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14 May 2012

Subic Hosts Eco-Regatta As Run Up To Recycling Talks

A regatta, showcasing boats made from recyclable materials, will be held here to promote ecological awareness among different schools and organizations competing in the event on Sunday.

Dubbed the Columbia Recyclable Regatta, the eco-regatta is organized as a kick-off event to Columbia’s “Recycling Talks” for schools and organizations.

Organizers said the main requirement for those participating in the recyclable regatta is for all boats to be 80 percent made up of recycled materials.

The participants are encouraged to find an innovative and resourceful way to transform recyclable materials into a fully functional watercraft for the regatta.

The Lighthouse Marina Resort, in cooperation with Philippine Dragon Boat Federation and the UP Mountaineering, is building two boats made entirely of recyclable materials.

One of the main materials used for the watercraft are slippers that Team Lighthouse found on Capones Island in San Antonio, Zambales during a coast cleanup drive last April 27, 2012 in celebration of Earth Day.

The coastal clean-up was also held in line with The Lighthouse’s “Save Capones Island” campaign.

In this race, participants must paddle their recycled watercrafts over a 200-meter course on the seafront of The Lighthouse Marina Resort in Subic. This match is open to teams of two (either under the “Mens” or “Mixed” categories), of all ages and professions, so everyone is encouraged to join. Cash prizes and Columbia gift certificates await the winners.

The first leg of the regatta will be at The Lighthouse Resort, Subic Bay Freeport Zone and the second leg of the race will be in Cebu City. The registration fee is P2,500 inclusive of rash guard. (Jonas Reyes, Manila Bulletin)

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