Ever wonder where Ferdinand Magellan (Fernando de Magallanes-A Spanish-Portuguese "Kapitan" and the first Western explorer/traveler to land on Philippine shores) was killed? If you are a history lover, I'm pretty sure you know the answer. But if you're not, now, this is for you!
So, let's talk about history!
Mactan Island, Lapu-Lapu City is the location where Magellan was killed on the morning of April 27, 1521 by Lapu-Lapu, the Datu (Chieftain) of Mactan. Lapu-Lapu led approximately 1,500 Mactan warriors armed with spears, kampilan and kalasag, in a battle against 49 Christian soldiers led by the Spanish-Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan. In what would later be known as the Battle of Mactan.
So, what about the site?
Today, the significant battle site is a popular tourist spot in the Philippines since a statue of Lapu-Lapu was built in commemoration of the significant contribution of the chieftain to the Philippines. Travelers around the globe are visiting this historical site and everyday, hundreds of people are present just to witness the monument and to have a real souvenir of the battle site of Mactan.
Lapu-Lapu Monument is located inside an enclosed park at Punta Engaño on the northern side of Mactan Island, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu. It’s a 20-meter bronze statue built in front of Magellan Marker.
Lapu-Lapu is the first Philippine Hero.
These are my souvenirs when I visited the site. I really had a wonderful experience. :-) Enjoy!