REMEMBER Ingemar Macarine, the first Filipino, who in 2014, swam the 2.7-kilometer stretch from the infamous Alcatraz Island Penitentiary to mainland San Francisco, California, USA?
Macarine, a lawyer by profession, is an election officer of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) assigned in the municipality of Tubigon in Bohol province.
On Sunday, May 10, 2015, Macarine achieved another aquatic feat when he conquered Saranggani Bay, swimming 12.9 kilometers from the town of Maasim to Glan, Sarangani in five hours and 55 minutes to promote tourism in the area.
Macarine was dubbed by the Philippine media as the “Pinoy Aquaman” for his daring open water exploits in the Philippines and abroad.
Comelec spokesman James Jimenez on Monday said that the agency is fully supporting all future endeavors of Macarine because of the honors he already brought to the Commission.
“The Comelec is very proud of Atty. Macarine,” Jimenez said. “His endurance and dedication is truly remarkable.”
Records showed that Macarine was 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 promote climate change awareness.
The “Pinoy Aquaman” was also the first to attempt swimming from Visayas to Mindanao on May 2014. Though he did not finish, Macarine established a personal record of swimming 23 kilometers in open waters for five-and-a-half hours.
Macarine is scheduled to compete in the Ironman 70.3 Eagleman in Cambridge, Maryland USA, which consists of a 1.9-kilometer swim, 90-kilometer bike ride and 21-kilometer run, as well as the Capitola 1/2 Marathon in Sta. Cruz, California on May 17, 2015.
He will also attempt to swim the 10-kilometer San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge to Bay Bridge on May 22, 2015, among others
Jimenez said Macarine serves as an inspiration among the Comelec’s field officials and employees who are holding their own version of Amazing Race – that is to validate the registration records of registered voters whose biometric data (digital photo, digital signature and fingerprints) have not been enrolled to the system before the October 31, 2015 deadline.