Magellan’s galleon voyage comes alive in ‘Sugbo’

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

MADRID -- Author King Macachor creates a fictional set of circumstances surrounding famed traveler Ferdinand Magellan’s death in his newest novel, “Sugbo” (published by AuthorHouse).

The novel’s tale traces the life of Jonas Martin, a Spaniard eager to join Magellan’s voyage to the Spice Islands of Indonesia.

Jonas’ fascination with sea travel and the promise of riches inspires him to endure the grueling galleon voyage to the Far East.


But his life is forever changed upon arriving on the island of Sugbo, where he falls in love with an indigenous princess named Ilang-ilang.

“This book could open the minds of people to what life was like in the 1500s, the personal struggle of Jonas Martin in order to join the galleon voyage and when he finally got into it, the persistence, curiosity and strength in character that he demonstrated during said voyage,” Macachor says.

“Sugbo” offers readers a glimpse into Philippine life before the Spaniards’ arrival, the author says, and will offer alternative insights into how Magellan may have spent his final exploring days.

The book is now available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


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