Friday, April 30, 2010

BIPA on its 4th Dragon Boat Fest in Bora

The 4th Boracay International Dragon Boat Festival sailed last April 22-24 along the inviting blue waters of Boracay island. Twenty local and visiting teams competed in the 500 meter races with the Philippine Army winning the men’s, Hong Kong based Stormy Dragon topping the women’s, and the Fleet Marine ending up on top of the mixed class.

The festival program includes welcome cocktails and opening ceremony with the parade of teams and the traditional dotting of the “eye of the dragon” and a most enjoyable awards dinner and farewell party for all participants.

Boracay Island Paddlers’ Association (BIPA) organized the 1st Boracay International Dragon Boat Festival in 2007 and since then the races become an annual event.

Nenette Aguirra-Graf, BIPA President, noted that they consider the Team CamSur, last edition’s big winner, as a machine on how it dominates all their opponents. She also stressed that Team CamSur is out of the game this year.

This successful event was organized by the BIPA, presented by the Department of Tourism in cooperation with the Municipality of Malay, the Philippine Dragon Boat Federation, and the Boracay Regency Beach Resort and Convention Center. It was also supported by Smart, Manny O. Wines, Sea Air, Zest Air, and Fairways and Bluewater Golf and Country Club, with Manila Standard as one of the media partners.


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