1491 - 1542

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Lapulapu or Lapu-Lapu (1491-1542), 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 forces of 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 1,417,238 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Lapu-Lapu is the 3,174th most popular politician (down from 2,660th in 2019), the 7th most popular biography from Philippines (down from 6th 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 3,174 out of 15,710Before him are Telipinu, Emperor Go-Sai, Radomir Putnik, Tahmasp II, Otto I, Duke of Saxony, and Nicholas Kanabos. After him are Jayavarman VII, Mark Rutte, Heshen, Archduchess Maria Maddalena of Austria, Charles III, Prince of Monaco, and Antiphon.

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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 Lisa del Giocondo, James V of Scotland, Catherine Howard, 2nd Dalai Lama, and Hernando de Soto. After him are Dosso Dossi, Jane Boleyn, Viscountess Rochford, Thomas Wyatt, Peter Henlein, Diego de Almagro II, and Girolamo Aleandro.

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In Philippines

Among people born in Philippines, Lapu-Lapu ranks 7 out of 96Before him are Rodrigo Duterte (1945), Corazon Aquino (1933), Ferdinand Marcos (1917), José Rizal (1861), Imelda Marcos (1929), and Paulino Alcántara (1896). After him are Emilio Aguinaldo (1869), Benigno Aquino Jr. (1932), Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (1947), Fidel Ramos (1928), Isabel Preysler (1951), and Luis Eduardo Aute (1943).

Among POLITICIANS In Philippines

Among politicians born in Philippines, Lapu-Lapu ranks 4Before him are Rodrigo Duterte (1945), Corazon Aquino (1933), and Ferdinand Marcos (1917). After him are Emilio Aguinaldo (1869), Benigno Aquino Jr. (1932), Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (1947), Fidel Ramos (1928), Joseph Estrada (1937), Jose P. Laurel (1891), Manuel L. Quezon (1878), and Elpidio Quirino (1890).