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Monumento a Lapu-Lapu



Récord: 20 m

Tipo: Estatuas




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Continente: Asia

País: Filipinas

Localización: Punta Engaño, en la ciudad de Lapu-Lapu, Cebú


Estado: Terminado

Descripción:El Monumento a Lapu-Lapu se eleva unos 20 metros (66 pies) y consiste en una estatua de bronce en Punta Engaño, en la ciudad de Lapu-Lapu, Cebú, parte del país asiático de las Filipinas, erigido en honor del Datu (jefe) Lapu-Lapu, un líder indígena que derrotó a los soldados españoles y donde el explorador portugués al servicio de España, Fernando de Magallanes fue asesinado en medio de la batalla de Mactán en 1521.

Lapu-Lapu Shrine, Mactan Cebu

The Lapu-Lapu Shrine is a 20-meter bronze statue located in the Mactan Shrine park in Punta Engaño, Mactan Island, Cebu. The statue was erected to honor Rajah Lapu-Lapu, the native chieftain of Mactan Island who defeated Ferdinand Magellan during the historic Battle of Mactan in 1521.

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.

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.

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 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.”

Every year in April, during the anniversary of the Battle of Mactan, the park hosts the “Kadaugan sa Mactan,” a re-enactment of the epic battle.

Mactan Shrine: Magellan and Lapu-Lapu in Battle of Mactan

Mactan Shrine in Punta Engaño, Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines is where the battle for supremacy and freedom took place between Ferdinand Magellan and Lapu-Lapu. Because of the success in Christianizing some native, Ferdinand Magellan a Portuguese explorer crossed the channel to Mactan Island in the hope to spread Christianity in the area. But even before reaching the shore, Magellan along with his 49 Christian soldiers were defeated by the chieftain of Mactan, Lapu-Lapu, along with his approximately 1,500 warriors armed with barong, spears, kampilan and kalasag on April 27,1521. Magellan and several other men were killed. This was later recognized as the historic Battle of Mactan.

The other soldiers were held prisoner. On May 1, 1521, one of Magellen’s ships, The Victoria, under the command of Juan Sebastian Elcano sailed from Cebu and anchored at San Lucar de Barrameda, Spain on September 6, 1522, thus completing the first circumnavigation of the earth.

Magellan’s body was never recovered and on 1866, a marker was raised on the spot where the great explorer died. The Magellan Marker or Magellan Shrine is located inside Mactan Shrine. It is a big memorial tower approximately 30 meters high, put up to commemorate the great Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan. The spot is purportedly where Magellan was killed.

Across the Magellan Marker is a covered area where a mural painting showing the Battle of Mactan is hanging on the wall. A commemorative marker can be found which gives people an insight that the spot is where Lapu-Lapu and his men repulsed the Spanish invaders killing Magellan during the Battle and thus making Lapu-Lapu the first Filipino to have repelled European aggression.

The Lapu-Lapu Monument can also be found inside Mactan Shrine. It is a 20-meter bronze statue of Lapu-Lapu holding a shield in one hand and “kampilan” sword on the other hand. The statue is on top of a base surrounded by low-level fence. It was built in honor of the brave Datu Lapu-Lapu who was a native chieftain of the island. In some written historical articles, Lapu-Lapu was Muslim and a Tausug and was also known as “Kaliph Pulaka”, “Cali Pulacu”, “Kalipulako” and “King Kalipulako de Maktan”.

Mactan Shrine hosts “Kadaugan sa Mactan”, a re-enactment of the heroic Battle of Mactan every year during the battle’s anniversary.

Distinctly, Mactan Shrine reminds bravery among Filipinos and clearly depicts the history of the Philippines specifically in the island of Mactan. Today, foreign and local tourists visit the place to have a glimpse of the so-called “history”. To some, Mactan Shrine has turned out to be a leisure park. The grounds are well kept and the place is well preserved. People would usually visit the place in the afternoon in which they can have a beautiful view of the sunset.


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