- Posted January 18, 2013 by
Cebu City, Philippines
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On April 27, 1521, Lapu-Lapu and his warriors faced the Spanish soldiers that were led by Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese explorer in the service of the King of Spain, in the fierce battle that followed Magellan and several of his men were killed. Lapu Lapu was one of the first native leaders who stood up to the foreign invasion and colonization. Because he refused to acknowledge the sovereignty of Spain over the Islands Lapu Lapu is regarded as the primary national hero of the country. Many consider him as the first Filipino Freedom Fighter and one of the greatest figures of Philippine history. The monument stands as a reminder of Filipino bravery and independence.