandparents or, in the case of the story of the ten Bornean datus, from an old trunk full of papers,” he added.
The Battle of Mactan was reenacted on Tuesday (April 27) on the identical website the place Lapu-Lapu and his warriors emerged victorious.
Before the reenactment, simultaneous flag elevating ceremonies had been held in several authorities buildings within the nation.
Officials, led by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard Chan, laid a wreath at Lapu-Lapu’s bronze statue contained in the New Liberty Shrine compound.
The reenactment, described as a “dance dramatization,” featured not simply actors and singers but in addition Kata and Arnis athletes who performed roles as Lapu-Lapu’s warriors.
Lapu-Lapu was portrayed by native Arnis coach Jonel Pepito, a local of Lapu-Lapu City. Along with Pepito had been 100 performers within the 20-minute presentation. Duterte was absent however recorded a speech.
In the speech, Duterte stated the nation honors “the worthy heirs of Lapu-Lapu—our medical and essential frontliners who face the danger of COVID-19.”
“They risk their lives to ensure the safety of their fellow Filipinos,” Duterte stated.
“Let us draw inspiration from heroes of the past,” the President stated.
WITH REPORTS BY ADOR VINCENT MAYOL
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