Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo said the city is ready to host next year’s edition of the Dumaguete Dragon Boat Challenge and is expecting more teams even from abroad to join the tournament.
City Tourism Officer Jacqueline Antonio also recently assured readiness to manage next year's event, with the endorsement of city councilors Alan Gel Cordova and Michael Bandal, Remollo, Jonne Go of the Philippine Canoe Kayak Dragon Boat Federation, and City Youth and Sports Development coordinator Ike Xavier Villaflores.
This year, 18 teams from Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao and Hong Kong competed in several categories, including the Leyteños Paddlers, UMAGU, Hilera, Siete Dos Maribojoc Dragon Paddlers, Sta. Monica Bull Frog, Tacloban Salties, Metro Dumaguete Paddlers, Essencia Blue Sharks Paddlers, Hong Kong Canoe Union Dragon Boat Team, Philippine Titans, Metro Dumaguete Paddlers, Twin Paddlers, Pen C Fitness Dragon Boat Team, Manila Dragon Boat and Rowing Team, Tambobo Bay Paddlers, Grupo Habagat, PNP Maritime, and the homegrown Dumaguete Yellowfins of Barangay Calindagan.
Meanwhile, veteran team PNP Maritime Group escaped defeat to Team Yellow, a local team composed of fishermen during the championship of the 2018 Dumaguete Dragon Boat Challenge held recently at the Rizal Boulevard beach in the city.
The Yellow Fins won the standard boat and standard boat mixed categories. PNP Maritime Group bested 17 other teams in short boat, 100 meters mixed, 100 meters open and standard boat open categories. The Calindagan Yellow Fins also competed this weekend at the Cebu Dragon Boat Festival 2018 in Naga City against 18 other teams.*
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