A fire broke out on Mt. Apo (near the peak) last March 26. Everyone was appalled, especially the mountaineers. When I went to Davao, I asked some of the locals what could have been the cause of the wildfire. Some blamed it on the hot weather and others thought someone lit a cigarette and threw it somwhere.
But, whatever the reason may be, the damage has been done.
Photo credit: TripAdvisor.com
Mt. Apo is the highest point with an elevation of 3144 Meters above sea level, making it the Grand Father of all Philippine Mountains and the dream mountain of every Filipino mountaineer.
As luck would have it, a group of courageous fire killers helped put out the fire. And, I still get the chills every time I see their picture!
I am speechless. Thank you for saving and preserving the mountain for the generations to come. The photo was taken by Darrell Blatchley.
He posted the photo along with a touching caption:
Fire Killers. You finished the race. It was an honor defending Mt. Apo with you
Darrell also wrote a meaningful piece on what went wrong at Mt. Apo. He mentioned in the article published by Mindanao News, that Mt. Apo is the Philippines Treasure and WE must protect it before it’s too late.
The photo received generous commendations and appreciations for their courageous act.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you very much for defending a Philippine treasure.
We wish you all the best!
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