TUBIGON election officer triathlete –lawyer Ingemar Pateño Macarine, who earned an epithet ‘Pinoy Aquaman,’ placed third in the World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA) “Man of the Year” award.
Macarine, 39, a marine conservation advocate posted in fb account that he placed third in online voting with a total of 3,899 votes. He is behind Antonio Argüelles, Channel Swimmer Redux of Mexico, who got 13,200 votes and Christof Wandratsch, Ice Swimming Record Holder of Germany with 5.042 votes.
On the same fb account, he expressed gratitude to those who voted for him.
Others swimmers are Rohans More, Oceans Seven Adventurer of India—3,800 votes; James Tout, Long-overdue Triple Crowner of U.S.A. — 3,272; Evgenij Pop Acev, FINA Grand Prix Champion of Macedonia — 437; Simone Ruffini, Olympian & World Champion from Italy — 360; Lewis Pugh, Ocean Advocate of Great Britain — 182; Rostislav Vítek, Ice Swimmer Extraordinaire of Czech Republic — 138; Attila Mányoki, Prolific Ocean Swimmer of Hungary — 107; Benoît Lecomte, Transoceanic Adventurer of France/U.S.A. — 79; and Ben Hooper, Transoceanic Challenger of Great Britain — 44.
Just before the new year, Macarine texted Bohol News Today, “Hi Friends. World Open Water Swimminbg Association of Huntington, California nominated me as 1 of the 12 swimmers from all over the world for its annual WOWSA Man of the Year Awards, the first Frilipino & southeast Asian to be accorded such honor.” Friday he couldn’t believe he was nominated to the prestigious award.
WOWSA, a renowned swimming organization based in Huntington, California, USA has said “Macarine has transitioned from a middle-aged triathlete to an inspirational open water swimmer with a large national fan base and big dreams. He has significantly energized the Filipino open water swimming community with his unprecedented several solo marathon swims throughout his native Philippines over the last 3 years.”
He also told BNT that he will set to cross the 11.kilometer sea from Pamilacan island to Baclayon on January 31, 2016, courtesy of the municipal government of Baclayon. His solo-crossing between Pamilacan and Bclayon is to demonstrate his advocacy for clean sea water and marine protection and conservation. Last year, he crossed the 11-km Balicasag and Panglao island.
He had conquered the 6.4 kilometers distance between Panggangan island and Cabilao island, off Loon town by non-stop swimming.
Macarine was named by international conservation group World Wildlife Fund for Nature as one its environmental heroes this year. WWF said Macarine has raised environmental awareness by “pioneering solo channel swimming in the Philippines to promote marine conservation”.
“Macarine, who hails from Surigao City, did endurance open-water swims in some of the dangerous channels around the country and in the US. In April last year, he swam from Alcatraz Island Penitentiary to San Francisco City in California–the first Filipino to do so. He became the first Filipino in history to swim across Chesapeake Bay from Bay Bridge Marina to Sandy Point Park Beach in Annapolis, Maryland last June 8.” (rvo)