431st Foundation anniversary of the province of Camarines Sur
Spectacular sports galore will once again be a major accent of this year's Kaogma Festival to mark the 431st Foundation anniversary of the province of Camarines Sur this May.
In keeping with the vision of Governor L. Ray Villafuerte to transform the province into a model of local governance, an information technology center, an investment hub and a world-class tourism destination as well as an international center for sports, an array of various competitions are lined-up for the entire nine-day celebration of the Kaogma week come May 22 to May 30.
Heading the list is the Tour of Camarines Sur, to be held this year for the 13th successive year and again expected to be participated in by the top mountain bike racers of the country.
Accredited and supervised by the Integrated Cycling Federation of the Philippines (Philcycling) the race has evolved into a national sports event.
The Motocross Challenge, another event that has consistently drawn participants from outside the province is projected to be an exciting two-day confrontation of expert bikers to be staged at a special course to be constructed near the Lago de Rey.
Another thriller, the 5th Philippine Cable Wake Nationals held at the Camarines Sur Watersports Complex every year since its inception and drawing the attendance of elite riders of the country and from many other countries of the world, will take center stage of the KAOGMA for two-days.
Hundreds of national and international sports personalities are likewise expected to flock to the province for the day-long CamSur Triathlon, now on its second year after the maiden race was staged here last year as a prelude to the Triathlon 70.3 Philippines.
Off-road drivers will also have a chance to test their skills behind the wheel for two whole days of muddy and slippery driving during the 4 x 4 Isarog Challenge also to be staged at a special course near the boat lake.
A burgeoning extreme sport gaining popularity in other places will be held for the first time this year is the Downhill Bike Competition at a bike trail on the shoulder of majestic Mt. Isarog.
Amateur pugilists (boxers) will also have two evenings to show off their talents during the Burontolan in a ring right in front of the Kaogma stage.
The array of extreme sports which will carry handsome prizes and will be free for all to witness, will be aside from other cultural-based competitions like the Hot Kids and the Search for Ms. Kaogma Pageant. (MMEC/PIA/GB Claveria)