MANILA, Philippines – Expect to see some of the country’s top surfers in action when the Philippine Surfing Championship Tour (PSCT) gets going from December 15 to 20 in Borongan City, Eastern Samar.
Organized by local civic organization Surf Riders Club of Eastern Samar (SRCES) in partnership with the city government, the event will host some of the best surfers in the Philippines for the last leg of the national surfing competition.
Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, Borongan City Mayor Dayan Agda, and Easter Samar Representative Fe Abunda led the groundbreaking ceremony of Surf in the City festival on Saturday, November 9 at Baybay Boulevard.
Photo by Alren Beronio/Surf in the City
Envisioned to be the biggest sporting event in Eastern Visayas, Surf in the City will have one of the biggest prize money categories in the Philippine Surfing Tour.
Surf in the City chairman Rupert Ambil noted that the five-day event will not only be about surfing as it will also serve as a yearend thanksgiving fair.
This will involve businesses and other outdoor organizations that will simultaneously run booths and activities along Baybay Boulevard, a stone’s throw away from the city proper.
"Surf in the City is about uniting the Borongan City community, and opening the province to the limitless potentials of sports tourism and ecotourism," Ambil said.
Nograles said that the national government is willing to support the rise of surfing spots in the Visayas as an addition to other famous surfing go-to places like Baler, Aurora and San Juan, La Union in Luzon, and Siargao in Mindanao.
“It’s a good idea to build tourism structures like this lifeguard tower. It creates a symbol that people can remember,” Nograles added.
"The City of Borongan is looking forward to hosting the best surfers in the country and give them an experience they will never forget. This is a good first step towards making Borongan the surfing capital of Eastern Visayas," added Agda. – Rappler.com