By Tara Yap
JORDAN, Guimaras—This island province and Iloilo City are gearing for the this year’s Paraw Regatta Festival.
The Guimaras local government led the kick-off activities that included the competitions for lighted sailboats, samba dance and the talent portion for the festival’s beauty pageant contest.
The Paraw Regatta is on its 47th year. It culminates on Feb. 17 with a race of native paraws (sailboats) along the Iloilo Strait, the body of water separating Guimaras and the city.
Guimaras Gov. Samuel Gumarin said the province took the lead in the first phase of the celebration since it is in the second year of rejoining the annual festival. It was only last year that the local government of Guimaras was able to join after more than a decade of not participating.
Dr. Ronald Raymond Sebastian, president of the Iloilo Paraw Regatta Foundation Inc., said the partnership with the Guimaras government is a testament of the shared maritime culture.