MANILA—Robin Padilla was heavily criticized after citing De La Salle University (DLSU) was founded during the Spanish colonization of the Philippines.
Related to this was his debate with a netizen who questioned his stand that Lapulapu was a Muslim.
On his Facebook post on Sunday, May 2, Robin insisted that “Spanish-established schools” like Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), De La Salle University (DLSU) and University of Sto. Tomas (UST) will surely contradict his belief.
He even connected his view with the centuries-old series of battles between Reconquista or the Spanish and Muslim conquerors.
According to Robin, Spanish schools could not accept that Ferdinand Magellan was defeated by a Muslim who was Lapulapu.
Part of Robin’s post(published as is): “Wow Tricia Lexii you got to be kidding.
“Are you from Ateneo? De La Salle? UST? All Spanish established schools for insulares, peninsulares and mestizos.
“You don’t need to be a doctor of anything to accept reality.
“No Reconquista will accept a defeat from a moor/Moro.
“Historians from this Reconquista schools will definitely say I am liar and a fool.”
However, a non-partisan group called High School Philippine History Movement corrected Robin and said that DLSU was founded during the American colonization of the Philippines.
On the group’s Facebook page on Monday, May 3:
“Ang De La Salle University (DLSU-Manila) ay itinatag noong June 16, 1911 noong panahon ng mga Amerikano.
“Una itong nagtanggap ng mga 125 mag-aaral.
“Itinatag ito sa tulong ng mga katolikong brothers, ang ‘Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools’ (FSC) o mas kilala bilang Lasallian Brothers.
“Hindi po ito itinatag noong panahon ng Espanyol o ng mga Kastilang prayle.
“These are irrefutable historical facts. Walang personalan. Katotohanan lang po.
“Makinig po tayo sa mga eksperto.
“Iwasan pong magpaniwala sa mga pseudo-historians o sa mga kung sinu-sino lang.
“Ibalik ang Philippine History sa High School!
“Kasaysayan huwag kalimutan!”
Robin could have asked wife Mariel
Some netizens said that Robin could have asked his wife Mariel Rodriguez first. She studied at De La Salle Santiago Zobel School and finished college at DLSU.
On the other hand, Ateneo de Manila was founded by the Spanish Jesuits on 1859; while the University of Santo Tomas was founded by the third Archbishop of Manila Miguel de Benavides on 1611.
Robin insists that Lapulapu was a Muslim
The issued stemmed from the issue when Robin defended his friend Senator Bong Go, who was the first to be in the news when he said in his speech that Lapulapu originated from Sulu in Mindanao.
On his Facebook Live on April 29, Robin stood firm that Lapulapu was a Muslim, based on his knowledge from a book he read “History of Muslim Spain.”
He said he also learned it when he had a vacation in Spain to personally learn the history of the first Muslims in Spain.
Robin also explained his exchange of messages with a historian who told him that there were informations stating there were ancient Muslims who lived in Mactan during those times.
But based on his statements, the historian he spoke with did not directly said that Lapulapu was a Muslim.
Add to his comments on his Facebook Live (published as is):
“Walang mali sa usapin dito, ang mahalaga ay kung saan ka naniniwala na kwento.
“Kung sa inyo si Lapulapu ay pintados, aba’y ok ‘yan, the pintados once upon a time invaded China.
“Sa amin si Lapulapu ay Muslim. Wala naman makapagsasabi kung ano talaga ang pangyayari.”
Facts about Lapulapu
The Philippine history lessons contradict the belief that Lapulapu was a Muslim.
The only clear information says that Lapulapu was a chieftain in Mactan, Cebu when the war with the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in the Battle of Mactan occurred on April 27, 1521.
According the official statement of the The National Historical Commission of The Philippines (NHCP):
“What we know about him are based on the accounts of the survivors of the first circumnavigation of the world, especially Antonio Pigafetta, the chronicler of the Magellan-Elcano expedition, who mentioned that during the Battle of Mactan (27 April 1521), Lapulapu was the chieftain of Mactan.
“NHCP considers all popular accounts and stories outside of these historical sources as speculative and folkloric and should not be regarded as established facts of history.”(ECD/MTVN)