Look at the first Filipina who was able to successfully climbed the 7 summits of the world.
The Kaya ng Pinoy, Inc. recently announced that Carina Dayondon successfully summited Mt. Vinson in Antarctica, completing the 7 summits from the 7 continents of the world. Carina is now the first Filipina to be able to climb all summits, and the second Filipino to do so after Romy Garduce.
In a phone call around 9:15 AM in Philippine time, Carina shared her success and informed her family that she was able to reach the peak of Mt. Vinson, the last stop of her 7-summit expedition. She was able to finish her trek with 4 days. She also inquired about her 4 dogs during the phone call.
During the call, Carina was already at their base camp and was just waiting for better weather so they could fly back to Punta Arenas, Chile.
The expedition leader of the 1st Philippine Mt. Everest Team and the Voyage of the Balangay, Art Valdez, congratulated Carina for her recent success.
“Scrounging for funds, it took her 11 years since her record-breaking traverse of Mt. Makiling to finally do so and the Mt. Everest Team, to which she belongs, is truly proud of her achievements,” Valdez said.
Carina was able to finish the hike to Mt. Everest together with two other Filipinas, Noelle Wenceslao and Janet Bernamino.
Former President Fidel V. Ramos who Carina had a courtesy call with prior to her leaving Manila also sent his sincere congratulatory wishes.
Carina’s youngest sister, who was left to take care of Carina’s dogs, wished her a safe trip back in the country. “I’m sure the dogs already miss her so much, our family is just happy to know she is well and safe,” she said.
A special welcoming celebration is being planned for Carina’s return around January 10. This will be sponsored by former BPI President Gigi Montinola and his group, former Secretary Vince Perez and his group, Mr. Lim of the Esco Group of Companies, together with other various local adventure shops, and the other private individuals who donated and assisted for Carina’s expedition. Carina or Lieutenant Danyondon is an active officer of the Philippine Coast Guard. She came from the province of Bukidnon.
She started her adventure last 2006 when she climbed Mt. Denali in North America, Mt. Everest in Asia in 2007, Elbrus in Europe in 2013, Mt. Kosciuszko in Australia in 2014, Africa’s Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2015, then South America’s Mt. Aconcagua the same year as Vinson Massif.