Udayavni Special

How a kingdom in the Philippines had its origins from southern India


Harsha Rao, Jul 22, 2020, 5:06 PM IST

In Cebu City, Philippines stands a statue of Rajah Humabon who ruled as king over a kingdom that included the city as well as the surrounding areas of the island.

The kingdom and the dynasty that ruled Cebu has its origin through a southern Indian dynasty that ruled one of the greatest thalassocratic empires – the Cholas.

The Kingdom of Sugbu (Cebu) was founded by a half-Tamil and half-Malay prince Sri Lumay from Sumatra in the Chola empire. He was sent to establish Chola influence in the islands surrounding the Visayan Sea.

Sri Lumay succeded and established a semi-independent kingdom which was later named as Sugbu due to Sri Lumay’s extensive use of the battle tactic called ‘scorched earth’ (sugbu in Malay means ‘great fire’) against pirates known as ‘magalos.’

In one such battle with the magalos, Sri Lumay died.

Sri Lumay’s two sons ruled two separate territories to the north and south of Sugbu. Sri Alho ruled Sialo in the south and Sri Ukob ruled Nahalin in the north.

Sri Lumay was succeeded by his youngest son Sri Bantug who soon died of a disease. Sri Parang a crippled son of the Sri Lumay then took over but due to his disability appointed Sri Bantug’s son Sri Humabon as the king.

It was during King Humabon’s reign that Ferdinand Magellan arrived. He soon employed Magellan to fight against his rival the now legendary figure in Filipino history – Lapulapu.

The result of the alliance between Humabon and Magellan was that Magellan died in battle with Lapulapu and Humabon killed many crew members of Magellan’s ship for a conspiracy to usurp his throne.

Humabon’s reign was succeeded by the son of Sri Parang, Sri Tupas.

The Kingdom of Sugbu came to an end when the Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi arrived and overpowered King Tupas.

The Kingdom of Sugbu’s legacy in the present-day Philippines is almost non-existent. Except for the earlier mentioned statue of Rajah Humabon, there is no other monument memorialising the kingdom. Most of the Filipinos on the island and in the Cebu city too are mostly unaware of their region’s pre-colonial past.

 

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

Film stars descend virtually as 51st IFFI begins with precaution amid COVID-19 pandemic

PM Modi announces Rs 1000 cr ‘Startup India Seed Fund’

CoWin App: When and how to install the app

116 people infected with UK variant of COVID-19 in India says Centre

Indian fan complains of racism at SCG during third Test

Health experts in Karnataka receive COVID-19 vaccine shots, say its ”safe”

No one was consulted, govt must agree to start on ‘clean slate’: Chidambaram on farm laws impasse


Related Articles More

Indian Army Day: History and Significance

Twin brothers’ special gift to 70 years old wins wide appreciation

EXPLAINER: What’s next after House impeachment vote

B’luru woman quits cushy corporate job & creates success story with spice-mix

Meet William Burns, veteran diplomat nominated by Joe Biden as CIA chief

MUST WATCH

I have not asked for a ministerial position: Halady Srinivasa Shetty

Staff nurse Shobha, first to be vaccinated against Covid at Dr. TMA Pai hospital

Ravi Katapadi, the hope of the poorest children, won 12.5 lakhs at KBC | Udayavani

Signal surges ahead of Whatsapp amid privacy concerns

What do vaccine experts say about confusion over the covid vaccine?

Latest Additions

Film stars descend virtually as 51st IFFI begins with precaution amid COVID-19 pandemic

PM Modi announces Rs 1000 cr ‘Startup India Seed Fund’

Indian taekwondo rings in 2021 with online Speed Kicking Championship

Never asked for any ministerial post nor was one offered to me, reacts Halady Srinivas

Pragmatic governor Laschet elected to lead Germany’s incumbent CDU party

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.