from Philippine Star by Manny Galvez via mikeb.info
SAN LUIS, Aurora â€” Only 13 out of 200 mountaineers have survived the grueling 12-day mountain trek at the Aurora side of the 1.8-million hectare majestic Sierra Madre mountain ranges.
Professor Leonardo Usita, president of the Noble Blue Falcons International Association Inc. (NBFIAI) which organized the mountain trek, said the 13 survivors who conquered Sierra Madre include: his brother Christopher Usita, Dennis Avenilla, Christopher Castillo, Edwin Pantalunan, Ruel Rosales, Anthony Aganad, Norman Maglayuan, Frank Tabios, Richard Leander, and cousins Roger Hugo and Godofredo Hugo and Luis Baynosa and Lowell Baynosa.
Here’s another news about it from Journal Online:
SAN LUIS, Aurora — After the historic conquest of Sierra Madre mountain range of Aurora Province by their mountaineering division and allied organizations last November 14-29, Noble Blue Falcons Environmentalists from all over the Philippines and South Korean students will now greet mother nature by trekking the Pacific Coastline of the said province to help promote Auroraâ€™s tourism potentials and boost environmental awareness.
Celebrated author and historian Prof. Joseph Beatriz Usita claims that the late Pres. Manuel Luis Quezon, a native of Baler, Tayabas (which includes what is now San Luis, Aurora) was so proud and fascinated with this Pacific coast so that in his vacation times while still a student at the University of Sto. Tomas Faculty of Civil Law he would bring classmates from Manila to this coastal town of Baler (including what is now San Luis, Aurora). Furthermore, these coastal barangays of Dibut, Dibayabay, Dikapinisan, and Dimanayat, San Luis, Aurora were also the sites of the fierce battle between the combined Filipino-American forces and the Japanese Imperial Army in World War II during the liberation of the Philippines and the Pacific.
I’m really proud of this society called Noble Blue Falcons International. It was founded and led by a “renowned” and “celebrated author” and professors from San Luis, Aurora. They have 1.9 million members worldwide.
The UP Diliman-based Falcons, which was founded in 1996, has 1.9 million members worldwide, 300,000 of whom are in the Philippines. Its members include environmentalists and peace advocates, professionals and technocrats
They used to have a website. I can’t find it now.
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