As one who appreciates arts and crafts in all forms, having the Lapu-Lapu City government opened an art gallery which is just a walk away from home got my curiosity hyped up.
It took me awhile to visiting the gallery but every time I passed by, my curiosity starts building up. So I decided to kill it and went there. It was scorching hot but that didn’t stop me, for the sake of my peaceful mind.
Upon entering, my heart was full of excitement and my eyes grew big in what’s inside. A taste of history is what you will get. There is no entrance fee yet, as it just opened. So everyone must grab the chance to get a glimpse of how basic our ancestor’s life was and how amazing Oponganons can be.
Sculptures of people who have a significant contribution to my hometown’s history, from Datu LapuLapu to Reyna Bulakna to the Portuguese conqueror Ferdinand Magellan, occupy the center space of the gallery.
In one corner, there are paintings resting on easels. Some are hung on the wall. These are paintings of old structures and architectures in the island in which I can still recognize since some still exist. You can also see a collection of old stone tools like lusong (mortar and pestle), galingan (grinder), and even banga (old jars) which they used for storing water.
What amazes me the most is the mosaic of Magellan’s Landing and the image of Birhen de la Regla which is the patron of Opon. These mosaic are made up of tiny seashells crafted into a beautiful and amazing art by the locals. These are my favorite pieces of the gallery.
The gallery is a great place to visit with its cool ambiance and shows the artistic side of the Oponganons which also depicts so much of history and culture.
The Lapu-Lapu City Art Gallery is located across hoopsdome and just beside the new Lapu-Lapu City Fire Station. Here is a location map.