About Batang Dula
Batang Dula is the eldest son of Lakan Bunao Dula of the Sultanate of Tanah Amanillah and Tundok. He is the heir apparent to the sultanate, a prince, but the Sultanate was reduced to belligerent level when the Spanish authority secretly launched a massive liquidation order of the native aristocracy who are suspected to be secretly in alliance with the British Royalty, from the bloodline of the Lord of Manor of the Oxfordshire.It was in Lakan Dula's era when Britain and Spain are fighting for world power. Britain's way is to gain the trust of native royalties all over the world by diplomacy or intermarriages and then group these royalties into federation under its leadership. Spain's way is through conquest and subjugation. Lakan Dula's tall and fair appearance came from his great grand father who has British blood, a Lord of Manor from Oxfordshire. Lakan Dula is the early attempt of the British to gain the trust of the native Manila aristocracy. Batang Dula was never touched by the Spanish authority because he was betrothed to the daughter (some historians say, sister), of the founder of Manila, Martin de Goiti. The marriage of Senorita de Goiti and Batang Dula is Spains way of co opting the Sultanate. When it was apparent that the native aristocracy are being secretly liquidated, Batang Dula, with the helped of his Spanish wife initiated the first ever diaspora of the native aristocracy by sending them to the protection of the native settlements along the river and sea routes like Pampanga, Pangasinan, Marikina, Samar, Cebu, Bohol, Butuan, Leyte, Bicol, etc. Some native aristocrat were forced to changed into Spanish surnames, some changed to hispanic native sounding names, some used British or muslim surnames, but those who are close relatives of the sultanate decided to used the surnames that makes them well known in the sultanate like Sumulong (the first one to attack), Agbayani ( the hero), Gatbonton (the caretaker), Capulong (member of the council), Manalo ( always a winner), Calungsod ( from the city), Macapagal (always busy), Magsaysay ( story teller), aglipay (always happy), Kapunan ( the one who always pay the bill), Pangilinan ( was given good amulets), Aguinaldo ( gift), Akonya later Acuna ( who always shoulder problems), etc.The children of Batang Dula where sent to stronghold native settlements. The eldest son, David Dula y de Goiti was sent in a a far away settlement with the Galleon Trade route (to be very safe) and was protected by the Sumuroy clan in Northern Samar. He was given a large island and coconut plantation which was later called by the natives as Candawid ( owned by David in Waray dialect). The second child Daba was entrusted to an uncle in nearby Pampanga. She was given a large farm land which the natives are a calling Candaba (owned by Daba). the youngest and prettier daughter, Dola, was entrusted to a cousin , also in nearby Pampanga, and was given a large farmland which the natives are calling Candola (owned by Dola). Dola was eventually married to a domineering guardia civil surnamed Reyes which made her bloodline appears later to be loyal to the Spanish authorities than to the sultanate.Eventually, the sultanate was reduced to obscurity but the secret struggles and desire of the natives hatched by prince Batang Dula and his Spanish wife, to be freed from the oppressive Spanish regime, was passed on from generation to generation which contributed to the eventual independence of the whole archiepelago into the Philippine republic. The same patriotic spirit of the descendants of Lakan Dula and his Sultanate based in Tondo is still manifested up to the present times, in fact, a lot Philippine presidents traced their bloodline on this particular ancient native aristocracy.