Girls on Top

The first ASEAN women on Everest talk about their unforgettable experience and why they're proud to be Pinays.
by Angel Constantino Aquino   |  Aug 12, 2007
photos by Tads Reantaso, Roland Aquino, and courtesy of the First Philippine All Women Mt. Everest Expedition Team
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Full Name: Carina G. Dayondon
Nickname: Cari / Cacay
Birthday: July 15
My childhood ambition was: to become a teacher
People will be surprised to know that: I wear makeup!
Nothing makes me happier than: being with my family
Five words to describe myself: athletic, high-spirited, probinsyana, determined, low profile
Tips for mountain climbing:
  1. You must have respect for the mountains
  2. Just put your heart into your dream and it will be possible.
  3. Unity and teamwork brought us on top of Everest.
  4. Keep up the positive energy and practice the good values in life.

Full Name: Janet Belarmino-Sardena
Nickname: Ja
Birthday: Oct. 9
My childhood ambition was: to be an athletic trainer
People will be surprised to know that: I have a weakness for kikay sandals but I have no chance to wear them ‘cause I'm always rugged-looking
Nothing makes me happier than: to be with my baby, Himalaya
Five words to describe myself: easy to be with, patient, new and excited mom, loves the outdoors, makulit
Tips for mountain climbing:

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  1. Be patient
  2. Have passion in everything you do
  3. Have great faith in the Lord
  4. Learn in everything you do and know the value of humility


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