Honoring LapuLapu: Country’s first hero

TUESDAY, April 27, 2021, marked the 500th anniversary of Lapulapu’s victory over Ferdinand Magellan in the Battle of Mactan.

It was a special working public holiday around the country and a non-working holiday for Lapu-Lapu City since President Rodrigo Duterte declared April 27 as Lapulapu Day.

To mark the occasion, the Lapu-Lapu City Government held a reenactment of the battle at the Liberty Shrine in Barangay Mactan that was attended by city officials led by Mayor Junard Chan, Sen. Bong Go, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque and Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Secretary Michael Dino, among others.

In Cebu City, the City Government celebrated the fourth Lapulapu Day with flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremonies, a short presentation by the Sandiego dancers and the unveiling of Lapulapu’s portrait by the renowned Cebuano painter Romulo Galicano.