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Mactan resorts, The Outlets shops hold sale in Great Lapu-Lapu Blowout

Visitors to the yearly Kadaugan sa Mactan have been getting their fill of delectable Mactan food so it’s now time to let them experience what this historic city is about with The Great Lapu-Lapu Blowout from April 28-30, 2017 at The Outlets in Pueblo Verde.

On these 3 days, several Mactan resorts, a few souvenir and pasalubong stores, and shops at The Outlets will offer discounts and promos on accommodations, food and beverage, Lapu-Lapu products like guitars, and even branded retail items, said AboitizLand senior manager for commercial leasing and management Gembelyne B. Icamen.

“The Outlets are already on sale all year round but during this time shops will offer from 30 to 50 percent discount,” she said.

Great Lapu-Lapu Blowout
GREAT LAPU-LAPU BLOWOUT. (From left) Jobelle Arellano of Eloisa Royal Suites, Arianne Manzo of AboitizLand Marketing, Be Resorts Area Communications Manager Ronalaine Sato, Geofel Flores of AboitizLand Marketing, Lapu-Lapu City Tourism Officer Hembler Mendoza, AboitizLand senior manager for commercial leasing and management Gembelyne Icamen, Costabella marketing and communications manager Malu Arriola, and Myla Tabasa of World of Adventures Travel & Tours during the announcement of the Great Lapu-Lapu Blowout.

Top Mactan resorts

Top Mactan resorts like Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa, Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark, Be Resorts, Costabella Tropical Beach Hotel and travel agencies like World of Adventures are among the tourism establishments that will participate in The Great Travel Blowout, according to Icamen.

The event is organized by Aboitizland to support Lapu-Lapu City’s celebration of the Kadaugan sa Mactan or Victory in Mactan, which commemorates the historic battle between chieftain Lapu-Lapu and Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in 1521.

She added that event exhibitors are still accepted but they should be Mactan-based companies.

Great Lapu-Lapu Blowout
YEAR-ROUND SALE. The Outlets are already on sale all year round but during this time shops will offer from 30 to 50 percent discount, said AboitizLand senior manager for commercial leasing and management Gembelyne B. Icamen.

Room, food packages

Malu A. Arriola, Costabella marketing and communications manager, said they will have promos on rooms and special discounts on food and beverages during the blow-out.

Be Resorts will also give special room rates and extend its summer specials like the Summer Salsa every Saturdays to end of May, according resort area communications manager Ronalaine F. Sato.

They’ll also come up with even more special packages for April 28-30, she added.

Great Lapu-Lapu Blowout
CULINARY DESTINATION. The Fork in the Road at The Outlets is a popular dining destination, especially at night.

Tour deals

At least 10 establishments, majority of which are resorts, have agreed to participate in The Great Lapu-Lapu Blowout.

World of Adventures will offer travel packages to such Philippine destinations as Boracay, Coron, and Puerto Princesa. From April 28-30, its two-night tour deals to Coron, at only P6,950, and Boracay, at P5,950, will even include roundtrip airfare.

The Outlets at Pueblo Verde will offer huge discounts on well-known brands. To know more about its offers, visit The Outlets at MEZ II, Basak, Lapu-Lapu City or check it out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheOutletsAtPV.

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Cebu News Digest: April 25, 2015: Ongoing Kadaugan Street Party in Lapu ends tomorrow night, re-enactment on Monday; Public warned: Cebu temperature may continue to rise in May

There’s another reason to be merry with the ongoing Kadaugan Street Party in Lapu-Lapu City. With the suspension of the ordinance against drunk behavior in public areas, revelers can drink beer this weekend without fear of getting arrested.

The current scorching heat caused by summer and the El Niño is already taking a toll on some of Cebu’s livestock and water supply. Yet the state weather bureau is warning the Cebuanos of a possible rise in temperature to 37 degrees Celsius in May.

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Here are the top stories for today, April 25, 2015:

Victory of Datu Lapu-Lapu

The suspension of the ordinance against drunk behaviour in public places was done to let locals and tourist celebrate the victory of Datu Lapu-Lapu over conquistador Ferdinand Magellan. However, drunks who cause trouble will still be apprehended.

The search for Reyna Bulakna 2015 is one of the events leading up to the reenactment of the battle between Datu Lapu-Lapu and Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan called Kadaugan sa Mactan. Photo shows Reyna Bulakna 2015 bets with Mayor Paz C. Radaza. (Photo taken from Mactan Post)
The search for Reyna Bulakna 2015 is one of the events leading up to the reenactment of the battle between Datu Lapu-Lapu and Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan called Kadaugan sa Mactan. Photo shows Reyna Bulakna 2015 bets with Mayor Paz C. Radaza. (Photo taken from Mactan Post)

“We will tolerate those who will fall asleep on the sidewalk or vomit, but we will enforce the ordinance against those who cause scandal or become security threat.” –Lapu-Lapu City Police Office Chief Armando Radoc

These are some things you need to remember when you go celebrate in the Kadaugan Street Party:

* It started Thursday and ends tomorrow night.
* Some major roads in Lapu-Lapu are closed to vehicles this weekend.
* Drivers are advised to follow traffic directions.
* Organizers have set up stalls and banners along the three-kilometer venue for the street party that starts at the foot of the Marcelo Fernan Bridge to the Hoops Dome.
* Other activities you can find in the Party include an indoor sports clinic, basketball contests, wake boarding, a Kadaugan Color Beer Run, Fitness Dance Marathon, Zumba, sound and lights competition, a Cosplay competition, a parade of electric floats and higantes, and a car and motorcycle show.

The annual re-enactment of the April 27, 1521 battle will be staged on Monday morning.

Effects of the sweltering heat seen

The following are believed to be caused by the high temperature Cebu is experiencing:

There is low water supply in some areas as streams, rivers, groundwater reservoirs and other tributaries dry up.

In Medellin, the death of two goats that had no prior signs of sickness is suspected to be caused by the heat.

“May has been considered as the hottest month and the rest of the months are below normal ang rainfall, mao na nga dako gyud ang problema sa tubig.” – PAGASA Visayas Director Oscar Tabada

This year’s temperature is not as worse as that which was recorded on May 31, 2010 when 37 degrees Celsius was recorded, the all-time hottest temperature ever in Cebu.

The city disaster council recommended for the declaration of a state of calamity to utilize the city’s disaster funds to help areas cope with the temperature that will possibly rise.

Other top Cebu News stories:

Sun.Star Cebu: Fire hits landfill
The Freeman: Actual site of Niño’s finding under debate
Cebu Daily News: Talisay, Cebu City tackle water woes

Cebu Business headlines:

Sun.Star Cebu: SM Hypermart opens up retail space
The Freeman: Homegrown retail chain allots P1B for expansion
Cebu Daily News: 3 mixed-use Ayala projects to rise in Cebu, Mandaue, Mactan

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Kadaugan features Battle of Mactan reenactment

We arrived as the fight raged on. Although it was only a reenactment of the Battle of Mactan, it combined just the right amount of history and flair to make it enjoyable.

When we got there, soldiers dressed in Spanish armor were making their way to shore in boatloads. Others had reached land and clashed with village men under the leadership of Mactan chieftain Lapu-Lapu.

While women and children ran around in a frenzy, loud blasts rent the air. Makeshift huts built in the shallows caught fire.

I don’t know if it was because of a lack of expectation on my part or that special pass that allowed me a front seat view of the action, but I found myself quite impressed.

Battle of Mactan reenactment at Liberty Shrine in Barangay Mactan, Lapu-Lapu City.
Battle of Mactan reenactment at Liberty Shrine in Barangay Mactan, Lapu-Lapu City.

A lot of preparation and forethought had obviously gone into the reenactment of that battle between Spanish forces led by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan and native chieftain Lapu-Lapu and his band of village warriors on April 27, 1521.

The Battle of Mactan reenactment happened on the coast of Barangay Mactan, which is now a park named Liberty Shrine in memory of the event that transpired there 492 years ago.

For purposes of this year’s commemoration of what Opon residents call the Kadaugan sa Mactan (Victory in Mactan), the beach was transformed into a scene straight out of a movie set. It had its share of actors, most of them native Oponganons. A few others though were popular celebrities: Lapu-Lapu was played by Polo Ravales, Reyna Bulakna by Yam Concepcion, and Magellan by Troy Montero.

I used to wonder why they go to all that trouble of flying in celebrities to portray the leading roles but I realize it’s part of the event’s draw.

At that time on the battlefield when Lapu-Lapu clashed with Magellan, the spectators were screaming their support, egging on Polo Ravales to finish off Troy Montero. Even the children got in on the act. They certainly know their celebrities.

If there’s one thing this reenactment has achieved successfully, it is that this part of history – where untrained island natives represented by Lapu-Lapu repelled a much superior invading force – will continue to live on.

Village warriors of what was then Maktan meet Spanish soldiers in the shallows on April 27, 1521, reenacted here by local actors.
Village warriors of what was then Maktan meet Spanish soldiers in the shallows on April 27, 1521, reenacted here by local actors.

During a press conference shortly after the Battle of Mactan reenactment, the actor who played Lapu-Lapu, Polo Ravales, said the important lesson here is if you want something badly enough, you must fight for it.

Troy Montero, on the other hand, said it is important that we know ofour past and reliving history through events like the Kadaugan sa Mactan or historical movies help us remember.

This year’s Kadaugan sa Mactan is the 13th edition of the celebration. And it does not stop with the reenactment. The whole thing is a week-long event that features food, music, street parties, and a whole lot of fun.

Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz C. Radaza said they are finding ways to make the celebration better every year. Crowd control, I think, could do with some improvements.

Here with the actors who played Lapu-Lapu (Polo Ravales), and his lady love, Reyna Bulakna (Yam Concepcion). Photo on the left is courtesy of Maria Armie Sheila Garde.
Here with the actors who played Lapu-Lapu (Polo Ravales), and his lady love, Reyna Bulakna (Yam Concepcion). Photo on the left is courtesy of Maria Armie Sheila Garde.

In this year’s Kadaugan sa Mactan battle, several people had come down from the bleachers and crowded around on that small stretch of beach where the event that led to Magellan’s death was being played out.

Nevertheless, since my first experience of the Kadaugan sa Mactan came with 13 years worth of lessons, the Battle of Mactan reenactment could only get better in 2014.