By Tara Yap
Iloilo City—After more than a decade, Guimaras is rejoining Paraw Regatta, which features native sailboats in a race in the sea separating the island province from Iloilo City.
“We have always been part of the Paraw Regatta. We grew up with this,” Guimaras Governor Samuel Gumarin said.
Previous editions of what is believed to be one of the longest-running sailboat races in the country were organized by the Iloilo Paraw Regatta Foundation, Inc. (IPRFI), Department of Tourism (DOT-6), Iloilo City government, and Iloilo provincial government.
But Guimaras, which was once part of Iloilo province, wants to get involved again in the regatta which is on its 46th year.
Mayor Ruben Corpuz of Jordan town said it was time for the festival to also benefit the people of Guimaras.
Dr. Ronald Raymond Lacson Sebastian, IPRFI chairperson, said events for the two-week festivities that culminate on February 17 will be held both in Iloilo and Guimaras.
Activities in Guimaras include exhibit of miniature native sailboats and galleons, a sinamba beach competition, fishing competition, and races for jetskis; miniature paraws and lighted paraws.