Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Lapu - Lapu Shrine

July 14, 2012

My friend and I accompanied our supervisor to Mactan Airport. She was flying back to Manila after giving us our first yearly appraisal in MediCall Philippines, Inc. I can't believe it has been a year and a half already. How time flies indeed! :)

Since we were already in the area, we decided to visit the Lapu-Lapu shrine. One just can't have a lot of opportunities to visit it. It is too far from Cebu. It is more convenient if you go by car as oppose to by jeepney (unless you wanted the rugged experience). I took this as a chance to finally visit this iconic hero.

Directions from Mactan Airport
We didn't realize that we already passed by the area and had to turn back after asking one local. I wrongly thought that the statue is in the center of a roundabout, towering over everything like a Colossus of Rhode. Okay. The comparison might be an exaggeration but you know you get the idea. I was a bit disappointed that it can't be seen from the road. Hence, we initially got lost.
Fanciful expectations.
The entrance.

The Lapu-Lapu shrine is a small park. This obelisk greeted us upon entering and I think was dedicated to Ferdinand Magellan. It has his name on it. Glorias EspaƱolas.

Lapu-Lapu's statue is in the other side of the park facing the mangrove. We immediately went to it and took some pictures. History already told us that this Datu of Mactan refused to succumb to foreign rule and eventually led his allies to battle that resulted to death of a certain portuguese explorer.

The statue completely embodied that of a warrior armed with his kampilan and kalasag. He was imposing alright with his bronze skin and six-pack abs. (Haha girl talk).

I wish the picture came out a bit better than this. Unfortunately, the weather was gloomy and it was still early morning. The light wasn't that good. I think he would look more awesome with blue skies and noon-day light.

On our way out, we stopped to look at a few native shops that were already open at 7 am. After a few minutes, we went home as it was drizzling already. So that was my short visit to the shrine. One heritage site off my list. :) A lot more to go.