Don’t forget your basic Araling Panlipunan lessons, friends

April 28th, 2021

It’s important to know (and remember) some important facts, heroic figures, and their contributions from our history classes back in elementary and high school. Even the slightest knowledge can go a long way, especially if you’re a public official who is bound to make speeches or statements on important days like a celebration of a historical event – like The Battle of Mactan, for instance. 

Yesterday, the Philippines celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Mactan, which concluded with the victory of Lapulapu and his warriors against the Spanish force led by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan. The clash ultimately delayed the Spanish colonization of the Philippines by 44 years until the arrival of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi in 1564. 

Lapulapu is not Ferdinand Magellan

Several government officials and historians expressed their statements in commemoration of the historical event, including the Presidential Spokesperson who even likened the current President to the former Datu of Mactan. One statement, however, stood out among the rest for its questionable and inaccurate way of celebrating the event. 

Actor-turned-politician Jolo Revilla, the incumbent Vice Governor of Cavite, mistakenly hailed Ferdinand Magellan as the Filipino hero who victoriously risked his life during the Battle of Mactan. The post was edited and eventually deleted by Revilla.

Pinoys on social media criticized Revilla for his blunder, and even compared his mistake to the one his mother made where she called the COVID-19 pandemic as the “COVID-14” virus. 

Revilla has already apologized for this mistake on his social media, explaining that an intern in his social media team posted the caption without being cleared for it.  

And that’s why we should all remember at least just a tiny bit of information from our history classes (and why these classes shouldn’t be removed from the curriculum), friends. Let’s not make the same mistakes and become more familiar with facts from our rich history as a country. 



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