Tourists who attended the annual re-enactment of the Kadaugan sa Mactan lauded the presentation, with tourism officials expecting a larger turnout next year.
“The play was really good,” said Sten Dahl, 70, a first time spectator from Sweden. Christian, a Spanish media practitioner, attended the event out of curiousity.
“I just came here to watch. It’s my first time to watch the victory in Mactan,” he said.
Regional Director Rowena Lou Montecillo of the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Lapu-Lapu City should be congratulated for staging the event despite the earthquake and supertyphoon that struck Cebu last year.
The “Kadaugan sa Mactan”, a re-enactment of the victory of chieftain Lapu-Lapu over explorer Ferdinand Magellan drew an estimated 15,000 spectators.
Model Daniel Matsunaga portrayed the role of Lapu-Lapu while beauty queen Venus Raj was Reyna Bulakna and actor Carlos Agassi was Magellan.
“It’s a different feeling to play a historical figure,” Raj told reporters. Matsunaga, who’s of Brazilian and Japanese descentm said he was honored to portray Lapu-Lapu./ Interns Irish Maika R. Lam, Xavier University and Rosemarie Cananea, CNU)