UPDATE 5 (9/8/08 150oH): Contrary to rumors that are prevalent even within Brgy. Pundaquit, Anna and Jessielou Capili have not be found as of the moment.
UPDATE 4 (9/4/09 1700H): Still no news on the missing persons. According to our contacts, unfortunately, “it is highly probable that the two (Anna and Jessielou Capili) are lost at sea already.”
UPDATE 3 (9/3/09 1500H): The third SAR team from UPM is on the way back to Manila, with the coastal search yielding negative results. A UPM report forwarded to us says that “It is highly possible that the 2 are already out in open waters.” Our contacts in Brgy. Pundaquit likewise have no news. Unfortunately, we may have to prepare for the worst in this incident; continue to pray with and for the families; and hope (and act) that this incident will not happen a third time. (Courtesy of Fish, UPM; Messrs. Almario and Romeo from Brgy. Pundaquit)
UPDATE 2 (9/2/09 2200H): according to the UPM team that is part of the ongoing search and rescue (SAR) operations, the search is still negative. Two teams, one scouring the waters from Subic Bay to Anawangin, and the other from Porac, Pampanga have so far not sighted the missing persons. The SAR will resume tomorrow. (Courtesy of Fish, UPM)
UPDATE 1 (9/2/09 1300H): i just talked over the phone with our contacts in brgy. pundaquit. as of now (Sept. 2 1 PM), the missing mountaineers have not yet been found. i will post updates as soon as i get them – GID
LOS BANOS, LAGUNA – We enter this week with another incident- that of two mountain climbers missing in Mt. Pundaquit as they were descending from the Anawangin Cove-Pundaquit trail on Saturday evening amid inclement weather. According to the report from the ABS-CBN website, the two mountaineers were Anna Capili, 30, and her 13-year-old relative Jessielou Capili. The group they were part of hailed from Sta. Maria, Bulacan.
In circumstances reminiscent of last year’s tragedy that claimed the lives of three mountaineers, the two missing trekkers were swept by strong river currents as they were heading back to Brgy. Pundaquit. Several accounts have now been posted on the Internet about how difficult the conditions were in Pundaquit on that weekend.
Please update us if you get wind of more developments in this incident. You may also contact the UP Mountaineers directly as they are involved in the Search and Rescue Operations (firstname.lastname@example.org). We remain hopeful. Meanwhile, let us pray for the safety and comfort of the missing mountaineers, their teammates, and their family.