Military rowers dominate the Siargao dragon boat race
DAPA, Surigao del Norte, Philippines – Powers from the Philippine Army dominated the mixed category of the National Dragon Boat Regatta in Siargao Island on Saturday.
Dragon Warriors took first place, beating Caraga De Oro City’s CGY Oro Dragons, Cebu’s Black Manta Warriors and Manila’s Speed Devilz.
The three-day event opened on Friday at town is the commercial hub of Siargao, the country’s burgeoning capital, although competitions are scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays.
According to the organizers, the race is the first national competition since the pandemic. There is a tournament held in Manila but only for local teams.
This is why the Siargao contest is attended by many people.
Six teams from Luzon: Philippine Navy Dragon Boat Team, Philippine Army Dragon Warrior Team, Maharlika Drakon, Speed Devilz, United Paddlers Club PH and UP Dragon Boat Team
Five teams from the Visayas: Umagu Dragon Boat Team, Sugbu Mighty Dragons, Bohol Paddlers Association, Survivors Leyeteños Paddling Team, and San Jose Banatti Negros
And 12 teams from Mindanao: Ricspeed Dragon Boat Team, Amihan Dragon Boat Team, Samal Dragon Boat Team, Davao Gladiator, Hydra Dragon Boat Team, CCY Oro Dragons, Brave Dragon Boat Team, Fast Rider, El Kabater Dragon Boat Team , Bugsay Marajao, Cantilan Red Dragons and RMMC GenSan Dragon Boat Team.
Dapa Mayor Elizabeth Matugas said they are encouraged to hold a more elaborate event next time due to the number of athletes and spectators in attendance.
She noted that the town’s homestays and other accommodation facilities have been fully booked, boosting the momentum of local tourism revitalization.
Representative Surigao del Norte Francisco Jose Matugas II is focused on making the event international next year.
On Sunday, the open and women’s categories of the race will open.
The champion of the race will earn P150,000, P100.00 in 2nd place, P75,000 in 3rd place and P50,000 for 4th place. 10,000 pesos will be awarded to each runner. from 5 to 10.
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