Preparations start for Paraw Regatta

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(Iloilo City PIO/PN)

ILOILO City – Preparations have started for the 44th Iloilo Paraw Regatta Festival on the third week of February 2016.

The Iloilo Paraw Regatta Foundation, Inc. (IPRFI) and the city government has signed a memorandum of agreement for the festival’s staging.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said public-private partnership will ensure the success of the oldest traditional sailing event in Southeast Asia and the country’s best sports tourism event.

IPRFI president Ronald Raymond Sebastian said they expect a more exciting and more colorful showcase and tribute to Ilonggo seafaring traditions and talents as they gather many participants and wider support.

Sebastian said they target a P2-million fund for the hosting even as the city government allotted P1.6 million for this year’s edition.

IPRFI has tapped universities such as John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University, St. Therese MTC Colleges, West Visayas State University and Iloilo Science and Technology University, among others and groups like Jaycees and Iloilo Watercraft Association to organize, support and participate in series of special events showcasing Ilonggo sports, arts, culture and heritage.

The week-long festivity will feature slalom competition, main paraw race, cultural shows, poster-making, miniature paraw-making, food-and-cook fest, photo contest and exhibit, beauty pageant, trade fair, painting contest, bike tour, fishing tournament, beach sports, and watersports.