By Alexander D. Lopez

GENERAL LUNA, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte - Professional surfers from 13 countries are joining this year's 25th Siargao International Surfing Cup, a watersport competition held yearly on Siargao Island, one of the country's top tourist destinations.

The opening ceremony will kick off at the Cloud 9 surfing haven in General Luna town at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Last year's champion, Skip McCullough of the US, will defend his crown against his toughest surfing opponents from the US, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, Hawaii, Argentina, New Zealand, Ecuador, Sweden, Israel, Venezuela, Brazil, and the Philippines.

Siargao's best surfers -- among them John Mark Tokong, Piso Alcala, PJ Alipayo, and Philmar Alipayo -- will see...