The Philippines Department of Tourism has named French World Champion Freediver Guillaume Néry as the country’s “Face Of Philippine Freediving.”
Néry had teamed up with the Philippine government to host a series of freediving workshops throughout July and August 2017, and it looks like the Philippines wants to take their relationship with him to the next level in a bid to promote the country as a top freediving destination in Asia.
DOT Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo says:
“To have a world-renowned figure like Guillaume Néry on board is both a privilege and opportunity for the country to position ourselves better in the diving industry of the region.”
“The Philippine waters is comprised of nearly one million square miles of sea covering major parts of the Coral Triangle which contains more than 2,500 species of fish and over 500 species of coral. Our extraordinary array of marine life and calm waters makes the Philippines an ideal place to learn and engage more tourists in freediving.”
A freediving yoga class open to the general public, a press conference, film viewing of Néry and his team’s most notable works, and a meet and greet is being staged at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa on the island of Cebu today (July 19) as part of the grand opening of the area’s marine sanctuary.
One three-day workshop was conducted this week in Mactan, and another is scheduled for Moalboal on August 4 – 6. Spaces are limited though with only 25 slots per workshop at a cost of $390 per workshop.
Néry will also tour other parts of the Philippines this summer, and will be joining the Department in future international dive shows and exhibitions to engage and invite more freediving competitors and enthusiasts to come to the country.
For more information regarding schedules, pricing and availability, check out the Dive Philipines Facebook page.