It’s Lapulapu, not Lapu-Lapu.
President Rodrigo Duterte has directed government agencies to adopt “Lapulapu” when referring to the name of the first Filipino hero from Cebu, saying the move will aid in the youth’s history education.
Through Executive Order (EO) 152 signed on Monday, the President instructed all state offices, as well as government-owned or -controlled corporations and state universities and colleges, to use the non-hyphenated spelling of the hero’s name.
Duterte also encouraged local government units, non-government organizations, civil society groups, and the private sector to adopt “Lapulapu” in their official documents.
Meanwhile, official names of places such as Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu will continue to be respected since these were established by decrees, according to Duterte’s EO.
The President’s new order also amended all references to the name “Lapu-Lapu” in his EO 17, which had created the Order of Lapu-Lapu, an award given to Filipinos who rendered extraordinary or invaluable experience to society.
EO 152 also amended all “Lapu-Lapu” references in EO 55, which had established the National Quincentennial Committee, a body mandated to spearhead the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines.
“Adopting a common rendering of the name of Lapulapu, so as to conform to earlier references, will aid in the education of our youth about Philippine history which is foundational to the formation of national identity,” the President said.
According to the EO, the earliest rendering in the Latin alphabet of the hero’s name is “Cilapulapu,” with “Ci” apparently being an honorific title.
From such, Philippine heroes Jose Rizal and Juan Luna derived their own references to him as “Si Lapulapu,” Duterte said.
The Philippines recently marked the 500th anniversary of Lapulapu and his warrior’s defeat of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in their attempt to colonize Mactan island on 27 April 1521.
At present, Lapulapu’s monument stands tall in the island of Mactan in honor of his triumph, symbolizing the Philippines’ first successful resistance to Spanish colonization.