Bugsay Mindanao with Hiraya Minokawa Dabaw
It’s the middle of the week and I’m still on a high from one of the most memorable weekends I’ve ever had. My last Facebook status read like this:
Remember a few months ago I posted that I took on a new sport? Dragon Boat? Well in case you forgot, you can read it here.
My team, Hiraya Minokawa Dabaw (HMD), decided to join the Bugsay Mindanao, the 1st Northern Mindanao Dragon Boat Race once we knew about it. Aside from being able to put into play what we have practiced, the event’s advocacy was right up the alley of our team. And since the race was just in Mindanao, traveling concerns would be easily handled.
The race was hosted by Liceo de Cagayan University, the home of the Liceo U Dragonoids. Other dragon boat teams from all over Mindanao also joined the event. Iligan City was represented by Team Bakunawa, Butuan City by the Fr. Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) Blue Dragons, and 3 more teams from Davao: 1. Hiraya Minokawa Dabaw; 2. Dragons del Sur; and 3. Base Camp (Dragons) Davao.
I don’t think my words can do enough justice to the hype that was going on during those moments, so I’m sharing some photos instead.
Some race photos…
It was truly a memorable experience! We won as Overall Champion with the following awards in our name:
200m Men’s Open Category – 3rd Place
200m Women’s Category -3rd Place
200m Mixed Category – 1st Place
1600m Men’s Open Category – 2nd Place
1600m Mixed Category – 2nd Place
But aside from the awards we won, and the medals, plaques, and trophies we received, it was the feeling of being one with all the other paddlers who joined the race… uniting as One Mindanao! Aside from promoting the sport, the advocacy of safeguarding the river and promoting the conservation of the environment and being part of something positive and life-giving makes all the muscle pains all worth it! Not to mention the bonds we’ve forged with other dragon boat teams in Mindanao.
“Always slice the water with purpose.“
If you want to view more photos, you can also check our Facebook Fanpage here.
I’m also sharing one of the most memorable moments during the whole event. The coolest cool down ever.
Posted on December 10, 2014, in A Blog A Day/Week, Dragon Boat, Sports and tagged Blue Dragons, bugsay mindanao, dragon boat, hiraya minokawa dabaw, hmd, one mindanao, postaday, postaday2014, postaweek, postaweek2014. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.