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    Davao to host International Dragon Boat Festival this May


    Davao is becoming aggressive in promoting water sports and will host the 3rd Cobra-PDBF International Club Crew Challenge 2014 that will commence this coming May 1 and will end on May 4, 2014 at the Baywalk in Ecoland.

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    The 1st Davao City Dragon Boat Festival 2014 will be the first time for Mindanao, particularly Davao City, to host a festive international dragon boat competition. Mayor Rodrigo Duterte instructed Sports Development Division to ensure best practices and templates to successfully host the event.


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    The City Government of Davao, City Tourism Office and Philippine Dragonboat Federation (PDBF) Davao jointly see the event as a vehicle to showcase Davao to an international crowd, further expanding the benefits of the competition and boosting tourism here. A successful international dragon boat festival will convey a clear message that Davao City, is safe and a good venue for tourism.
    The Cobra-PDBF Club Crew Challenge started last 2012 in Boracay. In April 2013, PDBF and the TTBI organized the second Cobra-PDBF Club Crew Challenge in Bohol, attracted over 500 local and foreign participants. They want to ride on that momentum and continue the event’s success in the south to bring the dragon boat festival to Mindanao for the first time.


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    Taditional contenders such as Lake Buhi, Army, Triton, and the Coastguard teams based in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao are expected to join along with visiting teams from Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Macau, and Singapore to compete for the open female, open male and mixed categories. The race is set at 200m, 500m and two kilometers.
    The champion will bring home a cash prize of P 30,000 while the second and third placers will settle for P 20,000 and P 10,000, respectively.


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    In addition, the Davao Dragon Boat Association (DDBA) is lining up numerous activities to make the affair a truly memorable one. Aside from the dragon boat races, there are other events planned such as a motorcade to kick-off the festivities, a Mr & Ms Davao Dragon Boating 2014, a Dragon Boating 2014 Photo Contest, an Adopt-a-Team Program, city and island tours, plus non-stop fun and games from stage activities and many more.


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    For more information, contact Philippine Dragonboat Federation (PDBF) Davao area head retired Major General Charly Holganza at mobile number (0917) 704-1956 or Ronnel Abrenica or Charles Maxey of SDD-CMO at (082) 221-2266


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