Lapu-Lapu mayor urges Congress to make ‘Battle of Mactan’ on April 27 a holiday

April 13, 2013 1:57 am 

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu, April 12 — Lapu-Lapu City mayor Paz Radaza has urged Congress to pass a law declaring April 27, the day Mactan chieftain Datu Lapu-Lapu killed Ferdinand Magellan in the Battle of Mactan in 1521, a holiday.

The city government has staged a yearly reenactment of the battle, formerly called “Bahug-Bahug sa Mactan” and later renamed “Kadaugan sa Mactan” (Victory in Mactan).

But Radaza is also waging a battle against a diaper brand whose TV advertisement spoofs the historic battle.

In the TV ad for EQ diapers, Lapu-Lapu challenged Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan to a battle after the latter offered him diapers of poor quality.

Radaza called for the pullout of the EQ diapers commercial, saying it is a “grave insult” to the Oponganons.

She also demanded a public apology from the product’s owners.

”Distorting history and making the Battle of Mactan look funny on TV is a lame attempt to promote a product,” she said.

Radaza said she will write the National Historical Commission of the Philippines to complain about the 30-second commercial.

”Datu Lapu-Lapu together with one thousand of his men bravely faced swords, crossbows, guns and cannons of the Spaniards and won the famous Battle of Mactan. That is why, as the duly elected leader of this city once led by Datu Lapu-Lapu , I find the EQ advertisement aired on national television a grave insult to the Oponganons and to the Filipinos in general,” she said.

””We treat Datu Lapu-Lapu seriously. We don’t want him to be mocked,” the mayor said.

In 1996, the Lapu-Lapu City Council passed an ordinance restoring the original name “Pugapo” to a fish that came to be called “Lapu-Lapu.”

Calling the fish “Lapu-Lapu”, the ordinance read, “exposes Lapu-Lapu City to ridicule and embarrassment because more often the city is identified with the fish rather than with the hero.” (PNA)

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