NASUGBU, Batangas: Six Filipino open-water swimmers swam at least 10-kilometer on Sunday promoting awareness and preservation of coral reefs in Pico De Loro Beach and Country Club and Pico Sands Hotel.
Frank Lacson swam 10.5 kilometers around the bay and finished at four hours and 15 minutes in the one-day event organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
“It is not just the sport but the way you fight for the cause for a clean environment,” said Lacson during the post-swim press conference. “It is an honor and if we still have the opportunity to do it next year, why not? We are willing to save the environment.”
Coach Betsy Medalla established a 10.65-kilometer swim in three hours and 12 minutes while Julian Valencia achieved a 10.6-kilometer swim in three hours and 13 minutes, and former national triathlete Moi Yamoyam swam 10.2-kilometer in four hours and 51 minutes.
Miguel Villanueva registered nine-kilometer swim in four hours and 53 minutes, while Ingemar Macarine recorded 7.1-kilometer swim in three hours and 31 minutes as part of promotion and awareness of preservation of coral reefs.
Macarine, known as the Filipino Aquaman for achieving a 20-kilometer swim in eight hours, will be the first Filipino to cross the English Channel in August.
“As a swimmer who regularly swims in the open water, I’ am disheartened each time I encounter floating garbage. We swim to remind everyone that we need to act now to protect our marine resources,” said Atty. Ingemer Macarine.
Macarine is a WWF-Philippines Hero of the Environment awardee for his great efforts in raising marine conservation awareness in his swims.
The six swimmers who participated in the event will also try to apply their accomplished respective times and distances to the World Open Water Swimming Association for recognition.
JOSEF T. RAMOS