Lapu-Lapu City

The City of Lapu-Lapu is a first class highly urbanized city in the province of Cebu
Cebu is a province in the Philippines, consisting of Cebu Island and 167 surrounding islands. It is located to the east of Negros, to the west of Leyte and Bohol islands...

 in the Philippines
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. The city occupies most of Mactan Island
Mactan Island
Mactan is an island located a few kilometres from Cebu Island in the Philippines. The island is part of Cebu Province and it is divided into Lapu-Lapu City and the municipality of Cordova...

, a few kilometer off the main island of Cebu and also covers the Olango Island Group
Olango Island Group
The Olango Island Group is a group of islands found in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines. It is composed of Olango Island and 6 satellite islets namely: Sulpa, Gilutongan, Nalusuan, Caohagan, Pangan-an, and Camungi. Olango Island and its neighboring islets has a total land area of...

 further to the southeast, plus a few other islets. It is part of the Cebu City Metropolitan Area
Metro Cebu
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. According to the 2007 census, it has a population of about 292,530 people.

The city is linked to Mandaue City on mainland Cebu by the Mactan-Mandaue Bridge
Mactan-Mandaue Bridge
Mactan-Mandaue Bridge or popularly called The First Mactan-Mandaue Bridge is the first of two bridges spanning across the Mactan Channel and connecting the islands of Cebu and Mactan.- History :...

 and Marcelo Fernan Bridge
Marcelo Fernan Bridge
Marcelo Fernan Bridge is an extradosed cable-stayed bridge located in Metro Cebu, Cebu in the Philippines. It spans across Mactan Channel connecting Cebu Island to Mactan Island....

. Mactan-Cebu International Airport
Mactan-Cebu International Airport
Mactan-Cebu International Airport is a major international airport in the Visayas region of the Philippines. It is located in Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan Island, Metro Cebu and is the country's second primary gateway...

, the second busiest airport in the Philippines, is located in Lapu-Lapu City. The only aquarium attraction
Mactan Island Aquarium
Mactan Island Aquarium visitor attraction is the first of its kind in the Visayas and the only public aquarium outside of Luzon on all of the 7107 islands of the Philippines....

 in the Visayas is also located in Lapu-lapu City.


In the 16th century Mactan Island was colonized by Spain
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. Augustinians friars founded the town of Opon in 1730 and became a city in 1961 and was renamed after Datu
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Lapu-Lapu was the ruler of Mactan, an island in the Visayas, Philippines, who is known as the first native of the archipelago to have resisted the Spanish colonization...

, the Island's chieftain who defeated Portuguese
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 explorer Ferdinand Magellan
Ferdinand Magellan
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 in 1521. This battle
Battle of Mactan
The Battle of Mactan was fought in the Philippines on April 27, 1521. The warriors of Lapu-Lapu, a native chieftain of Mactan Island, defeated Spanish forces under the command of Ferdinand Magellan, who was killed in the battle.- Background :...

 is commemorated at the Lapu-Lapu shrine in Barangay Mactan.

Politician 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
Carlos P. Garcia
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Geo-Political History

From 1907 until 1972, Cebu Province was divided into seven congressional districts that included Cebu City as part of its representation. From 1978 to 1984, it was part of the representation of Region VII, and from 1984 to 1986, it elected 6 assemblymen at-large.

Lapu-Lapu City was part of the Second District of Cebu since the First Philippine Legislature in 1907 until the Seventh Congress in 1972 when it was effectively dissolved with the declaration of martial law on September 23, 1972 by President Ferdinand Marcos. Marcos then exercised legislative powers. In 1976, Congress was replaced by the Batasang Bayan as the Philippines' legislative body until 1978, when it was replaced by the Batasang Pambansa.

The following towns were part of the Second District of Cebu (1907-1972) :
  1. Cebu (became city 1936)
  2. Liloan
  3. Mandaue (became city 1969)
  4. Opon (converted to Lapu-Lapu City 1961)
  5. Cordova (re-established 1912)
  6. Compostela (re-established 1919)
  7. Consolacion (re-established 1920)

During the Eighth Congress of the Philippines after the ratification of the Constitution of the Philippines in 1987, Lapu-Lapu City became part of the new re-districting of Cebu Province.

The following towns and cities were part of the Sixth District of Cebu (1987-2010) :
  1. Lapu-Lapu City
  2. Mandaue City
  3. Consolacion
  4. Cordova

The passage of Republic Act 9726 separated the highly-urbanized city of Lapu-Lapu from the sixth district to form its own congressional district starting in the 2010 elections.


Lapu-Lapu City is politically subdivided into 30 barangay
A barangay is the smallest administrative division in the Philippines and is the native Filipino term for a village, district or ward...


  • Agus
  • Babag
  • Bankal
  • Baring
  • Basak
  • Buaya
  • Calawisan
  • Canjulao
  • Caw-oy
  • Cawhagan
  • Caubian
  • Gun-ob
  • Ibo
  • Looc
  • Mactan

  • Maribago
  • Marigondon
  • Pajac
  • Pajo
  • Pangan-an
  • Población (Opon)
  • Punta Engaño
  • Pusok
  • Sabang
  • Santa Rosa
  • Subabasbas
  • Talima
  • Tingo
  • Tungasan
  • San Vicente

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