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This is Part 2 of who really discover Philippines (it was not little green men from Mars, hehehe)
It was about this time that the West came to the Philippines with Ferdinand Magellan when he landed in Cebu in 1521. In 1542 the islands were named in honor of Prince Philip, who later became Philip II of Spain. After the Spanish-American War of 1898, the Philippines was ceded to the United States. In 1946 the Philippines regained independence as the Republic of the Philippines.
Since most documented history was written through the eyes of the colonizers I often wondered what first contact was really like between the Spanish and the indigenous people of the Philippines, especially the Visayan clans. I read that the Cebuanos welcomed
them with hospitality and were easily converted to Christianity and pledged allegiance, without bloodshed, to the king of Spain.
Philippine history books have rarely mentioned our colonial relations with Mexico. Nueva Espana, as Mexico was named then, was seen as another colony of Spain. True. Both colonies were “discovered” in 1521 by Spanish conquistadors. Ferdinand Magellan — who “discovered” the Philippines — was killed in the island of Mactan by the local chieftain Lapu-Lapu. In 1542, the Spanish explorer Ruy Lopez de Villalobos named the archipelago Las Islas Filipinas after Philip II, the future king of Spain. However, Spain wasn’t too enthused in colonizing the far-flung archipelago. Villalobos did not stay too long and left. He probably was too scared to stay and get killed by Lapu-Lapu or the other natives.
Next week on Friday we talks about Philippines First Hero…Lapu-Lupu
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