Lapu-Lapu City is named after the 16th century local chieftain who is famous for defeating Ferdinand Magellan during the Battle of Mactan. It is also the name of a variety of grouper (fish) which is often served in the many seafood restaurants in most cities of the Philippines.
Lapu-Lapu forms a large part of Mactan Island, which is home to the international airport of Cebu City. There are also many 5 star beach resorts on the eastern side of the island, as well as a thriving guitar manufacturing industry. There is also an export-processing zone in the area which is home to various multinational brands.
Lapu-Lapu is highly urbanized, yet also covers the nature sanctuary of the nearby Olango Island Group. The city and Mactan Island are linked to the main island of Cebu by two bridges.
Having formed as an ancient trading port way back in the 16th century, Cebu has developed into the city around which the southern part of the Philippines revolves, as well as becoming a hub o…