On April 27, 2011, Lapu-Lapu City will once again celebrate the “Kadaugan sa Mactan.” The event is a reenactment of the historic Battle of Mactan between Ferdinand Magellan and Cebu’s very own hero, Lapu-Lapu.
This year’s celebration will feature a samba-themed parade, “Rampada.” The theme is inspired by Brazil’s Carnival Parade, which is known for its vibrant pageantry and street parties. The city aims to attract more local and foreign visitors with this initiative. Organizers expect at least 10,000 attendees.
The week-long celebration will begin on April 27, with the reenactment of the epic battle. Decorated canoes will be featured in a fluvial procession to represent the arrival of Magellan’s ships. A reenactment of Magellan’s planting of a cross and the famous baptism of natives will follow. It is usual for the organizers to invite celebrities to portray the roles of Lapu-Lapu, Magellan, and Reyna Bulakna. In 2008, Manny Pacquiao attracted large crowds when he took on the role of Lapu-Lapu. There are no updates on this year’s cast yet.
On April 29, Lapu-Lapu City will hold exhibits, such as an auto display sponsored by Cebu’s Federation of Auto Clubs and a gourmet walk by a number of Lapu-Lapu City’s hotels and resorts. Competitions will also be held, such as the car audio bass contest and the tricycle contest. There will also be free concerts featuring local bands such as PowerSpoonz, Line Divides, PG 18, Sound Merge, and New Zion. To give way to these events, the road from the old bridge to the Mactan Cebu International Airport and to the new bridge will be closed.
The first-ever street party to commemorate Lapu-Lapu’s triumph over Magellan will be held on April 30, 2011. The “Kadaugan Street Party” will include a street dancing contest with contingents from the various barangays of Lapu-Lapu City and several interested districts of Cebu province. Each contingent will have a lead dancer represent Reyna Bulakna, Lapu-Lapu’s wife. The street dancing celebration will begin at 5 p.m.
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