Lapu-Lapu, Philippines

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This article is about the Philippine City. For the ruler of Mactan, see Lapu-Lapu. For the fish also known as "lapu-lapu", see grouper.
Highly Urbanized City
Official seal of Lapu-Lapu
Nickname(s): Historic Resort City
Map of Cebu showing the location of Lapu-Lapu
Map of Cebu showing the location of Lapu-Lapu
Lapu-Lapu is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°19′N 123°57′E / 10.317°N 123.950°E / 10.317; 123.950Coordinates: 10°19′N 123°57′E / 10.317°N 123.950°E / 10.317; 123.950
Country Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Cebu (geographically only)
Congr. district Lone district of Lapu-Lapu
Founded (Opon Town) 1730
Cityhood June 17, 1961
Lone District October 22, 2009
Barangays 30[1]
 • Representative Aileen C. Radaza
 • Mayor Paz C. Radaza (Liberal Party)
 • Vice-Mayor Marcial A. Ycong (Liberal Party)
 • Total 58.10 km2 (22.43 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 350,467
 • Density 6,000/km2 (16,000/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6015
Area code(s) 032

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[1] highly urbanized city in the Philippines. It is geographically located in the province of Cebu, but administered independently from the province. It is part of the Cebu Metropolitan Area. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 350,467 people.[3]

The city occupies most of Mactan Island, a few kilometers off the main island of Cebu and also covers the Olango Island Group further to the southeast, plus a few other islets. 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.


In the 16th century Mactan Island was colonized by Spain. Augustinian friars founded the town of Opon in 1730 and 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 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.


Lapu-Lapu City is politically subdivided into 30 barangays.[1]

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


Population census of Lapu-Lapu
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 146,194 —    
1995 194,745 +5.52%
2000 217,019 +2.35%
2007 292,530 +4.20%
2010 350,467 +6.80%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Philippine Standard Geographic Code listing for Lapu-Lapu - National Statistical Coordination Board
  2. ^ "Province: Cebu". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 

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