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2021, April 21.  Battle of Mactan, 500th Anniversary

Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines

Litho Offset, Amstar Printing Company, Inc.,  Perf 14

Singles, Miniature Sheets of 10



     12p  Liberty Shrine, Lapu-lapu City, Cebu  -   Singles (30,000)


Miniature Sheets of 10  -  3,000

Layout Artist:  Eunice Beatrix U. Dabu   (Philpost)

Researcher/Writer:  Maria Abigail D. Tarroza (Philpost)

Design:  Maridel Camacho (National Quincentennial Committee), with Creative Input from Lapu-lapu City Mayor Junard Chan

First Day Covers:  Manila & Cebu




500 Battle of Mactan - 500th Year Anniversary

Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines

The Battle of Mactan was a fierce clash fought in the Philippines on 27 April 1521. The warriors of Lapulapu, one of the Datus of Mactan, overpowered and defeated a Spanish force fighting for Rajah Humabon of Cebu under the command of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, who was killed in the battle.

The first day of issue of these stamps fall on the 27th of April, on the five-hundred year anniversary of the victory of our forebear, Lapulapu, in the Battle of Mactan.  From here on, April 27 will be known by all future generations not just as the day when our people were victorious and valiant, but also as the day Filipinos worldwide acknowledged our place on the world stage as a significant contributor to the development and progress of humanity.




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Issues of 2021