:"Lapu-Lapu is also the name of the grouper fish in the Philippines. For the city, see Lapu-Lapu City."Infobox Person
name = Lapu-Lapu

caption = Lapu-Lapu's statue on Mactan Island in the Philippines
birth_date =
birth_place =
death_date =
death_place =
other_names =
known_for = commanding Visayan forces that killed Ferdinand Magellan
occupation = Chieftain
nationality = Filipino

Lapu-Lapu was the king of Mactan, an island in the Visayas, Philippines, who is known as the first native of the archipelago to have resisted Spanish colonization. He is now regarded as the first Filipino hero. [cite book | last =Zaide | first =Sonia M. | authorlink = Gregorio F. Zaide| title =The Philippines:A Unique Nation | publisher =All Nations Publishing Co., Inc. | date =1994 | pages =83-84 | isbn =971-642-005-6 ]

On the morning of April 27, 1521, Lapu-Lapu and the men of Mactan, armed with spears and "kampilan", faced Spanish soldiers led by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan. In what would later be known as the Battle of Mactan, Magellan and several of his men were killed.

According to Sulu oral tradition, Lapu-Lapu was a Muslim chieftain,cite news | title =Lapu-Lapu and the Battle of Mactan | pages = | publisher =The Manila Bulletin Online | date = 2001 |url = | accessdate = 2008-07-09] and was also known as "Kaliph Pulaka".cite web | last =Ang | first =Josiah C. | title =Historical Timeline of the Royal Sultanate of Sulu Including Related Events of Neighboring Peoples | url= | accessdate = 2008-07-11] The people of Bangsamoro, the Moro homeland in the Philippines, consider him to be a Muslim and a member of the Tausug ethnic group.cite web | last = | first = | title =Lapu-Lapu and the battle of Mactan | url= | accessdate = 2008-08-07] A variant of the name, as written by Carlos Calao, a 17th century Chinese-Spanish poet in his poem "Que Dios Le Perdone" (Spanish, "That God May Forgive Him") is "Cali Pulacu". [cite book | last =Halili | first =Ma. Christine N. | title =Philippine History | publisher =REX Bookstore, Inc. | date =2004 | pages =74 | isbn =978-971-23-3934-9 ]

The 1898 Philippine Declaration of Independence refers to Lapu-Lapu as "King Kalipulako de Maktan". [cite book | last =Kalaw | first =Maximo M. | title = The development of Philippine politics |date= 2005 |origdate= c.1920 |publisher= University of Michigan Library |chapter=Appendix A: Act of the Proclamation of Independence of the Filipino People (Spanish-to-English translation culled from John Taylor's "Philippine Insurgent Records")| chapterurl= |quote= Hernando de Magallanes, who arrived upon the shores of Cebu, ...was killed in the battle which took place on said shores, to which he was provoked by King Kalipulako de Maktan, who was suspicious of his bad intentions... |accessdate = 2008-07-31] In the 19th century, the reformist Mariano Ponce used a variant name, "Kalipulako", as one of his pseudonyms.cite web | title =Bulacan, Philippines: General Info: Heroes and Patriots: Mariano Ponce|url= | accessdate = 2008-08-01]


The Cebuano people have erected a statue in his honor on Mactan and renamed the town of Opon in Cebu to Lapu-Lapu City. A more recent statue was given as a gift to the Philippines by South Korea in 2005. It stands in Rizal Park in the national capital of Manila.cite web |title =Gordon, Garcia recall victory at Mactan, honor Lapu-Lapu | url= | accessdate = 2008-07-09]

Lapu-Lapu appears as a central figure in the official seal of the Philippine National Police [cite web | last = | first = | title = PNP Seal Symbolism | url= | accessdate = 2008-06-09] and as the main design on the defunct 1-centavo coin circulated in the Philippines from 1967-1974. [cite web | last = | first = | title =American Numismatic Society | url= | accessdate = 2008-06-10]

During the First Regular Session of the 14th Congress of the Philippines, Senator Richard Gordon introduced a bill proposing to declare April 27 as an official national holiday to be known as "Adlaw ni Lapu-Lapu" or Lapu-Lapu Day. [cite web | last =Gordon | first =Richard J. | title =An Act to declare April 27 of every year as a special non-working holiday throughout the country to commemorate the victory of Lapu-Lapu and his men over the Spaniards led by Fernando Magallanes... | url=!.pdf | accessdate = 2008-07-11]

A type of red grouper indigenous to the Philippines is commonly known as "lapu-lapu" [cite news | last = | first = | title =Lucky lapu-lapu, ATV, boatmen and rice | pages = | publisher | date = 2008-04-12 |url = | accessdate = 2008-06-09] in the Tagalog-speaking provinces but more commonly known in the Visayas and Mindanao as "pugapo".

Two Filipino films, both called "Lapu-Lapu", have been made about the figure - the first in 1955 [cite web | last = | first = | title =Lapu-Lapu (1955) | url= | accessdate = 2008-06-10] and the second in 2002.cite web | last = | first = | title =Lapu-Lapu (2002) | url= | accessdate = 2008-06-10] The latter stars actor-turned-politician Lito Lapid and Joyce Jimenez.

Chief Lapu Lapu cocktail is an alcoholic drink named in his honor. [cite web | last = | first = | title =Cocktail of the Day: Chief Lapu Lapu | url= | accessdate = 2008-06-09] [cite web | last =Williams | first =Nicole Prentice | title =Locals Only | url= | accessdate = 2008-06-09]

A street in the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco is named after Lapu-Lapu. [cite web | last = | first = | title =Lapu Lapu Street in San Francisco | url= | accessdate = 2008-08-13]


Further reading

*Agoncillo, Teodoro A. Magellan and Lapu-Lapu. Fookien Times Yearbook, 1965, p. 634.
*Alcina, Francisco, Historia de las Islas e Indios de Bisaya, MS 1668.
*Correa, Gaspar, Lendas de India, Vol. 2, p. 630.
*Cruz, Gemma, "Making Little Hero of Maktan."
*Estabaya, D. M., 445 Years of Lapu-lapu, Weekly nation 1: 26-27, April 25, 1966.
*Pigafetta, Antonio, Primo Viaje en Torno al Globo Terraqueo, Corredato di Notte de Carlo Amoteti, Milano, 1800.


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Lapu-Lapu —  Pour l’article homonyme, voir Lapu Lapu (ville).  Statue de Lapu Lapu Lapu Lapu (1491 1542) était le roi de l île de Mactan, aux …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Lapu-Lapu — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Estatua de Lapu Lapu Para la ciudad, véase Lapu Lapu (ciudad). Lapu Lapu (Caliph Pulaka) es considerado el primer héroe de las Filipinas. Como jefe de la Isla Mactán, rechazó los intentos de colonizarla por parte de… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Lapu-Lapu — (Caliph Pulaka) es considerado el primer héroe de las Filipinas. Como jefe de la Isla Mactan, rechazó los intentos de colonizarla por parte de Fernando de Magallanes. Mientras Magallanes sometía exitosamente a los habitantes de otras islas… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Lapu-Lapu — Lapulapu Monument Mactan Lapulapu Monument im Rizal Park …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Lapu Lapu — In diesem Artikel oder Abschnitt fehlen wichtige Informationen. Du kannst Wikipedia helfen, indem du sie recherchierst und einfügst …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Lapu-Lapu — ▪ Philippines       city, northwestern Mactan Island, Philippines, on a narrow channel of the Bohol Strait opposite Cebu City. Formerly called Opon, the city was renamed in honour of Chief Lapulapu, who, on April 27, 1521, killed the navigator… …   Universalium

  • Lapu-Lapu City — Original name in latin Lapu Lapu City Name in other language Ciudad ti Lapu Lapu, Dakbayan sa Lapu Lapu, Lapu Lapu, Lapu Lapu City, Opon, la pu la pu shi State code PH Continent/City Asia/Manila longitude 10.31028 latitude 123.94944 altitude 4… …   Cities with a population over 1000 database

  • Lapu-Lapu City (Opon) — Basisdaten Bezirk: Central Visayas Provinz: Cebu Baranggays: 30 Distrikt …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Lapu-Lapu Stadt — Lapu Lapu City (Opon) Basisdaten Bezirk: Central Visayas Provinz: Cebu Baranggays: 30 Distrikt …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Lapu-Lapu City — (Opon) Basisdaten Bezirk: Central Visayas Provinz: Cebu Barangays: 30 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.