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Promoting Antique Town as an ecological attraction through a swim event

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To improve its reputation as an ecotourism destination, the municipality of Culasi in this province will host a swimming competition on the white sand beach of Malalison.

According to Alma Sandig, Culasi Municipal Environment and Natural Resources officer, the three-kilometer individual swim race will recommence on March 4 and introduce a new category for the competitors after being postponed in 2021 and 2022 owing to the pandemic.

According to Sandig, this year will introduce a regional category or an exclusive swim for town residents.
Participants have been grouped under an open category since the race’s inception in 2012.

The local and open divisions will go three kilometers this year, beginning at the island Barangay of Malalison and ending in the town proper.

Malalison is three kilometers from the center of the town, and since we started holding swimming competitions, many people have come to enjoy the white sand beach, according to Sandig.

Sandig advised those interested in competing in the swimming event to register online or with their local government body (LGU).

For the open and exclusive divisions, she stated that money and medals were being prepared.

The first-place winner in the open category will receive PHP10,000 in cash, followed by PHP7,000 for second place and PHP5,000 for third.

Additionally, the first-place finisher in the local category will receive PHP7,500, followed by the runners-up in those positions with PHP5,000 and PHP3,000.

According to Sandig, the swim competition also encourages safe waste disposal at the beach. A material recovery facility (MRF) has been set up nearby to go along with regular informational and educational initiatives to teach islanders how to properly dispose of rubbish and keep Malalison clean.

As they regularly monitor the coliform count in the coastal waters to ensure that it is suitable for swimmers, she reassured, “The coastal water of Malalison is likewise safe for skin contact.”

The first local government unit (LGU) in Antique in 2016 to forbid single-use plastics among the sellers in their open-air dry goods market is Culasi.

To lessen the amount of waste they produce, the locals are advised to utilize paper bags or other natural containers.

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