Sunday, August 23, 2015

1st Panglao Fiesta Challenge Cup Highlights


Alona Beach played host to 12 dragon boat teams that battled it out for supremacy in the blue waters off Alona Tropical Beach Resort and the just- opened Henann Beach Resort. 

 warm-up in front of Alona Tropical Beach Resort

Close to a thousand dragon boat enthusiasts & their families from Cebu, Bohol, Dumaguete and Manila responded to the invite from the Bohol Paddlers Association inc to join the 1st Panglao Fiesta Challenge Cup.  

The following dragon boat teams that made it to Bohol were  Teams Habagat, Bogo "The Green City" Cebu and Lexmark from Cebu, Teams Alab Sagwan Pilipinas A and Alab Sagwan Pilipinas B from Manila, Team Hilera Negros from Dumaguete and Teams Leo Club, Lions Club, Totolan, Tubigon and Baba Yap of Ubujan 

 fabulous Henann Resort beachfront 

Strong winds made it difficult for some of the teams to navigate the treacherous waters thus forcing organizers to move the finals to Dauis town.  Here are more of the action as seen through the lenses of Ric Obedencio

Seen during the awarding ceremonies later in the evening were Panglao Mayor Nila Montero & Vice Mayor Pedro Fuertes who came in straight from the Henann Grand Opening.  Tubigon Mayor Marlon Amila joined his team during the awarding ceremonies. Former Cebu Congressman and now PB of Cebu Hon. Celestino Martinez also came with the dragon boat paddlers from Bogo, Cebu. 

 Mayor Nila Montero & Vice Mayor Fuertes with
Tubigon Mayor Amila  whose team placed 2nd

 Cebu political figure Celestino "Tining"Martinez III
with Dobap Aparicio, main organizer

Congratulations Dobap and the rest of the Bohol Paddlers Association members for pushing through with the exciting races 

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