Lapu Lapu was a wise chieftain. He saw that the heavy chain mall armor of the Spanish cannot be penetrated by local swords and blades but he saw that the hinges between the knees and pelvis have no armor and are vulnerable to arrows and hence this was the strategy they employed in defeating the Well Armored Spanish in the Battle of Mactan and among those who fell was Ferdinan Magellan Himself. Thus ended the the battle of Mactan and the initial attempt of the Spanish to Colonize the Philippines (but Miguel Lopez De Lagaspi led a second expedition in 1564 and was finally sucessful!). Today, Lapu-Lapu is retroactively honored as the first "Philippine national hero" to resist foreign rule, though formally the territory of the "Philippine Islands" had yet to be established or even named at the time. One of these Shrines is the exact spot where the Battle Occured In Punta Engano in Lapu Lapu City Mactan Island. This Statue is 20 meters long and is made of bronze. it is just a few feet away fron the Magellan Shrine.
admission is free
opens: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm everyday
The exact spot where Ferdinand Magellan Died at the hands of the natives during the 1521 war between ther mactan natives and the Spanish Conquistadors led by magellan now houses a Shrine to Magellan and a Big Statue to the Tausug Chieftain Lapu Lapu. This will be on the Magellan Shrine. The Shrine is located at Punta Engano Section of Lapu Lapu City in Mactan Island. The monument measures 30 metres high. The Monument is just steps away from the shoreline.
Magellan Has many monuments around the world as he is is famous as the first one to circumnavigate the globe.
Opens: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm everyday
admission is free
Okay.. so after you got to visit the Magellan’s Cross, let’s go to the spot where Magellan died.
Just a brief history, after Magellan’s (the Spanish invader) visit with the cross, he came for the 2nd time and this time, he planned to invade the country. Unfortunately, we have Lapu-Lapu, the First Filipino Patriot who showed his love for the country and killed Magellan with his men and the place later known as the Lapu-Lapu Shrine.
The spot in the Lapu-Lapu Shrine where Magellan was killed by Lapu-Lapu wasn’t hard to find because a tombstone (actually, it’s not that really a tombstone) was built on the actual spot with a plaque of a written history on it.
On the wall, at the back of what it seems like a tombstone is a long painting of the fight between the Spaniards and the Filipinos.
Lapu-Lapu’s monument is a 66ft bronze standing very tall in the island. When you get to the monument of Lapu-Lapu, you’ll see a fishing village and there’s these Indiana like statues outside that looks like you’re in a Survivor island.
This place is a bit far from Cebu City and a lot of transferring of public vehicles, so I recommend taking the cab instead. No admission fees, donation box is on the entrance.
The restrooms are clean. You have to take off your shoes before entering but you can use the wooden slippers or “bakya” near the door.
On the right side of the entrance there are numerous souvenir shops that you’ll find very interesting and cheap stuffs to choose from.
Lapu Lapu Shrine, a giant monument of Datu Lapu Lapu, a native leader who did fight Spanish soldiers and defeat them for his own country as Philippines ... The Mactan War was in 1521, and for his honour now this 20 mt high statue is build up ...
A small park and several souvenir shops are around, also some kindda open air market ... And if u across the mounument park and walk facing the seaside, u will reach the little shore where some bancas, small wooden boats, are to be seen on the sea but now swimming but on some thick sticks, nice to photography ...
Safe and recommendable area, natives and tourists all together ... :)
Our first stop in Cebu is the historical site of the Battle of Mactan where Lapu-Lapu and Magellan fought during the Spanish era. You will see a giant statue of the Filipino hero in all it's glory, an obelisk in memory of Magellan and another plaque for Lapu-Lapu and his men. You can also see the area where local theater group re-enacts the said battle.
Be sure to get here early in the morning or late in the afternoon because the heat can be unbearable. Bring umbrellas and sun screen. However, if you were not prepared and would still like to walk around the park, there are men outside the park who carries big umbrellas. You can hire them to walk around with you but for a price.
First of all, this is not located in Cebu City but is found in Lapu-lapu City although in the Province of Cebu. The shrine was built in honor of Lapulapu, then chieftain of Mactan who repulsed the Spaniards led by Ferdinand Magellan. Ironically, he is the first hero of the country whose name was given by the person he killed, Ferdinand Magellan. Lapu-lapu also holds the distinction of being the hero found in the now demonetized 1 centavo coin. I guess it's probably because he is the 1st hero.
So if Lapulapu killed Magellan, who killed Lapulapu? And don't tell me it's the fishermen...
Lapulapu Monument is one of the most popular trademarks of Cebu City. That's why I made sure to visit this spot before leaving the city. ;o)
In this very site, the fierce battle between Mactan island chieftain Lapulapu and Spanish navigator Ferdinand Magellan ensued, last April 17, 1521.
The monument serves as a reminder of the Filipino bravery as this where Magellan was defeated by the first Filipino hero, Lapulapu. Who wouldn't be proud of that?
The monument stand proud inside a very well-maintained shrine, with beautiful landscaping and water features. A series of souvenir stalls neatly tucked in one corner of the shrine. My husband and I had a great time inside the shrine.
Within the vicinity, there are native cottages offering fresh seafood with mangroves lining the shoreline as a backdrop. Prices of the food are a little expensive.
The site of Magellan's demise is commemorated by the Mactan Shrine, also known as Magellan's Marker.
Right next to it is a statue of Lapu Lapu, brandishing his sword.
Mactan cheif Lapu Lapu didn't want to convert to Christianity, killing Magellan in hand-to-hand combat. He is a hero throughout the Philippines because of it...
Lapu Lapu was the king of Mactan island, near Cebu city, home of Mactan international airport.
He's regarded as a hero in Philippines, as he was the first native of the archipelago to have resisted Spanish colonization.
On the morning of April 27, 1521, Lapu-Lapu and the men of Mactan, armed with spears and kampilan, faced Spanish soldiers led by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan. In what would later be known as the Battle of Mactan, Magellan and several of his men were killed.
Another monument which is part of the significant event in Mactan Island are the pictures I posted here.
You will see this monument next to other historical structures like Lapu-Lapu Shrine and Magellan's Marker. This particular monument in Lapu-Lapu City marks the site where Ferdinand Magellan was believed to be killed by the local Chieftain Lapu-Lapu.
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