Monthly Archives: March 2005

“Tuklas Kalikasan at Kultura”

Here is the Iti for the first kick off climb in san teodoro, organized by the Municipality of San Teodoro with the assistance of HALMs.

Republic of the Philippines
Province of Oriental Mindoro
Municipality of San Teodoro
First Kick Off Climb in San Teodoro
”Tuklas Kalikasan at Kultura”
March 23-26, 2005

Day 1 March 23, 2005 (Wednesday)
1:00 PM – 8:00PM       Arrival and Registration of Participants
8:00 PM     Welcoming/Orientation/Briefing

Day 2 March 24, 2005 (Thursday)
4:30 AM    Wake Up Call
5:30 AM    ETD from Clubhouse (Station/base camp)
6:00 AM    ETA Saclag (Jump Off)
6:30 AM    Start Trek Going to Adong, Binaybay River, and Laylay River
11:30 AM   ETA Laylay River (Lunch Camp)
12:00 NN   Lunch Break
1:00PM     Resume Trek
5:00PM     ETA Damlan Peak (north side of Mt. Halcon)/Set up Camp

Day 3 March 25, 2005 (Friday)
5:00 AM    Wake Up Call
6:00 AM    Break Camp
7:00 AM    Start Descent
11:30 AM   ETA Binaybay River (Lunch Camp)
12:00 NN   Lunch Break
1:00 PM    Resume Trek
5:00 PM    ETA Saclag Ecological School
7:00 PM    Dinner
8:00 PM    Socials

Day 4 March 26, 2005 (Saturday)
5:00 AM    Wake Up Call
7:00 AM    Start Trek (Aras Cave, Aras Falls, Botolan Falls)
11:30 AM   ETA Saclag Ecological School
12:00 NN   Lunch Break
1:00 PM    Break Camp

Home Sweet Home

Registration Fee is P400 inclusive of:

1.) ID
2.) T-shirt
3.) Certificate
4.) One Meal (Socials Night)

Upon reaching the Calapan Pier, there will be a welcoming entourage reperesenting the Municipality of San Teodoro and HALMs.  The Itinerary was sent by Dickie Acedera (HALMs), according to him the Mayor (San Teodoro) will be welcoming the participants (during orientation) and will probably join the actual climb.

Have a meaningful and Safe climb this Holy Week.

Let us strive to Leave No Trace as we go back


March 2005 Minutes

Minutes of MFPI Federation Meeting

Date :  March 9, 2005
Start:  8:15pm
End  :  9:30pm
Venue:  Pioneer Grill, Mandaluyong City


* President’s Update
* Federation Secretary Update
* Membership Committee Update
* Education Committee/Mountain Training Board Update
* VP for Visaya’s Report
* Others:


President’s Report by Regie Pablo:

Charting the Sierra Madre Trail

The MFPI has been tasked to be part  of a multi-sectoral project to develop the Sierra Madre Trail. This is a 600+ kms. of trail traversing Sierra Madre similar to the Appalachian Trail in the USA. It covers nine (9) provinces of Eastern Luzon spanning the Sierra Madre mountain range. The project is spearheaded by Miriam P.E.A.C.E. and supported by Conservation International. It involves the LGU’s of the covered provinces, PO’s, NGO’s and DOT, DENR and other concerned organizations. MFPI has been primarily tasked to develop the trail.

The United Nations (UN) grants 2 million seedlings to MFPI

The UNESCO has facilitated the granting of Two (2) million seedlings to MFPI. These seedlings can be secured nationwide from the nurseries of DENR. These are endemic species to the areas.

This development is in support of the tree planting project of UNESCO’s Commission on Science and Technology. A MOA is being drafted between MFPI, UNESCO and DENR. A guideline regarding this project will be released to the members of MFPI.

Mt. Halcon Update

Regie Pablo clarified that technically, nobody except the Mangyan community can ban any climbing activity in Mt. Halcon as it does not have any protective area status. The Mangyans are holders of CADC. However, he reiterated Dickie Acedera’s request to observe self restraint for the mean time in conducting any climbing activity in the area.

The recent incident that resulted in the death of a mountaineer has made it imperative that proper trail markings be conducted first. This is to avoid another incident in the mountain.


Regie Pablo recognized the presence of past president Fred Jamili and some Everest Team during the Fed meeting.

Federation Secretary’s update by Genesis Bolauro c/o Manny Yu

26th  MFPI Congress

Deadline for the submission of the online registration from is on Mar. 15 to avail of the 20% discount in registration fee.  Checkout the new updated site.

Election of 3 Board of Trustees

Election will be held during the 26th  MFPI Congress in Ozamis City on April 4-10.

The term of the following will expire but may be re-elected.

1. Rodney Benedicto
2. Joevy Sacare
3. JB Añonuevo

Those who wish to vote are reminded to bring their MFPI ID’s. Those who will not be able to join the Congress but still wish to vote may do so by proxy. Give the proxy form to designated representative attending the congress.

Mt. Kanlaon Update

Mt. Kanlaon is active and there is a real threat of volcanic eruption. The membership is warned that trekking is deemed unsafe and is therefore banned.

As an alternative, NMC has an invitational climb to Mt. Mandalagan during holy week.

Interested parties are requested to contact MFPI’s Federation Secretary, Mr. Genesis Bolauro via email: ama_dablam@lycos.comThis email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it or mobile no. +639173006616.

Membership Committee Update by Manny Yu

New Benefits:

* 10% discount on all Island Souvenir outlets effective Apr. 1.

IT Initiatives:

* The membership is encouraged to fill-out the membership profile form in for all new applications as well as renewals. This is to build-up the membership database.

* Gerry Escala presented the new and improved MFPI Website which is currently on its test run.

* Maloy Apuhin discussed process of applying for email address of MFPI active cardholders.  Instructions to be posted shortly.

ID Processing:

* It has been agreed with Randy Su/MFPI Visayas VP that the ID printing for the VISMIN area will be decentralized in Cebu. They are currently looking for a printer. This aims to improve ID response time in Vismin.

Club Affairs:

* Club Membership Application and Dues. A reminder: deadline for MFPI club membership due is April 30. VisMin Clubs are advised to pay their due at the Congress.

Applicant clubs are advised to bring the following documents:

1. SEC Registration (photocopy)
2. Articles of Incorporation and by-laws (photocopy)
3. List of officers
4. Letter of Intent
5. Endorsement from two member clubs of good standing
6. Endorsement from Regional VP

All clubs are to ensure they have already complied the following requirements: BMC conducted by accredited MFPI instructor, Participation in three MFPI acitivities. Kindly show proof.

“Batangas Backpackers Friendship Climb”

Congratulations to Baba for the successful anniversary climb held at slopes and Bato-Bato peak of Mt. Lobo on Feb. 26-27, 2005.

IM Affairs:

“Oplan Sagip Karunungan”

Congratulations to the IM Group 8 of 2004 for the successful Book Drive and School Rehabilitation Project held in General Nakar, Quezon last March 05-6, 2005.

Education Committee/Mountain Training Board by Elmer Cabotage

BMC Schedule

Education Committee will conduct the MFPI Basic Mountaineering Course on March 19-20, 2005. Course instructor is Mr. Mar Melendres, Chairman of the Mountain Training Board.

AMC Update

Elmer Cabotage announced that an Advance Mountaineering Course (AMC) is being organized with Philippine Association of Professional Climbers Inc. (PAPCI) and Sports Climbing Association of the Philippines Inc. (SCAPI). Schedule to be announced later.

VP for Visaya’s Report by Randy Su c/o Manny Yu

2nd Visayas Mountain Festival (VMF)

Cheers to the excellent work of NU-LOC and Mt. Pangasugan Trailblazers and the able leadership of Randy Su (MFPI VP-Visayas)  for the successful hosting of the 2nd VMF held in Leyte on Feb. 24-26, 2005. 44 club representatives came up with a manifesto signifying the unity and solidarity of Visayas outdoorspeople regardless of affiliation. A first in the history of the MFPI. Contents of the manifesto will be published later.

Other Matters:

Fujitsu Outdoor Club (FOC) and Batangas Backpackers invite MFPI members and guests to their annual friendship climb to be held on Mt. Lobo’s Bato-Bato Peak on April 23-24. 2005.

Thereby no more matters to discuss, the meeting ended at 9:30 pm.

Prepared by: Manny Yu
Noted by: Regie Pablo