THE Dauis Wild Dragons from Bohol bucked the odds to win the open division of the Dragons in Argao 3 Dragon Boat Competition in the Argao Serviced Villas, Barangay Suba in Poblacion, Argao, Cebu yesterday.
The Dauis Wild Dragons clocked 1 minute and 30.46 seconds in the final heat to rule the Short Boat 300-meter category over the Philippine Accessible Disability Services (Pads) -Team A and Bohol Paddlers Association (BPA), who had times of 1:31:24 and 1:32:84, respectively.
“We did not expect to win the open category,” said Wild Dragons team manager Christopher Nistal, who shared that the team’s dream is to have its own dragonboat someday. “We practiced using the boat made of bamboo; we call it our ‘dragon bamboo boat’. It has a different feel from a dragon boat we are using in the competition, but still it’s very useful in our preparation.”
The Dauis squad, composed of 36 paddlers who are mostly laborers, fishermen and students, also bagged second place in the 300m Mixed Short Boat category, finishing next to BPA.
The BPA clocked 1:30.89, while Dauis timed 1:33.96. Pads-Team A finished third in 1:34.58.
“It’s our dream to have our own dragon boat. We’re working it out in our LGU. Hopefully it will materialize soon,” he said.
Primary Homes Inc., the major backer of the race, provided four dragon boats to be used by the competing teams.
“This is our third year and we can say that the awareness of the sport is really growing. We’re very happy with the turnout. The success of the event is also made possible by the strong support from Argao LGU,” said Michelle Cutang, the marketing manager of Primary Homes Inc.
In its support of dragonboat, Primary Homes Inc. fielded four teams in the annual competition, which drew a total of 15 teams from Bohol, Dumaguete, and Cebu.
In the all-Argao team competition, Barangay Langtad reigned with a time of 1:35.05, beating Barangay Casay, who clocked 1:37.61.
“We have seen improvements in the barangay teams here, comparing with our first year. We’re satisfied with the turnout and result this year. Hoping for another great event next year,” said Cutang.
Nonnie Lopez of Dragon Boat Cebu Central said that for next year they’re aiming to make it to 20 teams next year. “It’s the first time that a corporate team (Primary Homes) has joined here, we hope that other companies that will follow,” he said. (RSC)