Lapu-Lapu Shrine - Mactan Island, Cebu


Lapu-Lapu (1491–1542) was the datu of Mactan, an island in the Visayas in the Philippines, who is known as the first native of the archipelago to have resisted Spanish colonization. He is now regarded as the first Filipino hero.[1][2]
On the morning of April 27, 1521, Lapu-Lapu led his Mactan warriors armed with barong, spears,kampilan and kalasag, in a battle against Portuguese explorer and conquistador Ferdinand Magellan armed with cannons and guns. In what would later be known as the Battle of Mactan, Magellan and several of his men were killed. (ref. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lapu-Lapu)

I've been in Cebu since August 2010 but I've never been to the Lapu-Lapu Shrine until today. It's because I'd been to lazy to go, even my partner wanted us to go there. My brother came to visit me and when he was  feeling a bit bored, he suggested going to Mactan, and I was eager to go.
When we got there, there were many people. Because the 'Kadaugan sa Mactan' is going to held on the 27th of this month. They were preparing the place for the reenactment, which in 2008, Manny Pacquiao attracted large crowds when he took on the role of Lapu-Lapu.
Going back to the center of the shrine, I took a picture of the Mactan Shrine Tower.
There are stores around the place and some souvenir shops in and out of the shrine.
We left feeling knackered and hungry.

I wish I could see the re-enactment so I could show it to you guys, but I'm studying on that day. 




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