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The Women Divers’ Hall of Fame (WDHOF) will induct Angelique “Mama Ranger” Songco on March 2020.

WDHOF, an international non-profit professional honor society for divers, on Wednesday announced its six inductees to be awarded on March 2020 at the Beneath the Sea (BTS) Awards Banquet in Secaucus, New Jersey, United States.

Mama Ranger is the Tubbataha Reefs National Park (TRNP) superintendent, an environmentalist, and a marine conservationist who recently received the KfW-Bernhard-Grzimek-Preis Award earlier this year for her work in biodiversity conservation.

Songco, in an earlier interview with Palawan News, said that her work was “more of a calling” citing that decades-worth of contribution efforts in marine park preservation and conservation was her destiny.

“That was the perfect chance for me to do something that I’ve always wanted to do. It is an honor to be allowed to do something, to have a chance to do something,” Songco said.

WDHOF recognizes women divers who have made outstanding contributions to the exploration, understanding, safety and enjoyment of our underwater world and support the underwater world and its associated careers by promoting opportunities for women and men in diving through scholarships, training grants and mentorship opportunities and a worldwide network of industry contacts.

It was created in 1999 and is dedicated to recognizing and honoring the contributions of women divers in a wide variety of fields including: arts, science, medicine, sports, exploration, underwater archaeology, media, service, dive training and education, safety, business, marine environment and conservation, free diving, commercial diving, and military diving.


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