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Post Remembering Lapu-Lapu, Defender of the Philippines
Created by John Eipper on 10/20/20 3:59 AM

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Remembering Lapu-Lapu, Defender of the Philippines (Francisco Ramirez, USA, 10/20/20 3:59 am)

The man who killed Magellan was the chief of the island of Mactan and he was called Lapu-Lapu.

Lapu-Lapu: Chief and warrior of Mactan, as remembered in this monument in Cebu City:

Given Eugenio Battaglia's obsession with political correctness, I offer this account of how he got his name. As Magellan lay dying his final words were: La Pu, La Pu, La Puta Madre que te parió.

Every Filipino schoolboy knows the story of the Battle of Mactan. Only the politically incorrect know this extra detail.

These are more or less the words an Italian soccer player used to get his head bumped by Zidane, who then got thrown out of the game. In fairness to the Italian player, he insisted it was Zidane's sister, not his mother, whose virtue was in question.

JE comments:  The perfect "folk etymology" for this Hispanist's files!  Nice physique, too...

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