By Marisol Bo-oc | 04:31 PM December 07, 2021
It’s Lapulapu, not Lapu-Lapu. One word, not hyphenated.
To prevent confusion, especially among our learners and educators, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte orders all government institutions to rectify the spelling of Lapulapu (without the hyphen).
Duterte on Monday, December 6, 2021, signed Executive Order (EO) 152 that it is Lapulapu when referring to the Filipino hero who fought Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in the Battle of Mactan in the 16th century.
“(This) will aid in the education of our youth about Philippines history, which is foundational to the formation of national identity,” he said.
However, this exempts the City of Lapu-Lapu which was created by a law, thus, Congressional aid is needed if future amendment to the Charter of the City of Lapu-Lapu will be made.
The EO also noted that the earlier rendering in the Latin alphabet of the name of the Mactan hero is “Cilapulapu,” with “Ci” apparently being an honorific title from which heroes Jose Rizal and Juan Luna derived their own references to him as “Si Lapulapu.”
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, in the same EO, said the directive will take effect upon its publication in the Official Gazette or in a newspaper of general circulation.