Paraw Regatta hopes to preserve Iloilo’s history and culture

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Tuesday,  December 27, 2016

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ILOILO City – The organizer of the Paraw Regatta Festival is hoping to preserve Iloilo’s rich culture, tradition and history and as it gears for its 45th year in 2017.
Rachel N. Manero, events coordinator of the 45th Iloilo Paraw Regatta, said the festival chronicles the Barter of Panay – the story of the 10 Bornean datus who settled in San Joaquin, Iloilo that they reached via the paraw as their mode of transportation.
Aside from preserving Iloilo’ rich heritage, the annual event will also serve as venue to recognize the fisherfolk who make use of the paraw for their livelihood and give them pride and happiness since the sailing competition that highlights the festival is participated by their sector.
Manero said innovations were introduced when Dr. Ronald Raymond Lacson Sebastian of the John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University became the president of the Paraw Regatta Foundation last year.
The preparations for the festival kicked off last week when it was officially launched by the city government and the foundation. (PNA)



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