Lapu-Lapu (Kaliph Pulaka) (c.1491 – 1547) was the earliest known indigenous Visayan chieftain, and datu (king) of Mactan in the Philippines. He is known as the first native of the archipelago to have resisted Spanish colonization. He is now regarded as the first National hero of the Philippines. (from wikipedia.org)
A life size monument of Lapu-Lapu was made in mactan shrine where it was believed the site where the said battle of mactan took place. This shot was taken on my second visit in mactan shrine after 7 years.
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pablominto (53744) 2007-08-26 2:11
This is a fine composition, and the statue is well exposed against the brighter sky!
Do you know if they have any findings showing his weapons are authentic?
Good colours and details!
mcenteesalas (1618) 2007-08-26 2:22
I am portuguese so I know this guy very well, he kicked Magellan`s (Magalhaes) pride right out of his balls, it was on March 17, 1521 that Magellan with nearly fifty armored men ploughed into the beach of Mactan island and fought Lapu-Lapu and 1500 warriors, the encounter is known in Philippine history as the Battle of Mactan. The Spaniards whom he was incharge were driven off the island in a terrible defeat, as Magellan was killed while he ordered a retreat, I really like this photo, good POV and composition and the light from above gives it a wonderful glow, well done and long live the Phillipines, Salas
tomauer (316) 2007-08-27 3:31
Interesting topic, The Battle of Mactan was also one of the first known battle using ancient Eskrima Skills (Filipino Martial Arts), but after the few hundred years of Spanish rule they basically did their best to kill off that part of the culture, and a lot of other things... Anyway, great pov and detail, You did a good job with what was on offer.
Thanks for sharing Athens,