Catch the culminating Search for Mr. Lapu-Lapu : The Next Hero event this Saturday, April 16, at the Hoops Dome, Mactan. The Search for Mr. Lapu-Lapu Pageant, a competition in search for its modern-day hero, is a pageant-cum-physical competition that aims to crown the man who has exceptional quality and strength. In lieu of looking for the city’s newest male image, the pageant, will also promote tourism, culture, social responsibility and environmental awareness. This is the first pageant in Lapu-Lapu City’s history which will showcase not only the contestants’ physical attributes but their good moral character and passion for service and action for the city as well.

Mr Lapu-Lapu 2011 Poster
Divided into two stages: the Physical Competition and the Beauty Competition. In the Physical competition, different challenges are staged to see the contestants’ physical and substantial abilities determining the makings of a modern-day hero. This stage also incorporates history and showcases Lapu-Lapu City’s beauty through challenges which will test the physical and endurance, held in islands and barangays of Lapu-Lapu. From this round, twenty-five percent of the 30-50 contestants will be chosen to continue on to the semi-finals.

The ultimate title of Mr. Lapu-Lapu will be given on April 16, 2011. Special Awards such as Mr. Friendship, Best in Hero Costume and Mr. Photogenic will be voted by the contestants themselves, while the awardees for Mr. Hero Personality, Mr. Physique and Mr. Popularity will be determined by the online voters via Facebook.

The candidates for the Mr. Lapu-Lapu Search are in the following order:

Marc Kelvin De Asis
Jiri Othello Dinsay
Jose Felix Cleopas
Jesse Cortes
Rydell Quiblat
Brien Nikhel Pacas
Edwin Albert Ayo
George Ambrosino
Jan Rythm Mateo
Pocholo Enriquez
Loreniel Tequin
Edgar Rey Jugadora
Patrick Grandl
Jumar Andrew Bilocura
Rashed Al-Sughayer
Alexander David Lopez

My top three are:

Marc De Asis

 Marc de Asis


Edwin Ayo


Jumar Bilocura

Organized by The Style Firm – Fashion and Lifestyle Company, headed by Mr. Dexter Alazas, Mr. Lapu-Lapu 2011 will be hosted by Ms. Earth 2008, Karla Paula Henry and Eventologist Andrew Sarmiento, anchored by Ms. Cebu 2011 2nd Runner Up Vanessa Ahman with VIDA, RCTV’s newest fashion and lifestyle show, hosts Ms. Cebu 2007 Loise Angelique Tan, Ms. Cebu 2008 Sian Maynard and Ms. Cebu 2009 Kris Janson taking care of the question and answer portion of the pageant. While radio and tv personality Chassy Cortes of Y101 Cebu and RCTV Channel 36 will lend her voice for the entire pageant.

Special performers will include the Asian Troubadours, an orchestral band that plays mainly classics, folk songs, and pop instrumentals arranged in an upbeat and lively beat. They have performed dozens of times in key venues of Cebu and has released 2 CDs, the latest the Timeless Visayan and Russian Classics of which has received numerous accolades. And the Wonggoys, an upcoming Cebu artist.

The event will highlight the pageant’s past activities witholding the advocacy, and will challenge each candidate to prove themselves worthy of the title Mr. Lapu-Lapu.

Conceptualized by Dexter Alazas, Mr. Lapu Lapu 2011 will be an entertaining yet enlightening experience that will not only stimulate awareness and interest, but also encourage a deeper understanding on the history of Lapu-Lapu – both the city and the man it was named after.

As many Filipinos know, Lapu-Lapu is considered to be the first hero of the Philippines, having defeated Ferdinand Magellan and his troupe of Spanish invaders in a battle by the beach in 1521. Over the years, Lapu-Lapu has been characterized with physical strength and a fierce love for his community and colony. As a nationally recognized figure, his story remains a staple in all Philippine history books while his shrine stands mighty on a plaza named after him in Mactan Island, Cebu.

Tickets are sold at P500, P300, P200, P100 and P50. For ticket inquiries and reservations, please contact The Style Firm at 0921 520 9695. Visit Mr. Lapu-Lapu site to vote. InstyleCebu is one of the media sponsors for this event so support your local modern-day hero this Saturday! (photos by Eyeronick,