Kadaugan Sa Mactan

April 21, 2009


LAPU-Lapu City Mayor Arturo Radaza is calling for unity among residents as the city starts today the week-long celebration of Kadaugan sa Mactan.

“Let’s do away with crab mentality so we can achieve progress,” the mayor said in Bisaya.

Kadaugan sa Mactan is an annual week-long commemoration of the 1521 battle in Mactan between Datu Lapu-Lapu and Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan.


The festivities will kick off with a floral offering by City Hall and Philippine Air Force officials at 8 a.m. today.

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.

Efren Belarmino, Plantation Bay general manager and chairman of the committee handling the street dance festival, said several public schools and hotel-resorts have confirmed to send contingents to the parade.

Following the parade will be the opening of a food festival at the Liberty Shrine at 6 p.m. Belarmino said the food festival will feature the menus of the different hotels in the city. During the festival, people can taste the food for free.

A platform will be built at the shrine for the holding of cultural programs during the food festival.

Radaza said the Kadaugan sa Mactan is not just about a local warrior’s victory over an invader, it is also about winning over perennial problems like poverty and the economic crisis.

City Councilor Damian Gomez, on the other hand, said the celebration is a tourist attraction and everybody should focus on its purpose.

Source: http://www3.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/kadaugan-sa-mactan-celebration-starts-today

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