This barrio is named after the chieftain in Cebu to whom the killing of Magellan is generally if erroneously attributed. Its original settlers were the Guerra, Magnaye, Patulot, Caringal and de Castro families. In late 1901, people of the barrio like everyone else in the province were ordered to live in concentration camps upon orders by the US Army. There were those in Lapu-lapu who refused and continued to hide. These were sought out by the Americans and shot. In World War II, inhabitants of the barrio caught in possession of propaganda leaflets dropped by American planes were killed and their houses burned.
Lapu‑lapu is situated at approximately 13.8393, 121.1328, in the island of Luzon. Elevation at these coordinates is estimated at 147.4 meters or 483.6 feet above mean sea level.