Tulong sa Madlum
Tulong sa Madlum
March 17-18, 2007
Have you ever felt sheer excitement about things to come, without knowing whether it will do well or bad?
On 17 march 2007 at, 3:30am, the SAGA Mountaineers arrived at the assembly point at Baliwag Transit Terminal in Cubao, Quezon City. From there we were joined by our Group Representative Sir John Rolan Cruz together with Sir Emmanuel “Maning” Licudine of Outdoor Addicts. Maning and his crew helped the project by fillingin for the other batch members, that are busy from school and work. Together with John, they exerted enough effort to attain our goal.
At 5:15 am, the bus was occupied with people from various walk of life–from student to professional–we converged with one purpose, the TULONG SA MADLUM,” a project of Regular members of Mountaineering Federation of the Philippines, Inc. (MFPI) group 20 consisting of Medical Mission, Book Drive, and a Feeding Program at Sitio Madlum Brgy. Sibul San Miguel, Bulacan.
It was an honor to the entire group 20 that the President of MFPI Mr. Reggie Pablo graced the project.
Upon arriving at the town proper of San Miguel Bulacan the group was picked up by a dump truck that was scheduled for Sitio Madlum. Everyone had a taste of adventure. It was a bumpy ride through a dusty road with dangling electric wires and tree branches.
At 9:05 a.m., we finally arrived at Brg. Sibul Sitio Madlum. The advance party was fully prepared. The books were already loaded at the jeep scheduled for transport to the schools and daycare center of Sito Madlum. The smell of freshly cooked Macaroni Soup “sopas” greeted the group. As the children were fed,the doctors, and nurses did check-ups for the locals. The general check-up included blood pressure assessment and distribution of prescribed medicines and vitamins courtesy of Bulacan Congresswoman Connie Dy, Medical Center Trading Corp., and BJR Paramedic Trading.
After a scrumptious lunch, all the participants went to the Bayukbok Cave where we faced holes not lower than 1 foot.
After caving, We went back to our camp, which was in an open area of abandoned rice field with its center as our social area. It was an ideal place for some 300 tents to be pitched. The socials included a raffle of mountaineering gears and gift certificates courtesy of the sponsors.
The next day, most of the group members hiked and rappelled. Some chose to stay by the river and take a dip at the cold running water of Sitio Madlum. The water is cooled by the massive walls of rocks, boulders, and cliffs that casts a shade around it.
We will not only Leave a Trace on trails and campsites, but we will use our experiences to better our values and wisdom and leave a mark in the MFPI community.LEAVE NO TRACE…
MFPI-RM grp20 is composed of both Outdoor Addicrs, Saga Mountaineers and some freelance climbers. We would like to thank the following : Mr. Regie Pablo, MFPI president for observing and joining our cause on the two day events of our project. Mr. Dodie Principe, VP-Luzon MFPI, for supporting us. Mr. Mar Melendrez BMC instructor-luzon, for encouraging and teaching us the correct values not only in the mountains but in life as well. Ms. Ruby Estillore MFPI MEMCOM -Luzon, for aiding us in the time of desperation. To the member clubs of MFPI and freelance climbers who helped our project possible. Mr. Allan Nubla RN,MAN, MFPI-grp8, who encouraged and thought us life lessons not only in the four walls of the classroom. Our sponsors: Sir Ed’s Outdoor, Outdoor Addicts, UIAA, Vibal Publishing House Inc., Oriental Frieght International Inc., Penanshin, Nestle, and the different outdoor shops such as Montanara, Conquer, and Apexus, The Medical Tradings Corp., BJR Pharamedic Trading, Mr. Richard Gali of RM-grp16,Mr. Jhun Garcia, and Mrs. Nenita Vicitation, RN, MAN of Makati City Hall, Congresswoman Connie Dy of Bulacan. GOD, The Almighty Creator of the all things great and mysterious. We owe a lot to Him, for he is th reason why we have different purposed in life with one goal and one cause. We will forever be the peace keepers and health providers of our fellow brethrens who are in need of our attention.