23 May 2017
Sponsorship
Speech Transcript


 


SPONSORSHIP SPEECH COMMITTEE REPORT NO 81

 

 

Mr. President, Honorable Colleagues of this august Chamber:

As Chairperson of the Committee on Education, Arts and Culture, I rise to sponsor Committee Report No. 81, which recommends the approval of Senate Bill No. 108, entitled, "An Act Declaring April 27 of Every Year As A Special Working Public Holiday Throughout the Country to Commemorate the Victory of Lapu-Lapu And His Men Over The Spaniards Led By Ferdinand Magellan in the Historic Battle of Mactan on April 27, 1521, To Be Known as Lapu-Lapu Day or Adlaw ni Lapu-Lapu" authored by Sen. Gordon.

BACKGROUND:

The bill proposes to commemorate the historic victory of the valiant Lapu-Lapu, who is regarded as the first national hero of the Philippines who resisted and fought the Spanish colonizers.

Lapu-Lapu, unlike other chiefs in the neighboring islands of Mactan who were converted to Christianity, refused to acknowledge the Spanish sovereignty.

On April 27, 1521, Lapu-Lapu together with the men of Mactan fought and defeated the Spanish invaders led by Ferdinand Magellan.

In celebrating this holiday, we remember the valor of the first successful defender of Philippine shores. Filipinos today should emulate the courage, honor, and integrity exemplified by Lapu-Lapu and his men in protecting our country from foreign invasion.

Mr. President, I earnestly insist that this Chamber act expediently on Committee Report No. 81 / Senate Bill No. 108 entitled, "An Act Declaring April 27 of Every Year As A Special Working Public Holiday Throughout the Country to Commemorate the Victory of Lapu-Lapu And His Men Over The Spaniards Led By Ferdinand Magellan in the Historic Battle of Mactan on April 27, 1521, To Be Known as Lapu-Lapu Day or Adlaw ni Lapu-Lapu."

Thank you, Mr. President.


 

 


 

 

 



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