Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Introducing The BACKPACKERS

Welcome Remarks & Introduction of my BP Family

by Ivan Laurence on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 





I was contented in being a freelance climber for five years. It was my guilty pleasure whenever I visit a new place, swim in a new beach and/or climb a new mountain despite life's hectic schedule.

Meeting The BACKPACKERS was totally unexpected. I never plan on influencing all of you to start climbing mountains..I just wanted to introduce you to Mt. Pico de Loro, my favorite mountain, and Mt. Batulao. If you happen to not love it, that's fine. But I was very happy that the passion for backpacking and nature tripping surfaced. And since then, you shared the passion with me.

So I want to thank this opportunity to thank all of you for walking with me and building this small but happy family. I brought something new to your lives - the sport, and you countered that by making my succeeding travels and adventures more memorable.

Thank you to the Pico de Loro babies - Liz, Ralph, York and Heinz (and Len,wherever you are). Thank you for spearheading the adventure.

And to the rest of those who completed and comprised the history of BP, the Pioneers - Jovy, Conts, DeePee and Frank. 

To the succeeding batches who shared the incredible journeys - Marion, Clue, Weng, Mon, Bogs and Paul. Thank you.

And to the person who was always there with me and for me, my babe - Angel. Thank you for accompanying me in my adventures and thank you for completing my life.

Thank you guys.



We had been together for a year now.

We laughed together. We cried together.

We walked and travelled together.

This is just the start of the amazing adventure that will bind us more.

We are more than a mountaineering and/or a backpacking group.

We are a FAMILY.

Let us take a look at our first year...while we celebrate... let's dance.. let's drink.. let's play games.. LET'S PARTY!!!

I welcome you all to The BACKPACKERS ANNIVERSARY MASQUERADE PARTY!!!






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This BACKPACKER is an excellent writer. As a matter of fact, she wrote several compositions which stemmed out from our incredible adventures, one of my personal favorite is the composition about her bittersweet struggle and success during the first ever Induction Climb held in Mt. Tarak in Bataan. She loves adventures and extreme sports, and had the opportunity to live her dream during her birthday when she braved the Three Peaks Challenge. A determined, tough and a self confessed pasaway, no broken leg or physical barriers can prevent this BACKPACKER from living life to the fullest.

Ladies and gentlemen, SI MISS TOUGH GIRL NG BP, BACKPACKER CLUE.

 
BACKPACKER CLUE


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‘You’re so vain, you’re so vain’, perhaps is the best song to dedicate to this next BACKPACKER. Ironically, he hates dirt and mud, but is very much enthusiastic about the sport which offers a lot of these. Cool and kengkoy – that’s him. Cool because you’ll never stop adoring his get up and style. Kengkoy because there is never a dull moment when he is present. Speaking of present, he is the only BACKPACKER (aside from the lead) to never miss an official climb, Bravo! He is also adored to be one of the most sociable and approachable guy in the group, and add to that a loving guy to his girl.

Ladies and gentlemen, SI MR. ARTISTIC GUY NG BP, RALPH.

 
BACKPACKER RALPH


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Along with some BACKPACKERS, she never thought that she can brave the wild world of the outdoors. But she proved to be a cowgirl and no high maintenance. As a matter of fact, the most difficult BP climb to date: Mt. Arayat Traverse, was her personal request. She is a very outspoken person who will be very quick to defend any member of her BACKPACKERS family, therefore at times being dubbed as the ‘Ate’ of the house. She can be very serious when acting as the big sister and the official treasurer of the group but she never fails to entertain us with her bloopers and memorable dance moves.

Ladies and gentlemen, SI SNOW WHITE NG BP, JOVY.

 
BACKPACKER JOVY


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The next BACKPACKER is the equally charming GF of our lead. All along she said she thought she would just be known as the ‘first lady’ but she was very overwhelmed when she became an official BACKPACKER during the induction rite at the viewdeck of Mt. Tarak. A sweet and loveable girl but mind you, she has a lot of antics up her sleeves that can bring you laughing your heart out with her humor and ‘kakulitan’. Don’t judge the book by its cover, because she can be a tough cookie and can lead in the jungle too, as what the group saw when we got lost in the jungle of Mt. Maculot.

Ladies and gentlemen, SI BEAUTIFUL FIRST LADY NG BP, BP ANGEL.

 
BACKPACKER ANGEL


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Perhaps the biggest transformation in the history of The BACKPACKERS is with one of its smartest member. The metamorphosis started to unfold as we spend more time together, and we realize that it feels good when this person opens up to you. She is typically quiet and restrained..but wait until you see her exhibit her prowess in Balagtasan and realize that she can be very makulit and madaldal too. She truly resembles the traits of a BACKPACKER – a nature lover and a person who is not afraid to face the challenges of the outdoors. A naturally sweet girl who prefers to call The BACKPACKERS a FAMILY aside from being a mountaineering group.

Ladies and gentlemen, SI SMART BUTTERFLY NG BP, LIZ.

 
BACKPACKER LIZ


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They say he is the reason why a fellow BACKPACKER moved away. But is it his fault for being the typical ideal Filipino guy who’s tall, dark and handsome? The next BACKPACKER was never a fan of the outdoors until he was invited to join a late party at the group’s official first climb, Mt. Gulugod Baboy. As a matter of fact, he was sweating like hell during the level 2 mountain’s assault. But it never stopped him to seize the moment and spend quality time with the group over the next scheduled backpacking trips. A true friend and a true gentleman, he is mature not just in age but also in his outlook in life.

Ladies and gentlemen, SI BOY ICE CREAM NG BP, DEEPEE.

 
BACKPACKER DEEPEE


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The next BACKPACKER is another excellent writer who acts as the scribe during our backpacking trips. The BACKPACKERS will be forever thankful to him for letting the group borrow his blogspot account which somewhat opened the group to possible networking opportunities and making their adventures for the world to see. A responsible man who is able to juggle several responsibilities and still deliver good results. He also is the resident psychologist slash counselor of the group whose ears are always ready to those who need someone who can listen and give constructive advices.

Ladies and gentlemen, SI MR. PSYCHOLOGIST NG BP, HEINZ.

 
BACKPACKER HEINZ


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Call her Marimar or Rosalinda because of her beautiful curly hair, the next graceful BACKPACKER is not one to underestimate. She is ahead of the pack in terms of career as she was just promoted the day she was inducted at Mt. Tarak. She also leads the pack in terms of social awareness and in exemplifying good Christian formation. Thanks to her pure heart, the group had its first outreach activity just last month. She is willing to try the extremes – whether it be kayaking alone, riding a rolling zorb ball and climbing the famous Toreng Bato of Mt. Pico de Loro, a must have trait of a true blooded BACKPACKER. The question is ‘When will she find her soulmate?’

Ladies and gentlemen, SI MARIA LA DEL BARRIO NG BP, MARION.

 
BACKPACKER MARION


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The BACKPACKERS are very thankful to this next person who is mostly responsible for capturing the best and unguarded moments of the group in their adventures. The official photographer of The BACKPACKERS, this person is known to his kumpares (and kumares) as being the person who will be there for you when you are beaten and down. He is known to be the person who is not afraid to speak his mind and is definitely not the person who can easily break down and be affected by petty things, an attitude molded by all the life experiences he had. He could have completed all the official climbs this year had he not missed Mt. Bungkol Baka climb last August.

Ladies and gentlemen, SI BOY LENTE NG BP, FRANK.

 
BACKPACKER FRANK


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'BP boys, BP boys, who is the most gentleman of them all?' My answer would be this next BACKPACKER who is the David of the David and Goliath tandem. He is a hardworker and has life principles that can never be bent. An Aquarian who is willing to sacrifice his personal happiness for the satisfaction of the people he loves. According to him, he is not rich or goodlooking, which I beg to disagree, but he is contented as long as his friends are okay. Regardless of the serious outlook, this BACKPACKER can be as wacky as the others that will instantly transform dull moments into memorable exchanges of jokes and laughters. The guy next door who can titillate a girl with his depth.

Ladies and gentlemen, SI MR. KAIBIGAN-KO-OKAY, YORK.

 
BACKPACKER YORK


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Ever wonder why this next BACKPACKER never fails to bring a salt in every climb? She started as an invited guest during the Three Peaks Challenge, and easily captured the hearts of the members of the group for her pakikisama skills and maturity. Oozing with talent and experience, she will never fail to give you a mature and good conversation whenever you open up with her. But she is not your typical ‘ate’ who will not wear sunglasses to hide her dizzy drunk eyes or sit down on a vomit to carry on a conversation. A loveable contrast of being serious and hilarious, you can’t help asking where she is whenever she misses a climb, because you will surely miss her.

Ladies and gentlemen, SI COMEDY QUEEN NG BP, WENG.

 
BACKPACKER WENG


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If sexy is in your vocabulary, then try this next BACKPACKER. Even though she is a self confessed introvert, that won’t stop her from going extreme and conquering the outdoors. As a matter of fact, she is always vocal about her love for climbing because of her experience in BP’s first official climb: Mt. Gulugod Baboy. She may be serious 80% of the time but once she unleashes the fun and comedienne in her, she will give you that FHM pose that you will never forget..or those lines like, This guy is the reason why I graduated.. Her seriousness and being sometimes strict are a great contrast because she imposes discipline to any deviant member of the group to prevent any unlikely actions.

Ladies and gentlemen, SI DEREK-AHOLIC, CONTZ.

 
BACKPACKER CONTS


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The next BACKPACKER is Mr. Pure Energy - no matter how exhausting a climb can be, this person does not fail to give it his 200% energy. His antics surprisingly influences others and in turn, the exhaustion subsides and turns into fun. You can always count on him that he can carry your stuffs as long as he can still manage it - the thing that manifests how trustworthy and dependable this next person is. Known to have an incredible 'Tagalog' depth, he will make you wonder if you are a true Filipino when you fail to recognize some of his words in the vernacular. He is very fun to be with and is very sociable in the city or in the mountains.

Ladies and gentlemen, SI VIN DIESEL NG BP, MON.

 
BACKPACKER MON


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The next BACKPACKER did not realize that one day she will be able to reach the summit of a mountain. But since she tried it once, she vowed to complete the 2 minor 1 major requirement and be active in the BACKPACKERS family. She is both mature and fun to be with. Her liberal mindedness allows her to interact gracefully to people from different walks of life and handle problems maturely. Aside from that, she is also a very loving and a responsible mother to her daughter, Katkat who is her most precious treasure. She is very approachable and once you get her heart, you'll surely find yourself laughing and cracking jokes together.

Ladies and gentlemen, SI HOT MOMMA NG BP, BOGS.

 
BACKPACKER BOGS


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To the FUTURE MEMBERS OF OUR FAMILY - WE ARE WAITING FOR YOU TO WALK WITH US AND CELEBRATE SPECIAL OCCASSIONS LIKE THIS WITH US.  =)
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