Marinduque, Feb. 2, (PIA) -- The Noble Blue Falcons International (NBFI), together with other mountaineers summit to Mt. Malindig with the objective of protecting the environment through eco-tourism. This was a twin climb to the mountains of Aurora and Marinduque.
A total of 50 climbers from different groups joined the project including the MEOW Outdoor Group Specials, Green Philippines, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Local Government Units, Philippine Red Cross, Yappak, United Trekkers, Provincial Risk Reduction Management Council, Dumagat Mountaineering Society and San Diego – Quezon City Mountaineers.
According to Brother Ronald Go, NBFI Metro Manila Spokesman, the activity was twined to their Aurora climb last Jan. 21 – 23 that was led by NBFI National Mountaineering Coordinator and Deputy Coordinator, Sister Aisa Serencio and Brother Alvin Guzman, together with Brother Rudy Paradero and Brother Joseph Biatriz Usita, Chairman of NBFI Marinduque and Aurora respectively.
About 100 trees were planted by the climbers at Mt. Malindig. The climb, first thought as a minor one turned out to be an assault climb in which one climber wasn’t able to reach the summit due to heart problems. The Community-Based First Aiders who recently graduated from a Red Cross First Aide Training was there to assist the patient. The Community-Based First Aiders was initiated by the Provincial Tourism Office in preparation for the Community-Based Rural Tourism Projects (CBRT).
The group then went to the Center for Agricultural Resource and Management Enterprise Networking (CARMEN) at Tamayo, Sta. Cruz after the climb for birds and firefly watching.
The mountaineers spent the second day island hopping at Palad Sandbar located between the Islets of Maniwaya and Bgy. Mompong and enjoyed the views of natural rock formation and land bridge in Ungab, Bgy. Mompong.
The Mountaineers are set to go back by June 2012 with another set of mountaineers, divers and cavers. (CNS/ML/PIA-IVB/Marinduque)