Sipalay to host kick off of WV int’l open water swim circuit

Sipalay Mayor Gina Lizares-Montilla*

Sipalay City, Negros Occidental, will host the kick-off and the first leg of the inaugural Western Visayas International Open Water Swim Circuit on February 18.

The city, known to be the province’s “Jewel of the South”, will host around 200 participants in the Open Water Swim Circuit that will be held in the four areas in Region 6.

Mayor Gina Lizares-Montilla said on Monday, February 5, that it is a non-competition event but a promotion of a tourism activity that emits less carbon with a low impact on the environment.

The event is hosted by the Department of Tourism-Western Visayas and in partnership with the Zamboanga Open Water Swim Club, the mayor said.

Among the sites that will also be hosting the circuit is Sicogon Island in Northern Iloilo on April 14, Taklong Island in Guimaras on June 30, and Boracay Island on Sept. 22.

Montilla said that they are expecting participants from as far as Mindanao and enthusiasts within Western Visayas.

The participants will be treated to a medley of swim challenges, each uniquely designed to complement the region’s distinct geographic characteristics, granting an immersive Western Visayas experience, a press release from DOT-6 said.

DOT Region VI Regional Director Crisanta Rodriguez said with this event, they hope to highlight the efforts of environmental organizations and enrich the visitor experience, fostering a deeper appreciation for our natural resources.

“We believe this will catalyze a surge in eco-conscious tourism, drawing visitors who are eager to participate in sustainable travel experiences that contribute positively to our community and environment,” she added.*

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