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Kadaugan Festival Lapu Lapu City Mactan Cebu

Kadaugan Stage Mactan Island Kadaugan Festival

Lapu-Lapu was the king of Mactan, who is known as the first native of the archipelago to have resisted Spanish colonization. He is now regarded as the first Filipino hero. Lapu-Lapu is remembered for thwarting a Spanish invasion of his island and causing the death of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, in what would later be known as the Battle of Mactan.
On the morning of April 27, 1521, Magellan and a larger force returned to Mactan to end the revolt.

Lapu-Lapu and the men of Mactan, armed with spears, and kampilan, faced Spanish soldiers led by Magellan wearing armor from his head to his knees. Magellan and a number of his men were killed, and the Spanish ships promptly left for good.

Kadaugan Sa Mactan Philippine native danceKadaugan Sa Mactan Philippines costume dance.Kadaugan Sa Mactan colorful DancersKadaugan Sa Mactan fighting at Mactan BeachKadaugan Sa Mactan Ferdinand Magellan deadKadaugan Sa Mactan Group after the battle

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Now this day is celebrated every year on April 27 beside the Mactan Shrine on Mactan Island. The Event, "Kadaugan Sa Mactan Festival" starts 1 Week earlier with a Street Dancing. During this week you can join the Food Festival. Several Hotels and Restaurants are presenting themselves and are offering fine food for a cheap price. People enjoy the lights, which are installed all over the place and the stage, which is permanently built at the beach side.


The Festival ends with the remake of the Battle of Mactan on April 27 in the early morning hours. To have the best view, you should be there at 5.30 am. More pictures of the Kadaugan Festival

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Even though the Kadaugan Festival is a peak season event, the Haruhay Dream Resort offers cheap rooms at Mactan Island and the Greengate private pension house comes with luxury bed and breakfast at affordable prizes. The sculpture garden is the best place for those who want to have a quiet rest after the party.

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