Paraw Regatta Festival in Iloilo

Earlier I watched Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho show. They featured Paraw Regatta Festival happening in Iloilo every month of February. Now, they are on its 39th year started in the year 1973. At first, I have no idea about their festival but watching the report got me familiar with it.

Regatta is the oldest traditional craft event in Asia, and the leading sailing event in the Philippines.  The Iloilo Paraw Regatta Foundation currently organizes the activities, with leading support from the Iloilo City and Provincial Governments and the Department of Tourism, along with private sector donations.

Paraw Regatta Festival took place last February 12-19. There were lots of activities but the main event was thirty- kilometer distance race sailed on a course in the Iloilo Strait, running up the coast of Panay and then down the coast of Guimaras, before returning to the finish at Villa Beach.  The grand winner took home prize of 50 thousand pesos.

The objective of the Regatta is to celebrate the skills of the paraw sailors, and bring a fiesta spirit into their lives.  Different colorful painted sails are features yearly for added attractions.  

I think Iloilo is a cool place to visit, I’m gonna put this destination to my travel memo. And hoping to visit and explore their beautiful place. Its more fun in Paraw Regatta Festival in Iloilo =).