Manila, Philippines – At long last, Lapu-Lapu has been given due recognition with the newly-signed law.
Republic Act No 11040, an act declaring April 27th of every year as a special working public holiday throughout the country and a special non-working holiday in the City of Lapu-Lapu, Province of Cebu, has been signed into law, according to Senator Richard Gordon, who authored the bill.
At long last Lapu-Lapu can now be recognized as more than just a fish! Lapu-Lapu Day is now officially signed into law. He is now given his due recognition and the whole country can appreciate the strong presence of freedom in the hearts of every Filipino ignited by Lapu-Lapu. pic.twitter.com/8xuFB6LswP
— Richard J. Gordon (@DickGordonDG) July 3, 2018
According to the new law, April 27 of every year shall now called Lapu-Lapu Day or Adlaw ni Lapu-Lapu, to commemorate the victory of Lapu-Lapu and his men over the Spaniards led by Ferdinand Magellan in the historic battle of Mactan on April 27, 1521.
RA 11040 shall take effect after fifteen (15) days following the completion of its publication either in the Official Gazette or a newspaper in circulation in the Philippines.
Before it officially became a law, President Rodrigo Duterte declared April 27 as Lapu-Lapu Day to honor the first hero on same day last year. He also signed the creation of “Order of Lapu-Lapu” to recognize the government workers and private citizens on supporting his advocacies.
Lapu-Lapu is the first Filipino hero who resisted the Imperial Spanish colonization. He is best known for the Battle of Mactan that happened at dawn on April 27, 1521, where he and his soldiers defeated Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan.