Cebu Itinerary, Day 3, Lapu-Lapu Shrine

Jan 13, 2012

This is a continuation of my Cebu post when we visited last August. Arrival was day 1, spent at Robinsons Cebu, Fuente Osmeña Circle and Larsian, while day 2 was spent touring the city sites. For day 3 of our trip, we went to Mactan Island and went swimming at EGI Resort in the morning. On the way back to Cebu city, we passed by Lapu-Lapu shrine.
The shrine is a 20-meter bronze statue erected to honor Lapu-lapu for his defeat of Magellan during the Battle of Mactan in 1521. A shrine was also erected here to mark the place where Ferdinand Magellan died. There was also this marker by the National Historical Institute that reads:
Lapu Lapu
"Here on 27 April 1521, Lapu Lapu and his men repulsed the Spanish invaders, killing their leader Ferdinand Magellan thus Lapu Lapu became the first Filipino to have repelled European aggression."
At the back is the marker for Ferdinand Magellan's death and it reads:
Ferdinand Magellan's Death
"On this spot Ferdinand Magellan died on April 27, 1521 wounded in an encounter with the soldiers of Lapu Lapu, Chief of Mactan Islands. One of Magellan's ships, The Victoria, under the command of Juan Sebastian Elcano, sailed from Cebu on May 1, 1521 and anchored at San Lucar de Barrameda on September 6, 1522 thus completing the first circumnavigation of the earth."

This place below is said to be actual place where the fighting happened. The water is low during our visit so we can very clearly see the formation of the boat as a re-enactment.
There are also various backdrops great for picture taking. I dont know the relevance of this to Lapu-Lapu though.
The Mactan shrine is also a great place for souvenir shopping!

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