Mactan Island

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Location of Mactan Island within Cebu province.
Mactan
Geography

Location South East Asia

Archipelago Visayas

Major islands Bohol, Cebu, Leyte, Masbate, Negros, Panay, Samar
Area km²

Administration
Flag of the Philippines Philippines
A City and a Municipality Cordova, Lapu-Lapu
Largest city Lapu-Lapu (217,019)

Demographics
Population 251,051 (as of 2000)

Indigenous people Bisaya (Cebuano)

Mactan Island lies a few kilometers to the southeast of Cebu Island in the Philippines. The island is part of Cebu Province and is divided into Lapu-Lapu City and the municipality of Cordova. The island is connected to Cebu by the Marcelo Fernan Bridge (Mactan II Bridge).

Mactan is also the site of the Battle of Mactan, the first battle between native Filipinos and Europeans. In this battle, which occurred in 1521, the explorer Ferdinand Magellan met his death at the hands of the tribesmen under the local chieftain Lapu-Lapu, for whom Lapu-Lapu City was named.

The Mactan-Cebu International Airport, the country's second busiest airport, is found on Mactan Island. Itis also known for its popular products -- guitars and ukeleles.

Coordinates: 10°17′N, 123°59′E

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