This is the second part of CEBU ONCE MORE series. If you missed the first part, read it here – BE in Mactan.
Mactan Shrine Park is a must for first-time visitors in Mactan island. Here, you will see the shrines erected in honor of the two most significant figures in the Philippines history – Ferdinand Magellan, the Portuguese explorer who led the Spanish-commissioned expedition for the Spice Islands that resulted in the first circumnavigation of the world and the commence of discovery of the Philippines; and Lapu-Lapu, the chieftain of Mactan who bravely defended his sovereignty, through which it led to a battle that eventually killed Magellan.
We were planning to visit Mactan shrine after our Sutukil dinner, but the ever-annoying barkers led us to pass by it first instead. We found a slight relief after seeing a local police in the area. The park’s small so it was easy to find the memorial shrines. First, there’s a memorial tower in honor of Ferdinand Magellan, from which its spot is believed to be the area Magellan was killed in the battle on 1521. After a few walks we found a tall bronze statue of Lapu-Lapu.