MANILA There is a proposal in the Upper House to declare April 27 of every year as Lapu-Lapu Day or Adlaw ni Lapu-Lapu.
Datu Lapu-Lapu of Mactan in Cebu fought and killed Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese explorer, and his men, when the Visayan warrior refused to pay tribute to them.philippines-private-discovery.com
Opposition senator Jinggoy Estrada filed Senate Bill 1981 seeking to declare the celebration of the historic battle of Mactan as a special non-working holiday in the country.
If the nations celebrated the defeat and surrender of U.S. and Filipino forces in Bataan and Corregidor in April 9 of each year, then there is more reason to commemorate the successful exploit of Lapu-Lapu and his Warriors on April 27 of every year, Estrada said.
Estrada called Lapu-Lapus victory over the Spanish conquistadors as the first successful defense of the Philippine freedom against foreign invaders and triumph of the Filipino forces over superior western firepower.