Team Carmen, Davao del Norte, Wins the 1st Int’l Mt. Apo Boulder Face Challenge

 

30 minutes before the start of the race

30 minutes before the start of the race

Team Carmen, Davao del Norte, Wins the 1st Int’l Mt. Apo Boulder Face Challenge
(press release from DOT XI)

April 30, 2011 marked a milestone in the lives of a team sponsored by the Local Government Unit of Carmen, Davao Del Norte as they were hailed champions of the 1st International Mt. Apo Boulder Face Challenge, taking home Php150,000 in cash prize. Members of the team include Jonathan Pido (Team Leader), Angelito Sibayan and Edwin Bueno (Logistics). There were 17 teams from all over the Philippines and 2 foreign teams from Indonesia and Australia who competed. Only 9 were able to make it to the finish line.

water tubing in Sibulan river

water tubing in Sibulan river

The race is a 24-hour extreme adventure challenge from the heart of Sta. Cruz to the summit of Mount Apo via The Boulder Face through disciplines of mountain biking, trekking/bouldering, road running and water tubing.

Bearing the advocacy “Save & Protect Mt. Apo” the event is a highlight of the annual “Pista sa Kinaiyahan” or Feast of Mother Nature of Sta. Cruz, Davao Del Sur. With the participation of the foreign teams and the interest shown by other countries during the preparation of the race the activity has successfully positioned Davao Region as one of the top eco-adventure tourism destinations in this part of Asia. Thus, involvement of more foreign teams is expected by the organizers in next year’s challenge.

Team Carmen, Davao Del Norte was followed by Team Merrell 2 of Davao City winning Php100,000 cash prize. Team Amoss is 2nd Runner Up with Php75, 000, also from Davao City.

This event is spearheaded by the LGU Sta. Cruz, Davao Del Sur and is supported by the Provincial Government of Davao Del Sur, Department of Tourism XI, Department of Environment and Natural Resources XI and the Department of Trade and Industry, Davao Del Sur Provincial Office. This is in cooperation with San Miguel Brewery, Inc., Aboitiz Power, Primer Group of Companies, Columbia Sportswear Company, R.O.X., Mountain Hardwear, JohnGold Travel and Tours, Digilution and Genesis 88.

To know more about the event visit www.boulderface.com.

last stretch

last stretch

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Jojie Alcantara is a semi-retired TV host and a Davao-based journalist since 1995. A multi-awarded photographer and artist, her works are featured in tourism campaigns (DOT's It's More Fun in the Philippines) and on covers and spreads of books and international magazines. Her personal advocacy is to promote her country positively to the world. A columnist and solo traveler, she roams the islands in search of inspirational stories and stunning images of nature. She is a Getty Image contributor and three time Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Gold Awards nominee in two categories, Travel Journalism and Heritage and Culture. http://about.me/jojiealcantara