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Mantawi. . .A Festival of History

Mayor Ouano’s vision for the city is premised on the history of the city itself. Founded on the 7th of April 1521, Mandaue was first sighted as that “Cove of Cebu” along the Mandawe Bay.

MANDAWE, as the city was once called, was the settlement which Magellan, upon his entry to the Island Sugbo. Along its shores grew abundantly an indigenous vine known as “MANTAWI”. That “Cove of Cebu”, which is now Barangay Tipolo, became the location of the first ever drydocking facility in the archipelago. The facility served the Galleon Ships which plied the Galleon Trade.

The founding of the settlement MANDAWE pm April 7, 1521 has full of historical value and significance in the economic history of the province of Cebu and of the region. In order to commemorate the economic significance of the city’s foundation , a festival was conceptualized and came to be known as the MANTAWI FESTIVAL.

As the intertwined MANTAWI VINE characterizes the unity and strength of the Mandauehanons, the MANTAWI FESTIVAL is a celebration of life, a peep into the past to enable the present generation appreciate the present and to chart the future, as one people.

The MANTAWI FESTIVAL complements the two other festivals of the city’s neighboring and adjacent cities. The SINULOG FESTIVAL of the city of Cebu commemorates the planting of the seeds of Christianity in the country. The KADAUGAN SA MACTAN of the city of Lapulapu commemorates the planting of the seeds of nationalism, bravery, and the heroism of the Filipinos. The MANTAWI FESTIVAL commemorates the origins of the industrialization of the country.

The discovery of that “Cove of Cebu” brought about the establishment of the first drydocking facility in the country. The facility serviced the ships that transported the cargoes during the Galleon Trade era. From that humble beginning emerged the industrial hub of Southern Philippines, the city of Mandaue.

Just as Mandawe, during the early period, provided the sea link for international trade, through the Acapulco Trade, the city of Mandaue now provides the link to the islands and to the world. The two Mandaue-Mactan Bridges symbolize the linkage that the city provides to the country and to the world. Strategically located, the city of Mandaue is located at the center of the province of Cebu and of the region, and of the country.

The MANTAWI FESTIVAL is a rediscovery of the city’s history. It acknowledges the city’s contribution to the economic growth of the country through the establishment of the first drydocking facility way back in 1521. It now acknowledges the city’s contribution to the economic growth of the country through the almost 10,000 commercial and industrial establishments that are now locating in the city.

The economic growth of the city of Mandaue finds its roots to the opening of the Acapulco Trade. Upon the orders of King Philip II, Legaspi initiated the first return grip to Acapulco. The “VUELTA1565 Galleon Trade Trip from what is now called Barangay Tipolo to Acapulco was the first transpacific sea route to Acapulco. This route was later used by the Manila-Acapulco Trade a century later.

The MANTAWI FESTIVAL therefore is a tribute to the MANTAWI VINE. The vine symbolizes the city’s growth and prosperity. It is also the tie that binds the Mandauehanons. It is the tie that links the city to the islands and to the world. It is a celebration of linking up, of oneness, of strength in unity which the intertwined vine characterizes. The MANTAWI FESTIVAL gives value and meaning to that unity in purpose by linking the past to the future. The MANTAWI FESTIVAL gives the Mandauehanons a sense of place, an identity of its own.

The MANTAWI FESTIVAL is the biggest event of the city. Held every last Sunday of August, the MANTAWI FESTIVAL is a festival of history, a rediscovery of Mandaue’s rich cultural heritage.