Mactan: Sutukil, Lapu-Lapu Shrine and Mactan Monument

Upon arrival at Cebu International  Airport, we immediately headed out to have lunch at Mactan Seafoods Restaurant with their popular sutukil and yummy seafood cook to perfection. With a plan to head out to the Lapu-lapu Monument and Mactan Shrine afterwards.

Sutukil: Fresh seafood by the seas of Mactan island

Mactan Sutukil Restaurant

When you’re in or anywhere near Lapu-Lapu City in Mactan Island, you have to try sutukil. Sutukil is a portmanteau of the three ways fish are cooked in eateries near the Mactan Shrine: Su is for sugba or grilled, tu is for tula or prepared into a soup and kil is for kilaw or turned into a raw fish salad.

Yummy Seafoods

Sutukil restaurants let you choose whatever you want cooked from stalls of fresh fish, prawns, crabs, seaweeds, shells, clams and even lobsters. These seafood are as fresh as seafood can be and the crabs and lobsters on display are still alive as you pick which ones you want cooked. Sutukil eateries get their daily supply of fresh seafood from fishers in nearby islets.

A Full Table for a Full Tummy

After filling ourselves, we then proceeded to our next destination.

Lapu-Lapu Shrine

Lapu-Lapu Shrine

The Lapu-Lapu Shrine is a 20-meter bronze statue located in the Mactan Shrine park in Punta Engaño, Mactan Island, Cebu. The statue was erected to honor Rajah Lapu-Lapu, the native chieftain of Mactan Island who defeated Ferdinand Magellan during the historic Battle of Mactan in 1521.

Historical marker

Inscription

The Lapu-Lapu Shrine is inside a plaza commonly known as the Magellan Shrine park that commemorates the events of the Battle of Mactan. Thousands of foreign and local tourists visit the park every year. The park includes the Magellan Shrine and a covered structure that houses a huge mural painting of the Battle of Mactan and a commemorative marker.

Magellan Shrine park

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