By Robbie Pangilinan, Founder
MANILA via CAFÉ LUPE - With less than two months of preparation and countless struggles and hardships, the COBRA-Philippine Dragon Boat Federation Team proudly arrived in Manila from South Korea with a bronze medal. The Philippines’ Women’s Team won third place in both 200-meter and 500-meter Women’s Event in the 10th Asian Dragon Boat Championships hosted by the Asian Dragon Boat Federation (ADBF) and organized by the Korean Dragon Boat Association (KDBA).
Lacking one male paddler, the PDBF Mixed Crew still finished fourth in the 500-meter event, after Tahiti Nui-French Polynesia, Chinese Taipei, and Australia. Japan and Singapore were in fifth and sixth places, respectively.
Around 600 participants from 11 countries, all members of the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF), paddled their way to victory at the Suyeong River and APEC Naru Park in Haeundae, Busan, South Korea from September 7 to 9.
The competitions were 12 Crews (Small Boat): 200-meter and 500-meter for Open/Men’s, Female/Women’s, Coed/Mixed events; 22 Crews (Standard Boat): 200-meter and 500-meter for Open/Men’s, Female/Women’s, Coed/Mixed events; 22 Crews (Standard Boat): 5,000-meter for Open/Men’s and Female/Women’s events.
The team is sponsored by COBRA Energy Drink, the Official Energy Drink of the PDBF Team and has the following members: Marcia Cristobal (Team Manager), Nestor Ilagan (Head Coach), Rupert Sabijon (Steerperson), Ma. Ailene Padrones (Drummer), Isidro Guitering, Cresmark Dayumat, Jimmy Petilo Jr., Aflomar Andrade, Melvin Lumiguid , Honeylyn Leonardo, Jessieann Baccay, Jean Naing, Thea Bartolome, Marilou Adalid, Maricris Veloso, Riza Canonoy, Charmaine Ong, Mary Ann Huganas, and Noemi Tener. #