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Category: Ferdinand Magellan

April 7, 1521, The Magellan-Elcano Expedition Reached Cebu Accompanied by Rajah Colambu of Limasawa

Today in Philippine History Rajah Colambu of Limasawa (in today's Southern Leyte), with a fleet of ancient balangays, accompanied the Magellan-Elcano expedition to Cebu. Leaving from Limasawa, they headed north and followed the coastline of Leyte island. They navigated to Sugbo (which means “to walk or go into the waters”, referring how the arrivals from the sea had to disembark from their boats and wade in shallow waters to reach the shore. Sugbo is now known as Cebu). They reached and discovered the mouth of the cove of Cebu called Mandawe at noon of April 7, 1521.

March 16, 1521, Magellan Saw the Island of Samar in the Easter Part of the Philippines.

On March 16, 1521, the Magellan expedition saw the island of Samar in the eastern part of the country, after almost two years of voyage and hardship at sea. Ferdinand Magellan was a Portuguese sailor defected to Spain after he was rejected and had some disagreement with the Portuguese king. He managed to convince King Charles of Spain to provide him with men and ships in his ambition to launch an expedition that would circumnavigate the world.