Reaction Paper: Lapu-lapu
The movie tells the story of the first hero of the Philippines, Lapu-lapu. The movie opens with a battle scene between two armies on a beach on Mactan Island. One army is led by Lapu-lapu and the other by Humabon. The forces of Humabon are defeated and he escapes with a wound at the stomach delivered by Lapu-lapu himself. Lapu-lapu’s forces spend the night resting from their exertions during the battle. The babaylan performs rituals for the dead and offers a chicken to the spirits. Moments later, a man is hunting for food at a river. He saw a woman bathing in the nearby lake. He raped her and fortunately there is a witness. The body of the woman was discovered by the tribesmen along the seashore. The following day, the burial took place near the barangay. The people wore white garments. The body was placed on a raft along the coastline. The body was burned because they thought that the soul of the body is the smoke. They also thought that the soul of the body goes up to the sky in which they thought is the kaluwalhatian. The witness told Lapu-lapu who committed the crime. Lapu-lapu then ordered his guards to find the suspect. The suspect was detected and he was later captured. Lapu-lapu asked the father of the victim to kill the suspect, on which he did. Lapu-lapu fell deeply in love with Bulakna and proposes a marriage. The wedding started with the showering of flowers to the bride. The groom and the bride meet in a place where there is a lot of food. The babaylan performs a ritual. There were people dancing between a bonfire with candles in each of their hands. Days have passed and the Spaniards arrived in the Philippines at March 20, 1521. Ferdinand Magellan named the Philippines Isla de Lazarus. At first, Humabon is suspicious of his visitors but he soon comes up with a plan on how to use the Spaniards against his enemy, Lapu-lapu. The first Filipino to become a Christian is Kulambu. Humabon agrees to become a...
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