LAPU-LAPU CITY- In what probably will be her last time to spoke as Mayor during the reenactment of the Kadaugan sa Mactan, Mayor Paz Radaza enjoined the residents here to emulate the virtues of Datu Lapu-Lapu.
Radaza said the bravery and heroism of Lapu-Lapu is a fountain of pride for all Oponganons as it became the first ever that a Filipino defeated a foreign invader, the forces of Ferdinand Magellan, in the very shores of Barangay Mactan where the re-enactment was held today, Saturday, April 27.
It is the 498th year since that historic Battle of Mactan where the Mactan natives led by Lapu-Lapu defeated Magellan and his men.
Mayor Radaza said that the Oponganons should always fight for truth and defend the interest of their fellow residents.
“As we commemorate his heroism, we are called to be like Datu Lapu-Lapu, that like him we must be courageous to fight for what is right and truth. To always defend the best interest of our fellow Oponganon,” adding, “Let us be brave like Datu Lapu-Lapu and battle for the continued development of Lapu-Lapu City. Like him, let us not be defeated by trials and challenges. Let us not allow to be conquered by forces of evil and their minds. Let us make this our everyday battle, to always fight for our city and defend it the way our ancestors did on April 27, 1521.”
The graduating Mayor who is running as congresswoman for the May 13 polls emphasized that the Lapu-Lapu residents should be proud of their ancestry.
“Let us be reminded of their heroism, their bravery, their dedication in protecting our shores. Let us relive our history and be proud Oponganons of Lapu-Lapu City,” Radaza said who is not anymore eligible for reelection as she is about to be done with her third term that started in 2010.
The event was graced by Dr. Rene Escalante, the chairman of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and actor Dennis Padilla who represented for former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go.
In his speech, Escalante said that on the 5th centennial of the Battle of Mactan, in 2021, the NHCP is already preparing for a grander reenactment as the historic event actually had made three important milestones in history.
Aside from the victorious Battle of Mactan, the travel of Magellan also resulted to the first circumnavigation of the globe as one of his men, Sebastian El Cano was able to return to Spain with his last remaining ship, Vittoria (Victoria).
Prior to the expedition of Magellan, it was believed that the world was flat.
The third significant event was the Christianization of the Philippines as before Magellan fought Lapu-Lapu, he already converted the natives of Zzubu (Cebu City) led by Rajah Humabon to Catholicism.
Escalante said that the NHCP will establish a national park for Lapu-Lapu, where according to Mayor Radaza, it will already be at the existing and remodeled Liberty Shrine where a museum will also be constructed.
Also to take place in the Liberty Shrine on June 12 this year will be the holding of the Philippine Independence Day celebration in the shrine itself with Pres. Rodrigo Duterte leading the event.
Escalante said that in time for the 5th Battle of Mactan centennial, they will be lobbying to the Central bank to produce a P2,000 bill with Lapu-Lapu as the featured Philippine hero.
“We are proposing to revive the two-thousand peso bill. We are proposing to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to make Lapu-Lapu as the featured hero of the two-thousand peso bill. We are doing these because we want to elevate Lapu-Lapu from a level of a local hero into national prominence and hopefully also to bring to the attention of the international community the hero of this island,” part of Escalante’s speech went.
The cast of this year’s Kadaugan sa Mactan reenactment was led by actors Derrick Monasterio as Lapu-Lapu, Mark Neuman as Magellan and known cosplay actress Myrtle Sarrosa as Reyna Bulakna.
All three said that they felt honored to be picked as the main cast of the reenactment.
Lapu-Lapu City tourism officer Hembler Mendoza spearheaded the holding of the activity who got topnotch stage director and choreographer Victor Hao Cuenco as the man behind the spectacular reenactment which was also witnessed by several foreign tourists and the pilgrims of the on-going National Youth Day (NYD) 2019 celebration.
Photos by : Allan Defensor and Jojo Calinawan