Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Raja Lapu-Lapu slays Ferdinand Magellan
1565 - Filipino natives in the island of Mactan continue to defy early Spanish attempts at colonization by raiding the settlements and  burning over 20 houses put up by the Legazpi  expedition under Master-of-Camp Mateo del  Saez and Captain Martin de Goiti; earlier in  1521,  Lapu-Lapu led Mactan people in subduing the first Spanish expedition to the Southeast  Asian archipelago led by explorer Ferdinand  Magellan in the Battle of Mactan; in 1542, another Spanish expedition  to the Philippines led by Ruly Lopez de  Villalobos, was begun from Navidad, Mexico  with the official aims of colonizing the Western  Islands, establishing trade relations, preaching  Christianity, and avoiding the Moluccas islands  believed to belong to Portugal under the Treaty  of Tordesillas.

1897 - The Biak-na-Bato revolutionary republic  is established upon the retreat of Gen. Emilio F. Aguinaldo's generals to the mountainous town in  Bulakan amidst the revolutionaries' demoralization following the power grab against,  kangaroo court trial, and the tragic execution, of Katipunan  Supremo Andres Bonifacio y Bonifacio during the Philippine Revolution against Spain; the revolution began by the Supremo through the secret society-turned-revolutionary-government Kagalanggalangang Katipunan nang  manga Anak nang  Bayan (KKK) was  replaced by Aguinaldo's "so-called central government"  based in Cavite; while the  Biak-na-Bato's constitution declares the  revolutionary aim to be "the separation of the  Philippines from the Spanish monarchy and its  formation into an independent state,"  Aguinaldo and company would soon forge a  peace pact with the supposed enemy Spaniards.

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