Category Archives: Dragon Boat
Not too busy this Saturday?
Head down to Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao on May 16, 2015 to watch different dragon boat teams of Mindanao as they compete at the Bugsay Mindanao 2: Paddle for Peace Dragon Boat Competition.
Witness visiting teams from CdeO (Liceo Dragonoids of Liceo de Cagayan University), Butuan (FSUU Blue Dragons of Fr. Saturnino Urios University), Iligan (Team Bakunawa) as well as local Davao teams such as the Dragons del Sur, Base Camp Davao Dragons, and Hiraya Minokawa Dabaw paddle for peace… For one Mindanao!
Hope to see you there! Please support my team, Hiraya Minokawa Dabaw as we slice the waters with purpose… For the love of the sport, for peace, for the environment, and for one Mindanao!
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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.
Contrary to news circulated by people who do not seem to have the proper command of the communication arts, my dragon boat team, the Hiraya Minokawa Dabaw (HMD) is still very much intact and have not been exploded/destroyed/dismantled/broken (I don’t know which to use since the Visayan word released was “bungkag” – a word which I believe is normally used for objects. To be more precise, I googled its translation as such: dismantled \disassembled \knocked down \taken apart \scattered parts). So take your pick.
Again, I would just like to state that our team is still here to stay. There were a number of members who decided to leave the group out of their own volition and with reasons that they can only justify with. In life, it would be unfair if we would hold back people from their happiness. As long as they are happy, we support them.
Now that the issue has been cleared, the HMD is continuously promoting the dragon boat sport to the Davao City community. Being part of the group, we are eager to accept individuals who are interested in our sport.
We train during weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) from 5:00AM – 8:00AM at Bonguyan Beach Resort (at the extreme left side where our boat is currently located). To be continuously updated, please visit our Facebook Fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/hirayaminokawadabaw
Some of our recruitment ads:
Thank you for your unwavering support.
HIRAYA MINOKAWA… DABAW!!!
It was through the prodding of a colleague in school (while having our weekly swimming session) that I was encouraged to join the first-ever dragon boat team to be formed in Davao City. I wasn’t expecting for it to happen sooner rather than later. Little did I know then…
April 2, 2014 (the day after my mom’s 40 days) when that same colleague told me a meeting will be held for the dragon boat team preparation. Training started immediately on that weekend (April 5 & 6, 2014) from 5:ooam – 7:00am. I just started my Saturday summer work then, so I had to rush to school to clock in by 8am.
It was only during the 2nd day of training that I felt how well my muscles were working. I had aches and pains all over the muscles of my body that I had long-forgotten I had. Flashback to my high school life and Preparatory Military Training (PMT). Well I guess, nothing really bonds you with another human person better than sharing the same experiences (and the same body pains) to attest to your camaraderie and unity.
April 9, 2014 (Araw ng Kagitingan)
A meeting was held at Aling Foping’s Halo-halo at the Matina Town Square (MTS) to discuss various matters involving the the dragon boat competition as well as finalizing and in making our team official. In particular, what name will we carry. The first few names up for selection were quite generic until the words “Hiraya” and “Minokawa” were mentioned. It got everybody a-buzzing with curiosity and awe then finally “HIRAYA MINOKAWA DABAW” was chosen as the team name.
Personally, I didn’t get much of the hype then. But I guess that’s how we all must journey at first… alone. So when my name got included in the Creative Committee (heaven knows why! When I have only a limited number of creative bones in my system… especially in drawing and designing!), it was during those solo moments of conceptualizing that it began to call on me and I started to own up to it… becoming part of the team.
Hiraya, according to one of my teammates, is the offspring of combining hopes, dreams, aspirations, and wishes. So I guess it’s all about promoting positivity and goodwill… and it’s what happiness is made of.
The Bagobos wove tales of the Minokawa as a giant bird as big as an island. It had eyes akin to mirrors, large beak and legs fashioned with steel, and wings as sharp as swords. The Minokawa was said to be able devour the sun and/or the moon. For a detailed background of the Minokawa, click here.
Honestly, I love stories about dragons but discovering one kind that is part of one’s own natural culture is simply spellbinding.
Hiraya Minokawa Dabaw
It’s amazing how something that you didn’t know about nor hear stories of would suddenly hold a special place in your life. How you would widen your scope to get the bigger picture, explore various avenues, and push your boundaries to find out more about what you’re aiming for. Never becoming satisfied until you find the one wherein you, and your teammates can resonate with (and I’m just talking about the conceptualization and visualization for our team logo here!). But it rings true, in dragon boating as well. You start out from knowing without… then as you come to experience it, you want to know more about the sport, tapping and connecting with people who are on the same boat, challenging yourself to work harder to become at par with the team.
In my few weeks of training for our dragon boat competition, I found it important to be at peace and be one with yourself. You are not competing with the other members of the team on who’s the strongest, or the fastest – who could beat the other on whatever. Because if it were a competition within the team, then we would be a lost cause.
Companionship (as those in the religious would call it), Camaraderie (for the sports-minded), Congruence (for some psychologists), Unity (for some sociologists), or Synchronicity (in the words of our Dragon boat team captain) is the key to a successful team. It’s not about second-guessing what the one in front of or beside you will be doing, but more of dancing to the same tune, hearing the same pounding of the drums, beating like one heart as we paddle through the water.
I have yet to experience such a moment of “one-ness” with my team. But as the time for the race approaches, my excitement slowly awakens my spirit with each passing day. Much like being roused from it’s mythical sleep, our hearts will resound with our Hiraya Minokawa – our hopes and dreams – taking them all by surprise as an eclipse would. Winning is not our primary goal, but to make our presence known. And as we raise our paddles in entry, we slice the water with purpose.