Paraw Regatta 2007

The 2007 Paraw Regatta on its 35th year will be held on February 17 and 18 in the City of Iloilo, Philippines. Paraw Regatta is an annual boat race among native outriggers being held usually at the beachfront of Arevalo district. Sails are hand painted from an array of themes.


THE Iloilo paraw (sailboat) Regatta, instituted in 1973, is a race among native outriggers in the strait between the island province of Guimaras and Iloilo City. Called “paraw” in the local dialect, these native outriggers faithfully copy in materials and design sailboats that carried to Panay in 1212 A.D. the first settlers from Borneo who were in search of a peaceful home. The sailboats survived the centuries and became a vital part of the Ilonggo seafaring life.

The First Iloilo Paraw Regatta was organized by the Department of Tourism. The City of Iloilo, the municipalities of Oton, Jordan, Buenavista, Philippine Coast Guard,

Negros Navigation, the late Antonio de Oyteza, Iloilo Boat Club, Panay Amateur Radio Club, the Iloilo Jaycees, Anhawan Beach Resort and a host other, readily welcomed the project and lent a helping hand. Since then, the Iloiloparaw2

Paraw Regatta has grown both in size and renown. The race has become more exciting, colorful and inevitably a challenge to manage. This year, the Iloilo Paraw Regatta is among the domestic tourism promotional; program of the Department of Tourism.

The primary objective of the regatta is to help develop local tourism industry and preserve the paraw as the legacy from the earliest period of Ilonggo history. In these time of energy crisis, the paraw becomes more relevant since it does not need fuel and is practically pollution-free. The race aims at the development of the spirit of sportsmanship.

Source: Sunstar


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    I wish I can witness this event myself 🙂

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