Thursday, May 18, 2006

Mt. Everest and the Philippines

Historian Ambeth Ocampo wrote today on one interesting trivia about Mt. Everest and the Philippines in the Inquirer. The daughter of Tenzing Norgay, Nima, married a Filipino, the late renowned graphic designer Emmanuel "Noli" Galang.

The other interesting observation is the difference in how Hillary and Norgay celebrated their summit. Hillary was victorious and planted his country's flag. When Norgay died in 1986, he announced that he was the first to reach the Everest and even claimed that Norgay was a weak climber during his sixth or seventh attempt to summit Everest.

Norgay in his memoirs offered a ceremonial sacrifice to Chomalungma including an ordinary pen from his daughter Nima. Being a devout Buddhist, he wanted to pay his respects to the mountain and his surroundings. He was humble and acknowledged that summiting Everest was and still remains a team effort.

Someone raised the fact that all the foreigners that summit Everest are celebrated, but the Sherpas remained anonymous. I know this isn't entirely true, since Boy recently put out a link of the famous Sherpa climber Babu Chiri Sherpa and there are many articles on the Sherpas. Still, I hope the Pinoy climbers provide us with the names of their guides so we can honor them as well.

Afterall, Nima Norgay-Galang is also a Filipina.

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"In God We Trust, all others bring data" - W. Edwards Deming

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

congrats to all mountaineers

Mabuhay kay Leo Oracion and to the FPMEE team for scaling up Mt. Everest.

All the best to Romy and E. Emata on their forthcoming assualts.

Salamat to the original alpine climbers Bubut, Nokman, Joel Sol-Cruz, and Albert for getting this started. Salamat rin to the first Kota Kinabalu climbers.

Salamat sa UPM founders for organizing UPM and getting all of us into mountaineering and environmentalism.

Mabuhay kayong lahat.


"In God We Trust, all others bring data" - W. Edwards Deming

Leo Oracion reaches Mt. Everest summit May 17,2006 5:30 PHT

Mabuhay ang Pilipinas! Congratulations to Leo Oracion for summiting Mt. Everest. U.P. Mountaineer Romy "Garduch" Garduce should be attempting a summit assault by tomorrow. Next year, the First Philippine Mt. Everest Expedition (FPMEE) will attempt to summit Everest as a TEAM.

I look forward to more Pinoys climbing Chomalungma, the seven summits (mountains over 8,000 meters), and exploring more of the world.

Now if only we can fix our economy and politics...

Mabuhay to all the outdoors people and environmentalists!


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"The Philippine eagle has landed at the summit of Mt. Everest," says Oracion upon reaching the summit.

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"In God We Trust, all others bring data" - W. Edwards Deming