Victory of Mactan, Kadaugan sa Mactan Festival, April 2011

Kadaugan sa Mactan (Victory at Mactan) is an annual reenactment of datu Lapu-lapu’s victory on April 27, preceded by a week-long celebration which will kickoff on April 25.

The event begins with a fluvial procession of decorated bancas (canoes) representing the arrival of Portugese explorer Ferdinand Magellan’s three ships, the planting of the Cross by Magellan, the baptism of the natives followed by the battle with Lapu-Lapu.

This year though there will be a “Kadaugan sa Mactan” street party and a series of sporting events (a fun run, chess and a swimming challenge in Olango Island.) will take place in Lapu-Lapu City on April 29 at the ML Quezon Highway in Brgy. Pusok.

Fun Run 4 Japan. The run-for-a-cause is open to all interested runners. The categories to be featured are the 3K, 6K and 9K.

Unlike any other running events, the organizers will not collect a registration fee. Instead, they will ask the participants to donate any amount for them to join the race.

Runners will run through a festive atmosphere with multiple stunts like free concert and disco mobiles that will be scattered throughout the routes.

Chess. On the same day, there will be a chess tournament organized by the Mactan Island Chess Association (MICA). A total of 15 teams will see action.

Swim Challege. At Tambuli Beach Resort on April 30, elite and novice swimmers will flex their athletic muscles in the 4th Olango Challenge. The annual open sea swimming competition is expected draw at least 80 entries in both the competitive and fun categories.

Street Party. This year’s commemoration of the Kadaugan sa Mactan will also feature the Kadaugan Street Party (KSP) with Rampada street dancing, a live bands concert, a Volkswagen car show, car audio exhibition, tricycle contest, gourmet walk and photo contest on Facebook.

The Rampada will center on Rayna Bulakna and her supposed leadership in a merry-making celebration after the victory of her husband Lapu-Lapu against Ferdinand Magellan. It’s patterned after the carnivals in Rio de Janiero and other places in the world, but it’s given both historic and environmental spins that explains why the costumes must be made with indigenous and recycled materials.

The street party will be held every Saturday after the Kadaugan reenactment.

The complete schedule of the Victory of Mactan event.



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  1. Hi Bruce!Thanks for the helpful info. I might trfsnaer the paperwork to Leyte, but now I have an excuse to go to Cebu:)Went through 6 army checkpoints driving through Cotobato in Mindanao today.I cruise all wrapped up like the local boys, and the soldiers were a bit taken aback when they saw a white guy driving around out there with a habble-habble loaded with dive gear!Thanks again for all the tips you post on the site!cheersdp

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