OVER P1 million in cash prizes was given to the winners in different categories of Garbo sa Lapu-Lapu 2022 competition at the Mactan Newtown on Saturday, November 19, 2022.

Barangay Maribago was named champion in the ritual showdown category, bringing home


Placing second (P200,000) was the clustered barangays of Basak and Subasbas P200,000, while the clustered barangays of Pajo and Poblacion bagged P150,000 as it placed third.

For the float category, the Basak-Subabasbas contingent received P100,000 as champion, while P75,000 and P50,000 were given to Barangay Pusok (first runner-up) and Barangay Punta Engaño (second runner-up), respectively.

Meanwhile, the clustered barangays of Gun-ob and Canjulao received P50,000 as champion in the street dancing competition, while Barangays Pajo and Poblacion placed second with P40,000 in cash prize.

Olango Island received P30,000 after placing third place in the competition.

The best in Andas went to the clustered barangays of Mactan and Pusok, and the recognition came along with a P10,000 prize.

Other awards also included best in costume (Barangays Gun-on and Canjulao), and best in musicality, graphics and video presentation (Barangay Maribago)..

A total of P45,000 was given to the festival queen winners: P20,000 for Gun-ob and Canjulao cluster (Garbo sa Lapu-Lapu 2022 Festival Queen), P15,000 for Barangay Maribago (first runner-up), and P10,000 for Barangay Subabasbas (second runner-up).

Mark Anthony Baustista, city’s public information officer, said the Fiesta Executive Committee 2022, led by Lapu-Lapu City Representative Ma. Cynthia Chan, was able to raise around P6 million for this year’s fiesta activities. The funds came from different private individuals or companies, he said.

Garbo sa Lapu-Lapu was one of the activities for the city’s fiesta in honor of Our Lady of the Rule.

The feast of the city’s patroness is celebrated every November 21, which falls on a Monday this year.

Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan opened the activity after a two-year hiatus due to coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

The Garbo sa Lapu-Lapu ritual showdown was held virtually last year due to quarantine restrictions and was canceled in 2020 at the height of the pandemic.

The congresswoman, for her part, was delighted over the return of the annual fiesta activities, adding that it was heartwarming to witness the very energetic crowd.

Police Colonel Elmer Lim, director of the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LCPO), said around 15,000 people flocked to the Mactan Newtown to witness the said event.

Lim, however, said the Garbo sa Lapu-Lapu was generally peaceful and that no untoward incidents occurred. (MKG)