Kadaugan sa Mactan 2012: A Priceless Experience (Part 1)

Note: This will be a long blog post and divided this into two (part 1 and 2). 

It has been my first time to watch and join the rest of Oponians to celebrate the victory of our Cebuano hero Lapu-Lapu as he defeated Ferdinand Magellan on April 27, 1951. All of us specially Filipinos are already familiar of the story and this has been part of our history class.

Kadaugan sa Mactan: Pre-battle and Food Festival

Before the re-enactment event, I was invited by the event organizer to watch the pre-battle on April 26 (Thursday). While waiting for the show to start, I asked my fellow blogger Shai if there was a noticed from Magellan regarding his plan to invade the island or he just went directly then the rest were history.

Those questions and confusions that I have in my mind were answered when the pre-battle show started. Indeed, Magellan sent a noticed to Lapu-Lapu but the said Datu refused to accept Magellan and planned the battle against him. On the said event, there was also ritual dance competition with 6 participants. Participants were judged according to the beauty and holistic of their interpretation of the ritual dance.  Judges were composed of Dudes Daclan, Ely Manlangit, and Roger Cerna.

You may watch the video of the ritual dance competition winner through this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkEYAr83iNQ&feature=youtu.be

Aside from the pre-battle and ritual dance competition that was the highlight of that night, food festival was still ongoing. Soto Grande’s BBQ, chocolate ice cream from Movenpick Hotel, and lasagna are among of my favorite foods that were sold inside the shrine for less expensive price. More or less PHP 50 you can taste the delicious foods offered by various five star hotels in Cebu particularly in Lapu-Lapu City.

The program has ended by a fireworks display!

Kadaugan sa Mactan 2012: Re-enactment

On the following day on a sunny Friday morning of April 27, the much awaited re-enactment has already happened at the shore of Lapu-Lapu shrine. Richard Quan plays the role as Datu Lapu-Lapu while Patrick Garcia played the role of Magellan and Geneva Cruz as Bulakna (Lapu-Lapu’s wife).

Around 5,000 people watched and witnessed the 491st celebration of Kadaugan sa Mactan. Oponian’s may have watched the event for hundreds times, but it was my first time to witnessed the re-enactment show.

Honorable Mayor Paz Radaza gave her opening remarks while Chef Supt. Marcelo Garbo Jr. gave his inspirational message before the ritual dance and re-enactment started.

Ritual dancers used leaves and drums for their instrument as they offer a dance to their “anitos.” They did the ritual dance before the battle started as they prayed for the success of Datu Lapu-Lapu’s tribe.

The sound of explosion signaled the arrival of Magellan’s trope which started the re-enactment. Magellan was dress in a long sleeve with cape and armed with sword and silver helmet. While Lapu-Lapu’s trope wore mixed Muslim, Chinese, Hindu inspired clothing which they got from the exchange or pinagbinayluay.

* An amateur video that I took can be viewed through the link below.


Lapu-Lapu’ has 45 warriors compose of men and women that fought againts Magellan. After Magellan died, another ritual dance happened in celebration of their victory.

Later on, a press conference was held at Manny O’s Wine Bar and Restaurant in Movenpick Hotel right after the re-enactment. Mayor Paz Radaza and Secretary Sonny Coloma answered the questions that were asked from the members of the press. Even if I’m just a blogger, I still joined the press conference and listened to their questions. Oh, didn’t I tell you that it’s also my first time to join a “real” press conference? I mean, it’s my first time to attend a press conference with the press. It was kinda awkward, but it was an awesome experienced.

Among the questions or concerns that were brought up during the press conference is regarding the April 27 making it a regular holiday. If I’m not mistaken, it was Mayor Paz Radaza answered that the bill was already submitted and still waiting for the approval. However, Secretary Coloma believes that making April 27 as regular holiday is not that significant to honor Lapu-Lapu.  It makes sense if we will just change the Mactan International Airport to Lapu-Lapu International Airport which makes it similar to the NAIA (Ninoy Aquino International Airport).

Of course, budget and money matters were also discussed during the press conference. Mayor Radaza said that the government only spent around 1.2 million for this year’s celebration as they have lots of sponsors which include PAGCOR whom shouldered the talent fees of Patrick, Richard, and Geneva.

A sumptuous lunch was served then after the press conference. I was able to mingle with press people from various radio and TV stations. Being with them as well as the other two independent bloggers that I’ve team up with is another reason why it was such a priceless experienced to me.

some of the member of the press that I’ve shared the table during our lunch

Note from the blogger: Thank you for your time and patience to read such a long blog post. Don’t forget to read the “Kadaugan sa Mactan Part 2” which is up next.

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