Lakanate of Lawan

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The Lakanate of Lawan is a prosperous kingdom mentioned in a local epic or siday entitled "Bingi of Lawan". The lakanate is said to have existed in Samar in the Visayas.

Historian William Henry Scott wrote about the lakanate in an essay which appeared in his book Cracks in the Parchment Curtain and Other Essays in Philippine History. There, he recounted that the siday told of a "Samar datu by the name of Iberein [who] was rowed out to a Spanish vessel anchored in his harbor in 1543 by oarsmen collared in gold; while wearing on his own person earrings and chains."[1]

Datu Hadi Iberein is said to have come from the Lakante of Lawan.


  1. Scott, William Henry (1985). Cracks in the parchment curtain and other essays in Philippine history. New Day Publishers. ISBN 978-971-10-0073-8. 



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