Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Ingemar Macarine swam from the historic Limasawa Island by swimming 10.3 km in 4 hours 34 minutes from Barangay San Bernardo on Limasawa Island to Barangay Tangkaan in the Municipality of Padre Burgos on Southern Leyte in the Philippines.

Macarine attempted and completed the swim in order to celebrate the 496th Anniversary of the First Philippine Christian Mass and to promote clean seas. “The swim was organized by Southern Leyte Provincial Governor Damian Mercado, Board Member Lee Uy, Limasawa Mayor Nilo Petracorta and Vice Mayor Melchor Petracorta, Padre Burgos Mayor Hermenegildo Culpa and Vice Mayor Freiche Poblete, Tourism Officer Nedgar Garvez,” explained the prolific Filipino marathon swimmer. “Philippine Coast Guard Jeric Jek and Roel Catoto served as my navigators while the swim was witnessed by almost 40 people on four escort boats.

I had difficulty swimming because of the big waves with constant white caps and a strong oncoming current. We had to shortened the swim route from the original 13 km and landed on the western shore instead of the eastern side because of the big waves.”

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