BEACON, NY — The 45-degree Fahrenheit air temperature did not stop the “Filipino Aquaman” from conquering the mighty Hudson River in New York.
Attorney Ingemar Macarine swam 8.4 kilometers, or 5.2 miles, from the Newburgh-Beacon bridge in Beacon to the Bannerman Island in Fishkill.
Macarine swam non-stop, reaching the finish line within an hour and 49 minutes.
“Hindi ko talaga maramdaman yung kamay at yung paa, parang ice talaga yung tubig,” he shared. “Buti na lang meron tayong wet suit, para at least hindi masyadong maramdaman sa katawan natin.”
He swam across the San Francisco bay to Alcatraz in 2014.
Then in 2015, Macarine swam 5 miles across the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia.
“Itong swim na ito, ginagawa natin ngayon, pinopromote natin yung malinis na karagatan dun sa pilipinas so just like my swim in Alcatraz and Chesapeake bay ito yung pinorpromote natin.”
The Comelec lawyer, for the municipality of Tubigon in the province of Bohol, says if he can swim the clean rivers and bays in the US, he’s hoping to be able to do so in the Pasig river in the future.
“Yun ang pangarap natin na malinis din sana yung mga rivers natin sa Pilipinas just like here sa Hudson River, pero we know na hindi talaga possible maka-swim duon sa Pasig river saka Manila bay, polluted talaga masyado so pangarap natin yun,” he shared.
Macarine says his swims are preparing him for the swim of his lifetime, across the English channel.
“The English channel that is from UK to France is around 21 miles. My target time for that swim is around 14 to 15 hours, so I hope to do that in August…”
The Pinoy Aquaman will be back in New York in June 2018 for another challenge – the 28.5 mile Manhattan Island Marathon – the longest and premier swimming event that covers a full counterclockwise circumnavigation of the island of Manhattan.
More than bragging rights, Macarine is hoping that these swimming feats will inspire others to care more for the marine environment – especially in the Philippines.