Dumaguete’s Ocean Six – First Female Group Crossed Tañon Strait

DUMAGUETE CITY — In celebration of the International Women’s Month, Dumaguete’s Ocean Six, a 6 member all-female group successfully managed to swim across the Tañon Strait despite the rough weather.

The Ocean Six (L-R) Monique Furbeyre, Maru Rodriguez, Sheila Omaguing, Flom Barot-Datoy, Dr. Frances Yap, and Ching Furbeyre. (Photo courtesy of Sentidos Production)

Maru Rodriguez, Dr. Frances Yap, Sheila Omaguing, Flom Barot-Datoy, and sisters Ching and Monique Furbeyre swam 6.4 kilometers between the towns of Santander in the province of Cebu to Sibulan in the province of Negros Oriental for three and a half hours. Originally, the group estimated it would take them 9 hours to complete.

The left Santander, Cebu at around 6:30AM and arrived in Brgy. Cangmating in Sibulan at around 9:40AM. The group’s target was Brgy. Campaclan and although they have already landed in Cangmating, the group decided to swim another 3 kilometers north to the target location. They were greeted with cheers from the locals and spectators.

The group was coached by Silliman University physical education professor Dionisio Piñero who according to the group was very vital to their success.

Ocean 6 hopes to send a message to the world that women can do anything and hopefully break the stereotypes of women. Moreover, the female group would also want to spread awareness to take care of our oceans.

Plans for a second attempt next year is already in the making.


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