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About Lapu-Lapu Fish

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Lapu-Lapu aka Pugapo, is one delicious meat. It's best choice for any easy to prepare recipes whether its baked, broiled, fried, grilled or cooked the way you like it. It's a fish so that's meaty and tastier than any fish out there. Try to Google Lapu-Lapu, and you'll be given sites that tackle or deal about the Mactan hero, Lapu-Lapu. But don't worry, for the fish lapu-lapu got its name from him anyway. Here's the story about it.

The fish was named after the hero of Mactan, Lapu-Lapu, who is known as the first native of the archipelago to have resisted Spaniards attempt to colonize the island, and is now regarded as the first ever Filipino hero. He's the one who led approximately 1,500 Mactan warriors armed with just barong, spears, kampilan and kalasag, in a battle against 49 Spanish, Christian soldiers in a classic battle, "The Battle of Mactan."

It's when Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese who led his army in conquering Mactan died. His fellow Pigafetta, who came late, saw him laying on the shores, cried and shouted and cursed him. The chieftain replied and exclaimed, that he should be ashamed of himself for he's like one of his friends who treated their villagers like a pig. It was a scene that was remembered by the settlers. As the years passed by, the Cebuanos find it hard to pronounce Pigafetta, then later became known to them as Pugapo, which is now known as Lapu-Lapu.

Since you know already how the fish got its name, maybe you'll also be interested to browse delicious Lapu-Lapu Fish Recipes.

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