Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Team Bundol 4th ECO Trek

Posted by Dexter Gazmen On 9:55 PM 1 comment
Started by a group of neighborhood friends, and an outdoor enthusiast based in Poblacion Alabel, Sarangani Province a group name TEAM BUNDOL was born. BUNDOL was originated from the Hiligaynon term for “slow” or “awkward” later on, as the group grows in number and has been renowned by the society BUNDOL is now an acronym for Backpacker United for the Defense of Life. Since the group started way back on the year 2011 they had organized various activities that support education by providing school supplies to schools located in the remote area of Sarangani Province. And now it became an annual activity called ECO TREK, partnered with local organizations and other mountaineering group who shares the same advocacy.

The following are the objectives of ECO Trek, as stated by Sir Ariel Lalisan President of Team Bundol on his interview with Yadu Karu.

ECO TREK Objectives:

a) To promote responsible mountaineering while discovering potential eco- tourism attractions in the province;
b) To initiate various actions for environmental conservation and protection;
c) To support education by delivering books and school supplies to schools in far flung barangays and sitios; and 
d) To inspire other mountaineering organizations to do similar efforts.

The said activity is now on its 4th year, last November 28-29, 2014 ECO Trek was held at Sitio Fallel, Kiamba, Sarangani Province. Mountaineers from different groups and places around Mindanao gathered together to extend their support for the team. We assembled at the ECPC Environmental Conservation and Protection Center Building located at Sarangani Provincial Capitol.

During registration at ECPC, we are accommodated by the members of the group.

It’s already 9 in the morning behind schedule when we depart from Provincial Capitol to Kiamba, Sarangani Province. I have never experience attending in an organize event who follows the itinerary schedule. Based on experience it is really difficult to do so, because sometimes there are circumstances that we need to deal first.

Wew! “Huli man at magaling, makakahabol din” it is lunch time already when we arrived at Barangay Tamadang our jump-off point to Falel. The group decided to have their lunch first before continuing the trek, to gain strength before the two hour assault to Purok Falel.

1pm when we started our trek, for the welcome we need to cross the river, you have to be very extra careful because the current was strong especially when it rains.

We are also task to carry school supplies and tree sibling needed for reforestation one of the main objectives of ECO Trek. And here’s my share. ^_^

Hahaha feel so tired that I need to carry a stick. :p Word of advice make sure that you are physically fit when going for an outdoor adventure. Jog at least 30mins a day for two weeks, this will give you enough stamina to go on.

At last! Before it gets dark we arrived at Falel Elementary School that serves us our Campsite. We fetch our tent and rest to catch our breath. We also prepare for the next activity.

Purok Falel has a tradition where they will put an unfortunate new born child in a hanging coffin that died during the labor. Because they believe that the soul of the unfortunate who have not eaten any food and crawl on the surface will go directly to heaven. A culture that has been practiced and passed to them century ago. I wasn't able to capture a nice picture because the coffin is unrecognizable and already rotten.

On our way to hanging coffin, it is a three minutes trek from the campsite.

After visiting the infamous hanging coffin, here comes the main purpose of ECO Trek. We assembled the kids to give school supplies and organized small games to entertain them. A hot soup for a cold and tiring afternoon is also prepared by TEAM Bundol to serve a hungry stomach.

At the end of the day, the activity was successfully held, reforestation, distribution of school supplies and feeding program. Thanks so much to TEAM Bundol and to all the participants who support the activity. It was indeed simple but the happiness it brought to the young kids is priceless. 

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1 comment:

  1. While organizing team building exercises, you need to make a genuine effort to make these activities successful for your company. For the people taking part in these activities, keep in mind that it is all for your own advantage.


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