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Friday, October 23, 2009

Mactan Shrine, Lapulapu City, Cebu

Mactan Island is one of the famous landmarks of Cebu. It is also where the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority is located. Because of this, many five-star hotels and tourist attractions are in Mactan, not to mention all the natural white sand beaches.

Today, I'm going to give you a little tour of one of Cebu's historical spots in Mactan, the famous Monument of Lapulapu or popularly known as the Mactan Shrine.

So first up, we have here a small tower, which is the first thing you would see when you enter the park.

Here's how it looks from afar...

It looks magnificient during the night, with all the warm lightings surrounding it :)

Of course, a park is not complete without its greenery.



This one is like a mini pond, but it doesn't have water in it when I went there. There are days that they put water though :)

Here's Lapulapu's Monument with its back :D

How 'bout a little close-up? :)

That isn't his original color. They actually painted him bronze during the Kadaugan sa Mactan last April 27.

Here's a shot of the Mactan Bay (in low tide).

It is in this exact location where the Battle of Mactan was fought over four hundred eighty years ago (on April 27, 1521), where a Portuguese-born Spanish explorer Ferdinand Magellan died in the hands of the brave warrior chieftain Lapulapu, regarded by the Filipinos as the "First Philippine National Hero".

Here's a view of the shore. In here, you can see the "Balay ni Gloria" on the left.

Here's a different view of the Balay ni Gloria, or at least the roof of it, LOL! :D

A feast for the eyes! The park also has some lifesize displays of native artifacts that depict how the locals of Mactan lived in the past and perhaps in the present as well.

Right here is like a shelter with a roof made from Nipa Palm.

There are also some prototypes of small fishing boats known as "bangka" that local fishermen use for fishing.


And here's some kind of a tribe sculpture, cool huh!

And of course, a tourist attraction is not complete without the souviner shops ;)


Here, you can buy different sorts of local/native jewelries and bling-blings such as beaded bracelets and necklaces, anklets, large dangling earrings, colorful bags and purses with woven or shell designs, clogs and other shoes, souviner keychains, shell and wood-carved decorations for the house, and of course, guitars!

The Mactan Shrine is actually not that difficult to locate once you're in Mactan. Public transportations such as taxis and jeepneys are readily available. You should have no hassles when you take the cab since the drivers are already familiar with the location. When opting for a jeepney though, make sure that the sign on the route board says: "Punta Engano" (read as "eng-gan-yo").

So I hope you guys enjoyed the pics! And do visit Mactan one of these days! Tell me when you do :)

I'll see you guys on my next post! :)

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42 Comments:

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Jay said...

wonderful place for holiday. hope one day i would be able to visit there.

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Khim said...

Nice pictures...
thanks for sharing

demonyitogwapito said...

very very nice place to visit... hope to be there soon... :)

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Rico said...

Had our trip to Cebu early this October pushed through we would have seen those too.

dhemz said...

oh my...I miss Cebu....thanks for giving us a free tour V....:)

Ircham Aly said...

like this...

please visit back!!!

Blaze said...

Great pics :)

ch!e said...

cebu...one of the places na gustong mapuntahan someday.

thanks sa pag-visit sa blog ko.

Godbless! ingat :)

Meryl (proud pinay) said...

ang gaganda ng views girl! pwedeng pang post card itong pictures mo ^_^ ang ganda ng place lalo na kapag naiilawan sa gabi...

yessi ervina said...

indah ya pemandangannya.met kenal ya kawan.saya sudah folloe u.follow me back ya no. 151.thank you,ditunggu komentarnya juga

goryo4u said...

nice photos!
great info, para na din ako nag-tour jan.

cheers!

psycha said...

Hi. ang ganda...
i am curious about Balay Ni Gloria. Bahay ba ni Gloria Arroyo? o baka sa pangalan lang...

Nanaybelen said...

Good post para ma-refresh ang utak natin tungkol sa ating History ng ating inang bayan.
Nice photos. Masculado pala talaga si Lapu lapu. Hindi nakapagtatakang matalo nya si Magellan.

Analuz said...

I wen to Dumaguete when I was in 4th yr. college and we passed by in Cebu. I did not have the chance na mag ikot. I hope I can go back to Cebu and see personally these wonderful places.

Joops said...

Lovely Philippines. Your post reminds me of our honeymoon in Cebu!

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Meryl (proud pinay) said...

halo sis thank u sa visit en comment =)

dhemz said...

salamat sa paglabay V...agi napod ko dire...au-au...how's your weekend?

peenkfrik said...

Hey thanks for sharing! Last time I visited it wasn't as good as this. I think I need to check the place again.

Mhar's Display said...

Very sweet photos. 'Been to Lapu-Lapu City but never get the chance to see these. Maybe next time.

Mharms

Ruby said...

as usual...the pix are oh so nice... :) i've been there before and it was breath taking...would want to go there again... hehe... ^_^

Traveliztera said...

i've been to cebu but not there :( but i think we'll visit next year :) thanks for sharing!!! :)

♡ N o r e e n said...

Sana marating ko din yan someday!!!!

Anne said...

Hello sister, naunsa naka diha? Wa naman ko nimu duawa:-(. hhahah! laag nasad tali ka aning mactan..naa man sila lapu2x dire... gikan man tali na sa Luneta gurl oi kay naa man pud na sya nagbarug didto...hehehe!

Anonymous said...

What's "Balay Ni Gloria"? Like the house of President GMA?

Gorgeous MUM said...

Nice shots and a lovely place!

budiawanhutasoit said...

very nice entry vero..
i notice about small fishing boats known as "bangka"
you know that in indonesia there was an island near Sumatera island, we call it Bangka Island.
just wonder that this Bangka Island name come from Phipilline..perhaps.
sorry if my english is not so good..

veronica said...

@budiawanhutasoit: wow, that's cool! :) well, since we are just neighboring countries most of our words are kind of mixed :)

@anonymous: yeah, kind of. it is said that it is where Pres. GMA stays whenever she wants to see the Kadaugan sa Mactan presentation every April 27 :)

@anne, hehehe! unsaon, grabe jud ko ka-busy gurl ambot kanus-a ni mahuman akong ka-busyhan. last week wla nakoy duaw2x sa akong blog daghan na kaau ko ug comments for moderation hehehehe!

burn said...

Hello Veronica,sorry that I just visit you now. heheheh Busy kau akong beauty oi.... wala pa gihapon na president... kamusta...

btw, nice jud na ang place... very historical..

Proc said...

artistic and beautuful ....

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Lukman said...

Beatiful picture....

Scenery nature

Juh Sacchi said...

omg what a wonderful place O.O<3

chubskulit said...

Lovely place, wish we could visit there someday!

The Photoblogger said...

thats a nice set of pictures u got there. interesting online photo tour of the place :)

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Life Moto said...

Hope i can visit your place someday. Pero dito pa lang ay para na ako nakarating ng Mactan. thanks vernz for sharing your place. with your posting i am sure you have contribute to our local tourism.

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punky said...

pwede mag golf sa park?? hehe!

mark said...

last time nako visit dri.. kai kinder pako.. wala na jud kbalik!

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