City hall workers conquer Pinatubo

BAGUIO CITY -- Five members of the City Hall Running Club where among the more than 100 participants from around the country who conquered the rigorous 46 km Mt. Pinatubo trek held May 6.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan led other officials in recognizing their feat in Monday's flag-raising rites at City hall.

They include Abbie Jose of the city mayor's office; Florentino Tizon, city human resource management office; Amy Jane Calugay, city engineer's office; George Sadcopen and Eugene Valbuena, both of the city administrator's office.

Valbuena said the climb had a difficulty of 8/9 that included a five km delta river crossing, an 18 km zombie trail and two major ascends to the Mt. Pinatubo crater and Mt. McDonald rim.

He added that the two-year-old club has only 16 members so far and is encouraging other city government officials and employees to join the group.

"Running helps to maintain an active lifestyle that will lessen health-related issues and increase work productivity," Valbuena explained.

He said the group meets every Saturday at the Panagbenga Park near the former Camp John Hay main gate for their weekly run and exercise.

Their next climb is scheduled later this year in Sagada, Mt. Province. – gaby keith

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