Kadaugan Sa Mactan Opening

April 21, 2009

Hotel food at rock-bottom prices
By Dale G. Israel, Reporter

People were treated to a “food carousel” last night during the opening of the weeklong Kadaugan sa Mactan festival.

Dishes from Lapu-Lapu City’s international resorts and hotels will be available in open air stalls near the Lapu-Lapu Shrine and sold at only P5 to P100 per serving until Sunday.

“We want to make sure that the food is of hotel quality and affordable,” said Hembler Mendoza, general manager of the Waterfront Mactan Hotel and Casino and head of the food festival committee.

The food carousel is a highlight of the annual reenactment of the Battle of Mactan, which celebrates the victory of island chieftain Lapu-Lapu against Spanish explorers led by Ferdinand Magellan on April 27, 1521.

On Monday, April 27, celebrities like actor Joko Diaz, singer Gino Padilla and actress Maureen Larazabal will play the roles of Lapu-Lapu, Magellan, and the chieftains wife, Bulakna.

The road leading to the shrine and parts of barangay Maribago were closed to traffic for about an hour for yesterday’s opening ceremonies which lasted until 4 p.m.

Five groups of dancers performed. One group in Spanish costume depicted conquistadors battling natives of Mactan Island. Another group dressed as tribal Mantawi dancers of Mandaue City. A traditional Filipino wedding dance showed the bride having money bills pinned to her gown.

An inter-barangay sports festival was also opened yesterda afternoon led by Lapu-Lapu City first lady Paz Radaza.

Twelve hotels and resorts set up stalls for the food carousel, which is open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. until Sunday night. In the middle of the carousel, performers serenade visitors from a 12-foot high stage.

Mendoza said changes were made to improve the activity, such as expanding the area for visitors to a vacant lot near the Magellan’s Shrine and managing the flow of guests.

“In a carousel route, visitors don’t get confused where to go first because everything is there.”
More visitors are expected to attend the event this year.

Source: http://www.cdn.ph/photostore/news_details.php?id=2244


hazelnut April 27, 2009 at 9:21 AM  

hazel: Where man ni iheld? are we goin to buy a ticket for this event? and where man sad?

jayr April 27, 2009 at 1:05 PM  

The festivities will kick off with a floral offering by City Hall and Philippine Air Force officials at 8 a.m. today and At 4 p.m., the city will hold a street dance and parade from the Sto. NiƱo parish in Barangay Mactan to the Liberty Shrine less than a kilometer away.

Anonymous,  April 29, 2009 at 9:59 AM  

you must see my sister playing the bulakna on the musical pay..shes really really great..conrats mab

jayr April 29, 2009 at 5:01 PM  

woow..thats nice, can i have the link of the video so that i can see the video..as what i have known playing bulakna in kadaugan sa mactan was the FHM model. Ms. Maureen Larazabal.

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