Earthling Adventures is one of the many Filipino organizations in the United Arab Emirates. But what makes it entirely unique is it’s not just a group formed for socialization alone.
“We make individuals feel extraordinary through the respect of the beauty of Mother Nature In doing so, we apply the Leave No Trace policy. We help develop self-discipline and confidence among our peers and instill the virtue of humility,” said its founder Rodell Arduo.
“We also extend a helping hand to the less fortunate people by participating in fund raising events. Above all, we give back the glory and honor to God for without Him, we are nothing,” he further said.
The group has a different level of understanding when coming into terms with comparison. “It is not meant to compete. It is not popular to make members be proud but instead we will develop our level of interest through nature. We do not only climb the mountains, cross the river or ascend in difficult trail. We start changing the world by inculcating among ourselves good values towards the treatment of our environment.”
Impact of nature
The group is composed of 15 active members. The officers are, as follows:
- Chairman – Rodell Arduo
- Assistant Chairman – Allan Pablo
- Scribe – Helen Grace Balisi
- Sweepers – Sherwin Santiago, Earl Buenaobra, Noel Magsino
- Lead – Mike Diomangay
It holds true to its mission of providing information about the significance and impact of nature in our life. Its members are involved in increasing social awareness through the conduct of exposure trips, seminars and trainings and in producing well-equipped mountaineers.
They envision a group of active, spiritually and fun-loving mountaineers who would tie up with other Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) in the Philippines and across the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) . Wherever they go and whatever they do, they won’t stop educating the people the importance of segregating biodegradable and non-biodegradable wastes as well as the need to protect the mountains and the seas.
The group is unique compared to others because they train and develop minds by providing Basic Mountaineering Courses (BMC) and inculcating the Leave No Trace principle (LNT). Moreover, they apply what they have learned during their seminars.”
They give full support to the neophytes. They help those who are willing to experience the excitement of mountaineering. They also do scuba diving to explore the wonders of the underwater world. The programs include Basic Mountaineering Course, Basic Orienteering Course; (Compass and Mapping), Basic Single Rope Technique, Rope Rescue (with emphasis on river, mountain, and flash floods), Basic First Aid, Safety Skills, and Training for Emergency Medical Technician. They organize also outdoor events.
Unlike other organizations overseas, Earthling Adventures doesn’t maintain a revolving fund. “We conduct activities and provide for the expenses from our own pocket. In terms of fund raising drives to assist the typhoon victims, donations come from each one of us. We do this to avoid controversies.”
To this date, there are 36 Filipinos who successfully hiked and reached the summit. Most of them are first timers. “If you wanted to conquer your fear, be bold and extraordinary. We have a unique, simple way of life. We urge our fellow Filipinos to join us as we embark to a new world of adventure.”
The greatest achievement of the group is having discovered and produced a mountaineer who would continue the organization’s goals in exploring beyond the boundaries. “We don’t make ourselves popular. We make ourselves extraordinary. By educating and sharing our enjoyment and our passion through our experiences as we walk, climb, hike, and dive, we share our exciting adventures and our lives to the rest of the world.”
THE BLOGGER. Ulysses Espartero is a journalist, speechwriter and publicist who traces his roots from two Philippine jewels – Laguna and Antique. While in Dubai, he enjoyed his expat life documenting the struggles and victories of migrant workers in the Gulf Cooperation Council states. In 2014, he released Precious Gems in a Desert of Gold, the first and only coffee table book about Filipino achievers in the United Arab Emirates. Connect with him on facebook.