Bancarera becomes SarBay thriller

03 Jun 2016
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GUMASA, Glan, Sarangani (June 3, 2016) - Sarangani Bay Festival, iconically known as SarBay, has been a summer anthem here in the South, or if not, in the entire country already.

And whenever there is SarBay, Bancarera is definitely an event to expect.

Bancarera is a full-throttle race between motorized "bancas" or small fishing boats.

It is organized by Bombo Radyo Philippines and has been going on for years already.

In Mindanao, Bancarera is being held in Davao during Kadayawan Festival; General Santos City every Tuna Festival; and here in Sarangani for SarBay Fest.

For SarBay Fest, this activity serves as one of its kick-off events, along with the 15 kilometers swim-relay race cross Sarangani Bay.

Bancarera is a definite crowd drawer; it is a trigger in instigating the festive mood for the beach goers.

This year, the Bancarera in SarBay gathered 30 racers from around Mindanao. Most of them are from Sarangani, Compostela Valley, and different provinces of Davao.

The race lasted for almost four hours, as the calm waters of Gumasa once became the racing grounds of the these speed-thirsty banca racers.

It was a not smooth race this year, as compared to the previous SarBay Bancareras.

Some bancas crashed with one another, while other navigators fell in the water. Luckily, no serious untoward incidents took place.

Several boats of the Philippine Coast Guard constantly watched around the race area.

Medical teams were also stationed in the shore to ensure immediate response in case accidents happen.

The aftermath of SarBay Bancarera 2016 left RJ Atal from Sta. Maria, Davao Occidental; Remrem Geonzon from Maco, Compostela Valley; and Siano Barit from Maasim, Sarangani as the winners: first, second, and third, respectively.

It was a close fight between Atal and Geonzon, with just two milliseconds separating them. Atal finished in 3:05.28ms while Geonzon had 3:05.30ms.

Atal grabbed the grand cash prize of P15,000 plus other premium items from different sponsors. Non-winners received P1,000 each.

According to Jonathan Macailing, station manager of Bombo Radyo Gensan, the Bancarera has already become an event to look forward to in SarBay.

"We are thanking the provincial government of Sarangani for acknowledging Bancarera as one of SarBay's major events. We have been doing this for years and now, we have seen the crowd and participants grow and we are happy for it," Macailing said.

Bombo Radyo Mindanao Area Head Ricky Collado said that Bancarera is their way of supporting different local festivities.

"We are organizing Bancarera to add highlights and different events, especially here in Mindanao. It is our way of giving thanks to the people for the support that they have given to us," Collado said. (Ian John Lagare/Contributor for SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

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