Philippine Dragon Boat Regatta Opening Ceremony

The Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (#FFCCCII) led by President Dr. Cecilio K. Pedro and Vice-President Antony Chan attended the successful Opening Ceremony of Philippine Dragon Boat Federation 1st Leg of 2024 Philippine Dragon Boat Regatta last February 18, 2024 Sunday 9am.

It was held at #ManilaBay Walk, Dolomite Beach, Roxas Boulevard, #Manila.

They had invited Pres. Cecilio Pedro to deliver an inspirational message, which he gave in both the English and Filipino languages, encouraging them to strive for success in international #dragonboat competitions and to bring honor to the #Philippines.

📸 Photo by Wilson Ong

Background information on #dragonboatracing as a #sport…

**Dragon Boat Racing: A Paddling Legacy Takes Global Waters**

Dragon Boat Racing, deeply rooted in ancient #Chinese tradition, has evolved from a ceremonial custom to a globally acclaimed water sport.

Its origins trace back over 2,000 years to the legend of Qu Yuan (prounced “Chu Yuan”), a revered poet and righteous statesman.

Following his demise, locals raced boats to search for his body in the Miluo River, marking the genesis of dragon boat races during the #Duanwu Festival, also called the #dragonboatfestival.

Over the centuries, the sport expanded beyond China’s borders. In the 1970s, Hong Kong modernized dragon boat racing, transforming it into a competitive spectacle. International interest surged, and the first world championships were held in 1995.

Today, dragon boat racing stands as a testament to cultural endurance and has become a mainstream sport worldwide.

From Asia to Europe, North America to Oceania, enthusiasts paddle across lakes, rivers, and seas, propelled by synchronized strokes and the rhythmic beat of the drum.

The sport’s popularity is evident in the numerous dragon boat festivals and competitions held globally.

Teams comprising paddlers of diverse ages and backgrounds come together, fostering camaraderie, teamwork, and a celebration of cultural diversity.

With its fusion of tradition, athleticism, and community spirit, dragon boat racing continues to carve its place in the modern sports landscape, bridging the gap between ancient heritage and contemporary recreation.

As dragon boats glide across waters worldwide, the echoes of this ancient practice resonate in the hearts of both participants and spectators alike.

Long live the Philippine Dragon Boat Federation and our Filipino athletes! Long live the exciting global sport of Dragon Boat racing!


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