Pinoy lawyer swims from Alcatraz to San Francisco to promote Surigao tourism

By Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

April 7, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO – Attorney Ingemar Macarine and his team from the Surigao Runners Club got to experience San Francisco unlike most first-time visitors.

At 7 a.m. Monday morning, Macarine took a boat out to the world famous Alcatraz Island just to swim back to the shores of San Francisco.

And if swimming in the bay’s cold waters wasn’t hard enough, Macarine and his team just ran the San Francisco Rock and Roll Half Marathon the day before.

The marathon was a total of 13.1 miles that took runners across the Golden Gate Bridge, through Fisherman’s Wharf, and finished at San Francisco City Hall.

Macarine swam a total of 2.85 kilometers in one hour and two minutes.

“The current wasn’t really that strong,” Macarine said. “I think we made good time on the swim.”

Macarine and the Surigao Runners Club did not make the run and the swim just for themselves.

They did it for all Filipinos.

“This swim focuses on three things I am promoting right now,” Macarine explained. “One is to promote tourism in Surigao City and Surigao del Norte, and of course Surigao del Sur. Number two is for environmental protection. Then of course the last one is we are promoting a healthy lifestyle.”

Macarine and his team will conclude their US trip by watching the Pacquiao-Bradley fight live in Las Vegas before they return to the Philippines.

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