The Philippines is still a force to be reckoned with in dragon boat as it claimed one gold and one silver in two different international dragon boat competitions.
Represented by Mindanao-based Team Bakunawa, the Filipino paddlers bagged the top honors in the 2017 Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Championship held at the Stanley Main Beach in Hong Kong.
They topped the 200-meter Open standard boat category after submitting 50.96 seconds to beat seven other squads that qualified in the eigth-team championship round including Hong Kong bets BGC Stormy Dragons (51.30) and Stanley Fisherman Rec Club (51.60), which settled for silver and bronze, respectively.
“At first, just to send these men overseas for their first-ever foreign competition seems almost impossible. It has been a dream to see an all-Mindanao team be represented abroad especially as we hold Bugsay Mindanao events where Team Bakunawa is a consistent winner,” according to the statement posted by the Philippine Dragon Boat on its official Facebook page.
“We offer this as our prayer for Peace in Mindanao. These men are from Iligan. We made history, we put Mindanao in the Dragon Boat map,” the statement added.
Prior to the Hong Kong meet, Team Bakunawa got a silver in the 6th Huizhou International Dragon Boat Invitational held in Huizhou, China.
The team checked in at one minute and 35.244 seconds to secure the runner-up honors in the 500m Open standard boat category dominated by host China (1:30.466).
The members of the team are Rafu Destajo, Teody Zamora Jr., Andy Yanez, Kirk Dan Raterta, Rheymar Dagulsonan, Dionescio Atay, Michael Brian Encarquez, Miflone Pizon, Ralph Migrino, Julius Caezar Quidlat, Aike Migrino, Jay Cabuhayan, Clyde Jay Roxas, Rhap Yanez, Lobertsan Duayao, Jeff Umbay, Rudy Adorniga, Jonathan Ebgos, Job Michael Bitoon, Frederick Cuajao and Daniel Raterta.