‘Aquaman’ set for 15-km Bohol open water swim

SURIGAO CITY — Endurance swimmer and environmental advocate Ingemar “Pinoy Aquaman” Macarine will seek another record-setting 15-kilometer open water swim in Bohol Sea on Sunday, November 12.

Macarine, an elections lawyer, will kick off from the fish-rich island of Balicasag Island to the tourist island of Panglao in Bohol. He is gunning for his eight marathon crossings this year and 34th open-water swim since starting in Dec. 31, 2013 in Surigao City.

Macarine, who hails from Placer, Surigao del Norte, said his next marathon swim is part of his preparation for the English Channel swim conquest next year.

Macarine failed in his bid to complete his crossings in the English Channel due to unfavorable weather condition in August this year.

In the same attempt last year, the Pinoy Aquaman also canceled the 33-kilometer cold waters because of bad weather.

Macarine started his open-water swims as part of his advocacy for marine resource protection, environmental tourism and climate change awareness.

The marathon swimmer, who has an average speed of three kilometers per hour, said he has been working hard to increase his stamina.

“I’ve been training hard for the past few weeks that consists of a total 34 kilometers swim per week, 30-minute to one-hour run and core exercises,” he said.

He added that he has never been better in shape in the last few years since he stared in the open-water swim, attributing his on his intense training, proper rest and diet regimen.

Sunday’s record-setting swim is being sponsored by Municipality of Panglao through Mayor Leonila Montero, Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Bohol Chapter led by Atty. Warren B. Yap Jr., and Dagohoy Masonic Lodge 84 of Bohol headed by worshipful master Atty. Lord “Cocot” Marapao. (PNA)

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