SOLO: Mactaaaannnn !!!!
ALL: 1521 !!!
ALL: A messenger from the Spaniards came
That day fifteen twenty – one;
He came in Magellan’s name
. islandof Mactan
GROUP M: To Lapulapu who was the chief
That on Mactan did reign
Messenger: “I ask in our leader’s name
A tribute for the king of
Lapu-lapu: “A tribute for a foreign king?”
GROUP L: He heard proud Lapulapu say.
Lapu-lapu: “Tell your leader that not a thing
Will the chief of this island pay.”
GROUP L: “We and our fathers and their fathers before
Have on this island lived:
We owe no tribute to any king,
And no tribute shall we give.”
Messenger: “If you do not give what we ask,”
GROUP M: Was the messenger ‘s reply,
Messenger: “The Spaniards will come with guns and swords
And you and your men shall die.”
Lapu-lapu: “If they have guns,”
GROUP L: Lapulapu said’
“So have we our weapons too;
If the Spaniards to our island come,
They shall see what bamboo spears can do.
GROUP L: “The Spanish swords are made of steel
And their armor strong and bright.
Against all weapons we shall win
While we are in the right.”
GROUP L: Lapulapu’s eyes flashed as he repeated,
And his voice did proudly ring:
Lapu-lapu: “We are freemen and will pay
No tribute to a foreign king.”
GROUP M: When Magellan heard Lapulapu’s words
He said with all disdain,
Magellan: “How dare this little chief affront
His Majesty of
GROUP M: “Our guns and swords this man’s
False pride will break
If he will not tribute give,
Then tribute we will take.
Magellan: “We’ll show this chief that our word
We can follow with our deed.
Prepare there three ships and sixty men,
And I myself will lead.”
ALL: For the
The Spaniards did set sail,
Their guns and swords in brightly display
To make the enemy quail.
ALL: Their ships and armor were a glittering show
Of military might;
Never had the peaceful Mactan waters,
Mirror such a warlike sight.
ALL: And when they anchored dropped
Off the palm-fringed Mactan shore,
Magellan: “I’ll teach this chief a lesson,”
The Spanish leader swore.
ALL: He led his soldiers to the beach
In full battle array.
Magellan: “My men, for our king,
GROUP M: “Magellan said,
Magellan: “Let us make this a proud day.”
GROUP M: “We have or guns and armor;
Our enemy has none.
Our swords against those bamboo spears –
The fight’s as good as won.”
GROUP L: But Lapulapu stood proudly
As the Spanish troops drew near.
Lapu-lapu: “No shining Spanish armor
Will save them from my spear.”
Lapu-lapu: “Aim true!”
GROUP L: he told his men,
Lapu-lapu: “When your spears you fling,
Remember that freemen do not bow
To any foreign king.”
GROUP L: Steel sword against bamboo spear –
It seemed an uneven fight,
And the Spanish armor
Increased each Spaniard’s might.
GROUP L: But Lapulapu and his brave men
Into the battle led.
And soon the blue-green Mactan waters
With Spanish blood grew red.
Magellan: “Fight on my men.”
GROUP M: Magellan cried,
Magellan: “For His Gracious Majesty….”
Lapu-lapu: “Fight on, men of Mactan,
GROUP L: Lapulapu said,
Lapu-lapu: “Fight for our liberty.”
ALL: The cause of liberty lent more strenght
Than Spanish steel and lead;
And soon Magellan lay dying,
And his soldiers all had fled
ALL: And Mactan is an islands
That lives in history,
Where one brave man died for a king
And where another lived for liberty.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
We have our choric speech (choral reading) on our subject Philippine Literature next week and our piece is entitled "Mactan - 1521 by Virginia B. Licuanan". See our script below: