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Reexamining Pigafetta’s Battle of Mactan

TRIBAL men headed by Datu Lapu-Lapu battle with Spanish invaders headed by Ferdinand Magellan during last year’s Kadaugan sa Mactan reenactment at  the Mactan Shrine. JUNJIE MENDOZA/CDN

Had it not been for Antonio Pigafetta, the ethnographer, people would know very little about explorer Ferdinand Magellan and the world’s first successful circumnavigation.

Posted: April 26th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Diaper ad slammed for ‘distorting history’


It wasn’t funny. Mayor Paz Radaza of Lapu-Lapu City has demanded an apology from the makers of a brand of disposable diaper to pull out their television advertisement that mocked the historic Battle of Mactan.

Posted: April 12th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

With Sto. Niño image, animist past revisited


With just a few days of catechism, which consisted mostly of rhetorical remarks by Ferdinand Magellan, it would have been impossible for King Humabon and the people of Cebu during his time to have fully understood the Christian faith brought to them by the Spaniards in 1521.

Posted: January 25th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Magellan’s gift


There is little doubt that Humabon’s wife, who had days before been christened Juana, had been gifted by Magellan with the image of the Sto. Niño with the admonition to destroy all the idols and the shrines that were lining the seashore. This fact is undisputed in Relazione del Primo Viaggio Intorno al Mondo (Account […]

Posted: January 17th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

How to tell the icon in the basilica is original 4-century-old gift of Magellan

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From peasants to Presidents, those who have faith come to venerate it. Encased in glass in a side chapel,  the four-century-old wooden image of the Sto. Niño de Cebu draws the most number of visitors in the days leading to its feast day, which falls this year on Sunday, Jan. 15. A question that recurs […]

Posted: January 12th, 2012 in CDN - News,Cebu Daily News | Read More »