Bohol’s Aquaman braves treacherous Surigao Strait

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Bohol’s Aquaman braves treacherous Surigao Strait

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Macarine
Macarine

Swimming lawyer, Ingemar Macarine, made another record in his swim-for-the-environment cause on Sunday, braving the rough Surigao Strait from Sumilon Island for three hours and 37 minutes.

Macarine, also the election officer of Tubigon, intended to end up in the shores of Barangay Lipata, Surigao City in an estimated distance of 12 kilometers from Sumilon.

However, the rough sea forced him to change direction five times during the three and a half hour of non-stop swim amid the thousands of jellyfishes.

He clinched in Punta Bilar, Surigao City,

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He braved an estimated 10.99 kilometers of rough swim that clinched at Punta Bilar, conquering the Surigao Strait known for its strong and crisscrossing currents.

Macarine said he did it to promote clean seas and beaches and tourism in Surigao.

Bohol’s swimming lawyer, also dubbed as Pinoy Aquaman for his international stint, had just received an award from WWF-Philippines in November last year as hero of the Environment for pioneering solo channel swimming in the Philippines during at Raffles & Fairmont in Makati.

WWF-Philippines recognized Macarine’s cause of promoting marine conservation

Macarine said Surigao Strait was treacherous that he had to change direction five times, in addition to the thousands of jellyfishes along the way.

Macarine made a record and earned the “Aquaman” tag as the first Filipino from the Philippines to swim the one-kilometer Lucky Lake Swim in Lake Lane in Orlando, Florida in March 2014.

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He plans another Bohol swim which is to cross Pamilacan Island to the shores of Baclayon which was originally set last year had it not for the typhoons.

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It was supposed to follow his October 16 swim last year, crossing from Balicasag Island to mainland Panglao that involved 13.4 kilometers in the sea for six hours and 45 minutes.

Also last year, he crossed 19.99 kilometers from Santa Fe in Bantayan Island to San Remigio in mainland Cebu for seven hours and 45 minutes on April 12; and conquered the Saranggani Bay in May for a 12.95-kilometer swim from Maasim to Glan in Sarangani Province.

Macarine made a record as the first Filipino to swim 2.7 kilometers in one hour from Alcatraz Island Penitentiary to San Francisco City in California, United States on April 7 2014

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He was also the first Filipino to conquer the Chesapeake Bay and the second man in history to swim 8.1 kilometers from Bay Bridge Marina to Sandy Pointe Park Beach in Annapolis, Maryland, United States on June 9 last year.

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