Parañaque City Mayor Florencio Bernabe, Jr. presents the monument commemorating the Filipino valor in Parañaque. Historical details disclose that when the pirate horde led by Limahong landed in Parañaque on November 30, 1574, the column met stiff resistance from the Spaniards led by Martin de Goiti reinforced by Filipinos headed by a local named Galo. The unexpected bravery of the defenders so infuriated Limahong that he had his guides and pilots executed for informing him that Parañaque was defenseless. This skirmish is recorded in the annals of history as the “Red Sea Incident” for the blood that turned the river crimson. Folktales say that in appreciation of his bravery, the Spaniards conferred on Galo the title of “Don” and the inhabitants of the place named their place after him.
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