A total of 17 teams or 636 athletes from all over the country will be seeing action in the Mayor’s Cup Spring Festival Dragon Boat Race in Cagayan de Oro on Saturday, January 21, 2023.
The Mayor’s Cup Spring Festival Dragon Boat Race is part of the City Government’s lined-up activities for this year’s Chinese New Year Festival.
The 17 teams expected to participate in the said competition include Kampilan Dragon Boat, Gladiators Davao, Ricspeed, Samal Dragons, and Amihan from Davao; RMMC Bluefins Dragon Boat Team from General Santos; Universidad de Zamboanga, Wildcats Paddlers Dragon Boat Team from Zamboanga.
Speed Devilz and Philippine Army Dragon Warriors from Manila; San Jose Banatti and United Dragonhearts from Negros; Dumaguete Yellowfins from Dumaguete; Dalipuga Dragons from Iligan; Brgy Carmen Dragon Boat Team, CGY Oro Dragons, and BraveDogs from Cagayan de Oro; and Hydra Riders, which is composed of paddlers from Cagayan de Oro and Davao.
According to Oro-TIPC (Trade Investments Promotions Center) chief John Asuncion, the chairman of the Chinese New Year Festival Committee, the dragon boat race is divided into five categories.
These are the Standard Open 300M, Standard Mixed 300M 24 and Under, Standard Mixed 300M Premier, Standard Mixed 300M Masters, and Standard Mixed Novelty Race. Winners from each category will receive cash prizes, trophies, and medals.
Champion teams will get P50,000 in cash prize, P30,000 for first runners-up, P20,000 for second runners-up, and P10,000 for third runners-up.
The Mayor’s Cup Spring Festival Dragon Boat Race will be held at Isla de Oro from January 21 to 22 at 7 a.m. (Cheleste Simene, photo courtesy of CIO-File Photos)