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Lapu-Lapu City (Opon): The Gateway to the Visayas

Occupying most of Mactan Island, Lapu-Lapu City (also known as Opon) is part of Metro Cebu, the Visayas' largest metropolis. It was named after the local chief, Lapu-Lapu, who led a force of Visayan warriors that repulsed early Spanish attempts at colonization. Now, instead of turning away visitors from foreign lands, Lapu-Lapu City is the transport and tourism hub for Central Philippines, with a large seaport and international airport and numerous hotels and resorts.

The Chieftain's Domain

Lapu-Lapu City and the rest of Mactan Island was ruled by its namesake, a rival of the ruler of the nearby town of Sugbo. Unlike his rival, Lapu-Lapu refused to convert to Christianity, and did not accept the Spaniards as visitors, treating them instead as hostile invaders. In a fierce battle, the leader of the Spanish forces, Ferdinand Magellan, was killed by Lapu-Lapu's troops, if not Lapu-Lapu himself. To this day, Lapu-Lapu is recognized as the first Filipino to reject Spanish rule.

Lapu-Lapu City today is much kinder to foreigners and other people who land on its shores. With its busy industrial zones, hotels, and resorts, the city has become an integral part of Metro Cebu, the commercial and administrative center of the Visayas. It is also Cebu Province's largest transportation hub, with an airport serving both domestic and international flights.

Many of Lapu-Lapu City's residents work either on Mactan Island or in Cebu City, making it a favorite destination for those who would like to try their luck in a big city. It is easily accessible via ferry and road, with two bridges connecting it to Cebu Island.

Renting a House in Lapu-Lapu City (Opon)

Lapu-Lapu City offers prime living options that are readily accessible from Cebu City, at a fraction of the cost. The city hosts several subdivisions such as Mactan Plains, Bayswater, Ajoya Subdivision, and White Sands Resort, with excellent amenities and security. Rental costs in Lapu-Lapu City range from P13,000 to P200,000 monthly, giving prospective tenants many options in terms of size and furnishings.

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