Ferdinand Magellan

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– Ferdinand Magellan

Ferdinand Magellan was a Portuguese explorer and naval officer who led a Spanish Expedition with the sole objective to circumnavigate the world. On the 16th of March 1521, his expedition stumbled upon Homonhon Island, a 19 kilometer island in the Easter Samar region. He is largely credited for the discovery of the Philippines, at least to those in the European region. The Portuguese navigator, who sought to colonize the islands for Spain, was killed in battle by Lapu-Lapu (the datu of Mactan) and his troops.

Contrary to popular belief, it was the Spanish explorer, Ruy Lopez de Villalobos who named the Philippines after Prince Philip (later King Philip II), during his expedition to the archipelago in 1542-1546. Magellan’s arrival is marked as the beginning of Spain’s 300 year rule over the Philippines. The large stateroom, situated on the ground floor of the Laperal Mansion, is the first open living space that one will see upon entry. It is a grand tribute to our history and culture under the Spanish rule. The pièce de résistance of the room are the portraits of Portuguese explorer that are adorned on the walls.  

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Jonathan Matti
February 2024