Tubbataha’s Angelique Songco honored in Women Divers Hall of Fame 2020 in New Jersey

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Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park’s chief will be inducted into the honor society’s Class of 2020. Photo from Angelique Songco Facebook.

Tubbataha Reefs National Park’s very own “Mama Ranger” Angelique Songco will be honored as a new member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame in 2020.

Angelique Songco will be one of the six new members to be inducted into the honor society whose member contributions span a wide variety of fields including in the arts and sciences, including Diving.

Songco is the lead ranger of the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Philippines that is home to more than 360 coral species, 600 fish species, eight marine mammals, and around100 seabird species, as well as many different algae and seaweeds.

Songco and five other honorees will be inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame Class of 2020 on March 28, 2020, at the Beneath the Sea (BTS) Awards Banquet in Secaucus, New Jersey.

Angelique Songco on park ranger duty at Tubbataha. Photo from KfW.

The Women Divers Hall of Fame Class of 2020 include:

  1. Susan R. Eaton – Northwest Territories, Canada
    Geoscientist, Journalist, Polar Explorer
  2. Natalie Gibb – Quintana Roo, Mexico
    Cave Explorer, Writer, Entrepreneur
  3. Shirley Lee – Alexandria, Virginia, USA
    Diving Pioneer, Dive Association Organizer, Swimming and Diving Champion
  4. Caron Shake, CDR, USN (ret), Ph.D. – Waterford, Connecticut, USA
    U.S.Naval Operations Scientist, Research Physiologist, Diving Medical Officer
  5. Angelique Songco – Puerto Princesa City, Philippines
    Park Superintendent, Environmentalist, Marine Conservationist
  6. Hélène de Tayrac-Senik – Nogent-sur-Marne, France
    Dive Show Founder, Rescue Diver, Marine Conservationist

WDHOF’s mission is to recognize the contributions of outstanding women divers and to offer financial assistance and mentorship to women and men interested in pursuing diving careers.

Tubbataha means “a long reef exposed at low tide”. It’s been 31 years since the signing of Presidential Proclamation 306 declaring Tubbataha as a National Marine Park, making it the first marine protected area in the Philippines. Photo by Simon Pierce via TRNP Facebook.

Philippine environmentalist Angelique Songco was awarded the 2019 KfW Stiftung-Bernhard-Grzimek-Preis Biodiversity Prize for her outstanding commitment and groundbreaking management of the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park.

Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park has been acknowledged worldwide as an environmental model and destination and has been featured in the Monaco Ocean Museum, in travel destination lists, and diving tradeshows.

SEND congratulations in the comments below to Angelique Songco for taking the lead in protecting Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park!

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