Bukidnon prides its Mt. Everest achiever, but media gag on
DON CARLOS, Bukidnon – Hail to one of Bukidnon’s new young heroes!
Carina Dayondon, 28, one of the three Filipino women who made history to climb Mt. Everest is from this agriculture-rich town in southern Bukidnon.
Dayondon joined two others, Noelle Wenceslao, 27 and Janet Belarmino, 28, both from Luzon in setting a record as the first women to complete a traverse climb on Mt. Everest, that is, climbing from the north in the Tibetan side to the peak and then down the south side to Nepal.
The three are also reportedly the first women from South East Asia to have climbed Mt. Everest’s peak, the world’s highest point.
The feat followed that of three Filipino climbers, Leo Oracion, Pastour Emata and Romy Garduce, last year who reached the summit though the southeast side.
There were reports the Provincial Government of Bukidnon will prepare a welcome program for the young sports climber and a get-together with friends at the Ateneo Mountaineering Society, her climbers’ club while in the university.
Her family and friends are proud of her achievement but they cannot talk about her following a block to grant any interview to the media, including Bukidnon-based media.Gabriel Dayondon, Carina’s father, told MindaNews Tuesday, ABS-CBN, one of the major sponsors of the Mt. Everest climbing expedition, has exclusive rights over the coverage of his daughter’s feat and biography.
The elder Dayondon said they respected the agreement his daughter made with the media network and appealed for understanding.
Residents in Don Carlos easily recognized the name when asked if they knew “Carina Dayondon.” A bus passenger from Maramag, the town next to Don Carlos told MindaNews the young athlete is “popular” even if he has not met her.
“She seems to be a very disciplined and determined young woman. Even if I’m a man I don’t think I can do what she achieved,” the man said who asked to be identified only as “Balong”.
“I am proud of her. Imagine, someone from Bukidnon makes it good around the world,” said Manang Alicia, 46, who lives in a suburban barangay in Don Carlos.
Motorcycle cab drivers in the town’s Bus Terminal gave MindaNews directions to the house of the Dayondons. “Katong sikat nga babaeng nga climber, sir?” the driver asked. (Are you referring to the popular lady mountain climber?)
Her friends, however, from the XU – AMS, who were earlier interviewed also asked not to be quoted anymore after being informed of the exclusivity clause.
Sources said Carina’s first climb was, probably, Bukidnon’s Mt. Kitanglad in 1995.
Dayondon, daughter of retired bankers, is the fourth of 14 siblings. An acquaintance of the family said Carina’s mom, Corazon, tends to their home-based lodging house service and her father works at the Don Carlos Municipal Agriculture Office.
She studied at the Don Carlos Central Elementary School and at the San Isidro College High School in Malaybalay City before taking up Bachelor of Science in Business Management in Cagayan de Oro’s Ateneo de Cagayan Xavier University.
She graduated from Malaybalay’s San Isidro College High School Department in 1995.
In her yearbook entry, Dayondon aspired to become a computer engineer. She was a class auditor and Filipino editor of their high school publication.
She was a member of the school’s Booklovers’ Club and was a platoon leader in the Citizens’ Army Training. (Walter I. Balane/MindaNews)