ILOILO CITY — Ilonggos can look forward to more events in next year’s Paraw Regatta Festival under a new management, following the resignation of Iloilo Paraw Regatta Foundation Inc. (IPRFI) president, Dr. Ronald Raymond Sebastian.
Sebastian announced his resignation during the awarding ceremony on Sunday evening, saying he needs to focus on his work as chief executive officer (COO) of the John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (JBLFMU).
“I will not leave Paraw Regatta in a very bad note. I left them with good people to sustain the activity,” he assured.
Sebastian will be replaced by incoming chairperson Vincent Tajanlangit of the Iloilo Water Club Association, the biggest water-related club in the Philippines.
“We are making sure that everybody who wants to have fun in the water is safe and we want to promote anything that is sea or maritime-related,” Tajanlangit said.
Among the big events this 47th year of the festival were the Sinamba de Regatta, Slalom competition, miniature paraw making contest, beach volleyball, pinta layag, and the main sailing event.
On Sunday, entries from Malay, Aklan bagged the first four spots in category C of the main sailing competition, bringing home big cash prizes of the 47th Iloilo Guimaras Paraw Regatta Festival.
The main sailing competition has three categories. Category C is open to paraws measuring more than 22.1 feet on the waterline; while categories A and B are smaller, with the former measuring 25 feet from the tip of the stern to the tip of the bow; and the latter measuring 16.1 feet to 22 feet on the waterline.
Emerging as winners in the category C were: Kim Aron owned by Efren Aguirre from Brgy. Sambiray the first placer; Good Shoot Baby owned by Rona Casidsid from Brgy. Argao, second; Happy Hour of Ronel Cahilig from Brgy. Cubay Norte, third; and Ashley owned by Teody Belejerdo from Brgy Sambiray, fourth placer, all from Malay, Aklan.
The Paraw Regatta is considered as the oldest sailing event in Asia.
The annual competition manifested the ingenuity of local seafarers in search of a perfect wind, as they try to cross the 30-kilometer route starting in front of Tatoy’s Manokan and Seafoods in Arevalo district towards Bundolan Point in Jordan, Guimaras, and back to Arevalo. (PNA)