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40th year of RP-Singapore friendship celebrated through kayak expedition

By R.G. Cadavos

Maasin City, Southern Leyte (1 October) -- Two participants of kayaking arrived here in Maasin City yesterday afternoon, September 30 to celebrate the forty years of Philippines-Singapore friendship, reported Zaldy Olita during the city's regular program this morning at radio station DyDM.

The Friendship Kayak Expedition was participated by the paddlers Buzzy Irwin Budlong from Cebu and Khoo Swee Chiow from Singapore. They were escorted by three crews only known as Buenaventura Jr., Maximo Topinio III, both from Davao City and one from Bohol known as Levre.

It was learned that Chiow already climbed Mt. Everest in 1998, skied to the South Pole, covering a distance of 1,125 km. in 57 days. While in year 2000, he completed the Seven Summits and became the 1st East Asian to achieve the feat. The Seven Summits are the highest mountains on each of the seven continents in the world, according to the source. In 2001, he also climbed Shisapangma which is 8027 meters high in Tibet without oxygen aid.

Some other achievements of Chiow were noted as follows: Cycled 8,066 km in 73 days from Singapore to Beijing on November 2001; Completed 2 marathons in 1997 and 1998; Leader of the 1st Signapore Antarctica Expedition in 1999 which was 100% suceesful; Cycled 1,213 km in 10 days from Penang to Kota Baru to Singapore, among others.

The contingents started traveling through the use of kayak from Sanranggani province to the province of Surigao, then to the municipality of Pintuyan, in Southern Leyte. From the Panaon island, they proceeded to Maasin City which took them 8 hours to travel for around 51 kilometeres in distance.

The Bantay Dagat rescuers were the support team from where they jumped off and were turned over to the Bantay Dagat rescuers from the municipality/city they arrived.

From here, they will continue the friendship adventure to Aguining, Bohol and expected to arrive this afternoon at around 1, the source said. From Bohol they will proceed to Ilocos region to continue the Philippines-Singapore Friendship Kayak Expedition.

Kayaking is the use of a kayak for moving across water. Kayaking is generally differentiated from canoeing by the sitting position of the paddler and the number of blades on the paddle. Kayak is a small human-powered boat that is designed to accommodate only one or two. (PIA-soleyte) [top]

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