Top Cebu Lechoneros gather for the annual Cebu Lechon Festival at The Mactan Newtown

By Miong - Saturday, August 19, 2023

Mouthwatering varieties of the world-famous dish, cultural performances, and more to welcome tourists and festival visitors

Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, August 18, 2023 – More than ten of the finest ‘lechoneros’ from the Mactan Island in Cebu gathered today at Megaworld’s 30-hectare The Mactan Newtown township for the Cebu Lechon Festival 2023, a three-day annual gastronomic and cultural showcase celebrating the world-famous pork dish known for its crackling skin, tender meat, and mouthwatering flavors.

Cebu Lechon with puso

Happening at the Mactan Alfresco for the sixth time from August 18 until 21, the Cebu Lechon Festival highlights the culinary pride of Cebu as it showcases the historical significance, exceptional flavors, and cooking techniques unique to Cebuanos behind the well-loved dish.

Lechoneros from across the entire Cebu province, headlined by popular lechon houses Ayer’s, Rico’s, and CNT, gathered for an unparalleled culinary experience as tourists and festival visitors indulged in one of the most diverse arrays of lechon varieties gathered in one place. 

The Cebu Lechon Festival presented visitors an opportunity to avail of their favorite lechon by the kilo at Mactan Alfresco via a special, limited-time discounted promo from these famed lechoneros.

Guests and VIPs at the Cebu Lechon Festival

Aside from experiencing and tasting the best Cebu Lechon during the festival, visitors also immersed in the best of Cebuano culture through various activities such as A Roast to Remember, where accomplished chefs skillfully crafted whole pigs into delectably crispy and succulent masterpieces in a live roasting session. 

Guests also embarked on a gastronomic journey at the Pork Party lechon food park, which showcased the finest lechon varieties the region has to offer, and watched the Royalty of the Roast, a grand parade of culture and culinary pride featuring elaborate floats, lively costumes, and the glistening centerpiece of lechons. 

Cebu Lechon Festival finish products

Visitors also took part in the Waves of Tradition highlighted by a captivating series of dance performances that beautifully epitomized the city’s heritage, history, and values. Guests also relished the harmonious blend of melodies and flavors as local bands serenaded festival goers with soulful tunes during Lechon and Listen.

“For the last six years, Megaworld Lifestyle Malls has been genuinely excited in holding the annual Cebu Lechon Festival as we continue championing the province’s lechon-makers. More than shining the spotlight on these delicious creations that Cebu is known for, this festival is also an opportunity to endear and immerse tourists to the unique and colorful Cebuano culture,” shared Thesbe Alonso, Cebu general manager, Megaworld Lifestyle Malls.

Lechonero in-action

Aside from the Mactan Alfresco, The Mactan Newtown also hosts more than 2,000 residential condo units from nine existing towers and three soon-to-rise developments, nearly 81,000 square meters of gross leasable office spaces, and the academic institution Newtown School of Excellence. The township also features two hotel properties from Megaworld Hotels & Resorts, the country’s largest operator of homegrown hotel brands. These are the 18-storey Savoy Hotel Mactan and the 20-storey Belmont Hotel Mactan, which offer a combined 1,097 rooms in total.

Among the developments rising soon within The Mactan Newtown include the two-level convention center Mactan Expo Center that can accommodate up to 2,500 people, as well as a museum and a ‘beach mall.’

Paradae of Floats at the avenue

Megaworld Lifestyle Malls is the retail and commercial development arm of Megaworld Corporation, one of the Philippines’ largest real estate companies, and pioneer of lifestyle malls. Among the malls in its operations are: Eastwood Mall, Eastwood Citywalk, Lucky Chinatown, Venice Grand Canal, McKinley West, Uptown Bonifacio, Newport Mall at Newport World Resorts, Forbes Town, Arcovia City, The Clubhouse at Temple Drive, California Garden Square, Paseo Center, Three Central Mall, San Lorenzo Place Mall, Alabang West Parade, Greenhouse at Village Square Alabang, Twin Lakes Shopping Village, Festive Walk Iloilo, Mactan Alfresco, Southwoods Mall, Broadway Centrum, Boracay Beach Walk, and San Antonio Place.

For more updates on the latest happenings, visit or call their hotline at 8-462-8888 or follow their social media accounts on Facebook (, Twitter (@MegaworldMalls), Instagram (@MegaworldLifestyleMalls), and TikTok (@megaworldlifestylemalls).

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