Lawyer swims across Sarangani Bay to call for ‘clean seas’

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A LAWYER successfully swam across Sarangani Bay Sunday, a 5-hour feat that signaled the opening of the annual Sarbay Festival.

Ingemar Macarine, considered as the Pinoy Aquaman, spent 5 hours and 55 minutes to cross the 129.5 kilometer distance between Barangay Kamanga in Maasim and Barangay Tango, changing directions more than 16 times because of the strong currents.

He considers it as one of his most difficult swims.

“I am just happy that I was able to reach Sumbang Point, knowing that there was a possibility of a failure to reach the target,” he said.

Glan’s Sumbang Point is believed to be where Spanish navigator Ruy Lopez de Villalobos landed in 1543 in search of provisions.

Macarine’s swim was aimed at raising awareness of responsible tourism — where the environment is given utmost importance. The Sarangani Bay is known as breeding ground for species of fish, including tuna and milkfish.

The lawyer is a native of Surigao. He is the the election officer of Tubigon town in Bohol. He was the first Filipino to swim from Alcatraz Island Penitentiary to San Francisco City last year. He was also the first person to cross Santa Fe in Bantayan Island to San Remigio in mainland Cebu.

Michelle Solon, chair of Sarangani Provincial Tourism Council and Region XII Tourism Council, hoped that the Macarine’s swim would bring more attention to Sarbay.

“He is advocating for clean seas. We in Sarangani have the same objective,” Solon said.

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