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1st Mercedes National Dragon Boat Competition – Camarines Norte

Posted on 08 May 2014 by pdbf.official

We are pleased to inform you that the GM Pacific Coast will be having “ The 1st Mercedes National Dragon Boat Competition ”  that will showcase the strength, talent and gracefulness of the different Dragon Boat Teams/Players of the Philippines.
One of the objectives of this momentous event is to enhance our youth and introduce this sports here in Camarines Norte, to build new breed of champions tagged as “Kabataan ay Turuan Palawakin ang Kalinangan, Kapaligiran ay Ingatan para sa Magandang Kinabukasan”.

Sponsored by the GM Pacific Coast in cooperation with the Local Government of Mercedes through the initiative of Hon. Alexander Lo Pajarillo Municipal Mayor and the Philippine Dragon Boat Federation Inc., (PDBF).
This undertaking of our group, the organizers of this event intend to promote Dragon Boat, develop our youth and local tourism by simply inviting Dragon Boat team’s and introduce the good environment and delicacies our province have. This project will also help our local economy grow and recognized as one of the best tourist spot here and abroad.
The Prime Spot – Cayucyukan Beach Resort, Mercedes, Camarines Norte will be the venue for the Dragon Boat Competition. A premiere destination valued for its pristine beauty and preserved nature.
“The 1st Mercedes National Dragon Boat” competition activities are expected to attract spectators and participants nationwide. The event aside from the impact of tourism promotion to the province, it shall develop local talents for greater and tougher competitions ahead.



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Philippine Air Force during the 1st Davao Dragon Boat Festival 2014

Posted on 17 May 2014 by pdbf.official

Video by Ian Ulpindo of 


HIGHLY-TOUTED Philippine Air Force (PAF) snatched two titles while the Philippine Army (PA) clinched the premier open division crown at the close of the 1st Mayor Rody and Vice Mayor Pulong Duterte Summer Sportsfest Dragon Boat Race at Baywalk along Times Beach in Davao City yesterday.

The Air Force tallied a total of 20 points to rule the mixed event while Triton team garnered 17 to settle for the runner-up honors. The Blue Phoenix (14 points), FSUU-A (11 points), FSUU-B (seven), Ampphi (five) and Minokawa (three) occupied the next five spots.

In the women’s event, PAF women earned 12 points to outclass Triton (10) for the championship. The latter finished second instead followed by FSUU-A, FSUU-B and Bumshells that shared the next three places with similar six points. Minokawa hit the bottom with two points.
The PA paddlers, meanwhile, enjoyed a one-point advantage to beat PAF, 21-20, in the open class. FSUU placed third with 15 points while Bakunawa (14 points), Ampphi (seven), Triton (six), Naga (three) and Minokawa (three) trailed behind.

The event organized as part of the city’s month-long Summer Sportsfest spearheaded by the Sports Development Division of the City Mayor’s Office was held in cooperation with the Philippine Dragon Boat Federation. (MLSA)

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International Dragon Boat Competition Invades Bohol!!!

Posted on 28 January 2013 by pdbf.official



This 26-30 April 2013, Bohol will host an international dragon boat competition for the first time. It is a prospect that not only excites the Boholano sports fans, it also offers opportunities for the commercial and cultural communities of Bohol and the Philippines. With more foreign and local tourists projected to visit Bohol for the fiesta season in May, coupled with the delegations expected to cheer for their respective dragon boat teams, the 2013 Bohol International Dragon Boat Invitational figures to be an exciting affair. It could also be the platform for a new level of engagement for Bohol and the Philippines.

PDBF Officials Visit Panglao


To discuss these opportunities, representatives of the Philippine Dragon Boat Federation (PDBF) led by its Sec-Gen, Pinky Castillo; national coach and trainer, Ruperto Sabijon; and Triton Dragon Boat Racing Club Pres, Dr Nick Fontanilla, recently met with the Bohol Provincial Government and representatives of the Bohol community.

PDBF Inspect Tagbilaran Strait


In his brief, Dr Fontanilla gave a background of the dragon boat competitions worldwide and emphasized the Philippines’ prestigious standing in the international dragon boat community. He presented the project and highlighted the many benefits Bohol would reap from introducing dragon boat racing in the province. These benefits would include the foreign and local tourism generated, the business opportunities, the sports development aspect, and the positive image created for the province. On top of that, the organizers have pledged to provide a social responsibility project for the province coming from the proceeds of the activity.

Dr Fontanilla presented a timeline that would make the April international affair not just doable, but a smashing success. He envisions that the recruitment of enthusiasts will happen this month. By January, there will be training sessions for trainers and aspiring paddlers, followed by a province-wide competition on March. This initial offering will identify the best paddlers in the province, who will then compete in the April event. This will also serve to break-in the venues, test the officials and technical staff, and create more awareness for the April big event.

A sport where Filipinos can excel in


For her part, Sec-Gen Castillo provided key insights on the potentials of the sport. This is a sport that Filipinos can excel in. In fact, Philippines has been consistently winning gold medals in numerous prestigious international races, the most recent of which was in Tampa, Florida last April. Here, the Philippine Team won a total of 5 golds out of 6 events it joined, besting the top paddlers of the globe. Our athletes are renowned to be world-class, with other countries anxious to study our technique. Dragon Boat racing is now recognized in 74 countries, and with its growing popularity, it is now being groomed to be a part of the regular Olympic events.

Making Bohol a Water Sport Destination


Bohol’s Governor, Edgar Chatto, has promised to support this project. He instructed the Provincial Sports Coordinator, Joel Molina, thru Provincial Administrator Ae Damalerio, to prepare the groundworks for the event. After the meeting, a group of rowing enthusiasts led by Dr Doyet Dumaluan immediately answered the call by organizing the Bohol Paddlers Association (BPA). The BPA will henceforth be working hand-in-hand with the local government, particularly the sports, business and tourism sectors, to organize this rowing festival. The vision of BPA is ambitious, yet achievable. It wants to put Bohol in the global map, by making Bohol a destination for water sports, and developing it to be the Dragon Boat Capital of the Philippines. How this can be done will be the big challenge for the leadership of the BPA.

Making Bohol the Dragon Boat Capital of the Philippines


We enjoin the tourism and sporting communities of Bohol to support this endeavor.  We likewise invite everyone to come and see Bohol’s first-ever Dragon Boat competition this April.

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Making Bohol the Dragon Boat Capital of the Philippines





Preparations on for Bohol dragon boat competition

It’s all systems go for the 2nd Cobra-PDBF International Club Crew Challenge 2013 to be held in Dauis, Bohol this April 26 to 30, 2013. In a lengthy coordinating conference held yesterday at the Provincial Capitol, the different committees were set up to ensure the success of the event.

To lead the Executive Committee is retired Gen Charly Holganza, representing the lead organizer, Tapok Tapok Bol-anon Inc. With him in the Execom are Provincial Administrator Ae Damalerio; Dauis Mayor Jimmy Jimenez; Tourism Council’s Atty Doy Nunag; Sports Council’s Joel Molina; and Bohol Paddlers Association head, Dr Doyet Dumaluan.


To initiate the activity, the Philippine Dragon Boat Federation (PDBF) has volunteered to send instructors to train interested individuals and teams in the art of dragon-boating.

Before the 5-day extravaganza in April, there will be a local competition on Mar 22 and 23to determine local talents who can be fielded in the international competition. The Mar event will also serve as a dress rehearsal for the April international meet.

The local competition is expected to attract teams from different towns, key schools and private establishments such as hotels, companies, etc. The competition will include men’s, women’s and mixed categories consisting of 22 personnel each; with 20 paddlers, 1 signalman and 1 steersman.

The international paddle-fest is expected to bring in around a thousand local and international enthusiasts. This is expected to boost the tourism industry in the province. And this will redound to gains in the commercial and cultural sectors of Bohol. This will also further enhance Bohol’s image as a good venue for big conferences.

On top of these, the sports development program of the province also benefits. This fledgling sport is now a candidate to be a part of the regular Olympic schedule. With the country’s paddlers consistently excelling in this sport, there is a strong possibility of a medal finish for the country in this event.

The organizers’ vision for this event is not just to make Bohol a water sport destination in the country, but to make Bohol the Dragon Boat capital of the Philippines.



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Army rowers sweep regatta team honors

Posted on 28 January 2013 by pdbf.official

2012_Annual Overall Ranking Winners

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Army staved off another strong challenge by Lake Buhi en route to sweeping the fourth leg and overall men’s team honors at the conclusion of the Cobra Energy Drink Regatta national finals last weekend at the Manila Bay.

In a rematch between established powers and rising stars in the sport, the Army rowers broke loose from their travel-weary Lake Buhi rivals in the last 100 meters to rule the 300-meter standard boat race in a time of one minute and 10.12 seconds.

The Buhi paddlers, who arrived a few hours before the race after a 12-hour, non-stop road trip from the lakeshore town of Buhi, Camarines Sur, still managed to finish a close second (1:11.44) while newcomer Philippine Coast Guard took third (1:13.61) in the event organized by the Philippine Dragon Boat Federation (PDBF).

But the Buhi squad didn’t leave home empty-handed, copping first place in the mixed division with a time of 1:15.54, with Manila Ocean Park (1:18.85) and Triton (1:19.26) taking runner-up and third spots, respectively in the Cobra-sponsored competition.

Triton A ruled the women’s competition in 1:35.34, Philippine Coast Guard placed second (1:36.24) and De La Salle University third (1:42.58) in the last dragon boat racing event of the year also backed by Smart, Cetaphil, Ramada Manila Central and Sunlife Financial.

“Once again we would like to thank all the rowers in making this a successful regatta series for the fourth straight year and Cobra Energy Drink for supporting our event,” said PDBF president Marcia Cristobal. “This event gave the chance for new rowers like those from Buhi to be discovered.”

Cristobal added that based on the superb showing of the Buhi paddlers, the PDBF might consider some of them for international competitions next year.

“Cobra Energy Drink will continue to support dragon boat rowing next year, including our rowers who will compete in the 11th IDBF World Dragon Boat Championships in Hungary,” said Cobra Energy Drink brand manager Jef Mendoza. “Once again, we look forward to them bringing honors to our country.”

“We would likewise thank all the rising number of rowers and teams that took part in our regatta, which just goes to show that dragon boat rowing now has a greater following in the country,” noted Cobra Energy Drink senior brand assistant Karlene Sebastian.

With their fourth straight first-place finish, Army bagged the overall team crown with 530 points while Onslaught and One Piece were third and second, respectively, following a race-off between the two teams.

Triton bagged the women’s overall plum with 290 points, Manila Ocean Park was second with 200 points and De La Salle University third with 170 points.

Manila Ocean Park secured the mixed overall championship with 290 points, La Salle runner-up (270) and Onslaught third (260).



2012_Annual Overall Ranking


Photos by: Cobra Energy Drink

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2012 COBRA-PDBF “Tunay na Lakas!” Race of PDBF Dragon Boat Teams

Posted on 30 August 2012 by pdbf.official

Don’t miss the COBRA-Philippine Dragon Boat Federation (PDBF) quarterly regatta, “Tunay na Lakas” race among PDBF dragon boat club teams!

This Sunday, SEPTEMBER 2 – 6am to 3pm, Baywalk Roxas Blvd!

Co-presented by our major sponsor – COBRA Energy Drink!

With minor sponsors, Ramada Manila Central and Sunlife Financial, with the support of Manila Sports Council (MASCO)!

PDBF Teams :

Adamson Paddlers University, Amateur Paddlers Philippines, Cebu Dragons, De La Salle University Dragon Boat Team, Maharlika Drakon, Manila Ocean Park Dragon Boat Team, One Piece Drakon Sangres, Onslaught Racing Dragons, Philippine Army Dragon Boat Team, Philippine Blue Phoenix Dragon Boat Club, Rogue Pilipinas Paddlers, Rowers Club Philippines Sea Dragon, Triton Dragon Boat Racing Team

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Columbia Recyclable Regatta First Leg at Waterfront Boardwalk, Subic Bay Freeport Zone – May 12, 2012

Posted on 28 March 2012 by pdbf.official

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Columbia Recyclable Regatta First Leg will be in Waterfront Boardwalk, Subic bay Freeport Zone.

Date: May 12, 2012

Columbia Recyclable Regatta Background:
A Regatta is simply – a boat race. The Columbia Recycle Regatta is a race of watercrafts made from at least 80% recycled material paddled over a 200 meter course iin the ocean. This head to head match race will be a competition between teams of all ages & adults of all professions. Building materials must be taken from items that would have otherwise been thrown in the garbage. Some suggested materials for the crafts include plastic soda or milk containers, old inner tubes, and reused wood. Excluded building materials include toxic materials, auxiliary power sources, warp drives and any kind of glass. Teams will be encouraged to come up with their own unique ideas for construction materials and design. The creation must be a two man, human-powered floating vessel – no motors and no working sails. The purpose of this event is to heighten awareness about recycling through unique and interesting outlets and to provide recycling education to the participants of the event.

Columbia Recyclable Regatta Categories:
A. Two-man All Male
B. Two-man Mixed (Female-female or Male-female)

Columbia Recyclable Regatta General Regulation

- Only registered Columbia Sportswear participants are allowed and have the right to participate in the competition.
- Teams are responsible for their own equipment including individual Personal Floatation Device

- All competitors shall have the following as compulsory equipment
1. Personal Floatation Device
2. Whistle
3. Boat
4. Paddle
- Length and Weight limitations will be applied before and during the competition.

- The guidelines for any advertising material carried on the clothing and equipment of paddler’s should be placed in such a way that it does not interfere with competitors’ identification and does not affect the outcome of the race.

- Minimum of 80% recycled materials which include plastics, papers, wood, rubber, etc. Parts from “real” boats (rudders, paddles, etc.) are not allowed. Nails, Tacks, Staples, Glue, or Tape are not allowed. String, Yarn, and Twine are fine. Plastic Bottles, Jugs, etc. are great materials to use. NO hazardous material allowed, Glass and other dangerous materials are not permitted. Steering and manual propulsion equipment are advised, but must also be made of recycled materials.
- The vessel must be ridden; it may not simply be a kickboard-type flotation device.
- Team members must pick up any boat debris that breaks away.
- Crew members must power their boat from inside or on top of the craft. Pushing or pulling the boats by swimming is NOT allowed.
- Must seat a two/four person crew
- Must be human powered, no alternative power source
- All the boats shall be made of Recycled Plastic Bottle which the competitor sits on with and self bailing
- The shape, construction method, materials used and steering mechanisms are without restrictions

Sign and Signals
- Race markers (start line, finish line and obstacle course marks) will be explained on the race day. All race markers are easily visible and recognizable (dimensions, form, color)

- It will be held in the open water, in a variety of formats and conditions.
- Courses may be changed at short notice to suit the conditions on race day
- Final result will be based on its total racing time

Collision or Damage
- It is every competitor’s responsibility to avoid a collision, whether they have right of way or not and all action necessary shall be taken to avoid a collision.
- Any competitor who is responsible for a deliberate collision, or who deliberately damages the RPB boat or paddle of another competitor may be disqualified.

Obstacle Course
- Competitors will be required to land ashore or pass through Obstacle Courses for safety or other reasons, at points designated by the race organizers.

- Any outside help is prohibited during the competition other than the Safety Officer and Boat Checker

- In the event of inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances which make it impossible to carry out or finish the competition, team registration is non-refundable.

- The Race Management Organizer shall hear any protest that may be made and settle any disputes that may arise before the race start ONLY.
- A protest fee of P 1,000.00 will be accepted if the protest is deemed proper and correct

- In exceptional circumstances, written protest and appeal will be accepted and disqualification will be rendered if found appropriate
- Any competitor who breaks the race regulations, or disregards the safety procedures will be disqualified for the duration of the race concerned

- The Race Management Organizer and Race Director’s decision as to what constitutes an exceptional circumstance is final, and not subject to appeal.

Safety & Medical Assistance
• This event involves water activity. We are very concern about the safety of the participants. Medical Assistance/Life Guard will be positioned along the shoreline to allow immediate attention be provided in case of any emergency. Medical treatment will also be provided, if so required. Medical evacuation team will be on standby at all times.
• All groups must complete the liability Release Agreement, wear approved safety vests, proper swimwear, close-toe shoes, and follow all safety procedures provided by water safety personnel.
• Participants should be mentally, physically and logistically prepared for this race.
• The race will not run in heavy rain or lightning.
• The race will be postponed until 30 minutes after the last lightning sighting.

Please see more information at

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PDBF International Club Crew Challenge: Boracay Edition

Posted on 21 March 2012 by pdbf.official

The Philippine Dragon Boat Federation (PDBF) International Club Crew Challenge 2012 is a series of dragon boat races in various parts of the country, organized by the PDBF and governed by the rules of the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF).

The Philippine Dragon Boat Federation (PDBF) is proud to announce the Boracay Edition of the PDBF International Club Crew Challenge to be held on April 26-28, 2012. The Boracay Edition is the first in a series of dragon boat races to be organized by the PDBF and held in various parts of the country.

Race distances for the PDBF International Club Crew Challenge: Boracay Edition are 500m and 2000m. Competition classes are Open, Women’s and Mixed.

Registration information and race bulletins will be posted here in the next few days.

Please see more information at

Sponsored by:


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3rd Leg COBRA PDBF Annual Dragon Boat Regatta 2011

Posted on 04 December 2011 by pdbf.official

2011 PDBF Annual Dragon Boat Championship
(3rd Leg)
COBRA Energy Drink Dragonboat Regatta 2011
Manila Bay, Baywalk, Roxas Blvd, Manila
Dec 4, 2011

2011 PDBF Annual Dragon Boat Championship (3rd Leg)
COBRA Energy Drink Dragonboat Regatta 2011

Manila Bay, Baywalk, Roxas Blvd, Manila
Dec 4, 2011 - 8am onwards

To: All PDBF Members Dragon Boat Team

The Philippine Dragon Boat Federation (PDBF) cordially invite Dragon Boat Teams who are members of PDBF to participate in the 2011 PDBF Annual Dragon Boat Championship (3rd Leg) – COBRA Energy Drink Dragonboat Regatta 2011, which will be held on Dec 4, 2011 at the Manila Bay, Baywalk, Roxas Blvd, Manila.

The Annual PDBF Dragon Boat Championship is open to all PDBF Member. For 2011, we will be having 4 Championship Legs. The Point System will be implemented and teams will be ranked according to their places every leg. Members team must join ALL 4 Legs to be eligible in the Point System. The Top 3 teams will be awarded at the Final Leg of the Annual Championship.

The 3rd Leg of the PDBF Annual Dragon Boat Championship will be conducted under the PDBF Rules of Racing.

The top 3 teams in the overall Point System in each Class will be qualified for an endorsement from PDBF to the 8th IDBF Club Crew Championship to be held in Hong Kong, SAR, China on July 4 – 8, 2012.

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Army rules dragon boat races

Posted on 03 December 2011 by pdbf.official


MANILA, Philippines – The world-champion Philippine Army team stamped its class by topping two events in the men’s race while De La Salle dominated as many events in the women’s contest in the First Zambales Dragon Boat Festival at the Uacon Lake in Candelaria, Zambales recently.

The Armymen, who dominated the world championships in Tampa, Florida, recently, topped Saturday’s 400-meter in one minute, 35.65 seconds, shoving De La Salle University (1:41:49) and Onslaught Racing Dragons (1:42.98) to second and third, respectively. Triton Team A was fourth (1:48.14).

In the 250-meter race Sunday, the Armymen were as dominating with a time of 1:03:88, beating by 5.94 seconds the Onslaught Racing Dragons. De La Salle was third this time with 1:11.60.

De La Salle ruled the women’s 400 meters with 2:11:96 on Saturday and repeated in the 250 meters with 1:26:28 on Sunday. Triton Team A was second in both events, finishing 2:24:20 in the 400 meters and 1:28:97 in the 250 meters.

Triton Team B was third in the 400 meters with 2:26.20 and Onslaught fourth with 2:39.63. In the 250 meters, Triton B was also third with 1:40.72 and Onslaught again fourth with 1:44.68.


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1st Zambales Dragon Boat Festival 2011

Posted on 14 November 2011 by pdbf.official

The Province of Zambales is pleased to host the first Dragon Boat Race in Candelaria, Zambales on November 26 and 27, 2011.  Dubbed the “1st Zambales Dragon Boat Festival”, the race will be held at the picturesque Uacon Lake.
We are inviting all the dragon boat club teams to take part and make this race one for the books.  We have prepared not only prizes and trophies but also side events, including a Fellowship Night on the 26th of November, to make the Zambales Dragon Boat Festival a thrilling and memorable one.
Please confirm your participation through Ms. Marcia Cristobal at
We look forward to a most interesting Dragon Boat weekend with you.
Gov Hermogenes E Ebdane Jr

Zambales Race copy

The Province of Zambales is pleased to host the first Dragon Boat Race in Candelaria, Zambales on November 26 and 27, 2011.  Dubbed the “1st Zambales Dragon Boat Festival”, the race will be held at the picturesque Uacon Lake.

We are inviting all the dragon boat club teams to take part and make this race one for the books.  We have prepared not only prizes and trophies but also side events, including a Fellowship Night on the 26th of November, to make the Zambales Dragon Boat Festival a thrilling and memorable one.

Please confirm your participation through Ms. Marcia Cristobal at

We look forward to a most interesting Dragon Boat weekend with you.

- Gov Hermogenes E Ebdane Jr


1st Zambales Dragon Boat Festival 2011
Uacon Lake, Candelaria, Municipality of Zambales
November 26-27, 2011
(Day1) 400 Meters; (Day2) 250 Meters
Men’s; Women’s; Mixed
(for the Event Organizer)
PDBF Members (100 pesos)
NON-PDBF Members (200 pesos)
C/O PDBF Race Secretariat
C/O Event Organizer (Zambales Municipal)
Men’s = 10 pairs max; 9 pairs min
Women’s = 5 pairs
Mixed = 10 pairs max; 9 pairs min (4 pairs women min and 6 pairs women max)
Applicable to the FINALISTS of the 400 meters and 250 meters; ALL categories
Champion= 30, 000
1st Runner Up= 20, 000
2nd Runner Up = 15, 000
3rd Runner Up = 10, 000
Cash, Trophy, Medals and Singlets
(1)Plaque of Appreciation
(3)10, 000 CASH for the first 20 teams
13.NOVEMBER 24, 2011
Thursday 8PM
Team Managers’ Meeting (if necessary)
KFC Village Square, Harrison Plaza
14.November 26, 2011
0700H Team Managers’ Briefing
0830H Eye- Dotting Ceremony
0900H Race Proper 400 Meters
——-Side Events
(Free Buffet Dinner)
15.November 27, 2011
0700H Race Proper 250 Meters

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