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Magellan Shrine
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Visit this outdoor complex of statues to learn about the battle between two heroes of the Philippines with contrasting backgrounds.

The Magellan Shrine pays tribute to Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, who was the first European to arrive in the Philippines. It is said to mark the spot where he died during the Battle of Mactan. Learn about this important facet of Philippines history for a deeper understanding of the local culture.

The stone platform has a plaque stating the date of Magellan’s battle death, April 27, 1521. The monument itself dates back to 1866 and was erected by Spanish colonial rulers. Examine the plaque proclaiming “Spanish Glory” and another carving with Magellan’s original Portuguese name.

Visit the nearby statue of his vanquisher, the native chieftain Lapu-Lapu. It depicts a muscular, long-haired man carrying a sword and shield. His forces defeated the invading Spanish settlers in the Battle of Mactan. It is thought Lapu-Lapu was the first native of the Philippines to resist colonization.

Consider Magellan’s complex role in the collective psyche of the Filipino people. Although he is adored by some for bringing Christianity to this predominantly Catholic nation, he was also a colonizer and enemy defeated by a national hero.

The two monuments are part of the Mactan Shrine that commemorates the conflict. Admire the large painting of a battle scene in the sea. Look for the Magellan Marker sculpture that is made from marble and sheds light on the two heroes.

On the mainland of Cebu, see Magellan’s Cross that Magellan set up on the island as he converted the locals to Christianity. The shrine contains many paintings decorating the walls and the roof. Interpret the works of art depicting scenes of the explorer’s activities on the island. See devotees lighting candles at the shrine to honor the Portuguese settler.

The Magellan Shrine is in the Mactan neighborhood on the eastern flank of the tiny island beside mainland Cebu. It overlooks Magellan Bay and is about 4 miles (7 kilometers) northeast of the city of Lapu-Lapu. Take a taxi or bus to the monument. Nearby landmarks include the Hilton Port, Santo Niño Parish and the International Academy of Film and Television.

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Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan
Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan
5 out of 5
Seascapes Resort Town, Mactan Island, Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
The price is $117 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 20

Located in Lapu-Lapu, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district, 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Magellan Shrine, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Cebu Yacht Club and ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,371 reviews)

"nice resort. very accomodating. clean and very beautiful"…"

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2020

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Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa
Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Punta Engano Road, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
The price is $187 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8

Located in Lapu-Lapu, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district, 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Magellan Shrine, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Cebu Yacht Club ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,129 reviews)

"The property location was really impeccable. The staff was very hospitable and food was good to the palate. The unavailability of other facilities and also some technical issues."…"

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2020

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Savoy Hotel Mactan Newtown
Savoy Hotel Mactan Newtown
3.5 out of 5
The Mactan Newtown, Newtown Blvd, Lapu-Lapu
The price is $61 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12

Situated in Lapu-Lapu, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Magellan Shrine and within 6 mi (10 km) of Mactan Marina Mall and Cebu Yacht Club. Gaisano Grand Mall ...

3.7/5Good! (17 reviews)

"This was a clean and modern hotel. Beautifully maintained. It has a great restaurant downstairs also a great bar at the pool. The staff offers world class customer service."…"

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2020

Savoy Hotel Mactan Newtown
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Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan
Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan
5 out of 5
Seascapes Resort Town, Mactan Island, Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
The price is $117 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 20
Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan
Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa
Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Punta Engano Road, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
The price is $187 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8
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Savoy Hotel Mactan Newtown
Savoy Hotel Mactan Newtown
3.5 out of 5
The Mactan Newtown, Newtown Blvd, Lapu-Lapu
The price is $61 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12
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Dusit Thani Mactan Cebu Resort
Dusit Thani Mactan Cebu Resort
5 out of 5
Punta Engano Road, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
The price is $111 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8
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Amisa Private Residences by the Bay
Amisa Private Residences by the Bay
Lapu-Lapu, Central Visayas
The price is $65 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 6
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CSuites at 8 Newtown Residences
CSuites at 8 Newtown Residences
3 out of 5
G/F Retail 102 A 8 Newtown Blvd., Mactan, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
The price is $62 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
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Newtown Blvd
Newtown Blvd
3.5 out of 5
The Mactan Newtown, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
The price is $112 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
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Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu
Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu
5 out of 5
Punta Engano, Mactan Island, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
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Mactan Fully Furnished Condo
Mactan Fully Furnished Condo
3 out of 5
The Mactan Newtown 8 Newtown Boulevard, Circumferential Road Mactan, Lapu-Lapu, Central Visayas
The price is $97 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8
Mactan Fully Furnished Condo
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