Instead, Ferdinand Magellan, the great Portuguese navigator, landed on Cebu, where the native chieftain Lapu Lapu ended the first circumnavigation of the earth with his death. Advance intelligence is important, and Asia Sentinel seeks to tell you what will happen before it happens. Magellan could have been sitting on a white sand beach sipping a mai tai and wearing a puka shell necklace. But no.
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