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Recruitment for All-Pinoy Dragon Boat team in SC

By Abner Galino

One of the events in the 2017 Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival where a group of Filipino paddlers who flew in from at least five countries (hence dubbed as the Philippine OFW team), participated and bagged two silver medals. Photo by Abner Galino

ON January 19, veteran and upcoming dragon boat paddlers are coming together Mother’s Beach in Long Beach, California in an effort to put up a permanent All-Filipino dragon boat team for Southern California.

Michelle Ebio, the organizer said she was optimistic that such a feat could be done.

“I think we have enough players to build a permanent dragon boat team here. The Fil-Am community is a big community, I think we should be amply represented in future dragon boat competitions here and elsewhere,” Ebio said.

Ebio said organizing a dragon boat is a gargantuan task but is achievable, especially when the effort starts to draw in support from advertisers and the Filipino American community.

Dragon boat racing is a sport that uses long boats with decorative dragon heads and tails.

There are about 18-20 rowers in a standard dragon boat, aside from team leader or the steersperson and the drummer.

Ebio enjoins those who are interested to join the All-Filipino team should come at about 1 p.m. at the Mothers Beach in Long Beach.

Ebio can be reached at (818) 438-4566 or ebs05_2003@yahoo.com

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Abner Galino
The author is a poet and a writer. He was a cultural worker before he became a reporter for Tinig ng Masa and Malaya Midday Edition during the Marcos regime. He later became a reporter of People's Tonight shortly after 1986 EDSA Revolution. He went on to become its Chief of Reporters, City Editor and News Editor. He retired after 15 years in the Journal Group of Publications. He now writes for Weekend Balita and the US Asian Post (USAP), weekly Filipino-American newspapers based in Los Angeles, California.

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