Boracay International Dragon Boat Festival

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Boracay International Dragon Boat Festival is an annual boat race competition held in Boracay, Philippines.

About the event

Annual sports events and competitions have been held in Boracay since the introduction of dragon boating to the island in 2001. Three years later, the Boracay Island Paddlers Association (BIPA) was tasked to promote Boracay as a sports destination and highlight dragon boating as its main sport. [1]

Boracay saw its first international dragon boating event in 2007. In 2008, Tribu Camarines Sur bested competitors in the 300-meter Mixed Open and the 300-meter Men's Open. The Bugsay Boracay team, on the other hand, championed the 500-meter Women's Open, and took home other awards, such as 2nd place (300-meter Men's Open and 300-meter Women's Open) and 3rd place (500-meter Men's Open, 500-meter Mixed Open, and 300-meter Mixed Open).

More than a thousand paddlers from Australia, Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, the United States, and the Philippines competed in 2009. [2] Winners are as follows:

  • 300-meter Mixed Open:
    • Winner: CamSur Rowing Team
    • 1st runner-up: Bugsay Boracay
    • 2nd runner-up: PNP Patriots
    • 3rd runner-up: Boracay All Stars
  • 300-meter Men's Open:
    • Winner: CamSur Rowing Team
    • 1st runner-up: Boracay All Stars
    • 2nd runner-up: Guardians Rowing Team
    • 3rd runner-up: Ati Bugsay
  • 300-meter Women's Open:
    • Winner: PNP Patriots
    • 1st runner-up: Bugsay Blades
    • 2nd runner-up: Singapore Paddle Club
    • 3rd runner-up: Stormy Dragons
  • 500-meter Mixed Open:
    • Winner: CamSur Rowing Team
    • 1st runner-up: PNP Patriots
    • 2nd runner-up: Singapore Paddle Club
    • 3rd runner-up: Bugsay Boracay
  • 500-meter Men's Open:
    • Winner: CamSur Rowing Team
    • 1st runner-up: Guardians Rowing Team
    • 2nd runner-up: Gaud Ilonggo
    • 3rd runner-up: Stormy Dragons
  • 500-meter Women's Open:
    • Winner: Singapore Paddle Club
    • 1st runner-up: Bugsay Blades
    • 2nd runner-up: PNP Patriots
    • 3rd runner-up: Stormy Dragons


From 22 to 24 April 2010, the 4th International Dragon Boat Festival will be held in cooperation with the Department of Tourism and the municipality of Malay, Aklan. The event program includes welcome cocktails, parade of teams, the traditional dotting of the “eye of the dragon,” awards dinner, and a send-off party for the participants. [2]

References

  1. ^ "Boracay International Dragon Boat Festival," Boracay Dragon Boat (accessed 16 March 2010)
  2. ^ "It’s Dragon Boat season again," by Wanggo Gallaga for Philippine Daily Inquirer You (accessed 16 March 2010)
  3. ^ "2010 BIDBF," Boracay Dragon Boat (accessed 16 March 2010)

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