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This commemorative medal depicts the Spanish navigator Miguel Lopez de Legaspi and the Augustinian friar Andres de Urdaneta. During their expedition in 1564, Christianity took root in the Philippines. Urdaneta established the first churches in the Philippines: The Basilica of Santo NiÃ±o de Cebu and the church of Saint Vitalis, more popularly known as the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. It is therefore fitting that while Legaspi served as captain of the expedition, the artist’s rendering of this commemorative medal places Urdaneta at the foreground, raising the cross in his right hand and bearing an open bible in the left.
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