Filipinos Conquer Mt. Everest

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This week saw the first conquest of the highest mountain on the planet by a Filipino. On Wednesday, Heracleo “Leo” Oracion won the nation’s praise by becoming the first from the country to carry the Philippine flag to the 29,028 summit in Nepal. Then, 17 hours later, teammate Erwin “Pastor” Emata also reached the peak. Following these 2 in hot pursuit is competitor Romeo Garduce, who is expected to reach the summit later today.

“Summit to Base Camp…Ang ginaw-ginaw dito” (“It’s so cold up here!”) Were the words spoken from Mt. Everst’s highest reaches by Emata apon ascending to the summit.

Congratulations to all, and good luck getting back down (reaching the summit is only half the trip!)

Pinoy Everst Blog
Everest News.com

Story details from article in The Philippine Star.
Image from Friendly Planet.com

4 Comments so far

  1. Manix (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2006 @ 3:29 pm

    i am so proud of being a filipino. i hope the rest of the filipinos will feel the same way.

    congratulations!!!


  2. arroyosummit (unregistered) on May 24th, 2006 @ 6:52 am

    wish gloria on top and never come down again..


  3. charlie solis (unregistered) on June 3rd, 2006 @ 1:19 am

    filipinos on top of the everest is laudible. it’s just funny that abs-cbn and gma-7 exhausted their primetime news headlines and even their flash reports about it and never (they did report on gloria’s middle east visit in no more than 20 seconds, with fuzzy footages and fast-paced editing) bothered to report about the detained filipinos who were set free from the middle east and the families they came home to. i did see i-witness episodes of dirty ice cream, so-called dalagindings who were circumcized, the local pigsty, and the other channel’s coverage of gay flores de mayo and processions. when satur ocampo recently got home after his confinement, saksi and 24 oras even shot him clasping his backyard grass on his hands and the other detained woman’s merienda with her family. walang kinakampihan? i reckon not…


  4. charlie solis (unregistered) on June 3rd, 2006 @ 1:24 am

    … then again, the networks already signed their contracts with prominent pro-mountaineering sponsors, broadcast time and all…



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