MANILA, Philippines – As promised during his presidential campaign, President Rodrigo Duterte declared, through a law, every April 27 as Lapu-Lapu Day in commemoration of the Bisaya hero.
Republic Act No 114040, signed last June 29, states that April 27 is a special working public holiday for the country as a whole, and a special non-working holiday for Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu.
The holiday commemorates the victory of Lapu-Lapu and his men over the Spaniards, led by Ferdinand Magellan, during the Battle of Mactan on Apri 27, 1521.
Duterte had promised to declare a special day for Lapu-Lapu – said to be the first Filipino to resist Spanish colonial rule – during a campaign sortie in Cebu City.
In April 2017, Duterte created the Order of Lapu-Lapu, a set of awards to be given to government officials, personnel, and private citizens “in recognition of invaluable or extraordinary service in relation to a campaign or advocacy of the President.” – Rappler.com