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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Leave Mt. Apo Alone!

I was only a highschool sophomore when I had this strong urge to climb Mt. Apo. Six years later, I conquered the highest peak of the Philippines, the most majestic of them all. It was in my bucket list and it will always be on my bucket list, because I plan to return whenever I will always have the chance, as long as I still can.

Why? Because IT'S THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE I'VE EVER BEEN TO. It's a home of everything a city never had. It's a home of peace and serenity, a home of bliss, a piece heaven.

Our journey to Mt. Apo was just like any other mountaineers' journey. We endure the cold, withstand the heat, brave the steep boulders and cliffs, we sleep in tents that barely shut the chill and get soak whenever heavy rain starts to pour, we carry packs heavier than us, we trek unusual, uneven, and slippery terrains the whole day with lunch as the only break, we search for our own water from under ground or streams, we get lost, injured, hungry and thirsty, exhausted, and the list goes on.

We wouldn't be able to survive all these if it wasn't for the company we had, or for the breath-taking scenes we come across from time to time. We kept going because we know something up there is much better. Something amazing. Then we conquered. We survived. We reached the peak proud and still whole. It was indeed a piece of heaven on earth. All the hunger and tiredness gone as you stand in awe at God's marvelous creations.

Mountain climbing isn't only about the splendid views and the challenges we face from each step we take, it also fosters camaraderie, leadership, and devotion. Mountain climbing is the best experience to learn survival skills. Plus, it enables us to be ecologically aware and promote a cleaner and greener nature. So why take it all away? Why ruin something so beautiful?

LGUs from Kidapawan are planning to make a stairway to Mt. Apo. Hell no! 16,620 steps to Mt. Apo is a big ball of sh*t. For those of you who do not know what I'm talking about, click here.

When you climb Mt. Apo and be one with nature for a few days, you'll find yourself caring for everything around you, even with the smallest insect on the ground. Reaching the top will take you to a sojourn euphoria. You'll pause at the sunset ignoring the chill, the pain and the fatigue, take a deep hard breath, and find yourself some peace.

Come to think of it, if you are going to climb the peak through the stairway, you'll just take pictures. And that's it. It will no longer be the same Majestic Mt. Apo it has been, it will be nothing more but just a mere tourist park, horded by people pushing their way up trying to take pictures for instagram and facebook purposes. And take note, more people means more garbage! Which makes it more difficult to preserve what little is left of Mt. Apo. Pfft!

If I have to climb Mt. Apo again, I want to experience the same exhaustion, frustration, and at the end, triumph. I want others to experience the same. I want the next generation to feel and see what I've seen before.

PLEASE LEAVE MT. APO ALONE. Do not build the 7-km stairway to Mt. Apo's summit! For crying out loud, it's a NATURAL PARK, do not ever convert it into a one big giant playground. I'm not going to elaborate more on how they're going to fund the project or on how are they doing it or when do they plan to do it, because it's just bullshit and it saddens me more. And I hope it does not push through.

You know that I'm totally against the stairway.So I'm doing as much as I can to stop this. I pray for enlightenment of the Kidapawan's LGU and the people behind this proposal. If you think this is going to be a wise investment to attract more visitors, no it's NOT. You're destroying something that we're trying to preserve for a long time. You're destroying the earth.

Please, you can help too, the social media is a very powerful tool to reach out to the unreachable. Share if you must. Click here to sign in to the online petition. I don't know if online petition really works, but it's only 2 minutes of our time, so why not give it a try?

Davaoeños, Mindanaoans, it's the only one we have. Even for our brethren from all parts of the Philippines, it's our mountain, our highest peak. Please, let us all hold hands to help preserve the beauty and majesty of Mt. Apo.


All images are from No To Stairway to Apo, like the page and show your support. Thank you.

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