Lapu Lapu Oration

Lapu-Lapu (1491–1542) was a ruler of Mactan, an island in the Visayas, Philippines, who is known as the first native of the archipelago to have resisted the Spanish colonization. He is now regarded, retroactively, as the first Filipino hero. Lapu-Lapu became one of two datus of Mactan (Matan) before the Spanish arrived in the archipelago, the other being a certain Zula. When Portuguese explorer and conquistador Ferdinand Magellan arrived in the Philippines in the service of Spain, Zula was one of those who gave tribute to the Spanish king while Lapu-Lapu refused. On the morning of April 27, 1521, Lapu-Lapu led 1500 Mactan warriors (Mangubats) armed with barong, spears, kampilan, and kalasag, in a battle against Portuguese explorer and conquistador Ferdinand Magellan who led a force of forty-nine Spanish soldiers armed with guns in what would later be known as the Battle of Mactan. During the battle Magellan and several of his men were killed. This oratory commemorates the Filipino hero. About the orator: Keenan “Keen” Icarangal was born on August 7, 1997, in Honolulu, HI. Born and raised in Hawaii his whole entire life, Icarangal has stayed grounded and true to his multicultural roots. This young artist descends from Filipino heritage and is very proud of it. Having a fashionable and creative mother has molded Icarangal into what he is today. Ever since he was little, Icarangal has had a growing passion for the fine arts including acting, dancing, playing various