Canadian angler Richard Sharpe proudly shows a sailfish he caught off the fishing village of Pilar on Siargao Island during the ‘3rd Siargao Gamefishing Tournament 2010’ where anglers from at least 14 countries participated. (AFP)
BUTUAN CITY – At least 41 anglers across the globe, 18 of them Filipinos, challenge the seas of Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte for the big catch during the “3rd Siargao Gamefishing Tournament 2010” that started Thursday.
Leticia Tan, Caraga Region office of the Department of Tourism (DoT) director, said the participating anglers came from Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Turkey, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States (US), and the Philippines.
“The anglers will challenge the seas of Siargao for the big catch, their ticket to take home as much as P30,000 to P50,000 cash prize under the five contest categories,” said Tan.
According to Tan, the Siargao International Gamefishing Tournament proved to be a very successful tourism promotional initiative.
She also said that for its 3rd year, the tournament has continued to gain popularity among anglers across the globe making Siargao a favored destination.
During the almost week-long international gamefishing tournament in Pilar town on Siargao Island, the local government units (LGUs) in that so called “Paradise Island” in Northeastern Mindanao, will also present several cultural shows and other prepared programs.
The big international event will close on Saturday where top national, regional, provincial and municipal officials are attending.
DoT Undersecretary for Sports and Wellness Cynthia Carreon was named as guest of honor to grace the affair, Tan added. (ManilaBulletin)