Most teams have come in. I’ve seen the highly-touted Philippine Coast Guard team practice this morning. So with the young student-paddlers of Father Saturnino Urios University of Butuan. To the oooohs and aaahhs of our onlookers. The Bohol teams practiced this morning as well. And the Army Team checked in and took a look at the course. Blue Phoenix will practice this afternoon. The Navy will try the course tomorrow. So with the Onslaught, Triton, RCP and Maharlika Drakon. We had problems with Lake Buhi for a while there, but they’re finally on their way. Ladies and gentlemen, we are a GO!!!
Practice sessions will continue tomorrow, Apr 27. Smart Philippines will provide a Dragon Boat Clinic for those interested to try. The 2nd Cobra -PDBF International Club Crew Challenge will formally open tomorrow afternoon with a motorcade that will bring the players around Tagbilaran City, culminating in Dauis Church. This will be followed by the opening ceremony in the late afternoon.
Competition commences on Sunday, Apr 28, with the 2km long distance event. After the 2km event will be the 200 meter sprints, the showcase event of the tournament that will feature the best dragonistas in the country pitted against each other.
The following day, April 29, the battle continues with the 500m event. This will be followed by the closing ceremony in the late afternoon.
Everyone is enjoined to come and watch the first-ever Dragon Boat extravaganza in Bohol! If you can’t come, look us up in our FB page where we will have live action reports.
The 2nd Cobra – PDBF International Club Crew Challenge was produced by the Provincial Government of Bohol, the Philippine Dragon Boat Federation, and Tapok Tapok Bol-anon; with Cobra, Philex, Smart Philippines and Cetaphil. Co-producing the event were Lj Lumayag of K & N Productions, Bohol Paddlers Association, and the municipalities of Dauis and Maribojoc, Rotary Tagbilaran and Jaycees Bohol.
The major sponsors were: Bluewater Panglao, Bellevue Hotel, First Consolidated Bank, TIEZA, Zoocolate Thrills, and Dep Comm Danny Lim. Other sponsors include: DOT, Oishi, 2Go, AMR, Starlite, Eskaya, Ramasola Studios, Truckworld, Island Prints and Cong Rene Relampagos.
The media partners include: the Manila Bulletin, Sports Digest, Philippine Star, Business Mirror, TV5, Solar Sports, Sports Unlimited, BCCTV, Bohol Chronicle, DYRD and DZRH.