Enrique of Malacca's Voyage – In the News, May 25, 2022

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Recent news surrounding Enrique of Malacca's voyage and the world’s first circumnavigation, by Enrique, Ferdinand Magellan, and Juan Sebastián Elcano. Events 500 years ago are still making news headlines, from historical markers, to college movie nights (tickets only $1), to new flavors in rye whiskey.

Rajah Humabon historical marker unveiled

"CEBU CITY, Philippines — A historical marker in honor of Rajah Humabon, the first chieftain to embrace Christianity in the country, has been installed at the Rajah Humabon Monument at P. Burgos St. in Cebu City, on Monday night, May 23, 2022.

"Dr. Rene Escalante, chairman of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and executive director of the National Quincentennial Committee, led the unveiling of the historical marker."

Humabon was also the second area chief to fight the Spanish after Lapulapu on Mactan. Humabon and his warriors plotted an ambush and massacred many of the Spanish fleet's officers including Duarte Barbosa and Juan Rodríguez Serrano, the two men chosen to take command of the fleet after Ferdinand Magellan's death days earlier in the Battle of Mactan.

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Upcoming movies and more at ISU

“Summer movies at Idaho State University continue this week with action-adventure ‘Uncharted’ playing Thursday at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Bengal Theater at the Pond Student Union. Admission is $1 for summer movies. Mark Wahlberg and Tom Holland star, as treasure hunter Victor "Sully" Sullivan recruits street-smart Nathan Drake to help him recover a 500-year-old lost fortune amassed by explorer Ferdinand Magellan.”

OK, this one’s very silly, but I hope at least that history professors at Idaho State University might mention that Ferdinand Magellan never “amassed” a fortune. In fact, Magellan lost the wealth he had collected in seven years’ service for the Portuguese king in East Africa, India, and Malacca, lost it on a business deal that went sour. When his fleet reached the (modern-day) Philippines, Magellan was just a few steps away from far-greater wealth—when he was killed at the Battle of Mactan.

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Best American Whiskeys 2022 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Introducing: LapuLapu’s Pacific Rye Whiskey, by Whistle Pig,* one of three finalists this year in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. A write-up from Forbes:

"There were three finalists in the Best of Class Rye Whiskey category: Whistle Pig, The Boss Hog VIII: LapuLapu’s Pacific, Rye Whiskey, 52.4% ABV, 750 ml; Lock Stock and Barrel, 21 YO Straight Rye Whisky, 55.5% ABV, 750 ml and New England Barrel Company, Single Barrel Select Rye, 60.35% ABV, 750 ml.

“The Whistle Pig LapuLapu is a powerful, complex rye whiskey named after a legendary Filipino warrior LapuLapu. He led the resistance to the Spanish conquest of the Philippines in the 16th century and held off Spanish occupation for more than 40 years.

“The rye whiskey is finished in a high toast, small batch cask of Philippine rum, hence the association with the country’s legendary warrior. LapuLapu was also responsible for killing the Spanish explorer Ferdinand Magellan, the discoverer of the Philippine islands, hence it is also the sequel to Whistle Pig’s Magellan Atlantic rum expression.

The rye offers up lush tropical fruit notes, along with spicy cinnamon, caramel and vanilla on the nose. On the palate, there are coffee and chocolate notes, along with citrus zest and sweet dried fruit. It’s slightly drying, with a long, sweet, spicy finish, followed by lingering pepper and some milk chocolate notes.”

From the Whistle Pig website:


“Single Barrel, Bottled at Proof, Powerfully Complex, Distinctly Unique From Anything We’ve Done Before. Stupendous.

An epic sequel to the World’s Best Rye, The Boss Hog VIII: LapuLapu’s Pacific completes our journey around the world, unfurling a chronicle as rich and bold as the whiskey itself.

Upon crossing the Pacific, Captain Magellan met his fate at the hands of the legendary Filipino warrior LapuLapu. A fierce and vociferous defender of independence, LapuLapu led his island home against the Spaniards. There he forged a successful fortification, staving off colonial occupation for more than forty years.

In honor of our new hero, this rare edition sees a double finish in high toast, small batch, single island Philippine Rum casks, adding layers of warm spice and delicate tropical notes to an already deeply complex, well aged Rye Whiskey. LapuLapu’s Pacific is a profound statement of strength and independence, a spectacular sequel to Magellan’s Atlantic.

This rare and outstandingly complex whiskey is barrel strength, bottled between 104.8 and 106.6 proof."

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* Whistle Pig may sound like a funny name for a whiskey maker, but the Tian-mu neighborhood in northern Taipei used to have a great British pub named the Pig and Whistle.

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On March 28, 1521, Enrique of Malacca became the first person to complete a
linguistic circumnavigation of the globe—he traveled so far in one direction that he reached a point where his language was spoken. Enrique’s journey began a decade earlier following the sack of Malacca, when he became a slave of Ferdinand Magellan. A teenager, he accompanied Magellan back to Portugal, then to Spain, and finally on the Armada de Molucca to locate a westward route to the Spice Islands.  Read more:

What Was Enrique of Malacca's Nationality?

Enrique of Malacca's origin is a subject of debate. Three places are considered possible: Malacca, then a major trade hub on the Malay Peninsula; Sumatra, the large island adjacent to Malacca (modern-day Indonesia); and the Visayan Islands in the (modern-day) Philippines. The following article examines the three possibilities and the evidence available.

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