80-year-old Singaporean sets record as oldest person to climb Mount Apo

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80-year-old Singaporean Peter Chong broke the record as the oldest climber of Mt. Apo – the highest peak in the Philippines – on May 19, 2022. (Photo: Digos City/Facebook)
80-year-old Singaporean Peter Chong broke the record as the oldest climber of Mt. Apo – the highest peak in the Philippines – on May 19, 2022. (Photo: Digos City/Facebook)

A Singaporean man has become the oldest person to climb Mount Apo, the tallest peak in the Philippines.

80-year-old retiree Peter Chong, who lives in Baguio with his Filipina wife, began scaling the dormant volcano from the starting point of Kapatagan on May 17 and reached the summit on May 19. The climb took about 48 hours.

Chong was accompanied by a team which included local mountain guides.

"I have climbed many mountains, but this Mount Apo is incomparable to anywhere I have climbed. It is really an adventure," he said in a video posted on the Digos City Government Facebook page.

Mount Apo's peak is 2,954 meters (9,692 ft) above sea level. The protected national park is located 32km west of Davao City on Mindanao.

Formerly an in-flight services training director with Singapore Airlines, Chong told CNA that he did not set out to break the record, although he had known about the previous record for the oldest person to summit Mount Apo, set by a 78-year-old Filipino.

Upon reaching the top of Mount Apo, Chong was greeted by Digos tourism officer Perla May Griffin, who gave him flowers to celebrate his achievement.

"I was tired, yes, but not extremely tired," the octogenarian told CNA. "I was so exhilarated and overjoyed but I forgot to stay longer to enjoy the view. Perhaps the fear of rain hastened me to descend to base camp."

Chong began his hobby of mountain-climbing at the age of 69 after he was inspired by a huge poster of Mount Pulag that he saw in a shop in Baguio. He has scaled several peaks in the Philippines and has also climbed mountains in Nepal, Australia and New Zealand.

He lives in Baguio but visits Singapore regularly to see his two children and grandchildren from a previous marriage.

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