Wednesday, May 16, 2007

AT LAST, THE SUMMIT!

All three Filipinas of the Pinay Mount Everest Expedition Team have reached the summit of the world's highest peak.

We broke the story on ANC an hour after we confirmed news of the girls summitting. It was also carried by the ABS-CBN News website. We were also able to report live on DWRR, ABS-CBN's FM station. The story was also aired exclusively on ABS-CBN's radio station DZMM and TV Patrol World by correspondent Abner Mercado who reported from the Nepal base camp.

Noelle Wenceslao was the first to reach the summit at 8:10 am (Manila time); she was followed by Carina Dayondon, who reached the summit at 8:20 am.

The Philippine team at the Nepal Everest base camp earlier lost contact with Janet Belarmino.

Belarmino reached the summit 11:20 pm (Manila time).

The three Filipinas are now making their way down to the Nepal base camp and are expected to be there by Friday.

Do watch out for the story tonight, including the exclusive interview of reporter Nina Corpuz with the families of the three Pinays, on ABS-CBN's Bandila, 11 pm onwards, News Central on Studio 23, 10:15 pm onwards and tomorrow on Mornings @ ANC, 9 am onwards.

One of the highlights of Nina's report was her interview with Ricky Serdenia, husband of Janet Belarmino-Serdenia, who got very emotional especially when he talked about their five month old baby boy Himalaya. Janet left Himalaya when he was only 3 months old to go to Everest which also makes her the first woman to summit Everest just months after giving birth.

While the country celebrates the victory of the 3 Pinays reaching the summit of Everest, the challenge is not yet over as they face the daunting task of going down the mountain. Their families and friends are urging the nation to continue to pray for their safe return.

16 comments:

Densho said...

Congratulations, ladies!

This is a great day, indeed!

Catherine said...

ang galing!!! proud to be Filipino!!!

Anonymous said...

CONGRATS GIRLS! AT LAST, U MADE IT TO THE TOP! THANKS FOR MAKING OUR COUNTRY PROUD... -helen

troi santos said...

MGA PINAY YATA YAN! PINAY POWER!

Anonymous said...

awesome ladies! i'm filipina-american and i am so proud of you all right now :) are you planning to go back? maybe you can take me!

Anonymous said...

this news should be the headlines and not the circus of the elections. at least something to be proud of as a Filipino. God bless the Philippines!

tagabundok said...

Congratulations! nakaya ng pinay!
Mabuhay kayo! please come back safe. You are making a world record and making us all filipinos proud once again. Mabuhay ang pinoy at pinay everest sumiteers!

tagabundok

Anonymous said...

MABUHAY ANG PINAY! KAYO DAPAT ANG TOP STORY, HINDI ANG WALANG KWENTANG ELEKSYON! WE ARE PROUD OF YOU!

Retzel said...

Congats! You gals kicked ass! God bless!

Anonymous said...

lakas talaga......

jedianalyst said...

Congrats to the Pinay Mount Everest Expedition Team for making the Filipino nation proud because of its achievement.

Congrats to Janet for her double blessings. Thank you for making us Novo Vizcayanos prouder.

Ken said...

Salamat at meron na rin tayong PINAY! sa Mt. Everest!

Go Girl! Go Pinay!

monix said...

still can't get over it.... GALING GALING NINYOOOO!!!!!!! can't wait for your return! -- monix

Anonymous said...

Here's now the Pinays who made it to the top of the world. Though there are issues recently that made a tough decision for the expedition team to undergo due to the traverse fees issues which obviously mean commercialization of the Everest. Yet this is it now... a worth fulfilling achievements to be added in the mountaineering history. The Pinays do it!

For you ladies... have a safe descend....be careful at the Khumbu.... Cheers! for all your courageous attempts...

Anonymous said...

YOU GIRLS ROCK! wooohooh! SALAMAT SA TAGUMPAY! -helen

Anonymous said...

matatag!! congrats!