Monthly Archives: August 2006

Mountaineers sell equipment online

By Alexander Villafania
Last updated 09:44pm (Mla time) 08/23/2006

Prompted by the recent success of Team Philippines’ climb to Mount Everest, the Mountaineering Federation of the Philippines Inc. (MFPI), an umbrella organization of the country’s top mountaineering groups, has started an online store for mountaineering equipment.

The store is within the MFPI’s official website ( Though all of the products being sold are still backpacks and sleeping bags, the group intends to expand their product lines to boots, gloves, cold-gear suits, tents, headgear and other climbing and hiking equipment.

The website also uses Mozcom’s NetPresence and PayEasy facilities for a virtual shopping cart and payment system.

Likewise, a Megalink ATM payment system is also available.

Items purchased can be delivered to any location in the Philippines through Federal Express.

The service is currently available to MFPI’s 30,000 local members, though none members can register online to make their purchases.


MFPI EduCom Activities August-October 2006

Mountaineering Federation of the Philippines Inc.
Education Committee
Schedule of Activities
August – October 2006

Basic Mountaineering Course- Universal Robina Corp.
August 26, 2006
Venue: URC Pasig City
Contact: 0918-9335241 or send email:

Basic Mountaineering Course- Luzon (Baguio City)
September 2-3, 2006
Orientation: August 30 Wednesday
Venue: TBA
Instructor: Elmer C. Cabotage
Contact: Ms. Rei Ann Cayetano
Cellpone no. 0928-4278807
or email

BMC Trainor’s Accreditation Application Period
August 25 – September 30
Details to be posted

Basic Mountaineering Course Mindanao (Kidapawan)
October 25-29, 2006
Venue: Kidapawan MFPI Mid-year Congress
Contact: Jeovy Sacare

For your information.

Elmer C. Cabotage
MFPI Education Committee

To all MFPI Education Committee Members and BMC instructors nationwide, please send to my personal email official activities for coordinated posting on the website and e-group.

Green Philippine Highways

Dear MFPI Members and Friends,

Yesterday, August 14, 2006, a Memorandum of Agreement has been signed between MFPI and DENR for our organizations’ participation in DENR’s Green Philippine Highways Project.

The Green Philippine Highways Project is DENR’s massive tree nurturing project that encompasses the major arteries in Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao as well as major thoroughfares in Metro Manila. Initially it aims to cover:

– The 2,176 kilometer Pan-Philippine Highway that stretches from Laoag City through Cagayan to Davao City

– The 439 – kilometer Manila North Road that meanders from Laoag City through La Union to Bulacan,

– The 824 kilometer West Nautical Highway stretching from Batangas City through Mindoro, Aklan, and Negros Oriental to Sibugay and Zamboanga

– Metro Manila thoroughfares covering North Luzon Expressway from Balintawak to Quezon City to Malinta; Commonwealth Avenue from Quezon Memorial Circle to Fairview going to La Mesa Dam; C-5 Road, Pasig River to entry of Luzon Expressway; and from Dela Rosa Street to Zobel Street, Makati City.

The Green Philippine Highways Project aims to arrest our deterioarating air quality. We have the second worst in the ASEAN, next only to Indonesia. As signatory to this project, I encouraged all our members and friends and anybody who cares about the quality of the air we breathe, to participate in this project. Initially, a 250 meter stretch in C-5 has been assigned to MFPI as planting site. But any organization is welcome to adopt any other identified areas. DENR will provide the seedlings while the adoptor organizations will take care of nurturing the tree as well as the cost of the signage.

The Project will kick off on August 25, 2006 with a nationwide tree planting activity. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will lead the ceremony in kilometer 0 in Luneta. Church bells from all over the country will ring to signify the start of the activity. Anyone who wants to join MFPI in its assigned area in C-5, please contact me personally.

We will be posting more information at the MFPI Website but any inquiries can be sent privately to my email address.

I look forward to your support to this project.


Regie Pablo

Jungle Environment Survival Training will be moved to Aug 19-20, 2006

To all interested:

Jungle Environment Survival Training will be moved to Aug 19-20, 2006.

This activity will provide insights and lectures on the following:

– identification of poisonous and non-poisonous plants
– identification of edible plants, including those that contains potable water
– identification of herbal and medicinal plants
– remedies for cuts and bites
– starting a fire using materials from the forest
– cooking without a stove and a cookset
– night fishing
– etcetera

The activity starts with a briefing at 11am of Aug 19, 2006.
The trek inside the lush jungles of SBMA follows right after the briefing.
The actual lecture and demonstration takes place on the trail while trekking.
The trek will take about 3-4hours.
A designated campsite will be chosen for the night.

Things to bring:
insect repellant
stoves and cookset (optional, you will be taught to cook without these!!)
food (optional, you will be taught how to look for food in the jungle!!)
kikay kit (optional)

Please take note that this is an overnight hiking activity
Cost: 600Php

How to go there:
Take a Victory Liner Bus from Pasay, Caloocan, Sampaloc or Cubao terminals to
Olongapo City, You can also ride those going to Iba and Sta. Cruz, Zambales.
Just be sure to get off the bus when it arrives at the Victory Liner Terminal in Olongapo City.
We will be there to meet you.

Below are Victory Liner Terminal’s contact numbers:
Caloocan – 3611506
Pasay – 8335019
Sampaloc – 7411436
Cubao – 7274534

Anything else? Contact me.


28th MFPI Presidents Meeting & Mid-Year Climb

Basement 2, PAATSDD Office, Provincial Capitol Grandstand,
Amas, Kidapawan City
TelFax: (064) 278-7053

August 9, 2006

Dear Fellow Mountaineers;

Allows Kew!

There are few places in the Philippines where the magic of rapturous beauty is still to be found. One of this is Mt. Apo, It name itself refers to the native address APO which means “Master or Grandfather”. Because of its varied features which as earned its title  “The King of the Philippine Mountains”,  a volcanic peak, a dead crater, a towering rags & cliffs, a smoke emitting vents & a rocky face mountain  towering at 10,311 ft. asl & with its attractive terrain, various flora & fauna added to its  vast tract land & water with the area of 72,226 hectares of rainforest.

It is with great privilege that the Guardians of Lake Venado (GOLV) after hosting the 8th Mindanao Forum & Climb facing again new challenges, the 28th MFPI Presidents Meeting & Mid-year Climb dated on October 27-30, 2006 at Mt. APO.

The carrying capacity of each trail is good for 200 person  and has two (2) options: Option 1: Agco (Kidapawan)  Trail and Option 2: Bongolanon (Magpet) Trail. “First Come, First Serve basis only… No reservation… Others may join the Basic Mountaineering Course which is to be identified later…

Agco (Kidapawan) Trail – Most of the climbers start their conquest here.  The first campsite to the peak via this trail. Trek & be captivated by exotic display of nature at its best – lush tropical forest dotted with hot & cold springs, boiling mountain lakes, hidden waterfalls cascading with thunderous roar, sulfur craters, rare flora & fauna at this soul refreshing entry point – truly an exceptional display of nature in its primeval state. Experience also the thrills of log balancing and river crossing.

Bongolanon (Magpet) Trail – Frolic as you trek up rugged hills & venture the thrills of this trail. Appreciate the pristine beauty of this campsite, the adventure resort of fantastic, cascading concrete – like boulder waterfalls, and the panoramic view of its riverpool. Probe yourself in the water and condition to climb the euphoric high of conquering Mt. Apo.

Come & Visit…. The new North Cotabato…

For more info contact:

Mr. Nonoy R. Fuentes
CP #: 09185084981

Teody C. Maglunob
CP #: 09208232567


August 2006 Minutes


1. New partnership and endeavor
MFPI is partnering with Bantay Kalikasan for a signature campaign to turn La Mesa Waterdam a protected area.  the endeavor is in need of 5M signatures, currently…it only has 100,000.

let us help in this campaign.

2. Member benefits

Columbia – 15% discount for cash purchases but only on store that are inside malls, just present your updated MFPI ID

Med Central – the official medical provider of the Everest Team is now also the official medical provider of MFPI. They are giving a discounted rate for general checkup as well as specialized needs. exact figures will be posted soon

the second skills olympics is here!! November 25-26 in san jose, tarlac.  please reserve this weekend!!

the events are: orienteering; stove handling; tent pitching; first aid; climb-a-thon…and something else i forgot. exact IT and list of events will be posted soon

for those who have contacts with sponsors, please let me know and i will provide you with the marketing papers

4. BMC Manual
is for printing already

5. Certificates
MFPI will facilitate printing already

Prepared by:
Ice Morales