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Why Lapu Lapu Statue is special ?
The Lapu-Lapu shrine is a 20-meter bronze statue found in an enclosed park at Punta Engaño, Lapu-Lapu City. This statue was erected in honor of Datu Lapu-Lapu, a native leader who defeated Spanish soldiers and killed the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan. This landmark is being preserved for historical conservation because it is in this very spot that the first Philippine battle happened on April 27, 1521.
This place is located along the shores of Punta Engaño, covering the whole area where the historical battle took place. A 100 years old monument of Lapu-Lapu can be found in this place. A brief history of the place is also engraved on one of its monuments.
What to explore at Lapu Lapu Statue?
Many people, especially students from all over the region, visit this place for historical purposes. Some would just visit the place just to stroll around, do some picture-taking, and feel the sea breeze.
Inside the park are stores that sell different souvenir items. Also located along the park are seafood restaurants which make the place so conducive for family outings and picnics.
How to get to Lapu Lapu Statue?
From Mactan-Cebu International Airport you can ride a taxi to drop you directly in Mactan Shrine or else you will ride a jeep( popularly known as multitab) with a signboard of Punta Egaño.
- “A Great Warrior - Lapu Lapu”
- “A Little Bit of History”
- “Appreciating history”
- “Enjoy meeting the locals”
- “Interesting piece of Filipino history”
Mactan Shrine Lapu-Lapu City Cebu Philippines
Tips for you
It is free to enter the monument area and a nice place to take some photos. However, there are a lot of vendors inside, kinda ruins the feel of the place.
I had heard all about the history of Lapu Lapu so it was good to see where all this history originated from. I think it is accessible from most places in Mactan by jeepney - a lot cheaper than taxi.
A little out of the way if your in Cebu city. Travelled there as part of a tour. They had a restaurant very close by, and a river that was decent for picture taking, but aside from that there was little else tourist wise. A nice statue, and a good lunch if your willing to make the drive, however it's not a big disappointment if you don't make it to this spot
This place is very accessible. No entrance fees. This place is nice for Educational Tour for students. Tourists who wants to learn about Philippines' History must not missed going to this place. Nice trip guys!!