by Erjann Fernandez
with video from Prof. Xiao Chua/ PTV 4
Aside from Araw ng Dabaw, what happened this day in Filipino history? I could say that, this day is one of the core dates in Philippine history
On Saturday March 16, 1521, Ferdinand Magellan, after leaving the islands of Landrones, (now known as Marianas Islands) sailing westward looking for the Moluccas, sighted an island which has very lofty mountains. Soon after they learned that it was Zamal (Legaspi’s account called this island Cibabao), the present day Samar Island, a distant three hundred leagues from the islands of the Ladrones. On the following day the sea-worn expedition, landed on a little uninhabited island south of Samar which Pigafetta called Humunu, which is known today as Homonhon a barangay in Guiuan, Eastern Samar.
And the rest was history. The Spaniards that day discovered the Paradise. The islands which will soon be known as the blessed Philippine Islands
Ferdinand Magellan, the legendary Portuguese that discovered the rich Philippines
As we celebrate the 496th anniversary of the Discovery of the Philippines, here is a video from famous Filipino historian Xiao Chua that simply tackles this day in history.