Filipino scientist to make history by reaching the 3rd deepest spot on earth

Photo from the University of the Philippines

QUEZON CITY, Mar. 20 (PIA) -- Dr. Deo Florence L. Onda, a microbial oceanographer of The Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines, is set to make history on March 22 to 28, 2021, as one of the first humans to reach the third deepest spot on earth.

Together with the American explorer Victor Vescovo, Dr. Onda will dive an approximately 10,400 m or 34,100 feet deep Emden Deep in the Philippine Trench. Vescovo set a new world depth record for Marianas Trench dive in 2019.

Dr. Onda, the sole Filipino researcher representing the country, will wave the Philippine Flag in the Emden Deep during its record-setting scientific voyage. To date, most of the deepest dive records are held by foreign scientists or explorers, said the UP release.

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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