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Mount Guiting-Guiting is saw-tooth shaped mountain located in the heart of Sibuyan Island, one of the seven islands of Romblon Province in the Philippines. Guiting-Guiting, in the local dialect means "jagged", which explains the name of the mountain.
In May 1982, under the leadership of Arturo T. Valdez, a joint team from the Bacolod-based Philippine Mountaineering Society (PMS) and the University of the Philippines (UP)-Mountaineers arrived in the small town of Magdiwang in the island of Sibuyan, Romblon.
With the kind cooperation of Hon. Don Morgado, then Mayor of Magdiwang, the team assaulted the mountain- the attempt of which was to be the first in the history of Romblon Province.
It was during this expedition that one of the peaks, now known as "Mayo's Peak" was named after one of the team members, Mayo Monteza, who celebrated his birthday during the climb, while one of the water spring sources now known as "Bulod's Spring" was named after one of the local guides, Bulod, who volunteered (along with another local)to join the climb. The team failed to take the summit on this first attempt, but came back two weeks after to finally make the final conquest.
In the first week of June of 1982, four climbers became the first to stand at the summit of Mt. Guiting-Guiting.
They were: Mon Ruiz; Kim Valino; Bubot Tan Torre; (all of UP Mountaineers) and Edwin Gatia of the PMS team.
For the first time in Philippine mountaineering history, a first ascent was attempted and successfully accomplished at the seemingly invulnerable and formidable Mt. Guiting-Guiting.