APRIL 27, 1521
Ferdinand Magellan with his 49 armored men armed with swords, crossbows, guns, axes and shields sailed from Cebu to Mactan to confront Rajah Lapu-lapu. There, they walked to the shore in waist-deep water as their boats couldn’t go near because of the rocks. As they set foot on land, they were met by 1,500 screeching warriors led by Lapu-lapu. The Spaniards burned the houses which angered the warriors more. In the battle, Lapu-lapu killed Magellan and this came to be known as the Battle of Mactan or “Kadaugan sa Mactan”.
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