Lapu-Lapu Rizal Park Manila

Ferdinand Magellan’s expedition set off from Spain in 1519 and he is famous for leading the first circumnavigation of the Earth, however he never made it home. Lapu-Lapu, a chieftain of Mactan Island, resisted Spanish dominance. At the battle of Mactan the warriors of Lapu-Lapu defeated the Spanish and Magellan was killed.

I’ve visited Mactan Island, where there is a much smaller statue of Lapu-Lapu than this one in Manila, and imagined the Spanish forces wading through the shallow water in their armour, their boats unable to get near the shore. Lapu-Lapu is considered to be the first national hero of the Philippines for his role in resisting Spanish colonisation and maintaining independence.

This statue of Lapu-Lapu, the first Filipino national hero, stands larger than life in Rizal Park Manila.

This statue of Lapu-Lapu, the first Filipino national hero, stands larger than life in Rizal Park Manila.