Club holds first-ever Koi Show in Leyte

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Participants and winners of the first-ever Local Koi Show and Growout Competition in Ormoc City pose for a photograph after the event. The two-day competition attracted koi enthusiasts from Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo, and Cebu City. The event was held in front of the old Ormoc City hall on October 18-19, 2014. (Contributed photo)


ORMOC CITY - The Leyte Koi Club (LKC) held its first ever Local Koi Show and growout competition in line with the activities for the city’s Charter Day celebration last October 22, 2014.

The two-day event that took place on October 18 and 19 was headed by LKC president Rolly Villacora and vice president and owner of Leni’s Garden and kois, Leni Larrazabal.

The competition which was held in front of the old Ormoc City Hall was open to all interested participants who wanted to showcase their skills at handling and developing their locally grown kois.

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Winners of the Koi competition receive their awards.

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Participants came from various provinces in the country including Cagayan de Oro City, Cebu, Iloilo City, apart from the local koi breeders in Leyte province. Koi enthusiast Paquito Unchuan, owner of the Cebu White Sands Resort and Spa and one of the major sponsors, also graced the event.

Kois ( Cyprinus carpio), although slowly gaining popularity among the masses, are still very unfamiliar to many. People who got to see the kois on display were amazed at their beautiful patterns and sizes. Some were curious and asked a lot of questions concerning the koi-keeping hobby but were eagerly assisted by the LKC members by answering their concerns.

Awards were given to the competition winners on the last day of the competition. The participating koi entries were judged by Michael Go of Manila, Briexcell Martinez of Cebu, and Richard Tan of Cagayan de Oro.

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Winning entries of the competition. (Contributed photo)

The winning entry in the reserve grand champion of the growout competition was owned by Levi, Lionel and Elger Tapang while Leni Larrazabal was awarded as the Grand Champion. In the Local Koi show, a sanke koi owned by Rhonel Lunzaga won as the reserve Grand Champion while Leni Larrazabal bagged the trophy for the Grand Champion.

In retrospect, the koi show competition was a success. Just like the beautiful patterns on the koi fish, the koi show certainly splashed some color in Ormoc City. It did not only give people entertainment and amusement but also drew people closer to the koi-keeping hobby making them see the beauty and intricacy involved in it. (Kimberly D. Lunzaga/Contributor)

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