Shades of history, trails of the warriors, land of the heroes, the island of Mactan.
I was comforted by Camudmud Samal Island after my father's death, then my trail continued.
I explored for the 1st time the trails of Mactan Island.
That was 2007 when I first visited Mactan, Cebu. It was a work-related travel. I was very excited to explore the very place of Lapu-Lapu. We all know that Lapu-Lapu was the ruler of Mactan who is known as the first native of the archipelago to have resisted the Spanish colonization. Historians regarded him as the first Filipino hero.
Mactan is an island located a few kilometres from Cebu Island. The island is part of Cebu Province and it is divided into Lapu-Lapu City and the municipality of Cordova. My travel was more fun with friends.
The island is separated from Cebu by the Mactan Channel which is crossed by two bridges: the Marcelo Fernan Bridge and the Mactan-Mandaue Bridge.The Mactan-Cebu International Airport, the country's second busiest airport is located in Mactan island.
Photo Credit: cebucitytour.com
My trail was more on resort hopping as I was tasked to do so. Mactan has lots of AAA resort hotels. One is the Plantation Bay: lying in 11.4 hectares, it offers one of the largest privately-owned waterways in the world, with the clean elegance of colonial-plantation architecture. It has a beautiful man-made lagoon.
Our next stop was Cebu White Sand Resort. They feature the export quality furniture industry of Cebu. One of their highlights is the pond full of big colorful fishes. The resort is very clean and serene.
Then we hopped to Tambuli. Ahhh, white sand beach! There were lots of foreign tourists there. Mactan is indeed gifted with beautiful beaches. Tambuli also has a property in Panglao Island. The place was like a paradise. The rooms are in tropical asian feel.
Then lastly, we headed to Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa. This property is also an AAA resort hotel. But, due to time constraints, I was not able to get inside. Hmmm...what's in there? Don't worry, in my future post, I will feature this resort since I went back to Mactan just for this, hahaha!
The Trail Impact:
The connotation that history is just within the books is a fallacy. Our history a gift. A treasure told from the mouth of the ancestors and through the pages of the books. Our history is a jewel to keep. Our present will never be like this without the past. So it is but fitting to look back and spare time to explore our heritage, our dear Philippines.
What about you? Have you been to Mactan Island? Were you able to discover a heritage spot in the Philippines? Where? Share your trails by dropping your comments below!