President Rodrigo Duterte has declared April 27 as Lapu-Lapu Day in honor of the Filipino native chieftain who repulsed Spanish invaders within the Battle of Mactan in 1521.

Duterte made the declaration by means of Proclamation No. 200 which he signed on April 26, 2017.

On April 27, 1521, the Battle of Mactan in Cebu was fought and received by Lapu-Lapu and his males in opposition to a Spanish power underneath the command of Ferdinand Magellan, who was killed within the battle.

Duterte mentioned Lapu-Lapu’s heroism has been acknowledged as a illustration of the Filipino folks’s love of freedom and functionality to rise above adversity.

“Lapu-Lapu left us a legacy of freedom through his leadership, extraordinary bravery, courage and love for his own land,” the President mentioned within the proclamation.

“It is but fitting and proper that Lapu-Lapu be given the highest honor and that the legacy be remembered by all Filipinos through appropriate ceremonies,” Duterte mentioned.