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Fishing: 3rd Siargao Gamefishing tourney in Siargao Island

At least 41 anglers worldwide– 18 of them Filipinos challenge the seas of Siargao Island for the big catch during a five-day “3rd Siargao Gamefishing Tournament 2010” that started Thursday.

Leticia Tan, regional director of the Department of Tourism (DOT) for Caraga region said the participating anglers come from Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Turkey, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States of America and the host country, Philippines.

The big international event was also initiated by Surigao del Norte solon Rep. Francisco T. Matugas and Pilar mayor Lucio T. Gonzales.

“The anglers will challenge the seas of Siargao for the big catch with prizes ranging from P30,000.00 to P50,000.00 cash under the five contest categories,” said director Tan.

She also said, “ The Siargao International Gamefishing Tournament proved to be a very successful tourism promotional initiative”.

She also said for the third year, the event has continued to gain popularity among anglers across the globe, making Siargao a favoured destination.

During the almost weeklong international gamefishing tournament, the local government units of the “Paradise Island” in Northeastern Mindanao, will also present some cultural shows and other prepared programs.

The big international event will close on April 17 where top national, regional, provincial and municipal officials are in attendance.

DOT Undersecretary for Sports and Wellness Cynthia Carreon was named as guest of honor, director Tan added. (PNA) LOR/MUC/utb

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