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1491 - 1542

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Lapulapu or Lapu-Lapu, whose name was first recorded as Çilapulapu, was a datu (chief) of Mactan in the Visayas in the Philippines. He is best known for the Battle of Mactan that happened at dawn on April 27, 1521, where he and his warriors defeated the Spanish forces led by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan and his native allies Rajah Humabon and Datu Zula. Magellan's death ended his voyage of circumnavigation and delayed the Spanish occupation of the islands by over forty years until the expedition of Miguel López de Legazpi in 1564. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lapu-Lapu has received more than 1,427,073 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Lapu-Lapu is the 3,020th most popular politician (up from 3,169th in 2019), the 4th most popular biography from Philippines (up from 7th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Filipino Politician.

Lapu-lapu is most famous for being the first person to defeat Ferdinand Magellan in battle.

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Among politicians, Lapu-Lapu ranks 3,020 out of 15,577Before him are George Vella, Giuseppe Guarneri, Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo, Princess Charlotte of Wales, Seongjong of Goryeo, and Empress Wanrong. After him are Anthony of Saxony, Vladimír Mečiar, Eric II of Denmark, Narseh, Sandro Pertini, and Hadım Suleiman Pasha.

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Among people born in 1491, Lapu-Lapu ranks 7Before him are Henry VIII of England, Ignatius of Loyola, Jacques Cartier, Zhengde Emperor, Francesco Melzi, and Martin Bucer. After him are Suzanne, Duchess of Bourbon, Nicolò da Ponte, Francisco de Sá de Miranda, and Teofilo Folengo. Among people deceased in 1542, Lapu-Lapu ranks 6Before him are Catherine Howard, Lisa del Giocondo, James V of Scotland, 2nd Dalai Lama, and Hernando de Soto. After him are Dosso Dossi, Jane Boleyn, Viscountess Rochford, Thomas Wyatt, Sayyida al Hurra, Peter Henlein, and Cristóvão da Gama.

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In Philippines

Among people born in Philippines, Lapu-Lapu ranks 4 out of 126Before him are Rodrigo Duterte (1945), Ferdinand Marcos (1917), and Emilio Aguinaldo (1869). After him are José Rizal (1861), Corazon Aquino (1933), Imelda Marcos (1929), Paulino Alcántara (1896), Andrés Bonifacio (1863), Isabel Preysler (1951), Benigno Aquino Jr. (1932), and Manuel L. Quezon (1878).

Among POLITICIANS In Philippines

Among politicians born in Philippines, Lapu-Lapu ranks 4Before him are Rodrigo Duterte (1945), Ferdinand Marcos (1917), and Emilio Aguinaldo (1869). After him are Corazon Aquino (1933), Benigno Aquino Jr. (1932), Manuel L. Quezon (1878), Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (1947), Jose P. Laurel (1891), Apolinario Mabini (1864), Elpidio Quirino (1890), and Florencio Campomanes (1927).