Friday, February 26, 2010

The Lapu-Lapu Shrine

Lapu-Lapu Monument
Punta Engaño, Mactan Island, Cebu
By Lakwatsero

This is one of the places that most of the tourist visited. Our group was lucky to have the opportunity to take a time to visit this monumental place, where Lapu-Lapu has been honored.

Lapu-Lapu Shrine Entrance

The Lapu-Lapu shrine is a 20-meter bronze statue in Punta Engaño, Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines, erected in honor of Datu Lapu-Lapu, a native chieftain who defeated Spanish soldiers, and Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in the Battle of Mactan on 1521.

The Lapu- Lapu Shrine, im not part of it's Shrine...hehehehe
The Lapu-Lapu memorial statue is on top of a pedestal surrounded by a low-level fence and shows the Cebuano hero in his native costume with a sword on his right hand and a shield on his left.

Lapu-Lapu Marker

Magellan's Death Marker

The Lapu-Lapu Shrine is inside a plaza commonly known as the Magellan Shrine park that commemorates the events of the Battle of Mactan. Thousands of foreign and local tourists visit the park every year. The park includes the Magellan Shrine and a covered structure that houses a huge mural painting of the Battle of Mactan and a commemorative marker.

"A Paint of The Battle of Mactan"

Lapu-Lapu vs. Ferdinand Magellan

The Magellan shrine is a large memorial tower built in 1866 to honor Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan and is built on the area where Magellan is believed to have been killed in 1521. The obelisk has four corners that each of this sides has a corresponding inscriptions, first was "Glorias Españolas", means "Spanish Glory", second was for "A Hernando de Magallanes", stands for the portugese name of "Ferdinand Magellan", third was "Siendo Gobernador don Miguel Creus" and last was 1866 Reinando Ysabel II.

" Glorias Españolas"

" Hernando de Magallanes "

"Siendo Gobernador Don Miguel Creus"

"Reinando Ysabel II 1866"

The covered structure in the park houses a mural painting on the wall depicting the Battle of Mactan. A commemorative marker in front of the painting reads “Here on April 27, 1521, Lapu-lapu and his men repulsed the Spanish invaders, killing their leader, Ferdinand Magellan. Thus Lapu-lapu became the first Filipino to have repelled European aggression.”

Displayed Animal Skins

View at the back of the Shrine
on other Side View of "Hilton Hotel"

This monument also serves and offers different pasalubong's that are made from Cebu, from guitar's, souvenirs stuffs and of course souvenir shirts. So hope you could go here too, and visit Lapu-Lapu shrine.

Stores located inside the Shrine
Some of the Guitars

all time favorite souvenirs

Take note, if you want to buy in this place for your pasalubongs, I may suggest that you buy outside this monument, because it more cheaper nearby this place, there's also some stores outside that you can buy much more cheaper pasalubong goods and stuffs.

Entrance Fee: Free Parking Fee: P10

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