PinoyMountaineer.com – We have received both mass media and personal reports of an incident on Sunday, September 4, 2011, in Rodriguez (formerly Montalban), Rizal involving mountaineer Adrian “Adjong” Alba, age 24, from Brgy. Rizal, Makati City. At around 9:40 in the morning, he was swept away by strong currents in Wawa river while he was crossing the river using a single rope and his body was found downstream, near the hanging bridge in Barangay San Rafael, some kilometers away from Sitio Kayrupa where he was last seen, in the morning of September 7.
He was a guest of the Outdoor Addicts group when the incident happened. Details of how and why it took place are now under investigation. For instance, the tourism officer of Rodriguez told GMANews that the hiking group did not register with the municipality or the barangay. The Philippine Daily Inquirer also reported some lapses in the organization of the climb. According to their report, initial investigation showed that some members of the mountaineering group had “shouted at him to take off his backpack when he lost his grip on the rope they were using to cross the river.” The same report adds that the backpack could have been used as a floating device by the victim. However, in fairness to the Outdoor Addicts, these general principles may be superseded by circumstances at hand and thus may not be used to judge a specific incident.
Calls for accountability have since mounted, with Adrian’s family and many mountaineers calling on the the participants and the organizers to shed light of what happened. Two days after the incident, PinoyMountaineer called for restraint in Facebook: “While we agree that it is important to know why and how this unfortunate incident regarding Adrian Alba happened, I would also emphasize the need to respect everyone involved, including Adrian’s family and hiking companions in this painful and difficult moment.”
Adrian was a fourth year college student of Hotel and Restaurant Management in Perpetual Help College of Manila.
A eulogy for Adrian is posted in PinoyMountaineer as Adrian Alba: A Fellow Mountaineer We Will Always Remember. The burial of Adrian Alba will be on Sunday (September 11, 2011). To those who would like to extend their gratitude by providing donations. You may contact Faith Alba (Adrian’s sister) at 0920.223.7469 or (02) 903-0851.
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Adrian Alba is inscribed and commemorated in In Memoriam: Registry of climb-related deaths.