January 15, 2006. We attended anticipated mass at Sta. Maria yesterday. For his homily, the priest talked about the feast of the Sto. Niño. He started off by attempting to narrate the history of the Sto. Niño. He began by asking a question to an audience of mostly high school and grade school children. “Alalahanin natin, sino ba ang nakadiskubre sa Pilipinas?” he asked, in a fishing kind of way. “Si…?” he continued. “Si Magellan!!” the children in front answered in chorus. The priest affirmed, “Tama! Noong nadiskubre ni Magellan ang ating bansa, dala-dala niya ang isang imahe ng batang Hesus…” and so he continue with a narration of the Sto. Niño’s history. Tsk, tsk.
My point is, if Magellan discovered the Philippines, how the hell did the pre-colonial Filipinos settle in these archipelago?