According to the history, Lapu Lapu is one of the two chieftains that ruled the Visayas. He is a Muslim Tausog. He is known as the first Filipino hero. He also let a repulsive battle against Ferdinand Magellan from Spain.
Ferdinand Magellan wanted to colonize and conquer the islands of the Philippines in the name of Spain.
He then took over the position and power of Chieftain and a King once he and his army successfully conquered the Philippines.
Lapu Lapu resisted and refused the invitation, hence Ferdinand Magellan in forgiveness with Datu Zulla launched a bloody war in the seashore of Mactan. The battle is nowadays as the Battle of Mactan. The battle took place on April 27th, 1521.
Lapu Lapu is one of the Filipino heroes who resisted oppression. He was honoured by having a statue of him later on.
The statue was erected in Punta Engano, Lapu Lapu City, and Mactan Cebu. It is 20 metres or 66 feet tall.
The statue of Lapu Lapu looks mighty and fiercely while holding a sword (Kampilan) and a shield in his hands.
He is also wearing the traditional Tausug clothing. It is the exact weapon he used while combating Magellan.
Within the surrounding of the park, you can also find the Magellan Shrine. The park has a nice view since it is located near the sea.
There are souvenir shops that sell printed t-shirts, handmade bracelets or accessories made from shells. There are many restaurants that serve fresh and lavish seafood.
Lapu Lapu Shrine is easily accessible since there is an international airport on the island.
How to get there – Lapu-Lapu Monuments
From Manila, you can take a flight going to Cebu. You can also rent a taxi or a cab from the Mactan International Airport to the Lapu Lapu Shrine. Or you can also ride a jeepney or a multicab that will go to Punta Engano.