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PH to host World’s Strongest Man 2018 this summer

The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Tuesday officially announced that the 2018 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) would be held in the Philippines from April to May 2018.

According to DOT Undersecretary Katherine De Castro, the WSM is just one international event the DOT is planning to hold this year.

“We are expected to reach 470 million households in 70 countries,” she told reporters on the sidelines of the Aerosuperbatics Wingwalkers launch for the 22nd Philippine Hot Air Balloon Festival.

DOT Secretary Wanda Teo said the event would be held in Ilocos Norte's sand dunes, where WSM participants will be lifting a 4x4 vehicle, in Davao City to pull an airplane, and in Iloilo to pull a truck.

The events will be open to public spectators. The qualifiers will run from April 28-May 1, 2018 while the finals will be from May 5-6, 2018.

At present, the venue for the final round had not been decided yet, but Teo said the place for qualifiers were specifically chosen to promote emerging destinations in the Philippines.

The WSM is an international event that features competing “super-human” athletes who continually push the human body past its limits.

The competition was established in 1977 and was first held in Universal Studios, California.

Joyce Ann L. Rocamora / PNA