“Baroto” is a Hiligaynon term for boat. It is usually made up of wood from different type of trees found in the locality. It has a katig or a wooden framework attached to each side of the boat for support.
“This is our contribution for the success of Capiztahan 2011 Festival while at the same time advocating for the promotion of environmental protection,” said RMN – Roxas City Station Manager Ely Abarra.
He added that the participants will be composed of the city’s small fishermen who will be using paddles (bugsay) during the race.
The competition looks for fishermen who can speedily paddle and maneuver the mobility of their boats. The first racer to touch the flag at the finish area would be declared as winner.
“We also want to promote seafood tourism because of the abundance of seafood and marine products in the province’s coastal waters,” Abarra added.
Baroto race has evolved into a formal competition among Visayas fishermen in 1970 and was usually done during fiestas, promotions and festivals.
Fishermen and boat racers joined to show their skill and pride in their trusted baroto and hope to gain prizes too. (AAL/PIA 6 Capiz)