|Courtesy of Leo Florendo: Lapu-Lapu (Shrine, Mactan) First Filipino Hero|
The expedition took Magellan and his forces to Limasawa - (famous for the first mass in the Philippines officiated on Easter Sunday of March 31, 1521 by Father Pedro de Valderrama under the fleet of Ferdinand Magellan), Panay and Cebu also. While the people of Panay accepted the new religion, Lapu-Lapu in Cebu opposed him. A war ensued, and Magellan was killed. Following his death, King Philip sent more expeditions, with soldiers and preachers, to spread Christianity. As a result, the Philippines became the first Christian country in Asia.
In contrast to the general welcome Christianity received in the archipelago, it found resistance in Mindanao where the inhabitants were already Muslims. Makhdum/Mukhdum, an Arabian trader, missionary and scholar who arrived in Tubig Indangan,Simunul, Tawi-Tawi in 1380, introduced Islam in the Philippines. He introduced Islam with his persuasive powers, not with swords and making friendships method as Magellan did.
The point I wanted to make is that Islam is not an interloper that came to a Christian country. It has been in the Philippines for approximately 637 years, compared to the 496 years that Christianity has been here..
Sources of Ideas: Limasawa, Islam in Philippines, Lapu-Lapu