Cobra Philippine Dragon Boat Federation all set to defend records at World Championships in Hungary

(Manila, Philippines) Dubbed as an inspiration to the nation by President Benigno Aquino III in 2011, the Cobra Philippine Dragon Boat Federation (PDBF) ruled the 10th IDBF World Dragon Boat Championships in Tampa, Florida bagging 5 gold and 2 silver medals. This year, the Cobra PDBF Team is up against the challenge of defending its titles in the upcoming World Dragon Boat Racing Championships this July 24 to 28 in Hungary.

Cobra PDBF currently holds the world record in two categories, with a leading time of 40.02 seconds in the Standard Boat Premier Men’s 200m and 43.50 seconds in the Standard Boat Premier Mixed 200m. The team strongly eyes a successful defense of these titles during the Worlds this July.

“The Philippines possesses this strong, dedicated, and highly motivated team of rowers who aim to conquer bigger and tougher challenges for the country, and that is something we are really proud of,” shares Marcia Cristobal, PDBF President.

All geared up and ready to steer greater challenges for the 11th IDBF Worlds, Cobra PDBF is ready to compete in the Standard Boat (22 pax) Categories for both premier and mixed races on July 24-28 in Szeged, Hungary. This will also be the first time the country will have an entry to the Small Boat (12 pax) Women’s category.

Worthy of the support and acclaim, the Cobra PDBF Team has proven themselves to be an accomplished group, bagging medals and records in both Worlds and Asian Championships.

Cobra Energy Drink remains the biggest and number 1 patron of the PDBF team.“We’ve been giving them our 100% support since 2009. We have strong faith in their abilities and determination, states Jef Mendoza, Senior Brand Manager of Cobra Energy Drink. “Cobra, with its new mantra ‘ Lakas ng Pinas’, aims to energize the team to take each paddle with power as they continue giving pride to the nation” further adds Mendoza.

Help spread the word! Throw your support behind the Cobra PDBF Team in their upcoming 11th IDBF World Competition in Hungary! Visit www.facebook.com/CobraPhilippines.

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On behalf of the President, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad submitted to Congress the proposed budget for 2014, one day after Aquino’s fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday.

“I encourage you to look at this Budget with the will to enact the same with speed and resolve so that our people can be on the road to prosperity. Let this Budget for Inclusive Development enable us to truly serve our people who gave us our mandate. They are the reason why we are all here,” the Chief Executive said on his budget message.Read more

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“The Executive is going to propose reforms in how PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Funds) is going to be utilized. We can limit the discretion,” Budget Secretary Florencio Abad Jr., told reporters in a press briefing.

Abad was in the House of Representatives to submit the government’s proposed budget for 2014, which is the highest so far under the Aquino administration. The Constitution grants the power of the purse to Congress.Read more

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In a press briefing, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said that there were measures to be undertaken to address the problem at the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

“He (Biazon) is just one person and given that the problem in Customs is not simple – the corruption is entrenched, it’s being endemic, it’s being systematic – these are the chances that need to be given so that the person could do his mandate,” she explained.Read more