Lawyer Ingemar Macarine, nicknamed “Pinoy Aquaman,” will go for another swim. On January 7, 2017, Macarine will attempt his 25th channel crossing by swimming from Camiguin Island to Balingaon, Misamis Oriental. This is to help promote tourism in Camiguin Island and for to campaign for cleaner seas.
Last November 20, 2016, the “Pinoy Aquaman” successfully swam the 17.1-kilometer stretch of Canigao Channel, starting from Bohol and ending in Maasin City, Southern Leyte. Macarine finished his 24th open water swim in six hours and 37 minutes. He conquered the rough seas with no assistance from another swimmer. A small boat tailed him from start to finish. His purpose of crossing the channel was to promote local tourism in Bohol and Maasin City as well as promoting cleaner seas.
Ingemar Macarine, a lawyer by profession is the first Filipino, who in 2014, swam the 2.7-kilometer stretch from the infamous Alcatraz Island Penitentiary to mainland San Francisco, California, USA. On May 10, 2015, Macarine accomplished another aquatic exploit when he conquered Saranggani Bay, swimming 12.9 kilometers from the town of Maasim to Glan, Sarangani in five hours and 55 minutes to support tourism in the area.
Macarine is also the first Filipino to conquer the Babuyan Channel by swimming from Palaui Island to Mainland Sta. Ana, Province of Cagayan on June 15, 2014, and the first man to swim from Santa Fe, Bantayan Island to San Remigio, Mainland Cebu with a distance of 19.99 kilometers in seven hours and 45 minutes on April 12, 2015. The swim was to encourage climate change awareness.
Macarine hopes for a good weather this weekend so he can push through with the Camiguin Island to Balingaon, Misamis Oriental swim.
(Photos courtesy of Atty. Ingemar Macarine FB Page)