Magellan: On to 500

While the 495th anniversary of the the Kadaugan sa Mactan on April 27, 2016 was feted through a reenactment, the Magellan Quincentennial Book Launch and Lecture was held at the BPI Library along Magallanes St., Cebu City.

Originally, April 6 was the original launch date of Dr. Danilo Madrid Gerona controversial 450-page book entitled, Ferdinand Magellan: the Armada de Moluco and the European Discovery of the Philippines, Based on Primary Sources”. Due to schedule conflict organizers headed by Jobers Bersales set the date, April 27, the day Magellan died in Mactan in the hands of Lapu-Lapu.

The anniversary of Magellan’s arrival at the port of Cebu would mark the start of the five-year countdown to the 500th anniversary or quincentennial of that significant moment in the lives of Cebuanos.The book starts with the biography of Magellan, gives a picture of the Spain Ruled by Charles V, the Spice Islands and the Line of Demarcation.Of the last five chapters of the book (of which there are 12), focus on the World of the Visayans, the Cebu of Humabon and Lapu-Lapu.

Many interesting information surfaced at the lecture of Dr. Gerona like the description of Humabon. He was not physically over bearing because he was short and fat, but was a dominant chief and shrewd entrepreneur and with excellent ambassadorial skills.

Interesting information revealed by Dr. Gerona during the lecture was that, Lapu-Lapu was 70 years old not younger as the statues of him show. There were so many thought-provoking historical facts about the subtleties of Humabon,Magellan and Lapu-Lapu, These were all based on the interviews of the survivors of the expedition.

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The Magellan 500 Logo was also unveiled during the said occasion. Present were Dr. Resil Mojares, Carlos Apuhin of the BPI Foundation among others. The turnover of partial soft and hard copies of the digital photographs of archival documents in the Archivo de la Provincia Agustiniana de Filipinas (APAF) in Valladolid, Spain made by Fr. Jun Rebayla to Dr. HopeYu, Director of USC Cebuano Studies Center, was likewise held simultaneously during launch of The Magellan Quincentennial.

The book launch of , Ferdinand Magellan: the Armada de Moluco and the European Discovery of the Philippines, Based on Primary Sources is made possible by the University of San Carlos Press, University of San Carlos Cebuano Studies Center and the Cebu Historical Society.

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