Water sports for a livelier Garden By The Bay

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Sunday, February 7, 2010


THAT is how Jefferson Tan and his managers will make use of the beautiful channel and the coast along Davao Gulf where Garden By The Bay is.

There's a windswept place in Lanang, this city, facing the scenic Island Garden City of Samal where food is affordable and the ambiance of the place is magical depending on your mood.

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Kayaking, a water sports that closely relates to canoeing, will be the main fare to start with and hopefully comes along other water sports ala-CamSur to make Garden By The Bay another water sports and kayak center of Davao.

It used to be just Garden Oasis along Obrero serving basketball aficionados and diners and swimmers and the pavilion that makes taekwondo champions out of children and adults under the tutelage of Jun Te, Giovanni delos Santos and Bong Go's City Sports Division.

By the way, the Philippines Taekwondo Association is rearing to give the country its gold in this martial arts Olympics sports discipline.

That is not impossible as we have just recently produced three Filipino world champions in Camille Alarilla, Janice Lagman and Rani Ortega.

Their fine forms and accurate executions of the Poomsae have won for them the world championships in Cairo, Egypt last November 30 and December 2, 2009.

In Davao, we are not lacking in talents and spread-out facilities considering that the private sector is doing their part to promote sports specially sports-tourism.

Garden By The Bay for example is now into water sports with the Ist Night Kayak Competition as announced by Jessamine Satise, food and beverage manager of the Maryknoll-neighbor establishment that serve delicious and succulent foods with breakfast on weekends and lunch and dinner on weekdays.

Edge Davao's Rey Sumagaysay lends his expertise to promote the program which is expected to gather thirty teams with Tommy Iñigo's High Ponds and Jimmy Javier's Bee Fit that are high on the list of top contenders.

Registration fee is at P350 each in a team of two, mixed doubles, beginners and the novice division with free dinner and sando uniforms.

The competition begins on Sunday, February 21, at the Garden By The Bay in coastal Lanang. No problem with security and first aid as experts’ security men from the Coast Guard will themselves participate in securing the area.

The morning between 8 to 11 a.m. will be allotted to free kayak clinic for the newcomers. Registration period is 1 to 2 p.m. and official race starts at 3 p.m. even into the night.

Davao Gulf Beat: Kayak is a romantic sport with the moon shadow. - Honeylet Delfin

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