Monday, May 15, 2017

Bigiw-Bugsay Race Revives Traditional Sailing Culture of Tañon Strait

Wazzup Pilipinas!

The Philippines is a sailing nation – a country of 7641 islands connected for thousands of years by waterways via various watercraft.

To celebrate the Month of the Oceans, Island Buzz Philippines, a water sports company dedicated to make Cebu the ‘Paddling Capital of the Philippines’, paid tribute to traditional Visayan sailing and paddling culture by organizing a Bigiw regatta. Held on 13 May in Moalboal, the second annual ‘Bigiw Bugsay’ event gathered both traditional sailors and modern stand-up paddle-boarders in the biggest flotilla yet seen in Southern Cebu.

The Bigiw is a traditional dugout outrigger sailing canoe which for generations has been used by fishers in the Tañon Strait, a 161-kilometer strip which connects the Visayan and Bohol Seas. Lying between the islands of Cebu and Negros, the Strait is incredibly rich in biodiversity – hosting 62% of the country’s coral species, plus 14 species of whales and dolphins.

Oceana Philippines, Earth’s largest nonprofit dedicated solely to marine conservation, is working with government agencies and other stakeholders to ensure the protection and conservation of this important protected area and fishing ground.

“The Strait provides food and livelihood for 42 towns and municipalities, making it among our top fishing areas,” says Oceana Philippines Vice President Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos. “However, it is threatened by commercial fishers who illegally fish inside the Strait – despite a ban on commercial fishing in both municipal waters and protected areas. By empowering local fishers and sailors to protect their home waters, we’ll ensure a steady supply of fish for everyone – especially artisanal fishers who fish near the coast.”


Owing to new boats and outboard engines, the Strait’s traditional sailing practices are fading. “We aim to keep old sailing practices alive. Instead of using noisy and polluting boats with outboard engines, we’re promoting sailing as a low-impact and low-cost means of transportation,” says Island Buzz Philippines head Buzzy Budlong. “We hope that future events shall be graced by the fastest paddlers in Cebu and most importantly, local fishermen who will show off their traditional paddling and sailing techniques.”

This year’s race was special because Oceana, Pioneer Epoxy and the local government of Moalboal gave out 50 new sails to the participants. “Our fishers are true conservation front-liners as they can report illegal and destructive activities to authorities. By arming them not just with sails but skills and the passion to protect the Tañon Strait, we’ll keep both our fish stocks and fishers away from rough waters,” concludes Ramos.

Oceana works closely with stakeholders which include a wide range of public and private institutions to end illegal commercial fishing in both the Tañon Strait and across the Philippines. 

List of winners:

Bigiw sailing single - Fredo Pocong
Bigiw sailing double- Dennis Gabunada and Benny Dumosmog
Bigiw paddling single- Lino Tapales
Bigiw paddling double- Venerando Pocong and Allan Pocong
Bigiw paddling women- Florencia Tapales
Bigiw paddling below 15- Ma. Cris Tapales and Michael Tapales
SUP - Saysay Silawan

More information can be found here.

About "" is the fastest growing and most awarded blog and social media community that has transcended beyond online media. It has successfully collaborated with all forms of media namely print, radio and television making it the most diverse multimedia organization. The numerous collaborations with hundreds of brands and organizations as online media partner and brand ambassador makes a truly successful advocate of everything about the Philippines, and even more since its support extends further to even international organizations including startups and SMEs that have made our country their second home.


  1. The Strait provides food and livelihood for 42 towns and municipalities. spanish to english

  2. You have done great work, nice to read this interesting post, i want to say thanks for sharing this post.
    - survival games

  3. My heart was filled with remorse and pain for the past 7 months when my husband ended our marriage and went to his EX lover because i was unable to give him a son. I was so devastated and almost committed suicide. I asked everyone i knew for help but all my efforts were useless not until i was refereed to Doctor Casera by Oliver who i met online that he could be of help to me for he has helped her before. I got in touch with him and i poured out everything i had in mind to him and he promised to make me smile and make me live a better life by getting my husband back with his powers between just 24 hours. I believed in him and to my very eyes, my husband came on his knees pleading for forgiveness to come back and rectify his mistakes and today we are living with so much Joy and happiness. If anyone out there needs help of any-kind, get in touch with the Doctor now for he will help you out..

    Call/text: +1 (518) 460-6400..

  4. This wonderful site has all the information I need about this and do not know who to ask.




  5. Thanks a lot for the post. It has helped me get some nice ideas. I hope I will see some really good result soon. hotmail sign in

  6. I often visit your site and find a lot of interesting information.

  7. Glad to visit your blog, I look forward to more good articles and I think we all like to thank so many good articles, blog to share with us.

  8. Susah cari Situs judi online yang bisa di percaya...?
    Mari gabung di AGEN BANDARQ NAGAQQ
    Bonus Refferal 20%
    Bonus Turn Over 0,5%
    Agen Judi Online Terbesar dan Terpercaya se asia
    Daftar dan buktikan sendiri sekarang juga..
    WHATSAPP : +855967014811
    PIN BB : 2B209F68

  9. It is great that you share with us such information, for me such things are very helpful.


Copyright © 2013 Wazzup Pilipinas News and Events
Design by FBTemplates | BTT