05/03/11 - PILAR, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte, Philippines – Anglers from around the world are set to troop to this “Paradise island in the South” to compete in the international prestigious event, the “2011 International Game Fishing Tournament” on Siargao Island slated on April 28 to May 1 this year.
At least 80 anglers from Sweden, Russia, Singapore, United Kingdom, United States, and the Philippines have already registered their attendance. Other international and domestic fishing clubs have also registered in advance here.
Preparations are now in full gear for the fourth International Game Fishing Tournament which will be taking place in this Pacific Ocean facing-town of Pilar, Siargao Island.
The international and domestic anglers will be vying for the following categories, namely: 1. Main Category (Using outrigger boat) a. Biggest Billfish Category; b. Biggest Wahoo/Tanguigue; c. Biggest Talakitok; d. Biggest Dorado; e. Biggest Others except shark, stingrays, puffer fish, dolphin and turtles, 2. Open Category (Using private yacht or any fishing boat) a. Biggest Catch and b. Highest Total Catch.
Each entry should have a minimum weight of 15 kilograms.
Big cash money and trophies are at stake for the winners.
Surigao del Norte Rep. Francisco T. Matugas (1st district) -- who has been supporting international game fishing in this island -- his wife Gov. Sol F. Matugas, Rep. Guillermo Romarate, Jr. (2nd district) and the island’s nine mayors led by Pilar town Mayor Lucio Gonzales are joining hands for the success of this international tourney.
Different committees have already been mobilized as the provincial and municipal officials have also prepared daily program, entertainments and other activities to entertain the participants and tourists, both foreign and domestic during the four-day competition.
Top national government officials led by Tourism Secretary Alberto A. Lim will grace the big international game fishing contest.
Prior to the opening ceremonies of this major event, Gov. Sol Matugas along with Mayor Gonzales and other provincial and municipal officials, will lead the launching of “Kalimpyo, Kahapsay, Kalinaw sa Siargao” (Clean, orderly, peaceful Siargao) on April 27 to be followed by a tree-planting activity at the Municipal Tree Forest Park of Pilar.
As of press time, it was gathered that all island resorts and hotels were already fully booked of reservations, prompting the local government units to prepare other accommodations for other tourists who are expected to flock to this island next week.
“Everything is already set and the province of Surigao del Norte is already prepared,” said Representative Matugas in an exclusive interview on Thursday.
This event is expected to again boost the tourism industry in the island as the province will again be in the world map of tourism, added the Surigao del Norte solon.
Siargao Island is composed of 48 islands and islets politically divided into nine municipalities: Burgos, Dapa, Del Carmen, Gen. Luna, Pilar, San Benito, San Isidro, Santa Monica, and Socorro. (Manila Bulletin)