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Ingemar Patiño Macarine

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Ingemar Macarine is sponsored by San Miguel Corporation and 1st Filipino Movement to attempt the 1st Filipino English Channel Swim in August 2016.
Ingemar Patiño Macarine, a nominee for the 2016 WOWSA Awards, a recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association in the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year category
Ingemar Patiño Macarine was selected as one of the three Heroes of the Environment for 2015 by the World Wide Fund for Nature
Ingemar Patiño Macarine is a nominee for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, an annual WOWSA Award and a recognition of outstanding men around the globe
Ingemar Patiño Macarine completed a 17 km crossing of the Cebu Channel in the Philippines in 7 hours 45 minutes
Ingemar Patiño Macarine completed a 10.5 km crossing of the Hinatuan Passage from Bucas Grande Island in the Municipality of Socorro, Siargao to Brgy. Cagdianao in Municipality of Claver, Surigao del Norte on 1 January 2015
Ingemar Patiño Macarine swimming the Balicasag Island Swim in the Philippines. Photo courtesy of Mike Ortega Ligalig

Ingemar Patiño Macarine, nicknamed the Pinoy Aquaman, is a 38-year-old Filipino attorney, triathlete, a former swimmer at Siliman University, and president of the Surigao Runners Club who promotes the Philippine Open Water Swimming events.

Ocean Advocacy[edit]

The open water swimmer from Placer, Surigao Del Norte, Philippines has received numerous awards and recognition for his swims and advocacy for clean seas, environmental tourism, and climate change awareness. He was selected as one of the three Heroes of the Environment for 2015 by the World Wide Fund for Nature.

2016 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year nominee[edit]

Patiño was nominated as the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association.

Ingemar Patiño Macarine has transitioned from a middle-aged attorney to an inspirational athlete and channel swimming pioneer with a growing domestic and international fan base. He has dreamed big and significantly energized the Filipino swimming community with an unparalleled track record of unprecedented solo marathon swims throughout his native Philippines. In 2016, he pioneered 5 different swims including a 10.9 km Sumilon Island channel swim, a 15.1 km Bohol Sea crossing, a 10.3 km crossing of Subic Bay, a 14.7 km Tañon Strait crossing, and a 16.8 km Cebu Strait crossing, but it was his well-promoted English Channel attempt and constant promotion of clean seas, marine conservation, and local tourism that caught the attention of a nation. For encouraging a populace to enjoy and protect their surrounding marine environment, for eloquently explaining to a nation about the risks of an English Channel crossing, for continuing to conquer new channel and strait swims in a country with innumerable possibilities through his charity swims, Ingemar Patiño Macarine is a worthy nominee for the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

2015 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year nominee[edit]

Patiño was nominated as the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association along with the following nominees:

1. Antonio Argüelles (Mexico) Channel Swimmer Redux
2. Attila Mányoki (Hungary) Prolific Ocean Swimmer
3. Ben Hooper (Great Britain) Transoceanic Challenger
4. Benoît Lecomte (France/U.S.A.) Transoceanic Adventurer
5. Christof Wandratsch (Germany) Ice Swimming Record Holder
6. Evgenij Pop Acev (Macedonia) FINA Grand Prix Champion
7. Ingemar Patiño Macarine (Philippines) Pinoy Aquaman
8. James Tout (U.S.A.) Long-overdue Triple Crowner
9. Lewis Pugh, OIG (Great Britain) Ocean Advocate
10. Rohans More (India) Oceans Seven Adventurer
11. Rostislav Vítek (Czech Republic) Ice Swimmer Extraordinaire
12. Simone Ruffini (Italy) Olympian & World Champion

2015 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year nomination[edit]

Ingemar Patiño Macarine (Philippines), Pinoy Aquaman
Ingemar Patiño 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. In 2015, he completed the 10.5 km Hinatuan Passage in 5 hours 8 minutes, the 19.9 km Cebu Channel crossing in 7 hours 45 minutes, and the 12.9 km Saranggani Bay while promoting local areas for tourism and clean sea. For his enthusiastic love of open water swimming adventures, for devising all types of unprecedented crossings in a country where many thousands of more pioneering swims are possible, and for his dream of attempting many more ocean and channel swims, Ingemar Patiño Macarine is a worthy nominee for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

1st Filipino English Channel Swim[edit]

Macarine is sponsored by San Miguel Corporation and 1st Filipino Movement to attempt the 1st Filipino English Channel Swim sometime during his window of 9-16 August 2016.

Balicasag Island Swim[edit]

In memory of the Boholanos who died in the 7.2-magnitude earthquake, to raise public awareness on climate change issues, and to promote a healthy lifestyle, Ingemar swam 11 kilometers between two Bohol islands. He completed the Balicasag Island Swim, traversing from Balicasag island to Alona tropical resort between Visayas and Mindanao in 6 hours 35 minutes on 16 October 2014.

Hinatuan Passage Swim[edit]

Macarine was the first person to complete the 10.5 km crossing of the Hinatuan Passage from Brgy. Dona Helen, Municipality of Socorro, Siargao to Brgy. Cagdianao, Municipality of Claver, Surigao del Norte in the Philippines in 5 hours 8 minutes on 1 January 2014 under the guidance of escort pilot Edwin de la Cruz.

Cebu Channel[edit]

Macarine completed an unprecedented crossing of the Cebu Channel, a 17 km channel swim in the Visayas, from Santa Fe town in Bantayan Island to San Remegio town in northern Cebu on 11 April 2015 in 7 hours 45 minutes. He pioneered another crossing on 11 April 2016 when he swam 16.83 km across the Cebu Strait in 5 hours 49 minutes from LightHouse Brgy. Cabacungan on Cabilao Island, Municipality of Loon, Province of Bohol to Brgy. Bulasa, Municipality of Argao in Cebu.

Surigao Channel[edit]

Macarine was the first person to cross the 12.8-km Surigao Channel from Hikdop Island to Surigao City

Babuyan Channel[edit]

Macarine was the first person to cross the 7-km Babuyan Channel in Cagayan Valley in Northern Luzon.

Future Swims[edit]

He completed the first solo crossing of Sarangani Bay and will attempt two marathon swims in the US.

Balicasag Channel[edit]

Macarine was the first person to cross the 13.4-km channel from Balicasag Island to Panglao Island in Bohol.

San Ricardo Channel[edit]

He attempted to swim from San Ricardo, Southern Leyte to Surigao City in May 2014, but had to stop after 23 km due to strong currents.

Grande Island Swim[edit]

52-year-old legendary triathlete Frank Lacson and Macarine successfully swam 10.38 km in 3 hours 47 minutes across Subic Bay from Grande Island, Bataan to Barrio Barretto in Olongapo City, Philippines on 6 March 2016 in an unprecedented tandem swim.

Negros Island to Apo Island Crossing[edit]

Macarine successfully swam 11 km from Negros Island (Munting Paraiso Resort, Bulak, Dauin) to Apo Island in the Philippines' Tañon Strait on 24 April 2016 in 3 hours 8 minutes with Isidro Alampay and Alvin Alampay as his escort pilots.

Group Marathon Swim[edit]

In May 2016 in a group marathon swim across the Verde Island Passage, Betsy Medalla and Julian Valencia swam 10.65 km in 3 hours 13 minutes with navigator Leonardo Justo. Moi Yamoyam and Mikey Villanueva swam 10.2 km in 4 hours 51 minutes, and Frank Lacson completed 10.5 km in 4 hours 15 minutes with navigator Benedict Malapas, while Ingemar Macarine completed a swim of 7.1 km in 3 hours 31 minutes with navigator Edwin Dela Cruz in a non-stop swim from Dorado Cove to Pico di Loro Beach & Country Club, in Nasugbu, Batangas along the Hamilo Coast in the Philippines.

Subic Bay Swims[edit]

  • Frank Lacson and Ingemar Patiño Macarine swam 10.38 km in 3 hours 47 minutes across Subic Bay from Grande Island, Bataan to Barrio Barretto in Olongapo City, Philippines on 6 March 2016 in an unprecedented tandem swim.
  • Frank Lacson and Ingemar Patiño Macarine swam 11.62 km in 5 hours 17 minutes across Subic Bay from from Anvaya Cove, Province of Bataan to All Hands Beach Resort, Philippines on 24 June 2017 in an unprecedented tandem swim.

Pioneering Swims[edit]

1. Macarine became the first person to cross 17.1 km of the Canigao Channel from Brgy. Tugas, Carlos P. Garcia in the Province of Bohol to Maasin City, Southern Leyte in 6 hours 37 minutes on 20 November 2016.
2. Macarine became the first person to cross from Sumilom Island to Punta Bilar, Surigao City by swimming 10.99 km in 3 hours 37 minutes on 17 January 2016 in a swim to promote clean seas and Surigao tourism.
3. Macarine became the first person to conquer the Bohol Sea by swimming from Pamilacan Island to Poblacion Baclayon, Bohol covering a distance of 15.15 km in 5 hours 59 minutes on 31 January 2016. The swim was sponsored by LGU Baclayon and IBP Bohol to promote tourism in Baclayon, Bohol and for clean seas and beaches.
4. Macarine became the first person to conquer Subic Bay by completing a 10.38 km tandem swim with Philippine triathlete Frank Lacson in 3 hours 47 minutes from Grande Island, Province of Bataan to Barrio Barreto, Olongapo City, Province of Zambales on 6 March 2016. The swim was to promote Bike Friendly Philippines and to raise funds for victims of cycling accidents. The swim was also a birthday celebration of Macarine's son, Lance.
5. Macarine became the first person to swim from Barangay Bulak, Dauin, Province of Negros Oriental to Apo Island across the Tañon Strait covering a distance of 14.7 km in 3 hours 8 minutes of rough water on 24 April 2016.
6. Macarine became the first person to swim across the Cebu Strait by swimming 16.8 km from Cabilao Island, Loon, Province of Bohol to Argao, Province of Cebu on 12 June 2016 to promote clean seas and beaches and to celebrate the 118th Philippine Independence Day.
7. Macarine became the first person to swim 24.65 km to Siquijor Island in 11 hours 21 minutes from Silliman Beach, Dumaguete City, Province of Negros Oriental to Tambisan Port, Municipality of San Juan, Province of Siquijor.
8. Macarine became the first person to swim 23.51 km from Guinsiliban Port on Camiguin Island to Calamcam Beach in the Municipality of Talisayan, Province of Misamis Oriental on the mainland of Mindanao in the Philippines, taking 7 hours 47 minutes on 4 June 2017.
9. Macarine and Frank Lacson swam 11.62 km in 5 hours 17 minutes across Subic Bay from from Anvaya Cove, Province of Bataan to All Hands Beach Resort, Philippines on 24 June 2017 in an unprecedented tandem swim.

Honors[edit]

Open Water Swimming Career[edit]

  • Alcatraz Island to Aquatic Park in San Francisco City, California in April 2014.
  • 4.2 km 2-hour swim from Basul Island to Surigao City in December 2013
  • 12.8 km in 3 hours 38 minutes from Hikdop Island, an island between Surigao del Norte to Surigao City
  • Visayas to Mindanao by swimming from San Ricardo, Leyte to Surigao City [pulled after 23 km and 5.5 hours]
  • 7.2 km Babuyan Channel in 2 hours from Palaui Island to Mainland Sta. Ana, Province of Cagayan in northern Luzon
  • 10.5 km Hinatuan Passage crossing in 5 hours 8 minutes n Claver, Surigao del Norte
  • In May 2015, he swam 12.95 km Sarangani Bay crossing in 5 hours 44 minutes.
  • On 11 April 2015, he was the first person to complete a crossing of the Cebu Channel, a 17 km channel swim in the Visayas, from Santa Fe town in Bantayan Island to San Remegio town in northern Cebu in 7 hours 45 minutes.
  • On 11 April 2016, Ingemar Patiño Macarine swam 16.83 km across the Cebu Strait in 5 hours 49 minutes from LightHouse Brgy. Cabacungan on Cabilao Island, Municipality of Loon, Province of Bohol to Brgy. Bulasa, Municipality of Argao in Cebu.
  • On 12 June 2016, he swam 16 km from Cabilao Island, Loon, Bohol to Argao, Cebu.
  • In April 2017, he swam 12 km from Panggangan Island, Calape to Sandingan Island, Loon, Bohol.
  • In July 2017, he swam across the Cebu Strait in his native Philippines by pioneering a new route from Argao Pier, Municipality of Argao, Province of Cebu to Barangay Pantudlan, Cabilao Island, Municipality of Loon, Province of Bohol.
  • On 10 November 2017, he completed an unprecedented crossing in the Bohol Sea by swimming 17.8 km in 6 hours 43 minutes from Pamilacan Island in the Municipality of Baclayon to Barangay Bolod in the Municipality of Panglao, Bohol in 6 hours 43 minutes 5 seconds.

2017 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men[edit]

Macarine was named to the World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men in 2017 (alphabetized by last name) by the World Open Water Swimming Association:

1. Dr. Doron Amosi, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
2. Antonio Argüelles Díaz-González, channel swimmer and endurance athlete from Mexico
3. Cyril Baldock, marathon/channel swimmer from Australia
4. Ram Barkai, administrator, event organizer and ice swimmer from South Africa
5. John Batchelder, butterflying marathon swimmer from USA
6. Nejib Belhedi, marathon/stage/boat pull swimmer from Tunisia
7. Alexander Brylin, channel ice swimmer from Russia
8. Luc Chetboun, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
9. Salvatore Cimmino, amputee advocate and marathon/extreme swimmer from Italy
10. Jean Craven, marathon/extreme swimmer from South Africa
11. Ned Denison, IMSHOF administrator and marathon/ice swimmer from Ireland
12. Craig Dietz, disabled open water swimmer from USA
13. Ben Enosh, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel/USA
14. Udi Erell, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
15. Stephen Junk, channel swimmer from Australia
16. Henri Kaarma, event organizer and ice swimmer from Estonia
17. Ger Kennedy, ice, underwater and extreme swimmer from Ireland
18. Craig Lenning, marathon/channel/ice swimmer from the USA
19. Neil Macaskill, extreme/cross-border swimmer from South Africa
20. Pádraig Mallon, escort pilot, event organizer and marathon/channel/ice swimmer from Ireland
21. Ingemar Patiño Macarine, channel/marathon swimmer from the Philippines
22. Andrew Malinak, administrator and cold water/marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
23. Chris Marthinusen, extreme/high-altitude swimmer from South Africa
24. Patrick McKnight, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
25. Allan McLeland, Peak and Pond swimmer/climber from the USA
26. Darren Miller, channel swimmer and event director from the USA
27. Rohan More, marathon/channel swimmer from India
28. Gullupilli Narhari, extreme relay swimmer from India
29. Matías Ola, event organizer and ice/extreme swimmer from Argentina
30. Kieron Palframan, ice/extreme swimmer from South Africa
31. James Pittar, blind marathon/channel swimmer from Australia
32. Javier Mérida Prieto, disabled Triple Crown swimmer from Spain
33. Lewis Pugh OIG, ocean advocate and ice/extreme swimmer from the UK
34. Oded Rahav, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
35. Stephen Redmond, channel/marathon swimmer from Ireland
36. Adrian Sarchet, marathon/channel swimmer from Guernsey
37. Ori Sela, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
38. Dan Simonelli, coach/guide/observer and marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
39. Paramvir Singh, extreme relay swimmer from India
40. Albert Sobirov, ice swimmer from Russia
41. Petar Stoychev, marathon/channel/ice/Olympic swimmer from Bulgaria
42. Ryan Stramrood, ice/extreme swimmer from South Africa
43. Martin Strel, marathon/stage swimmer from Slovenia
44. Dr. Otto Thaning, channel/marathon swimmer from South Africa
45. Jacques Tuset, prison island swimmer from France
46. Toks Viviers, ice/extreme swimmer from South Africa
47. Adam Walker, coach, event organizer, and channel swimmer from England
48. Christof Wandratsch, event organizer and ice/marathon/channel/professional swimmer from Germany
49. Brenton Williams, event organizer and butterfly ocean swimmer from South Africa
50. Herman van der Westhuizen, extreme high-altitude swimmer from South Africa

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