Paraw Regatta Festival 2024


The 51st Paraw Regatta Festival is here! The Asia’s oldest traditional craftsmanship in boat-building event is set to unfold on February 25, 2024.

According to Dr. Roberto Samosa, chairman of the Paraw Sailing Event, this year’s edition of the longest and biggest sailing competition in Southeast Asia will officially open on Feb. 25 at Tatoy’s Poolside Resort after a Holy Mass at Arevalo Parish.

Samosa said they expect participants for the Paraw Main Race on March 3 from as far as Boracay Island and nearby towns in Iloilo province and Guimaras. Last year, 48 paraw racers joined in the main sailing event.

Other Paraw events include Pinta Layag that will start on Feb. 26 at JBLFMU-Arevalo Campus; Pinta Regatta Contest on Feb. 27 at Festive Walk Mall Garden Atrium; Paraw Regatta Job Fair (TBA) and Miniature Paraw on Feb. 28; Slalom Race and Paraw Food Fest (Day 1) on Feb. 29; Paraw H.I.I.T, Paraw Duathlon, Beach Sports, Sinamba sa Regatta (Hall of the Justice to Freedom Grandstand) and Paraw Foodfest (Day 2) on March 2.

Aside from the main race, there will be Pinta Tawo, Pinta Layag Judging, Paraw Lechon Contest; Beach Sports at Villa Beach; Paraw Beach Bodies, Lighted Paraw and Fireworks, Paraw Food Fest (Day 3), Paraw Photo Contest and Awarding Ceremony on March 3.

Majority of the events particularly the main sailing race are traditionally held at Tatoy’s Beach Front. (Iloilo City PIO)

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51st Paraw Regatta Festival Schedule of Activities

February 5, 2024

Media Launching



Paraw MOA Signing


February 12-23, 2024 | 9:00AM-5:00PM

Paraw Race Pre-registration

Ker & Co. Building


February 25, 2024 | 7:00 AM

Holy Mass

Arevalo Parish


February 25, 2024 | 9:00 AM

Opening Program

Tatoy’s Poolside Resort


February 26-March 2, 2024 | 9:00 AM onwards


JBLFMU Arevalo Campus (tentative)


February 26-March 2, 2024 | 9:00AM-5:00PM

On-Site Paraw Registration

Tatoy’s Villa


February 27, 2024 | 4:00 PM

Opening of Pinta Regatta Contest

Festive Walk Mall Garden Atrium


February 28, 2024 | 10:00 AM

Paraw Regatta Job Fair



February 28, 2024 | 5:00 PM

Miniature Paraw



February 29, 2024 | 8:00 AM

Slalom Race

Tatoy’s Beach Front


February 29, 2024 | 8:00 AM

Paraw Foodfest 2024 (day 1)



March 2, 2024 | 8:00AM

Paraw H.I.I.T.

Tatoy’s Beach Front


March 2, 2024 | 5:30AM-9:00AM


Arevalo Area


March 2, 2024

Beach Sports

Villa Beach


March 2, 2024 | 4:00 PM

Sinamba sa Regatta

Hall of Justice to Freedom Grandstand


March 2, 2024

Paraw Foodfest 2024 (day 2)



March 3, 2024 | 7:00 AM

Pinta Tawo

Tatoy’s Beach Front


March 3, 2024 | 7:00 AM

Pinta Layag Judging

Tatoy’s Beach Front


March 3, 2024 | 8:00 AM

Paraw Main Race

Tatoy’s Beach Front


March 3, 2024 | 10:00 AM

Paraw Lechon Contest

Tatoy’s Beach Front

Paraw Regatta Festival is again showcasing the best lechon of Arevalo District through a lechon contest.
John Lex Bayombong, chairperson of the Paraw Regatta Festival, said this year’s Paraw Lechon Contest is slated on March 3 during the main sailing event, which is the highlight of the oldest sailing event in Southeast Asia and the biggest in the Philippines.

Bayombong said they are looking at 10 to 15 establishments to participate and showcase their lechon product.

The lechons will be judged based on taste (delectability) and presentation.

“We will be inviting some of our local Ilonggo chefs to do the judging,” Bayombong said.

The public will have a chance to get free-taste of the lechons after the judging. (Iloilo City PIO)


March 3, 2024

Beach Sports

Villa Beach


March 3, 2024 | 5:00 PM

Awarding Ceremony

Tatoy’s Beach Front


March 3, 2024 | 6:30 PM

Paraw Beach Bodies

Tatoy’s Beach Front


March 3, 2024

Lighted Paraw and Fireworks Display

Tatoy’s Beach Front


March 3, 2024

Paraw Foodfest 2024 (day 3)



Paraw Regatta Photo Contest


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