Saturday, April 7, 2012

Pista sa Kinaiyahan in Davao del Sur

The municipality of Sta. Cruz in Davao del Sur will hold the Pista Sa
Kinaiyahan as its annual activity anchored on saving and protecting
Mt. Apo.

Sta. Cruz town Councilor Fernando Ugdoracion said this is in response
to the call of the national government to conserve, protect and
rehabilitate Mother Nature, especially the Mount Apo Natural Park.

He said they undertake activities that will not only develop
responsible mountaineering and outdoor ethics but also promote Davao
as a major tourism destination of the country.

Highlighting this year's Kinaiyahan celebration is the 2nd
International Mount Apo Boulder Face Challenge from April 28 to 29
with 46 teams competing.

Unlike last year where all male teams competing, this year will have
all female team, all male and a mix team of male and female.

Ugdoracion said they are ready to host the event.

Among those international teams that signified to participate in the
event are from Singapore, Australia and Vietnam. The rest will come
from the different parts of the country.

The extreme sports adventure race will combine four extreme sports
disciplines: mountain biking, trekking, white water tubing and

This race involves teams to traverse the coastal areas of Sta. Cruz
and climb up to the peak of the country's highest mountain Mt. Apo at
10,000 feet above sea level.

The competing teams will have to beat the record of 22 hours, 51
minutes and 42 seconds which record was set by a team from Carmen,
Davao del Norte.

Municipal tourism officer Camila Enfuesto said the holding of the
sports adventure race allowed their town to be known internationally
especially to Asian countries given the opportunity to be covered both
by national, local and international media channels.

"I think the increase in the number of teams competing was because of
the exposure we had for this particular event and the support given us
by the Department of Tourism (DOT)," she said.

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