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The Race

Now on its 39th year, the Iloilo Paraw Regatta is the oldest traditional craft event in Asia, and the largest 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. Activities have been expanded to spread over a week.  On the Saturday of the climactic

The Festival

Samba de Regatta is a celebration of Ilonggo seafaring ingenuity! It is a celebration expressed in music and dance. The Samba de Regatta Music and Mardi Gras Competition is hoped to be slowly developed into another tourism spectacle of the city. Conceived to be a special event after the take-off of the competing “Paraws” to entertain the anxious spectators, it has gained the acceptance and enjoyment of the witnessing regatta

The Pageant

Twelve young ladies competed in last year's Miss Iloilo Paraw Regatta. The beauty pageant was part of the activities for the 36th Iloilo Paraw Regatta Festival slated on February 15-17, 2007 along the Arevalo shoreline. The candidates were April Sheen Bernas, 17 years old of John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University; Caress Jane Lacson, 21, of the West Visayas State University; Melinaire Jalipa, 23, of the University of Iloilo; Natalie Grace Roberts, 16, of the Iloilo

The Artistry

  The Pinta Tawo Competition is a body painting contest that celebrates the human skin as a perfect venue to showcase art. It is one of the special events organized by the Iloilo Paraw Regatta Foundation, Inc together with the Junior Chamber International Iloilo (JCI-Iloilo).

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The Iloilo Paraw Regatta

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Now on its 39th year, the Iloilo Paraw Regatta is the oldest traditional craft event in Asia, and the largest 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. Activities have been expanded to spread over a week.  On the Saturday of the climactic weekend there is slalom racing on a course by the beach to facilitate crowd participation.  On the Sunday, the thirty-kilometer distance race is sailed on a course in the Iloilo Strait,... Read more

A Perspective of the Paraw

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THE PARAW The principal attraction of Iloilo Paraw Regatta are the double outrigger boats called “paraw”.  This native sailboat has been in existence for no one knows how long.  But the fact remains that the people of the Iloilo Strait are still to this day using the paraw as a means of transportation as well a source of livelihood.  With a fresh breeze, and an Ilonggo at the helm, the paraw is a strikingly fast boat, making 20 to 30 kph through the waves.  Indeed, the paraw was the inspiring prototype from which the Westerners have developed what they call... Read more

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