New York — A Cagay-anon with roots that can be traced from Bukidnon province had scaled Mt. Everest, the world’s highest mountain.
Endureth Wabe Culanag, daughter of Erwin Culanag, former city information officer of Cagayan de Oro and now a member of the New York City police force took time out from her job as a US Army Officer for a once in a lifetime hiking experience at the mountain’s South Base Camp in Nepal, situated at an altitude of 5,364 meters.
She was with her brother, Wilderness, and godmother, Florivic Tan—all mountaineers from Cagayan de Oro.
She and Florivic had exhibited Pinoy pride as they both showcased the Philippine flag and ensembles by fashion designer Gil Macaibay III when they climbed Mount Everest.
They can be seen at the mountain’s South Base Camp, a favorite stop of Mt. Everest climbers.
During the climb, Endureth had worn a Higaonon-inspired outfit, a homage to her grandmother, who had native roots from Bukidnon.
Endureth said that they started the trek to the base camp on September 21 and reached it on the 28th.
“Our highest salutations to the Giver of Life, Love, and Light for guiding us all throughout this journey of a lifetime in these sacred mountains here in the Himalayas,” she said.
In 2019, a Pinay hiker also went viral for waving the Philippine flag in her red Filipiniana at Mt. Everest base camp.