Peace Treaty of Cebu

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Peace Treaty of Cebu | Image Credit: Lahi


The Peace Treaty of Cebu took place on June 4, 1565. A peace agreement was signed between the Philippines and Spain.

Rajah Tupas and Miguel Lopez de Legazpi representing King Philip II of Spain’s act of signing the peace treaty, the Philippines officially became a “suzerainty” of Spain.  What is suzerainty? Pretentious freedom in exchange for peace.

Suzerainty is any relationship in which one region or nation controls the foreign policy and relations of a tributary state while allowing the tributary nation to have internal autonomy.

Pinirmahan ang kauna-unahang kasunduang pangkapayapaan sa pagitan ng Pilipinas at Espana.

Sa paglagda nina Rajah Tupaz at Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, opisyal na naging “suzerainty” ng Espana ang Pilipinas. Ano ba ang suzerainty? Isang mapagpanggap na kalayaan kapalit ng kapayapaan.

Rajah Tupas was the son of Sri Parang the Limp, and the nephew of Rajah Humabon (also known as Sri Hamabar). He is known to have been baptized on March 21, 1568, at age 70, placing his birthdate at about 1497.

He ruled Cebu with his peers until he was defeated by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi’s soldiers on April 27, 1565.

Following the signing of the treaty, in the same year, the church and convent of Santo Niño, the first Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines, was built by Father Andres de Urdaneta. This marked the beginning of Roman Catholicism in the Philippines as Spanish priests from other religious orders followed.(kahimyang)

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