Giver’s Gain. You share an experience because it means so much to you. That’s what PALMC is all about. The thrill and the fulfillment of a climb are passed on by the membership to the new ones with an interest and passion for nature. This is the same reason that PALMC is still an institution in climbing in the Philippines. It shares its interests unselfishly to about anyone who hears about it.
|Pre PALMC climb with Chacha Cordero|
First batch effort was the Laiya climb immediately on February 4. Under the able leadership of Don Jose and TL Jojoy Cadungog, one of the most dedicated members, we got the most out of our climb. The informative lectures of Joey Quimpo, the likes of Mean Santos, Chris Luciano and myself were educated to what climbing is all about. Other than the short trip to Mt. Catmon and the short walk along the beach, the sight of corals and fish was a grand bonus. We wrapped up this experience with a post climb on the 9th at the PAL Conference Room in Makati. Gladly we passed the exams and the interviews.
|The hard core climbers of the 90's|
|Banahaw photo courtesy of Jojoy Cadungog|
A big gathering for members, initiates and their immediate families caused excitement on 27 May with the summer camp at Mt.Makiling. Kids enjoyed as much if not more than the adults did whose concern was the future of the club.
|Rare capture of Lex Evangelista with Romy Valdez|
An awesome “alpine” experience yearly undertaken by the club pushed through this 21 June for the Mt. Ugu Memorial Climb. Seasoned mountaineer Emil So led it. In this climb, homage was paid to those who perished in a crash. One also paid greater respect for the gift of nature as the cold air, the heights of the mountain balanced with the depths of the flowing river. Inductees got to know and appreciated better Benjie Lara, Brian Onteco, Gerald Muriel and Alex Katipunan who were treated not as members but as equals, like peer mates.
Not much happened between June and August as most of the activities were foreign based. Even the usually popular Mt. Apo and Timpoong climbs did not generate as much participation. Not until in August. Personally memorable to me was the Mt. Banahaw induction climb this August 4-7 ably led by Ponjaps. This induction I shared with the 1st and 2nd quarter initiates. September 30, Banny delivered an expedition to Guis-guis for the 3rd batch. It was to be a prelude to the most attended Mt. Kanlaon Climb con Maskara festival last October 19-22.
|With the 2016 indefatigable President Fernandon Ding Calipan|
Pay it Forward. How to return the "Giver's Gain?" Give by writing about the memories of a climb, lead a group wishing to experience it.
5 December 1995