Weekly Photo Challenge: Celebration


 

If there’s one thing I would like to celebrate, it would be the fact that I’m alive and kicking. I’ve never been so aware of his gift of life until I had experienced the hardest climb in my more than two years of mountain climbing. That was the time I battled the pit of death in Mount Marami against its steep ravine several times amid the heavy rains and darkness during the challenging ascent. Fortunately, I and the rest of my hiking buddies won over countless gravitational pulls of the earth as we tussled each step towards the proverbial summit. Making it to the summit definitely calls for a celebration–no matter what it took! A celebration of the precious life — which is something we often realize and value only when faced with a similar predicament — the Aura up there gives.

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  1. Jo Bryant says:

    Well that is certainly cause for celebration. Well done!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Thank you very much, Jo!

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  2. An amazing feat Sony! That is definitely a reason to celebrate. The heavy rains and darkness must have made that challenge all the more difficult. I say kudos to you my friend for such an accomplishment. I’m not a mountain climber, but I think that would be fun to “attempt” that feat. Unfortunately, we don’t have any mountains here in Florida. So, until I get a chance to travel, my mountain climbing will need to wait. In the meanwhile, I’ll live vicariously through your photos. Ha! Ha! I hope you and your family have the happiest Christmas ever! 🙂

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      I’m lookin’ forward to that climb of yours!!! I’m sure you will do great at it because you are living a healthy life. Thank you so much, Dona! My greetings to you and your family will be posted soon.

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  3. thirdhandart says:

    A very good reason to celebrate! Beautiful photos!

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Indeed, thirdhandart. Thank you!!!

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  4. Jesse Jaca says:

    Love these shots.

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      As I always say, compliments coming from a pro sure is a compliment. So thanks a lot!

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  5. I love that first photo, I thought blurred is not good until this shot.

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      In that case, I am happy I changed your perspective on blurred photos.

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  6. jakesprinter says:

    The achievement and goal to reach the top is a great CELEBRATION ,
    congratulation to all mountaineers there 🙂

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Indeed, Jake! Life is so beautiful.

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  7. aRVee says:

    A lot of reason to celebrate my friend. Must be very fulfilling when you reached the top. Great one! 🙂

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Oh, it is larger than life, Arvee! Words are not enough to describe the feeling of being victorious atop.

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      1. aRVee says:

        I agree. I have experienced this kind of feeling when I reached the summit of Osmena’s Peak, my first and only climb haha…

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  8. Madman says:

    “Quo non ascendam?” But as you mention it, nothing is possible without life…
    Merry Christmas from Switzerland,
    – Pierre

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      “To what heights may I not ascend.” What a nice quote/question. Truly, all is possible with LIFE. I just rephrased the words, Pierre, because I was inspired by your comment.

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  9. Sony! A true reason to celebrate and an inspiration to some of us(that would be me)that whine over having to walk three miles for heart health. You are an inspiration and the second picture of all those smiles makes me smile! The first picture with the hikers in silhouette is amazing.

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Thank you so much for the kind and sweet words! Reading those just added a another smile to my already beautiful day.

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  10. And thank you so much for the ping! You just showed me a format I like to use on my own 2010 blog 🙂

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      You are most welcome!

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  11. cocomino says:

    Climbing a mountain is similar to live. There is up and down. You can climb it. 🙂

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Arigatou gozaimasu, my friend for the visit and for the “push”. The latter just made me more eager to keep on climbing the mountains.

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  12. Northern Narratives says:

    Great post for celebration.

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Thank you very much! I appreciate that.

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  13. Nandini says:

    So true. That’s a reason to celebrate indeed, celebrate each day of our lives and be grateful when the night approaches. 🙂

    Beautiful photos and great adventures.

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      You’re right, Nandini. We should celebrate each day. Thank you for making me realize that there is actually no perfect place and day to celebrate the life that the Aura up there gives everyday!

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  14. Amar Naik says:

    Well done and great adventure.

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  15. TRKN says:

    Thanks for the pingback 🙂 Very nice photos, btw.

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      You are welcome, TRKN. Thank you too, for the compliment!

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  16. Bonnie says:

    Such a meaningful and inspirational post. I especially loved the picture at the end, it’s very powerful. 🙂

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Those are BIG words, Bonnie. Thank you so much for saying that!!!

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  17. Sony Fugaban says:

    Cheryl, UTO, and MPD: Thank you for the pingbacks!!!

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  18. mj monaghan says:

    Sony, I’m not much good in the great outdoors, but I admire those who love it. Wow, climbing a mountain – amazing! Love the photos, btw!

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Wow, The Great MJ is here! Thank you so much for “coming over” and for taking time to comment. Speechless now … 🙂

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  19. frizztext says:

    my result of mountain climbing:
    light flight
    +

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      I saw it, frizztext. Thank you for sharing it with me!

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Thank you, my friend! I appreciate that.

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  20. john tugano says:

    Lets celebrate life bro and thank God for breathing it onto us…God is so good for letting us experience every precious thing here on earth. There’ll be so many hard climbs that we are going to encounter,not just climbing a mountain literally but climbing the steep rocks of life. I hope that you can climb that bro, with the help of our Dear Lord. Nice for the challenge,very meaningful. 🙂

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Bro, sentence number 3 is a mouthful. I like it!

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  21. I haven’t heard of Mt. Marami before but the summit photo looks cool. Is a day climb possible for this mountain?

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Actually, the more appropriate word is probable — with the consideration of a fine weather. Maraming salamat sa pagdalaw dito!

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  22. Bama says:

    Recently I also went on a hiking to a volcano in Java. So when I read this post of yours I instantly thought “what a coincidence!”. I used to be a person who never gets excited about mountain hiking. But after my recent trip, I think I’ve started liking it.

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      I am so happy to know that, Bama! Welcome to the club! 😉 I read that Indonesia has a plethora of beautiful mountains to hike so you might as well grab those gifts (of Mother Nature).

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      1. Bama says:

        I will surely do more hiking trips in the future. But at the moment I really want to go to as many Indonesian National Parks as possible.

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      2. Sony Fugaban says:

        Well, that’s interesting enough too. Take care then as you set foot on each of those parks.

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  23. I’m glad and relieved that everyone is safe. Yes, life and our health are a reason to celebrate year and year. It’s one treasure we can never buy because it’s a blessing from God.
    Wishing you and your family a Merry and blessed Christmas full of joy, peace and happiness.

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Indeed, my friend. Life is one good reason to celebrate, let alone health. I always thank the Aura up there for pouring me the bucket of good health.

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  24. pix & kardz says:

    what a celebratory moment! that must have been quite a climb.
    thanks for sharing. wishing you and all your loved ones a Merry Christmas!

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Belated Merry Christmas, pix & kardz!

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  25. Orel Di Angelo says:

    Celebration on the top, and second celebration at the bottom 😀

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Yes. And, celebration at the summit is more fun I must day.

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  26. nelson RN says:

    Wow that was amazing!

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Yes, a victory like that is amazing!

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