Carabao racing highlighted the celebration this year of the 14th Palay Festival in the town of Narra, dubbed as Palawan’s “rice granary,” on October 27.
The competition was joined by six contestants in two categories, single division-the backward and straight racing. In the first category, Severo Pascua (Barangay Poblacion) won, followed by Jomar Ferrer (of Barangay Antipuluan) and Adrian Quinto (Barangay Panacan 2).
In the second category, Severo again topped followed by Juancho Carino (Barangay Malatgao) and Quinto.
The carabao racing was aimed at showcasing endurance which is of great help to the farmers. The competition also showed how the farmers control their carabaos without forcing them.
Pascua was overwhelmed with the result, and never expected to win in the two categories.
He said that the secret to winning is to give enough rest to carabaos the farmers owned. Pascua has been a farmer for seven years.
The first placers for each category received P2,000, while the second and third went home with P1,500 and P1,000. The rest got P300 as consolation prize. All of them were given P200 each as incentives.
Narra residents flocked to the Narra Sports Complex to watch the competition, which was prepared by the Department of Agriculture.