Filipino ‘Aquaman’ in action
Lawyer and triathlete Ingemar Macarine makes a splash, by focusing on peace and hope in Mindanao.
ENVIRONMENTAL lawyer and triathlete Ingemar Macarine, dubbed the “Pinoy (Filipino) Aquaman,” has responded to the siege in Marawi City in Mindanao, the Philippines, in the way he knows best – swimming for peace.
Macarine, 41, has been swimming to create awareness of the need to keep the seas and all of the natural environment clean. But his recent swim was focused on peace and hope in Mindanao.
“I am saddened by the ongoing war in Marawi City. It is sad to think that fellow Filipinos are killing each other in Marawi. This swim is my humble contribution to promote peace,” he said.
The armed conflict in Marawi started on May 23 when a combined team of military and police operatives raided a suspected hideout of Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilion Hapilon and Maute leaders. The death toll in the Marawi City siege has reached 175.
Macarine started his swim at 6am from the town of Guinsiliban, Camiguin Island to Balingoan town in Misamis Oriental.
“The swim started from Guinsiliban Port, Camiguin Island. Our original landing point was Balingoan Port, but I was carried away by the strong current,” he said.
Macarine, who battled strong current and waves and few jellyfish along the way, completed the 23km instead of the 12km swim in seven hours and 47 minutes.
“It was a difficult swim because of the unexpected strong current,” said Macarine.
“My target was three to four hours. But it reached seven hours and 47 minutes for 23km instead of the 12km distance,” he said.
Macarine was joined by triathelete Gilbert Grado, municipal accountant of Mambajao town in Camiguin, when they were at least three kilometres from the shores of Misamis Oriental.
Grado served as Macarine’s swim pacer for the last few kilometres while they were approaching the Sipaka Point.
Macarine was drifted to coastal Barangay Calamcam in Talisayan, a neighbouring town of the Balingoan town of Misamis Oriental, the supposed landing point.
Grado, 39, said Macarine inspired many to pursue open-swimming and promote Camiguin Island.
“We are planning to have water sports adventures in Camiguin as we are inspired by Pinoy Aquaman,” said Grado, who is organising a triathlon event in Camiguin in September.
Macarine is a native of Placer, Surigao del Norte, and currently the Commission on Elections Officer of Tubigon town, Bohol province.
He recently crossed the icy-cold water of Hudson River in New York, the United States, in a 8.4km swim.
The crossing of Camiguin Island to mainland Mindanao is part of his preparation for his second attempt to cross the dangerous English Channel between Britain and France in August this year. He tried last year to plunge the channel but was prevented by bad weather.
“This swim is very memorable for me because I am from Mindanao. I was born and raised in Surigao del Norte,” he concluded. – Philippine Daily Inquirer/Asia News Network
Macarine, 41, has been swimming to create awareness of the need to keep the seas and the natural environment clean. But his recent swim was focused on peace and hope in Mindanao.
Macarine is an environmental lawyer and triathlete.