Lapu-Lapu City, formerly called Opon, on Mactan Island is named after the famous Chief Lapulapu, who is believed to have killed the Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan when he arrived on the east coast of the island in 1521.
Augustinians then founded the town of Opon in 1730 and the town retained its name until 1961 when it was made into a city and renamed after Lapu-Lapu. In 1886 a monument to Magellan was erected at the site of the conflict, and a monument to Chief Lapulapu stands in the city's plaza.
Lapu-Lapu City is a 1st class highly-urbanized city in the province of Cebu. The city limits include most of Mactan Island, just one kilometer southeast from the island of Cebu, and also covers the whole of Olango Island five kilometers further to the southeast plus a few other islets.
This city is linked to Mandaue City on mainland Cebu by two bridges: Mactan-Mandaue Bridge and Marcelo Fernan Bridge. From Mandaue, the provincial capital of Cebu City, is only five minutes away.
The Cebu International Airport is located in Lapu-Lapu City and is the country's second-busiest airport. It connects the city with more domestic destinations than the airport in Manila. It also has direct services to a number of foreign countries, including Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.
(Punta Engaño, Lapulapu City ) Site where the battle between Mactan Island Chieftain Lapulapu and the foreign aggressor Ferdinand Magellan occured in April 27, 1521 . It depicts the hero holding a bolo (large sword) in one hand and a pestle in the other. These weapons were believed to have been used during his combat with Magellan. This monument stands as a reminder of Filipino bravery.
Lapu Lapu City is home to the majority of the guitar manufacturers in Cebu. Visiting one of the many factories will enable you to actually see how guitars are made. There are guitar factories like Alegre and a dozen or so others in the middle of the island. Take a tour of the Alegre factory, it is interesting.
The Mactan Export Processing Zone, one of the most successful special economic zones in the Philippines, is located near the international airport. A key to the growth in region, production of products includes Timex watches, Pentax cameras, Maitland-Smith furniture and other goods. Manufacturing in the zone comprises about half the region's total exports.
The Marcelo Fernan Bridge was opened in August 1999 to decongest the traffic from the older Mandaue bridge. The bridge is one of the widest and longest bridge spans in the Philippines.
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