It was a journey that took ten years to complete. And on January 5, 2012 at exactly 6:45 p.m. Antarctica time, Romi Garduce once again proved that the Filipino is indeed world-class by becoming the first Filipino to climb the seven highest mountains in all of the seven continents.
Conquering Vinson Massif in Antarctica has placed Garduce amongst an elite circle of climbing enthusiasts in the world--a first ever feat for a Filipino.
This March, GMA News and Public Affairs brings together two faces of the Kapuso environment advocacy for a special television event.
In the TV special Pito Para sa Pilipino, Richard Gutierrez meets his idol and fellow environmentalist and outdoorsman, Romi Garduce in a mountaineering adventure where the younger RG gains valuable insight from the seasoned climber.
Using seven select mementos from his seven successful summits, Romi reveals little known details about his journeys as a mountaineer. And as they exchange stories, Richard finds out about an "omen" in Romi's dream days before his Antarctica expedition.
Richard also discovers what life could be like at icy mountain camps, including some of Romi's strange "souvenirs" from Antarctica. At the close of their adventure, Romi finally reveals what is perhaps the most meaningful memento from his decade-long quest to create a world record for the Filipino.