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December 29, 1838

MANILA, Dec. 29 — On December 29, 1838, Luis Lardizabal was appointed governor general of the Philippines until February 1841.

Lardizabal was the one who requested the supreme government that a monument be established at Mactan to commemorate Ferdinand Magellan’s discovery of the island.

Mactan is also the site of the Battle of Mactan, the first battle between native Filipinos and Europeans.

Magellan rediscovered the Philippines and landed in Homonhon Island, Eastern Samar on March 16, 1521. However, he met his death on April 27, 1521 at the hands of local chieftain Lapu-Lapu in Mactan, Cebu who refused to acknowledge the sovereignty of Spain over the islands.

Notably, during Lardizabal’s term, the province of Nueva Viscaya was created and the Precious Corrientes de Manila, a weekly newspaper in Spanish and English, was published.

Lardizábal died at sea on his way to Spain.

Also on this same day in 1897, the leaders of Biak-na-Bato, led by Isabelo Artacho, Artemio Ricarte, Jose Salvador Natividad, Paciano Rizal, and Francisco Makabulos, met and passed a resolution accusing General Emilio Aguinaldo group in Hongkong of leaving them without any support and proposing that the unpaid balance of 400,000 pesos of the indemnity money should be distributed among the most needy insurgents. (PNA)

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