WHERE) MAGELLAN WAS KILLED.
UT F YOU are really my friend,a said the Rajah of Cebu to A Ferdinand Magellan, a prove it. Sail across the strait with me and help me lick those Mactans. Theya ve been causing me no end of trouble for years.a
a All right!a said Magellan. What was a primitive tribal war to him who had crossed two oceans and discovered new lands? Over to Mactan with the Rajah he saileda to be killed by the spear of a savage.
All this happened 393 years ago. Before that unlucky day, April 27, 1521, Magellan built a fortification in Sugbu (the native name for the town now known as Cebu) and converted the Rajah and his wife to Christianity. To the first lady in the land he presented a little wooden image, which he had carried with him on all his perilous voyages. Forty years later, after the landing of Legaspi from Mexico, this image was recovered, and today the sacristan of the old Augustinian Church will show you the a Holy Child of Cebu,a attired in silken robes and ornamented with precious stones, quite the most sacred relic in the Islands.
There are many reminders of the earliest Spanish days in Cebu. Calle Colon, with its tiles and arcades, is the oldest street in the Philippines. Many of the churches, convents and wralls hark back to those romantic days when Euro-peans first reached these shores. In a little chapel on the plaza the traveler can gaze, through barred windows, on a great wooden cross. This, we are told, is hollow and within it is a similar cross,
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