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Lapu-Lapu, Philippines

Lapu-Lapu
Highly Urbanized City
Aerial View of MEPZ II in urban Lapu-Lapu
Aerial View of MEPZ II in urban Lapu-Lapu
Official seal of Lapu-Lapu
Seal
Nickname(s): Historic Resort City
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Cebu (geographically only)
District Lone district of Lapu‑Lapu
Founded (Opon) 1730
Cityhood 17 June 1961
Lone District 22 October 2009
Barangay 30 (see § Barangays)
Government
 • Mayor Paz Radaza (LP)
 • Vice Mayor Marcial Ycong
 • Representative Aileen Radaza
Area[1]
 • Total 58.10 km2 (22.43 sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
Income class 1st

Lapu-Lapu, officially the City of Lapu-Lapu (Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Lapu-Lapu, Filipino: Lungsod ng Lapu-Lapu) and formerly called Opon, is a first class[2] highly urbanized city. It is one of the cities that make up Metro Cebu in the Philippines. It is geographically located in the province of , but administered independently of it. According to the ? , it has a population of .[3]

The city occupies most of Mactan Island, a few kilometers off the main island of Cebu. The city is linked to Mandaue City on mainland Cebu by the Mactan-Mandaue Bridge and Marcelo Fernan Bridge. Mactan-Cebu International Airport, the second busiest airport in the Philippines, is located in Lapu-Lapu City.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Barangays 2
  • Transporation 3
  • Demographics 4
  • Gallery 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

History

In the 16th century Mactan Island was colonized by Spain. Augustinian friars founded the town of Opon in 1730 and it became a city in 1961. It was renamed after Datu Lapu-Lapu, the island's chieftain who defeated Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in 1521 in the Battle of Mactan, commemorated at the Lapu-Lapu shrine in Punta Engaño.

On April 27, 1521, Lapu-lapu, a native chieftain, successfully repulsed the foreign invaders in Mactan. He defeated the Spanish troops and killed their leader, Ferdinand Magellan. Lapu-Lapu City, formerly the Municipality of Opon, was founded by the Augustinian missionaries in 1730. It was ceded to the Jesuits in 1737, and later restored to the Augustinians. When the Philippine Revolution spread to the Visayas in 1896, the people organized themselves into local revolutionary units.

During the Filipino-American War, a military government was established. The continued resistance of the people of Cebu prompted the American government to restore military control over the province on July 17, 1901. In 1905, Opon held its first municipal election and Pascual dela Serna was elected town president.

The presence of oil tanks in Opon made the town an object of Japanese raids a week after the outbreak of Colonel James M. Cushing, leader of the southern and central units, and Harry Fenton of the northern unit of the Cebu Resistance Movement.

The Victor II operations of the American Division led by Major General William Arnold landed in Cebu on March 26, 1945, and subsequently liberated the province.

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. This was the Republic Act 3134, known as the City Charter of Lapu-Lapu which was signed on June 17, 1961 by former Philippine President Carlos P. Garcia. Lapu-Lapu was inaugurated on December 31, 1961, with Mariano Dimataga, the last municipal mayor, as the first city mayor. [4]

As a fast growing commercial city, some of its commercial and industrial firms are the General Milling Company, one of the largest in the country; the Cebu Shipyard and Engineering Works, pioneered by Dad Cleland; and the oil companies which resumed their operations after the war. The air flight in the city is served by the Mactan International Airport.

Historically, the city includes the site of the Battle of Mactan. On August 1, 1973, by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 2060, President Ferdinand Marcos declared the site of the battle a national shrine; the preservation, restoration and/or reconstruction of which shall be under the supervision and control of the National Historical Commission in collaboration with the Department of Tourism. Mactan is also the birthplace of Leonila Dimataga-Garcia, wife of Carlos P. Garcia, the fourth President of the Republic.

Barangays

Lapu-Lapu City comprises 30 barangays.[2]

  • Agus
  • Babag
  • Bankal
  • Baring
  • Basak
  • Buaya
  • Calawisan
  • Canjulao
  • Caw-oy
  • Cawhagan (Caohagan)
  • Caubian
  • Gun-ob
  • Ibo
  • Looc
  • Mactan
  • Maribago
  • Marigondon
  • Pajac
  • Pajo
  • Pangan-an
  • Poblacion (Opon)
  • Punta Engaño
  • Pusok
  • Sabang
  • San Vicente
  • Santa Rosa
  • Subabasbas
  • Talima
  • Tingo
  • Tungasan

Transporation

Mactan-Cebu International Airport is located in Lapu-lapu City which is connected to Cebu City in mainland Cebu via Marcelo Fernan Bridge and Mactan-Mandaue Bridge over the sea separating the Mactan island from the island of Cebu. The airport is the main gateway to Central Visayas serving international flights to Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Russia. MCIA is the second busiest airport in the Philippines after Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila.

Demographics

Gallery

See also

References

  1. ^ "Province: Cebu". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Philippine Standard Geographic Code listing for Lapu-Lapu - National Statistical Coordination Board
  3. ^ a b
  4. ^ http://www.lapulapucity.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=50&Itemid=147

External links

  • Official Lapu-Lapu City government website
  • About Lapu-Lapu City
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