Davao Oriental town to stage 3-day ‘Bugsay Festival’

DAVAO CITY — The Bugsay Dabaw and the municipal government of San Isidro in Davao Oriental will stage a three-day boat paddling event dubbed as the “1st Mayor Tina Yu Invitational Bugsay Festival” on June 23 to 25.

Race director Danilo “Jun” Bacus, president of Bugsay Dabaw, said there will be competitions for recreational kayaks and banka and vinta boats.

The kayaking will have categories for male single, female single, all-male tandem, all-female tandem and mixed tandem.

The banka (boat) race is exclusively for residents of San Isidro only. It will have a tandem for couple, male single and female single.

“The Lawig Vinta is open to all,” said Bacus.

The champion will win PHP5,000 while the second and third placers will earn PHP4,000 and PHP3,000, respectively.

The cash prizes in the kayak’s singles are PHP3,000, PHP2,000 and PHP1,000 in that order while in the tandem for all-male and all-female are PHP5,000, PHP4,000 and PHP3,000. The top three winners in the mixed tandem will pocket PHP7,500, PHP5,000 and PHP2,500.

The Bugsayan for locals will win PHP3,000, PHP2,000 and PHP1,000 in the couple tandem. The singles will get PHP2,000, PHP1,500 and PHP1,000.

Meanwhile, there will also be a Lutong Baybayon (open cooking contest), Kite Flying (Tabanog ni Sidro) and the Search for Ginoong and Binibining Bugsayan.

Registration fee is PHP200 per head, which already entitles the participant to join in all categories and competitions.

The entry fee includes a singlet, activity ID, one meal and snack on June 24 and 25.

“We will also have a live band during the socials with one free bottle of beer,” said Bacus.

The event is powered by the Mindanao Mountaineering Community (MMC), Mountaineering Federation of Southern Mindanao (MFSM) and the Hamiguitan Mountaineering Club (Hamocs) of San Isidro. PNA-northboundasia.com