Philippine Dragon Boat Team

Philippine Dragon Boat Team aka Pinoy Dragon Warriors will go for another record-breaking finish in the upcoming 10th International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) World Championships in August 3-7, 2011 in Tampa, Florida, USA. The team, which calls itself “Pinoy Dragon Warriors," is the reigning world dragon boat champion in the men’s  200-meter event.
Headed by team captain Usman Anterola, the 25-man team is a mix of Philippine Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard personnel, and reinforced by the best civilian women paddlers. Coach by Nestor Ilagan, despite lack of government funding, the PDBF team won the gold for men’s 200 meters in the 2007 World Championships held in Sydney, Australia. Back then, they set the world record of 42.16 seconds. In 2009, the PDBF successfully defended its and reset its previous record of 40.02 seconds at the World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic. The Philippines doubled its gold medal haul as it also won the Mixed Division. (3 times World Champions & with 7 times World Records)
Thanks for the support of Asia Brewery Incorporated’s Cobra Energy Drink and Philippine Airlines (PAL). The Philippines Dragon Boat Warriors are Philippines greatest sporting heroes, too. Like our boxing heroes, bowling heroes, billiards heroes, wushu heroes, arnis heroes, taekwondo poomsae heroines and among others.

Highlights of the World Champions

The David over the Goliath (s)

Photo & video courtesy of ABS-CBN


South Sudan

The birth of the newest nation. South Sudan celebrated its first day as an independent nation Saturday July 09, 2001, raising its flag before tens of thousands of cheering citizens elated to reach the end of a 50-year struggle. U.S. President Barack Obama called the day a new dawn after the darkness of war, while visiting dignitaries offered both congratulations and prodding for South Sudan and its former ruler, Sudan, to avoid a return to conflict over serious and unresolved disagreements. "We are free at last," some chanted, flags draped around their shoulders.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit

South Sudan Capital: Juba

People: South Sudanese

Population: 8,260,500

Currency: South Sudanese Pound