IT ALL BEGAN HERE.
It all started in 2009 when PNMS (Philippine National Mountaineering Society) organized the phenomenal Independence Day celebration which later became the 1st Annual Freedom Climb. The event was well attended and recognized by different municipalities; local government units; and other non-governmental organizations. It was a momentous occasion as thousands of mountaineers from different localities registered from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao and simultaneously sung the National Anthem and held an Independence Day ceremonial at the peak of more than 50 mountain destinations. At that time, we were overwhelmed and surprised by the numbers of participant and continued to be surprised every time. We envisioned a unified mountaineering community in our country and took the opportunity to become a role model of Nationalism and environmentalism. It was a long trial and error process and a lot of commitment before we came to this point.
Moreover, having realized the impact of such big events in our environment and numerous calls from different outdoor organizations and environmentalist groups, we are going to make some major reboot in implementing FC2012. It is now time to move on to better things, higher causes and make a difference. The succeeding events opened our eyes that the outdoor community is in fact a growing industry and we find this self-evident as more and more people turn to mountaineering as an alternative weekend activity not to mention the growing industry related business sector who expressed their willingness to be a part of this event. In this light, we know that we can help in promoting domestic and local tourism in the Philippines. Tanay, Rizal is a good venue for this event and we intend to focus our attention in making Tanay, Rizal the host of FC2012. Specifically, we shall setup our program at Tanay Adventure Camp located at Brgy. Sampaloc, Tanay Rizal on June 9 – 10, 2012…”All roads lead to Tanay, Rizal as far as mountaineers are concerned”.
Rest assured that we will do our very best to make this event memorable to us and the community.