- Posted August 16, 2013 by
Sea gypsy holds new record of Philippine free-diving
A Badjao from Davao is now the country’s record holder of a free diving category with a record-breaking dive of 79 meters, a far-cry from the previous record of 32 meters.
The record-breaking Badjao is identified as Juli Misuari, a Sama native (more popularly known as Badjaos), from Sta. Cruz, Talicud Island in the Garden City of Samal.
Misuari’s 261-feet dive now holds the Philippine national record in the No Limits Category as well as the newly-created category Rod and Line Diving during the just-concluded 1st Kadayawan Sama Free Diving Contest held at Talicud Island last August 15.
The former record was only 32 meters held by Carmelo Navarro.
For his record-breaking feat, Misuari received a cash prize of ₱7,000 and a Golden Diver Award. 2nd Prize cash award of ₱5,000 and Silver Diver Award was given to Nasahali Musahali. While 3rd Prize cash of ₱3,000 and a Bronze Diver Award was given to Solomon Dabtar.
The event is part of the Kadayawan Festival here in Davao City and was organized by the Kauma Sama Online. The Davao City Tourism Office described it as the most unique event of this year’s lineup.
The Sama tribe is one of Davao’s recognized 11 tribes. Each of these tribes has crafts, music, dancing and various cultural talents that make them unique. The Sama are excellent freedivers. They are indeed so good that 18 divers surpassed the deepest dive recorded in a Philippine’s National Competition.
The event aims to increase awareness in the Davao area about the Sama tribe. Many are unaware that the Sama are indigenous to the Davao region.
The organizer said Sama are a peace loving people and very hard working.
“Though using the term Badjao would highly increase the marketability of this event, we hope to increase the awareness of Filipinos about the Sama tribe, therefore not limiting the competition only to the Sama Dilaut (known by many as the Badjao) but including other Sama groups who are skilled at diving as well.”