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After suffering a spine injury in 2015, actress Angel Locsin resolved not to have her spirit get similarly broken.
The actress went through two surgeries and numerous physical therapies to get herself back to health. Along the way to recovery, she discovered one sport that got her back on her feet: mountain-trekking.
According to Angel, the endeavor gave her a chance to be free and forget all the physical and mental pain that she went through last year.
“It’s one big adventure. It’s something I don’t want to miss,” he said. “There even came a time when I just wanted to climb mountains and not work.”
The experience, Angel said, was exhilarating.
“I was really having lots of fun,” she said. “I’ve never been this happy in such a long time.”
Angel has since scaled five mountains namely Mt. Cayabu, Mt. Maculot, Mt. Ulap, Mt. Pamitinan and Mt. Batolusong.
Together with Angel are her fellow mountain climber friends: Bubbles Paraiso, Paolo Paraiso, Yassi Pressman, and Bela Padilla.
“The adventure here is when we deal with the elements like weather and trail conditions. Hindi parating maganda ang panahon. At hindi parating maganda ang dadaanan mong trail.
“But with sheer determination and the belief that you can do it, you can reach the top. Sabi nga ng song, ‘Climb every mountain, ford every stream, follow every rainbow, ‘til you find your dream’”
But it’s not all the fun that Angel looks for when climbing mountains. She is also concerned with the environment.
“During one of our hikes in Mt. Pico de Loro last year, there was so much vandalism. Trash everywhere.
“We should learn to care for our environment. Respect nature.
“‘Yung mga basura po natin, dalhin natin sa pagbaba ng bundok at huwag iwan doon.
“We did a few cleanups sa mga pag-akyat namin. Sana huwag nang maulit na dumihan natin ang kalikasan.”
Angel will soon be seen in the upcoming ABS-CBN 2 teleserye La Luna Sangre. (Ruel Mendoza)