THE Iloilo City government will again host the 2017 National DoubleDragon Boat Race Championship on Aug. 19 at the Iloilo Esplanade 2.
The national activity is one of the side events of the Iloilo City 80th Charter Day celebration on Aug. 25.
Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the annual dragon boat race is a great opportunity to showcase the sports, tourism, economic, and environmental potentials of the Iloilo River.
More or less 15 teams across the country will see action in the event which was initiated by Senator Franklin Drilon Cup in 2012 and followed through by DoubleDragon Properties Corp. in 2014.
Drilon said DoubleDragon agreed to adapt and sustain the boat race as one of the major events in the city.
“This is a legacy that I will leave to the Ilonggos, that I want to continue for the generations to come,” he added.
Last year, 12 teams joined the race with the Philippine Coast Guard Dragon Boat team dominating the men’s and women’s divisions.
Boracay All-Stars team, on the other hand, ruled the mixed event.
Meanwhile, DoubleDragon chairman and chief executive officer Edgar “Injap” Sia said they intend to grow the event annually by inviting more dragon boat teams to visit and compete in Iloilo.
“The objective of this event is to promote the tourism industry of Iloilo City which will further stimulate local economic growth not only in Iloilo but the whole of Panay Island,” Sia added.