It was a nice sunny Sunday here in Davao City. Our neighbors asked if we would like to go check out the Dragon Boat Festival. It is the beginning of the festivities here in Davao for the Kadayawan Festival. The next two weeks will be full of celebration, plenty to eat and some fun things to do and see. It is a time of thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest. Davao City is known as the Fruit Basket of the Philippines. I LOVE THAT!!
We headed to the Santa Ana Wharf and were pleasantly surprised to find the races well underway. The event was very well organized and it was fun to cheer for the hometown team!
The boats were sent down from Manila. The teams consisted of men and woman who trained hard. There were all male teams, mixed teams, races with 10 rowers and races with 20. Each boat was equipped with a drum at the helm to help the rowers find and keep an effective rowing rhythm. Hmmm, still not sure about the man standing in the back? Steerer? Coach? I will have to study up on it!
It was fun experiencing something new. Click here if you would like to see more pictures of the day. Some snap shots around the wharf and surrounding area. We are a bit sunburned and ready for bed early! I am grateful for fun neighbors and think new things to discover are something wonderful!