Prices in public market ‘stable,’ tourism ‘up’ amid month-long celebration in Lapu-Lapu

Prices in public market ‘stable,’ tourism ‘up’ amid month-long celebration in Lapu-Lapu

PRICES of pork and fish at the Lapu-Lapu City Public Market remain the same amid the month-long festivities for the 502nd anniversary of Victory at Mactan, also known as Kadaugan sa Mactan.

This was what Market Administrator Maria Elena Caballes told SunStar Cebu Sunday, April 23, 2023.

“Meat prices remain the same ranging from P280 to P300 per kilo. Fish prices as of today are cheap, they’re not expensive,” said Caballes in a mix of Cebuano and English. “The Kadaugan sa Mactan celebration has no effect on the prices of meat and fish.”

The Kadaugan Food Festival at the Liberty Shrine, which opened last Tuesday, April 18, and ended Sunday, attracted crowds of people, according to John Kristoffer Rafols, officer-in-charge of the Lapu-Lapu City Tourism Department.

Rafols said 34 vendors that included hotels and resorts participated in the festival.

Julius Neri Jr., general manager and chief executive officer of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority, said tourist arrivals, particularly coming from South Korea, have gone up amid the celebration of Kadaugan sa Mactan.

Neri, however, could not yet give data on tourist arrivals for April.

After a three-year hiatus caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Lapu-Lapu City Government brought back the annual month-long festivities for the Kadaugan sa Mactan with a total budget of P4 million.

Events lined up include a job fair, a tattoo competition, cooking demonstrations, a bazaar and a seminar on business and corporate catering, among others, said Rafols.

Mayor Junard Chan earlier said this year’s celebration will feature a reenactment of the battle on Thursday, April 27, with a large group of eskrimador aged six to 92 performing an arnis kata.

Chan said they want to set the Guinness Book of World Records for the category of “Biggest Play of Eskrimadors.”


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