Senate cites conqueror of world’s tallest peaks


FIVE months after she achieved the fete, the Senate on Tuesday has commended the first Filipina mountaineer to conquer the Seven Summits, the tallest peaks of each of the seven continents.

The accomplishment of Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG) Carina Dayondon of the Philipppine Coast Guard “has once again displayed the brilliance and excellence of Filipinos despite insurmountable odds that brings immense pride and honor to the country,” said Senate Resolution 985.

The resolution, authored by Sen. Nancy Binay, was adopted in yesterday’s plenary session.

Dayondon, who was present in the gallery during the adoption of the resolution, personally received the commendation from Senate President Vicente Sotto III and other senators.

The lady mountaineer successfully reached the summit of Mt. Vinson Massif in Antartica on December 16.

The Seven Summits is considered the premier mountaineering challenge in the world. Other summits included in the list are Mt. Everest in Asia, Aconcagua in South America, Kilimanjaro in Africa, Denali in North America, Elbrus in Europe and either Kosciusko or the Carstensz Pyramid for the Australian continent.

Dayondon climbed Denali in 2006, Everest in 2007, Elbrus in 2013, Kosciusko in 2014, Kilimanjaro in 2015, and Aconcagua also this year.

Dayondon was actually the second Filipino to climb the Seven Summits after Romi Garduce who finished his voyage in 2012.

Dayondon was also one of the three Filipinas to reach the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest as part of the “Kaya ng Pinoy” Expedition in 2007.

The native of Don Carlos, Bukidnon, Central Mindanao was first introduced to camping and hiking in the Philippine Girl Scouts and took up sport climbing in 1978. She was also a member of the Xavier University-Ateneo Mountaineering Society.