DAGUPAN CITY – Kayak, jetski and banana boat ride. These are just but a few of the several fun beach activities that Mayor Belen T. Fernandez has brought to Tondaligan Blue Beach to the delight of local and foreign beachgoers on May 27-29.
Fernandez disclosed that more fun like the wind surfing regatta and skim boarding will soon be made available at the beach.
The Philippine windsurfing team successfully conducted free training for some children of local fisherfolks in the area and a windsurfing race in Tondaligan with the help of Coach Paulo Morato and Ralph Tecson of the Philippine Sports Institute was also held.
The team was here upon the invitation of former city councilor now Executive Assistant to the Mayor Karlos Liberato Reyna IV.
The Philippine windsurfing team was headed by Joaquin Gimenez, grandson of lawyer Liberato “Ope” Reyna.
Gimenez, who is 14 years old, is among the three children who will represent the country in Vietnam in a windsurfing competition. He will compete face to face with the champion wind surfers from the United States of America, United Kingdom, Europe, Middle East and South East Asia.
Informed that windsurfing is possible at Tondaligan, Mayor Fernandez is now considering windsurfing as part of the city’s sports activities to be undertaken by the Dagupan City Sports Commission (DCSC) under the B.T.F. DOES It program with former Councilor Karlos Reyna in-charge in the water sports activities.
“We are willing to provide scholarship to our kids who will be interested in the sports and we will commission trainors to teach them and invest in procuring the necessary equipment for their training,” said Fernandez.
The city at present is conducting a free skim boarding clinic at Tondaligan every weekend, which is open for everyone.
Lessons will include basic theory; safety and one-on-one tutorial on run, drop, ride and glide; and basic wave riding. Skimboards will be provided by the city.
Zumbelen, a free zumba for everyone, is also being conducted every weekend in the area.
As part of maintaining cleanliness at Tondaligan, the city is also encouraging students to participate in a clean-up drive every last Saturday of the month. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/May 31, 2017)