Body of missing mountaineer found
MANILA, Philippines - The body of a missing mountaineer was found on the lower portion of Mt Maculot in Cuenca, Batangas on Saturday, April 13.
A GMA News Flash Report said the body of a man, believed to be that of mountaineer Victor Joel Ayson, 26, was recovered on the rocky slopes of Mt. Maculot on Saturday, afternoon.
Ayson disappeared while trekking on Mt. Maculot on Easter Sunday. He would have turned 27 on Saturday, April 13.
GMA said, however, that no details about the body were revealed by authorities. The family of Ayson, the network said, declined to comment.
On Saturday, the site www.pinoymountaineer.com posted a eulogy for Ayson. It detailed Ayson's life as a mountaineer and told of his pursuit of excellence in all his endeavors, whether it was in school at the Quezon City Science High School or the University of the Philippines in Diliman or in his love of photography and poetry. (An earlier version of this article stated he came from the Philippine Science High School. Our apologies.)
The eulogy linked to a photo taken by Ayson while in a campsite in Mt. Pulag. It also contained a two-stanza poem about how mountaineers enjoyed the starry skies and views afforded by trekking and being in the great outdoors.
"Realizing that he was already in Batangas in an opportune time to reach Cuenca before the sun was up, he decided to climb Maculot anew. He went up the Rockies, took pictures of Taal Lake in early morning. Then the most unexpected and unfortunate thing happened: he disappeared, seemingly without a trace, leaving his backpack unclaimed at the jumpoff of the mountain," the post stated. - Rappler.com