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Philippine Dragonboat Alliance team brings home 3 medals — and “a ring”

LONG BEACH, CA —  Summertime in the LBC, and what better way to spend it than with some fun in the sun watching boatloads of Pinoy pride race their way towards the finish line.
In their second international competition, the Philippine Dragonboat Alliance, made up of OFWs representing several countries managed to get into six finals.
They won a total of 3 medals at the Long Beach International Dragonboat Festival, including a sixth place medal in the super dragon challenge.

While the super dragon is a combined score of several events, the Philippines nabbed a pair of silvers in both the men’s and women’s open division 500 meter races.

“After this we went through, everything is ok. I feel so good,” said Michelle Ebyo.

“Six countries united to paddle for the Philippine flag. We have our own challenges we had less than two days practice. It’s a bit tough, but nevertheless we won,” said team captain John Panuelos.

With Filipino community members showing their support, and as they made friends with fellow Filipinos on other teams, the Philippine team was motivated to represent the country as they took on hundreds of other boats — including a few national teams.

“More than the medals that we have won eto ang bonding with the Philippine community yun talagan ang gandang accomplishment sa amin dito,” said founding member Nick Fontanilla.

While some members of the Philippine team also picked up medals racing with other clubs, someone from team Philippines also went home with a ring.

One of the team members also celebrated with a beachside wedding proposal after getting his medals.

The future Mr. and Mrs. Beltran and the rest of the alliance have plenty to celebrate, as they now waits for their next competition. They are ready to once again show that no matter where Filipinos are, they come together and become winners.

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