Cebuano, English, Tagalog, Visayan
The island was already a thriving settlement before it was colonized by Spain in the 16th century. Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan arrived on the island in 1521 and became involved in warfare among the kingdoms, only to be killed in battle by the warriors of Datu Lapu-Lapu, the sovereign in the island. However, oral tradition also dictates that the island where the Battle of Mactan might have taken place in is Poro Island in the northeast instead.citation needed. The oral tradition is backed by recent archaeological evidence of such as battle taking place in Poro island during the 16th century citation needed.