Thursday, April 25, 2013

Army & Navy Faces Off in Bohol Dragon Boat Race

Philippine Navy Standard
While Bohol awaits with bated breath the convergence of some of the country's premier dragon boat teams, the entire Philippine dragon boat community is brimming with excitement over the impending clash between long-time rivals, Army and Navy in the 2nd Cobra-PDBF Club Crew Challenge on April 26-30 in Dauis, Bohol.

The Army and Navy paddlers have long dominated the local dragon boat scene, until something spoiled their otherwise healthy match-ups.

A decade ago, the Army and Navy, together with the Air Force, dominated the dragon boat field. This domination by the three comrades-in-arms in the military would be challenged by teams from Boracay and Camarines Sur.

Boracay’s development commenced in 2008, when it started to host local and international dragon boat races.

CamSur emerged as a strong contender in 2009 when Gov. Elray Villafuerte, who wanted his province to become a prime water sport destination, put up a highly-competitive dragon boat team.

Philippine Army
Those were the glory years of local dragon boating, when the best of the best would converge in Manila Bay for friendly games that would only serve to upgrade the national standards of the colorful sport.

All these came to a stop when the Philippine Dragon Boat Federation (PDBF) was scratched from the Philippine Olympic Commission (POC) roster in 2011.

Today, the Navy dominates the leagues under the Philippine Canoe Kayak Association (PCKF), while the Army has been slugging it out with Lake Buhi and a fast-developing Coastguard in the PDBF-sanctioned tourneys.

This month, the Army and the Navy will be seeing action together for the first time in years in a match every paddle-master has been waiting for.

Which of the two champion teams will emerge unscathed in the tussle? Will there be a come from behind victory from among the underrated but equally determined champion teams? 

Find out this week April 26 to 29 in Bohol's most sizzling summer sports spectacle organized by  (Ret) Major General  Charly Holganza together with Geraldine Gentozala- Juachon with Event Management by LJ Lumayag's K & N Productions

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