Members of the Manila Dragons travelled to Lingayen, Pangasinan last May 1, 2013 to join other Philippine Canoe and Kayak Federation (PCKF) club teams in the annual Pista’y Dagat (Sea Festival). The teams left Manila the night before and after 4 hours of bus travel, arrived in Lingayen a little past midnight of May 1. The teams were warmly escorted by the logistics organizers to their home for the next few hours—the grand Lingayen Stadium (**check if this is the correct name**). After a quick nap, teams got ready early in the morning to stretch and eat their breakfast, because the boat parade is scheduled to start at 8 o’clock in the morning.

Under the warm sun, the Manila Dragons, along with other teams, paddled more or less a total of 4 kilometres along the cool and calm Lingayen River (**check if this is the correct name**). Aside from the dragon boats, several other vessels joined the parade, all of which were artistically decorated with colourful cloths and flags and even flowers. The onlookers watched the parade from the river banks and under the bridges. When the dragon boat teams neared the bridge, they simulated a race, much to the delight and entertainment of the audience, who cheered at the winning boat and jeered at the losing ones. Shortly after, another friendly race was commissioned when the Governor of Pangasinan arrived, where the different teams sprinted for another 200 meters. After the races, the paddlers did not miss to take a quick dip on the cool waters of the river, to quench the summer heat.

After the parade, Manila Dragons toured the historic Lingayen, and enjoyed local halo-halo. It was truly a memorable experience for everyone.