Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
Lapu-Lapu Shrine Lapu-Lapu City Reviews
Some interesting history Dec 21, 2013
The Lapu-Lapu shrine is a 65 foot bronze statue in Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines that is erected in honor of a native leader known as Lapu-Lapu who ruled Mactan that time. He acquired fame after defeating Spanish soldiers and slaying the explorer Ferdinand Magellan during the 1521 Battle of Mactan, a battle which delayed Spanish conquest of the Philippines by 40 years. There are plaques recounting the details of Magellan's death and the defense of Mactan. In the Philippines, Lapu-Lapu is regarded as the nation's first true hero.
My wife and I visited here on a rainy day and journeyed through an hour long cab ride to get to this significant land mark from downtown Cebu. The shrine is free to access. Any traveler that is accustomed to the interacting with the locals can be rest-assured that the locals are friendly towards westerners. The area around the statues is littered with some vendors that will try to sell you trinkets including some covert pan handlers who are willing to give you a "free tour" detailing the area around the shrine for some side donations. My wife paid in a pack of cigarettes.
It's a nifty set piece of a warrior with seemingly chiseled abdominal muscles. After extensive research, there wasn't very much history about Lapu-Lapu himself and what kind of ruler he is other than a lifestyle of piracy around territorial waters. Even his namesake and religion are still up to debate. The history buff in me hunt into additional literature detailing his life. Overall it is definitely worth sight seeing. I would probably take some precaution if I were the traveler after dark around this area.
Part of the 2013 Travels (Japan/Thailand/Malaysia/South Korea/the Philippines) travel blog
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