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Humabon vs. Lapu Lapu

On our most recent trip to the Philippines, we visited Magellan’s cross in Cebu City. That’s my beautiful mother and daughters in front of the cross.

The Philippines is the only Christian majority country in SE Asia. The Spanish expedition led by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan landed in Cebu in 1521. He successfully converted King Humabon to Christianity, but was killed by Lapu Lapu’s tribe who refused to convert. But convert from what? Buddhism? Islam?

Upon visits and research, I believe Lapu Lapu was Muslim. Why? The Philippines wasn’t called the Philippines prior to the Spanish. Islam kingdoms in Brunei and China had trade with these islands later called the Philippines. Safe to say, history prior to the Spanish is hard to decipher.

My series The Bathala Series is a fictional series predicated on the history of the Philippines prior to Spanish colonization. The first book “Enlightenment” is told from the perspective of Dorothy and Adrian in modern-day Las Vegas. We start with the modern-day Filipino American and work back in time as Dorothy backtracks through Filipino history to answer questions about Adrian and her family.

“Enlightenment” to be released in 2018. #nohistorynoself #knowhistoryknowself #filipinoamericanmonth

Filed under: Filipino American, Writing

2 Responses

  1. We had our own religion. We were not Muslim. Visayans were in constant battle against Moros. Many datu and rajah died because of these battles against Muslims. In fact, datu from Borneo and Sumatra fled to our lands to escape Muslims.

    Our god was Kaptan/Kanlaon/Bathala. Note that tattooing and piercing are forbidden in Islam. However, Lapu Lapu and Humabon were described by Pigafetta as tattooed and adorned with gold jewelry. Also, the Muslims’ manner of dressing are very different from our clothing, as depicted in the Boxer Codex. Look up Pigafetta’s journal for more accurate research.

    • reno1107 says:

      You sound obsessed with our history like I am. It’s my hope more Filipinos become curious and aware of our pre-Spanish history. I’ve always wondered about the Manila Manuscript. Are these exaggerated caricatures illustrated by a Spanish artist? Or true to life? Kadatuan Visayans and Uripon Bisayans don’t have tattoos or piercings like the Bruneian-Malay. But the Pintados and Timawa do. Does this mean only warriors were identified by having tattoos? Does it have deeper religious significance? In my opinion, even more questions than answers.

      Hopefully we find more drawings and writings that originated from the islanders perspectives.

      I appreciate the comment! Happy New Year!

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