Saturday, 28 March 2020


GUMASA, Glan, Sarangani (May 26, 2018) – “Upgraded ang among makina, kaila na sad namo ang dagat kay wala mi lain praktis gawas sa experience namo isip mananagat (Our engines are upgraded and we know the sea because we don’t have any other practice aside from real life fishermen.)”

This is how Marvin Roldan of Team Jeric described his secret in winning the Bombo Radyo Bancarera Competition on May 25.

Roldan is the designated jockey for Jeric IV or Boat #38 as was commonly referred to on race day. He managed to captain Boat #38 to his second SarBay Bancarera gold or more impressively his 19th Bombo Radyo Bancarera top-honor.

Roldan bested 40 other boats on his way to winning the exciting boat race.

To say that the Bombo Radyo Bancarera is a test between three polarizing powers like man, machine and mother-nature would be an understatement. Man has been known to make machines, that would test mother-natures tenacity to the point of excellence, but that is not the case with the thrilling Bancarera races that Bombo Radyo has made ubiquitous with every SarBay experience.

Top boats, holding impressive speed records, manned by experienced jockeys sometimes suffer the most unexpected breakdowns at the most crucial time. “Wala ko gapuga sa makina sayo pa sir tungod kabalo mi nga kaya lang namo, katong last part na sa race mi nagbanat kay kabalo gyud mi sa kapasidad sa among makina (We didn’t push our engines capacity because we knew that we could take our opponent, we only squeezed the limits of our engines during the last part because we knew the boat’s limit),” Roldan added.

Team Jeric’s best challengers, for the most part, seem to suffer from minor engine or boat damages.

“Super upgraded naman gud among banka. Gikan sa makina hantud sa gamay na parts. Mao ng kung dili maayo inyong team ug technician, wala mo kabalo sa upgrade sa inyong makina o mga butang sa inyong banka, ma-damage gyud na lalo na wala ta kabalo sa dagat, sa balud, sa kahait sa liko ug sa mismong banka (Our boats are super upgraded. From the engines to the little parts. That’s why if your team or technicians don’t know your upgrades to the engine of any part of the boat, you will damage it for sure. Especially if you don’t know how the sea works, the waves or the turns that you have to maneuver when riding your boat),” Roldan said.

“Praktis namo? Mananagat man mi daan ug pila ka tuig na mi gadula ug Bancarera (Our practice? The years that we’ve spent being fishermen and we’ve played this race before) Roldan jokingly added.

On his 19th Bombo Radyo Bancarera win, Roldan’s boat was carried by his crew and supporters with him triumphantly standing on the helm like some sun-burned statue.

Roldan won P50,000 cash price, a new and powerful Honda Engine and other non-cash gifts that they can use for their boats such as paint and epoxy supplies.

“Balik na sad mi apil sa laing mga karera, bisan asa pa na sa Mindanao, o kung pwede pa gani sa Luzon o Visayas (We’ll come back and join the Bancarera, even if it’s anywhere in Mindanao or if we can we’ll join Luzon or in Visayas), Roldan said.

Roldan and his team – Team Jeric - might be veterans of the race, but they’re still finding the perfect balance between man and machine in trying to hurdle mother nature’s most ubiquitous platform, the sea. (Jed Reston/SARBAY COMMS SERVICE)

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