LAPU-LAPU CITY: A DEVELOPING CITY AND A HOME OF THE FIRST FILIPINO HERO
Lapu-Lapu City is a first class urbanized City in Central Visayas, Philippines. The City occupies most of Mactan Island. With this, the City is well-known for a very rich of nice beaches and abundant underwater creatures that the City can boast and worth to be proud of and a lot of great resort like Plantation bay , hotels such as the Shangrila Mactan, Bella Vista, Crown Regency, waterfront, Crimson Resort and Jpark; great Island such as Olango island and a place which mostly tourist love to stay.
Olango Island: The Bird Sanctuary (sourse: Wikipedia.com)
There are also lots of Islands: Nalusuan, Cauhagan to name a few.
The city is linked to Mandaue on mainland Cebu with the two(2) bridges namely the Mactan-Mandaue bridge (Old Bridge) and the Marcelo Fernan bridge (New Bridge). Also, the second busiest airport in the Philippines is found in Lapu-Lapu, the “Mactan-Cebu International airport”.
Also in Lapu-Lapu a lot of subdivision built like the Decca Homes, Corinthians, and Geneses are just some.
A GLIMPSE OF HISTORY:
Lapu-Lapu City was named after Datu Lapu-Lapu, a FIRST Filipino hero who stood and fought for their land and freedom during the Battle of Mactan from the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan who wanted to give honor to his King in Spain in invading Cebu.
Magellan’s troops were fully equipped with armor, swords, crossbows, lances and muskets while Lapu-Lapu’s warrior were only armed with iron swords, bows and bamboo spears. How amazing! Compared to the opponents who have more advanced war tools, Lapu-lapu and his people fought with bravery to protect their land, their people; your land and my current land with just the simple and native tools to defeat Magellan. This is the place I grew up and a place where I am recently living and as a resident here and as a Filipino citizen, I am always been proud that the First Filipino hero comes from this City who once protected this land for the coming generation to preserve FREEDOM!
The “Kadaugan sa Mactan”, a re-enactment of the victory of chieftain Lapu-Lapu over explorer Ferdinand Magellan celebrated in a month of April. A colorful festival celebrated every 27th of April. It started at year 2012 and has become a celebration of the culture and history of Lapu-lapu City, which is part of Metropolitan Cebu. Usually the role of Lapu-Lapu and Bulakna is played by popular actors in the Philippines. With this, the City is busy during the Festival. Traffic days are expected!
You can read more on: KADAUGAN SA MACTAN
His story ran from generation to generation recognizing his bravery and vigor in protecting his land and his people. The story printed from school year text book of pupils and students detailing the story of the victorious fight in Battle of Mactan in 1521.
A TOKEN FOR HIS BRAVERY
1. Lapu-Lapu appeared on a Philippine centavo coin circulated in the Philippines from 1967-1974
2. There were films about him entitle “LAPU-LAPU” as well.
3. Lapu-Lapu is the central figure in the seal of the PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE that symbolized his genuine attributes of leadership, courage, nationalism, self-reliance and bravery.
A FEW BACKGROUND OF LAPU-LAPU
Lapu-Lapu arrived from Borneo during Rajah Humabon’s reign over Sugbo (now Cebu). He asked favor from the King to give him a place of land to settle together with his people.
Humabon provided him the Mandawili (now Mandaue) and the Island of Opong (now Opon). Lapu-Lapu and His people work hard and contributed to the trade of Sugbo. They work hard and live peacefully as they race their family. Until such time Magellan came in who underestimated and made a wrong assumption. As Rajah Humabon submitted to him, he also thought that Lapu-lapu would do the same. However, compared to Spanish structure that if the king surrender, the other part of it would do likewise but it is NOT! Lapu-Lapu strongly disagreed and stood up his ground to fight against them even it will cause his own life; that fight then cause Magellan’s death and the rest of his people.
It was said that at the age of 18, he mastered excellently some sports like swimming, wrestling and boxing. At the age of 20, he already fought with Bornean soldiers and pirates and won against them.
He did left us the legacy of freedom who fought with extra-ordinary dedication, bravery and LOVE for his land and of course for his people.