10 Interesting Facts You Should Know About Lapu-Lapu

Know more about our First Filipino Hero.
posted on: Saturday, April 26, 2014
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I’ve already mentioned in a that Lapu-Lapu is known by many other names.

Now that (Victory of Mactan), how about taking these Lapu-Lapu facts with you while you :

1. Lito Lapid starred in a Lapu-Lapu film

Who’s more fitting to portray Lapu-Lapu in a film? Well, none other than Lito Lapid. You can watch this  on Youtube.

2. Lapu-Lapu didn’t directly kill Magellan


Lapu-Lapu may be the one responsible for Magellan’s death, but he didn’t directly kill him. According to who sailed with Magellan, “An Indian hurled a bamboo spear into the captain’s face, but the latter immediately killed him with his lance, which he left in the Indian’s body. Then, trying to lay hand on sword, he could draw it out but halfway, because he had been wounded in the arm with a bamboo spear. When the natives saw that, they all hurled themselves upon him. One of them wounded him on the left leg with a large cutlass, which resembles a scimitar, only being larger. That caused the captain to fall face downward, when immediately they rushed upon him with iron and bamboo spears and with their cutlasses, until they killed our mirror, our light, our comfort, and our true guide.

3. Lapu-Lapu kept Magellan’s body as a war trophy


, that afternoon the grieving rajah-king, hoping to recover his remains, offered Mactan’s victorious chief a handsome ransom of copper and iron for them but Datu Lapulapu refused. He intended to keep the body as a war trophy. Since his wife and child died in Seville before any member of the expedition could return to Spain, it seemed that every evidence of Ferdinand Magellan’s existence had vanished from the earth.”

4. Magellan Shrine


Though we consider Magellan as an enemy and praised Lapu-Lapu as a hero, we still treat the explorer as the one who brought Christianity to our country. The was erected in 1866 by the Spanish rulers of the Philippines. The spot is believed to be the area where Magellan was killed.

5. Lapu-Lapu City’s old name is Opon


Augustinians friars founded the town of Opon in 1730 and became a city in 1961 and was renamed after Datu Lapu-Lapu. Manuel A. Zosa, the representative of the Sixth District of Cebu, sponsored the Republic Act 3134 converting the former municipality of Opon into the present day .

6. There’s a statue of Lapu-Lapu in Rizal Park, Manila City.


The was a gift from Korea in honor of the Filipinos who helped during the Korean War. Unfortunately, some officials wanted it removed.

7. Lapu-Lapu featured in the one centavo coin


The now defunct coin circulated from .

8. Lapu-Lapu appears on the official seal of Philippine National Police


“, the prototype of the best and most noble in Filipino manhood who is the symbol and embodiment of all the genuine attributes of leadership, courage, nationalism, self-reliance and a people-based and people powered community defense. “

9. According to a legend, Lapu-Lapu never died…


but and is forever guarding the seas of Mactan. Fishermen throw coins at a stone shaped like a man as a way of asking for permission to fish in the chieftain’s territory.

10. A reenactment is held yearly

photo from Lapu Lapu City FB page

Like what I said earlier, the ” will reenact the  defeat of Spanish invaders in the hands of Lapu-Lapu and his men. A week-long celebration is currently being held, culminating this Sunday, April 27.


Be sure to enjoy the celebration and let’s altogether remember the first Filipino hero who drove out the foreign invaders. #kadaugan2014