(Please read my two previous Blogs at before you read this one. It will give you a better understanding of this Blog)

As a continuation of my Story Telling Time, I will begin where we left of with Magellan reaching the Philippine Islands where I emphasized that contrary to what has been written by Spanish historians, the islands were not inhabited by savages. The islands were independently governed and led by Rajahs and Datus (the equivalent of Monarchs)  and trade existed with China and India long before the arrival of Magellan.

Magellan met with Rajah Humabon, chief of the island of Cebu, who after converting to Christianity persuaded Magellan and the Europeans to assist him in conquering a rival tribe on the neighboring island of Mactan led by its warrior Chieftain named Lapu-Lapu.

In the battle of Mactan on April 27, Magellan was hit by a poisoned arrow and left to die by his retreating comrades.

Since none of the many expeditions after Magellan (from Garcia Jofre Loaisa in 1525) to Rudy Lopez de Villalobos in 1542) had succeeded in taking over the Philippines, King Charles I stopped sending colonizers to the Islands.

However, when Philip II succeeded his father to the throne in 1556, he instructed Luis de Velasco, the viceroy of Mexico, to prepare a new expedition to be headed by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, who would be accompanied by Andres de Urdaneta, a priest who had survived the Loaisa mission.

On February 13, 1565, Legaspi’s expedition landed in Cebu Island from which started the more than 300 years of Spanish colonization of the Philippine Islands.

In my next Blog, my story will cover the development of the country and the Filipino Language… from the reported Ancient Malay, or Proto-Malay, which was the language believed to have existed in prehistoric times, spoken by the early Austronesian settlers in the region.

Its ancestor, the Proto-Malayo-Polynesian language that derived from Proto-Austronesian, began to break up by at least 2000BCE as a result possibly by the southward expansion of Austronesian peoples into the Philippines, Borneo, Maluku and Sulawesi from the island of Taiwan.

Once again I will now deal with what we have covered in the last blog:


Since you have seen and hopefully memorized the numbers from one to ten, I will now deliberate on the succeeding number eleven to twenty and then twenty to one hundred (increasing by tens) and cover the thousands up to a million.


To remember eleven to nineteen would be easiest by remembering the word LABING which came from the word LABIS (meaning over) or LABI… meaning over the number you are counting which is ten. Blog Numbers 11 to 20

So to count eleven will be to say LABING-ISA meaning LABI NG ISA  (over by one). Twelve will now be LABING-DALAWA meaning LABI NG DALAWA (over by two) and so on.

It has been taken up previously that TWENTY is DALAWANG-PU (meaning two ten) So here are the numbers by tens up to a hundred.Blog Numbers 20 to 100


I will explain in my next Blog how you can start counting after twenty, like twenty-one, twenty-two or thirty-one, thirty two, or forty-one, forty-two, forty three and so on.

Or maybe you should try how to figure it out now since you already have all the root numbers and compare them with what I will write in my next Blog. That is the fun in learning…figure out where you are in the learning process.

As usual, Thank you (Maraming Salamat) and Hanggang sa muli (Until next time).


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