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For a starter, since Cebu’s airport is located in Mactan island. Let’s get to know more about this historical island resort.
The Mactan Shrine is located in barangay Mactan, Lapu-lapu city. I remember having a conversation with a Caucasian guy before asking me what’s the difference between Mactan island and Lapu-lapu island. Come to think of it, what’s really the difference? It’s really confusing since in Lapu-lapu there’s a barangay name Mactan and the island is commonly known as Mactan island.
The island’s was name after datu Lapu-lapu who fought the Magellan ageist ago. By 1730 the Catholic Augustinian friars established the town of Opon, that was later renamed as the city of Lapu-Lapu by means of the Republic Act 3134, signed by Pres. Carlos P. Garcia on June 17, 1961. Congressman Manuel A. Zosa, the representative of the Sixth District of Cebu, sponsored the Bill converting the former municipality of Opon into the present day City of Lapu-Lapu.
Magellan’s Cross is a Christian cross planted by Portuguese and Spanish explorers as ordered by Ferdinand Magellan upon arriving in Cebu in the Philippines on 15 March 1521. (source)