Surfers from Gubat Sorsogon, Daet, Catanduanes, Zambales, La Union, Baler, Calicoan, Borongan Samar, Leyte, Lanuza and Siargao showed their support during the Lunad sa Balod 2016. We’re happy to see a unified Philippine surfing scene! Photo by Alwyn Uytingco

Gubat, a second-class Municipality in Sorsogon is located in the south-eastern part of Luzon. Considered to be, strategically in the center of surfing spots in the Philippines. Bidge Villaroya, a local surfer from Gubat spearheaded the Lunad sa Balod event last year with a goal of promoting the local surfing scene and culture of his hometown and its local surfing talents.


Buenavista Surf Camp in Gubat Sorsogon

“We want to uplift the talent of the local surfers of Gubat Sorsogon by exposing them to different surf athletes in the country as well as to give them the opportunity to travel the Philippines and represent our province, Gubat Sorsogon wholeheartedly.” Says Bidge Villaroya.

Local wahine surfer Vea Estrellado


Gubat Sorsogon’s pride Vea Estrellado dominating the women’s shortboard and longboard category.

Surf judges from Baler, Sorsogon, Siargao, Zambales and Samar making sure that the integrity of decision will be carried out accordingly.

As Typhoon Lawin swept the northern part of Luzon, in generated good swell in Gubat region. But it drastically weaken as the typhoon exits our country. Waves were small, waist to shoulder high but it gave a fair proving ground for surfers during the competition.

Neil Sanchez from Baler dominated the men;s shortboard category.

After 2 days surfing contest, tourists and locals were given a treat with the 1st music festival in gubat. Kokoi Baldo, a popular musician, environmentalist and a surfer gave an excellent performance through out the night. Local bands from Bicol region were highlighted as well.


Kokoi Baldo serenading the locals and guest of Gubat Sorsogon


Here’s the Lunad sa balod 2016 surf competition results.




Men’s Open Shortboard


1st place/ Champion- Neil Sanchez ( Baler)

2nd place- Onyo Oclares ( Daet)

3rd place- Rickinald Rosel (Borongan)

4th place- Roger Casugay ( La Union)



Men’s Open Longboard


1st place/ champion- Roger Casugay (La Union)

2nd place- Denpir Garcia

3rd place- Jerome Tapec

4th place- Reynald Liwarin ( Zambales)



Women’s Open Longboard


1st place/ champion- Vea Estrellado ( Gubat)

2nd place- Debbie Gumanoy ( Lanuza)

3rd place-Pia Lopez (Gubat)

4th place- Jamaica Salceda ( Leyte)



Junior’s Open Shortboard


1st place/ champion- Remar Magaluna ( Siargao)

2nd place- Edward Alciso ( Siargao)

3rd place- Mark Anthony Mabute (Gubat)

4th place- Paul Oracay ( Calicoan)


Gram’s Open Shortboard


1st place/ Champion- Kahea Namoro (Baler)

2nd place- Hedrick Vargas (Gubat)

3rd place- Lord Caralinan ( Zambales)

4th place- Yvron Estrellado ( Gubat)


Lunad sa Balod 2016 is made possible through the efforts of the Gubat Sorsogon Surfing Association and the local government of Gubat.

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Original article from mylifeonboard.net here.