From the Street to the Beach: Sinamba sa Paraw Regatta in the Eyes of Grupo del Oeste


Paulo C. Abrico, Mark Lester Dalida, Liberty R. Porras


Grupo del Oeste is considered the most awarded group of the Iloilo Paraw
Regatta Festival’s Sinamba sa Paraw Regatta in which the researchers are
members. Our four championship trophies (2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012),
and runner-up awards (third place in 2010 and first runner-up in 2013),
made Grupo del Oeste the group to beat. Taken from the idea of what made
and kept Grupo del Oeste win in the competitions, this interpretivist study
aimed to look into our experience sand perceptions of the competition. Data
were gathered through written reflections and verified through one-on-one
interviews. The findings of the study revealed salient points on the reasons
that made us win and the challenges we met to keep winning. Definitions of
participation that we realized on our road to winning along with valuable skills
and essential attitudes that we gained from our participation with Grupo del
Oeste were also highlighted. Furthermore, we also identified our contribution
in promoting the Ilonggo culture as one of the vital points of the inquiry. All
these conceptual themes summed up Sinamba sa Paraw Regatta in the eyes of
Grupo del Oeste.

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