A decade of annual “boat race”, a contest among the fisher folks in Calatagan, Batangas has been concluded on June 24, 2013. Dubbed as Bangkathon 2013, Philippine Travel Blog was there in the middle of the ocean to cover and witness the successful event hosted by the CAP Ocean in partnership with the local government of Calatagan, the local PNP, Coastguard, Barangay officials and the local residents boarded in their own motorized “bangka” cheering for their own ontender for the race.
If you are following us on Twitter @PhTravelblog, together with our travel blogger friends @PopAzrael and @JuanManila, we were tweeting with hashtag #Bangkathon2013, you might have seen initial updates of the event, including the winners of the race. We have the initial photos in our Facebook page here.
Bangkathon is 10-kilometer boat race starting from the “Patay na Parola” in the ocean of Calatagan, Jessie delos Reyes, the project coordinator was manning the race with the support of everybody in Calatagan.
Families, relatives and friends are in motorized boat to cheer their own contestant. Its a family affair in Calatagan!
As early as 7AM, at the registration area at the Port of Calatagan, racers come in flock, carried by a big motorized boat, connected by ropes.
After the registration, everybody were gathered to the “Patay na Parola”, all participants had their own rituals, some are doing stretching to get physically prepared for the race, some are all smiles as if they are sure winner already. Others seem to look anxious and not sure if he is going to finish the race. Bangkathon is an all-men race.
The 10-kilomoter race has been concluded in just around 48 minutes with the fifth time Champion Louie Macalalad, a 40-year old fisherman, arriving first in the finish line, placing in the second place is Jayson Molina, a 20 year old fisherman who confessed he only prepared for one week, while Louie prepared for one month. It is Louie’s fifth time as Champion skipping last year only.
Louie Macalalad, Bangkathon 2013 Champion, is a 40 years old fisherman who is winning for the fifth time this year.
Jayson Molina, 20 years old only, last year he was only in the sixth place, this year he emerge as the 2nd place winner.
With 20 years old as the youngest contestant, making it to the 2nd place, a 40-year old champion, the oldest contender is Eudardo Sebuja who is 63 years old.
All of the fisher folks who joined the contest, 27 of them, three were awarded cash prize, the Champion went home with P15,000, 2nd place with P10,000 and third placer went home with P10,000. All the rest went home with half cavan of rice! Everybody were happy!
Calatagan has more than 1000 registered fisherfolks with more or less 300 boats. The Bangkathon race has no registration fee, fisherman joining the contest must be registered in the LGU to be qualified in the race.
In case you want to support this NGO that spearheads this annual competition in Calatagan, you may get in touch with Jessie delos Reyes, (FB link provided), or you can check out CAP Ocean Facebook page
We have more photos in our Flickr account, you can check it out in this link.
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