SK, barangay elections find unlikely hero in ‘Pinoy Aquaman’

Aiza Layague, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 20 2017 12:30 AM

It breaks the record set by 41-year-old Macarine, who is also an environmental lawyer, in 2014, when he crossed the waters of San Ricardo, Southern Leyte and Surigao City, Northern Mindanao, completing a distance of 23 kilometers in five hours and 30 minutes.

DUMAGUETE CITY — An environmental lawyer, dubbed the “Pinoy Aquaman,” braved the rough waters of Bohol Sea, swimming from Negros island to Siquijor as part of a personal campaign encouraging voters to register for the Sangguniang Kabataan and barangay elections in October. 

Ingemar Macarine, 41, an election officer in Tubigon town, Bohol, started off at Silliman Beach in Dumaguete City at about 5:15 a.m. on Wednesday. 

After swimming for more than 11 hours, he reached Tambisan Port in San Juan town, Siquijor, covering nearly 25 kilometers.

It was Macarine’s 26th successful open-water swim. 

This latest attempt broke a personal record he set in 2014, when he crossed the Surigao Strait from San Ricardo town, Southern Leyte to Surigao City, clearing 23 kilometers.

Besides promoting voters’ registration, Macarine said his swim was also to advocate cleaner shores and seas.