The beauty—and we say this literally—of being in the right place is that you can easily transform your home into a vacation house and turn the vicinity of your town into a vacation itinerary. At your own pace, at your own time.
Added pleasure, we’re sure, is experienced when relatives and friends from other parts of the country or the world decide to stop by and declare you their most trusted guide. Since you are in the right place, you need not go too far for a start. Tour them around your township and beyond the border for more sights and sounds.
If you are working in Megaworld‘s The Mactan Newtown or living in one of its high-rise luxury development projects, One Pacific Residence, in Lapu-Lapu City just along the shoreline of Mactan Island, the nearby places you can go from there are worth checking out.
The Mactan Newtown, Megaworld’s first township in Central Visayas, is located right at the heart of Lapu-Lapu City. This means that you can wander around, see historical places, take selfies with the image of Lapu-Lapu, and explore city’s best kept treasures.
Historical: Mactan Shrine or Liberty Shrine and Magellan’s Marker
You can start off with a throwback adventure at the Mactan Shrine. It is just a three-minute drive away from The Mactan Newtown.
The 20-meter bronze statue in the shrine depicts Lapu-Lapu holding a bolo in one hand and a pestle on the other. The said weapons are believed to be the weapons Lapu-Lapu used during his combat with Magellan on April 27, 1521.
The statue was erected in honor of Datu Lapu-Lapu who killed Portuguese explorer Magellan, defeating Spanish soldiers in the Battle of Mactan. He is said to be the first Philippine national to resist foreign rule.
This monument stands as a reminder of Filipino bravery.
A few meters away, the obelisk is another historical place called Magellan’s Marker. This was erected in 1866 to mark the spot where Magellan, a Portuguese explorer, died in a battle against Lapu-Lapu. Also, this is in commemoration of his success in Christianizing the people of Cebu and effort in spreading the faith.
Cultural: Guitar factories
If you’re into music and guitars, Lapu-Lapu City has something special in store for you. The center of guitar-making industry is the Lapu-Lapu City.
Just a 14-minute drive away from the Mactan Newtown is the Alegre Guitar Factory. It is just one of the many family-owned guitar enterprises passed on from one generation to another.
Guitars that are especially made in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu are famous throughout the world because of their affordable price, world-class quality and durability.
In addition, other string musical instruments made in Lapu-Lapu City include ukuleles, banjos, and mandolins, which are exported to countries like Canada, Australia, Japan, and the United States.
The history of guitar-making industry in Lapu-Lapu City started when the Spanish friars assigned in Cebu needed to repair their guitars. Instead of waiting for the guitars to arrive from Mexico, the friars assigned and commissioned the townspeople of Opon village in Mactan Island to make new guitars and repair ones. Thus, began the guitar industry in Cebu.
Visiting Alegre Guitar Factory will give you a glimpse of the different stages of how guitars are made. You can also look at the workshop to witness craftsmen do the actual guitar-making process. Also, you can buy personalized guitars straight from the factory. How cool is that?
Religious: Our Lady of the Rule/Birhen sa Regla or Nuestra Señora Virgen De Regla Parish Church
If your energy is still not drained after visiting the Alegre Guitar, you can end your tour by visiting Our Lady of the Rule Parish Church. The parish church is just a 20-minute drive away from the factory.
The Birhen sa Regla is the patroness of Lapu-Lapu. Like Señor Sto. Niño of the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño, Birhen sa Regla gives hope to the faithful.
The faith of the Oponganons strengthened when back in the 1990s when a miracle happened to a certain Maria Ramos.
She was suffering from terrible seizures caused by cerebral palsy. When she was brought before the patroness, Ramos crawled to and kissed the statue. Right after, she stood up without any assistance and walked out of the door.
From that moment on, an annual celebration commemorating their patroness is held every year. The celebration is said to be equally extravagant as Sinulog, wherein devotees join the annual procession where they walk about three kilometers under the sun.
When it comes to historical and cultural attractions, Lapu-Lapu City has a lot to offer. From The Mactan Newtown, tourist spots are easier to find and reach. If you will open your eyes, you will get to discover more well-kept treasures that surround your township.
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