In the summer of 1521, Ferdinand Magellan found himself in a fight or flight situation vs Lapu-Lapu’s army on the waters of Mactan. He lost to the latter’s home-court advantage.
Four hundred ninety-five years today, I sit on the same beach, waiting for the “Battle of Mactan” — a reenactment of that famous victory; the main highlight to the city’s weeklong celebration of Kadaugan Festival.
I have managed to squeeze my way through the large crowd and slipped past police line for a ringside view of the action.
Unfortunately, I have a plane to catch and the battle won’t be starting soon. The city mayor’s address to the crowd must come first. After which is the vice-mayor’s invocation. Then, the congressman’s speech. Then, Senator Lito Lapid’s speech. Then, Senator Lito Lapid’s brother Mark Lapid’s speech…
I have to get on that flight for Cagayan de Oro. Lapu-Lapu’s fight can start without me.