French freediver named PH tourism ambassador

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 17 2017 06:15 PM

MANILA – French celebrity freediver Guillaume Nery has been tapped to promote the Philippines as a top freediving destination in Asia.

In a statement released Monday, the Department of Tourism said it has arranged a month-long freediving expedition in the country for Nery, collaborating with Freediving Planet.

Aside from a press conference in Manila, Nery is also set to conduct freediving workshops in Cebu this July and August.

He will also tour Malapascua, Coron, El Nido, and Davao.

“To have a world-renowned figure like Guillaume Nery on board is both a privilege and opportunity for the country to position ourselves better in the diving industry of the region,” Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo said in the statement.

“The Philippine waters is comprised of nearly one million square miles of sea covering major parts of the Coral Triangle which contains more than 2,500 species of fish and over 500 species of coral. Our extraordinary array of marine life and calm waters makes the Philippines an ideal place to learn and engage more tourists in freediving,” she added.

Nery is a two-time freediving world champion and is also a filmmaker and environment advocate.