One of the lesser visited monuments in the Philippines is this monument for Lapulapu, who is considered the first Filipino hero. He was the chieftain who fought the invading forces led by Ferdinand Magellan who was killed during the battle that happened at dawn on April 27, 1521 on Mactan Island.
The statue was erected in the plaza where an earlier statue was built, dated 1866, honoring Magellan, on the spot where Magellan was killed. The Lapulapu statue was, I believe, put up to serve as a counter balance to the Magellan statue.
According to the National Historic Commission, the statue will be replaced on April 27, 2021, or exactly 500 years after the battle, with a monument that will more accurately portray the Battle of Mactan.
I visited the shrine back in 2006 in a meet-up with Cebu-based photographers, Ynnad Ybanez and Edgar Ediza.