Lapu-Lapu Shrine

Lapu-Lapu shrine is a 40 feet (12 meter) bronze statue located in Punta Engaño, Mactan, Cebu and a famous Cebu tourist spot. The statue depicts the hero holding a bolo and a shield which was believe to be what Datu Lapu-Lapu used during the battle. This is erected to honor the 1st ever hero of the Philippines who lead 1,500 Mactan warrior against explorer Ferdinand Magellan. The Statue is facing the bay of Mactan ever watchful to protect Mactan for any aggressor and serve as a reminder of Filipino Bravery.

It is said the Datu Lapu-Lapu refuse the order issued by Raja Humabon of Cebu Island to provide food supplies for Magellan’s fleet of ships and to convert to Christianity. Raja Humabon convince Magellan to view this refusal as an act of rebellion since back then it was believe that Raja Human and Datu Lapu-Lapu are bitter enemies.On the morning of April 27, 1521 Magellan sail to Mactan to crash and force Lapu-Lapu to yield.However, Magellan was unable to land his ship because of the corals and rocky beds that surround the shore of Mactan, with the ship out of range Magellan lost his greatest advantage his cannons.He was force to engage Datu Lapu-Lapu in their terms Magellan relying on his superior weapon led 48 men wearing metal body armor disembarked to a thigh high water level and tried to make their way to the shore of Mactan.Datu Lapu-Lapu takes this as an opportunity to harass the aggressor who was moving on a slow pace with spears.Datu Lapu-Lapu and his man were able to repeal the Spanish invader and killed Magellan and became the first Filipino who has repelled a Western aggression.

This historic battle is re-enacted each year name “Kadaugan sa Mactan” on the beach at Magellan Bay and is one of the highlights that tourist go to when visiting the different Cebu tourist spot.

Lapu Lapu Statue over look this bay.  Ever guarding against invader
Lapu Lapu Statue over look this bay. Ever guarding against invader

Local Legends has it that Datu Lapu-Lapu didn’t die but was turned to stone and is forever guarding the seas of Mactan. Native who are engaged in fishing would throw coin to asked permission or grace to fish in the Datu’s territory.

Today, visiting the shrine will prove to be a complete experience for any tourist the place is surrounded with restaurants that serves fresh seafood dish, souvenir stores and a park to help past the time. Also within the park located within a walking distant is another famous Cebu tourist Spot - Magellan's Shrine.

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alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

Thanks for highlighting such an important Filipino shrine. Sadly, LapuLapu remains unknown outside the Philippines. Maybe this hub will help publicize him. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu Author

@alocsin - Sadly. Not much is known/written about Lapu-Lapu after this event. I believe that the rest of the Datu/leader continue to hate and suppress him. :(

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Snurre 5 years ago

Very interesting and informative article. Thanks for SHARING!

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Trsmd 5 years ago from India

I think the Catholic church is built with muslim architectural features and is noted as being one of the most unique in this respect in the Philippines. Thanks for SHARING:)

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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

What a great hub,thanks for sharing; I thoroughly enjoyed and have to vote up up and away.

Take care;


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Chin chin 4 years ago from Philippines

I have visited Cebu specifically Bantayan Island a long time ago. I did not have the opportunity to visit any other place including the Lapu-lapu shrine. Well, maybe the next time I have the chance to visit Cebu.

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cebutouristspot 4 years ago from Cebu Author

@Chin Chin - I have never been to Bantayan Island but we are planning a trip there sometime late this year.

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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

Awesome story about Datu Lapu-lapu, kabayan! I've never been to Cebu but I'm planning to explore its tourist spots and heritage sites.

As a Filipino, I feel proud to be re-telling this story to others.

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cebutouristspot 4 years ago from Cebu Author

@Travel_man1971 - I hope that more filipino feel this specially those in politics and give Lapu-Lapu the credit and respect he deserve specially in Manila our capital.

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Tonipet 4 years ago from The City of Generals

Beautiful Cebu! It's great to hear the history of Datu Lapu-Lapu. Hope there's going to be more like this so we will not be missing out on stories and memories that we may very well enjoy. Thank you for sharing. My votes!

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