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The Curious Case of A Foreign Pirate that Became a Filipino Hero: The Other Side of the Story of Lapu Lapu and Ferdinand Magellan!

Published Mayo 3, 2017 by jptan2012

Lapu Lapu is considered as the Philippine’s first hero. All Filipino children knows of the story on how Lapu Lapu as a native defended the country or at least Mactan against the Portuguese explorer who organized the Spanish Expedition, which lead him ‘discovering’ the Philippines. It is said that in the Battle of Mactan, Magellan and his men arrived with the intent of colonizing and claiming Mactan, but Lapu Lapu, who is now regarded as the first Filipino hero resisted it and in the process killed Magellan.

Then after the Battle of Mactan, we don’t know much anymore as to what happened to Lapu Lapu, only that he was regarded as the first Filipino to fight the Spanish conquistadors!

In my recent trip to Cebu, I heard another version of the story, something that is not entirely foreign to me because I have heard about it before and only this time I’m hearing it from the mouth of a tourism officer from the Department of Tourism. This person is also a historian.

It does make me wonder as to why we don’t know much about Lapu Lapu only that he killed Magellan and he refuse to show the body of Magellan so it was buried somewhere in the shore of Mactan.

Well, this is the other version of the story. Whether this is true or not, I leave it up to you to decide.

Lapu Lapu is not a Filipino; in fact, it is believed that he is a pirate from Borneo who ‘conquered’ Mactan. When Ferdinand Magellan he was truly an ambassador of goodwill, and this is why a Rajah (forgot the full name), yes Cebu was inhabited by Muslims and ruled by Rajahs, seeked Magellan’s intervention for Lapu Lapu was ruling the island with so much cruelty. The rajah was from the main island.

It is said that Ferdinand Magellan agreed to intervene and sent an emissary to see Lapu Lapu, and Lapu Lapu agreed to meet with him. So Magellan went off by boat with only a crew of 50 men on board, for it was a short trip from the main island to Mactan. When they got there they found out that the water was shallow and it was also low tide, so Magellan and his men went on foot. It was a long walk from where they have to leave their ship or boat. They need not worry about anything because it was a friendly visit and Lapu Lapu has send off word that they will be received in a amiable manner.

So 50 men including Magellan went off by foot, it was a long walk so they were tired by the time they reached the shore of Mactan, but little do they know that Lapu Lapu has send off approximately a thousand of his men (I personally think that this number could have been exaggerated) and ambushed Magellan and his men. It was said that Magellan requested his men to retreat, but they decided to stay with him. Naturally, tired and unfamiliar with the territory and caught by surprised, Magellan was killed together with his men.

So who killed Magellan? Some historians believe that it was not Lapu Lapu who killed Magellan, and that it was one of his right hand men who killed Magellan. Lapu Lapu simply took the credit by virtue of being the leader of the tribe. But he was the one who ordered that the body of Magellan be buried right away so that Magellan’s friends and people cannot claim his body. He then has a tattoo of Magellan printed on his body as a sign that he conquered a ‘warrior’.

So what happened to Lapu Lapu, while was their no more word about him after the Battle of Mactan? Some historians believes that after the Battle of Mactan, an uprising from the other Rajah’s brewed against Lapu Lapu, and so Lapu Lapu fearing for his life left Mactan and went back to Borneo. He brought with him all his family and his whole tribe. So to this day there is no trace of a descendant of Lapu Lapu in Mactan or anywhere else in the Philippines.

So why am I writing this because it has nothing to do with Feng Shui? It is because this serves a prelude to my next post about the statue of Lapu Lapu that might have caused some misfortune in the city of Lapu Lapu. But other than that, it does serves an interesting alternative story about why we don’t know much about the first Filipino hero, in fact, we seem to know more about Ferdinand Magellan the alleged conquistador.

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Is There Such A Thing As Too Much Yang Energy in the Summer?

Published Marso 19, 2015 by jptan2012

sunshineRegular readers of this blog know that I always espouse for a balance of energy, specifically Yin and Yang energies. But as I have also clarified balance doesn’t necessarily mean than Yin and Yang energies are in equal amount, in Feng Shui Yin and Yang means there is more Yang than Yin in our life.

What are the examples of Yin and Yang? Morning is Yang and evening is Yin, as living persons, we should spend more of our time with Yang and lesser time in Yin. This usually manifests during our waking hours we need light and when we retire in the evening, it is advisable to sleep with the lights dimmed so we have some Yin. Sleeping itself is a Yin activity of the body with great Yang effect.

It is easier to feel the effects of too much yin, and we seldom hear Feng Shui experts talking about the dangers of being exposed to too much yang energy. But is there such a thing as too much yang? The straight answer to that is yes, but then yang is so much preferred that too much yang is simply not taken into consideration.

In my recent trip to the popular resort island here in the Philippines, some local government officials consulted me about what they dubbed as mysterious deaths that happens in April to early May. They said these are cases of people simply having fun and they would suddenly drop dead. They said the number of deaths is quite bothersome, and when they checked their records, they said that almost half of the deaths that happen in the island occur during April to May. It takes all their PR efforts to ensure that this news doesn’t come out to the media, but they said it is really significant.

Much of these deaths they said happens during an activity, whether it is island hopping or some water sports or it can be during party time. Most, if not all these mysterious deaths, happens to young people between the ages of 20 to 35.beachparty

Obviously, I won’t be able to offer a very accurate comment about these mysterious deaths, but when they explained to me what happened, I think this could be a case of an exposure to excessive yang energies! I came to this conclusion because of what they said; some of the common factors are these people die on their 3rd or 4th day in the island. A lot of them have been found to party a lot and on top of that, a lot of them are sometimes too drunk to go back to their hotel and have slept on the beach in the morning under the heat of the sun. Several of them have even abused themselves further by going without sleep or only sleeping for a few hours. Meaning there was not much exposure to yin energies or yin activities, it’s all yang.

Too much yang is also bad. The very first thing that it will affect is our tempers and heart or blood circulation. Go figure, a lot of these deaths was caused by simply their heart working too much that it seems to simply give up on them. So remember, too much yang, although rare, can happen and its effect is felt far faster than that of yin energy.

So remember the next time you go to Boracay or Panglao or Puerto Galera in the Philippines or to any other resort in other countries, enjoy the strong yang energy of the summer but have some yin energies as well. Do not kill off your yin energies because it might kill you also.

Myth Buster 16: Taking Home a Starfish Can Bring You Wealth Luck

Published Mayo 20, 2014 by jptan2012

boracay-pic-3In my recent trip to the world famous resort island of Boracay, while me and my friends were just relaxing at one of the Casitas of Ariel’s Pointe, I came across a Finnish woman who I noticed was holding a starfish and was putting it in a plastic container.

While I cannot say that I’m a hardcore environmentalist, the truth is being a Feng Shui practitioner and a Buddhist, it’s impossible not to be a little environmentalist. It is simply part of the practice. So I decided to intervene put on a smile and nicely ask her what is she doing with the starfish. She smiled back at me and told me that there is a Finnish belief that when you accidentally step on a starfish and you decide to keep it, it will surely bring you a lot of good luck.

I first appreciated the starfish and told her that it is illegal to bring the starfish home and that she might be apprehended at the port. The truth is I’m really not sure whether there is such a law; I just decided to tell her the most logical thing. Explaining that bringing the starfish home is not good for the environmentalist, much more for the starfish, will be a tough job because she’s already on her 40s and she should know that already, so I decided to take the most effective route which is about her personal safety and that it being illegal. While I don’t know whether there is such a law in the country, I believe that it is the most logical thing to have. I’m glad she listened and decided to throw it back to the water.starfish

This is the first time I heard about starfish bringing wealth luck, but this is my take on it. If you came across a starfish on the shore, it is really good to throw it back to the water because on the shore for a long time without water, the starfish will surely die. By throwing it back (and yes you throw it back as far as you can so that it will not be washed ashore again, and no it won’t hurt the starfish) you would have saved the starfish from its eventual death, thus creating some good karma for yourself which might bring you some luck. However, bringing it home will surely kill the starfish, with a dead starfish not only did you create a tremendous amount of negative karma for yourself but also keeping a dead starfish is literally keeping a yin or negative energy. Both the negative karma and the yin energy will definitely bring a lot of bad luck for you.

So the next time you see a starfish on the shore, appreciate it a little and throw it back to the water to create some good karma for yourself.

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