| April 27, 2024

The Battle of Mactan takes place. At around 3:00 in the morning of this day, a Spanish force of 60 soldiers and an equal number of Cebuanos reaches Mactan. Faced by a force of some 1,500 Mactan inhabitants, The Spaniards are defeated and their leader, Ferdinand Magellan, is killed.

The Spanish expedition of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi drops anchor off the port of Cebu. This started the formal Spanish colonization of the Philippines.

Category: Today in the History of Cebu