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Oponganon completes swim around Olango Island in under 10 hours

By: Futch Anthony Inso - CDN Digital | April 05,2021 - 11:30 AM
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Oponganon Cleevan Kayne Alegres swims around the sea waters of Olango Island in Lapu-Lapu City. | photo from Lapu-Lapu City PIO

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu—Oponganon Cleevan Kayne Alegres seems ready for his upcoming swim around the entire Mactan Island.

This as the 25-year-old open-water swimmer successfully completed a swim around the sea waters of Olango Island in Lapu-Lapu City. He finished circling the island in under 10 hours.

Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan said on his Facebook post that Alegres started to swim from the Sta. Rosa port at around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 4, 2021 and finished at 3:30 a.m. on Monday.

But Alegres’ own recording shows he finished the 25,420-meter swim in nine hours, 59 minutes and 48 seconds.

“Super grateful for everyone who supported me all throughout my swim,” Alegres said in a Facebook post.

First Oponganon / person? to swim around Olango island ✅Super grateful for everyone who supported me all throughout my…

Posted by Cleevan Kayne Alegres on Sunday, April 4, 2021

Chan was also proud of the achievement.

“Proud mi nimo Cleevan ug kanunay anaa nimo ang among tibuok nga suporta,” Chan said.

(We’re proud of you and you will always have our full support.)

Chan said that this will serve as a victory for Alegres as he prepares to swim around the entire Mactan Island on April 24.

Read: Oponganon to do 40Km Mactan swim, raise awareness on plastic pollution

He said that Alegres is doing this, to honor Datu Lapulapu in line with the upcoming celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Victory at Mactan.

Alegres also wants to raise awareness raise awareness about the importance of recycling to save the oceans from plastic pollution.

“Akong gi-ampo nga hatagan ka og kusog ug maayong panglawas aron makab-ot nimo ang imong mga gipangandoy sa pageantry,” the mayor’s post added.

(I pray that you will be given the strength and good health so you could achieve your goals in this pageantry.) 

/bmjo

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TAGS: Cleevan Kayne Alegres, Mactan island, Mayor Junard "Ahong" Chan, Olango Island, open water swimmer, Sta. Rosa Port

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