Every year, on April 27th, the people of the Philippines celebrate Kadaugan sa Mactan (the Victory in Mactan). The festival is organized to honor Lapu-Lapu chieftain and his triumph over Magellan that dates back to the 16th century. The battle, one of the historical events in the Philippines, is re-enacted at the Beach of Barangay, Lapu-Lapu City, which is considered the original fighting site. Actors and actresses represent the main figures of the historical event, and canoes leading a procession to the beach represent the ships of Magellan.
The festive program features a number of additional colorful events. They include a parade of decorated ships and the erection of the cross of Magellan on the island, which symbolizes the conversion of the local people to Christianity. The Kadaugan sa Mactan festival is a perfect chance to get a clear understanding of the Philippines’ culture and history, as well as the character of the local people. The Lapu Lapu City festival is a major attraction for both local people and the visitors of the city.