No Cebuanos in those days

PUBLISHED : Friday, 29 January, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 29 January, 1993, 12:00am

I FEEL I must make a comment on the letter from Ines Escolar (South China Morning Post, January 4) which took Fionnuala Halligan to task for suggesting in Keeping Posted on December, that Lapu-Lapu was a Malaysian chieftan.

Ms Escolar suggested he was a Cebuano.

Although I do not claim to be an anthropologist, it is fairly well accepted that, long before Philip of Spain gave his name to that archipelago, and hence the term ''Filipino'' to its inhabitants, those same inhabitants found there, were of Malaysian stock - there was no such thing as a ''Filipino'' or a ''Cebuano''.

It is, therefore, quite likely that Lapu-Lapu was indeed, a Malaysian chieftain.

Parenthetically, do the ''Filipinos'' use ''us Filipinos'', instead of the usual, and correct, ''we Filipinos''? F. W. MERCER Causeway Bay