James is home, at last.

On behalf of James, his family and companions in Mt. Apo, we are extremely thankful for the outpouring of love, prayers, financial and emotional support for James and his friends during those days of need and despair:

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MINDANAO

Dr. Jonald Pimentel, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences University of Southern Mindanao in Kabacan, Cotabato and the Department of Biology faculty and staff, especially to Lothy Casim, John Aries Tabora, Bryan Lloyd Bretaña, Teodora Cabasan and Leane Jay Mancera. The Suetos and Javison families of Matalam, North Cotabato.

LGU OF KIDAPAWAN CITY

Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph Evangelista, City Tourism Officer Joey Recimilla, City Health Officer Dr. Jocelyn C. Etulle-Encienzo, Brgy. Ilomavis Chairman Datu Jimmy Mantawil and the Kidapawan Rescue 911 Team.

DENR REGIONS XI and XII, DENR PASu OFFICE - MT. APO AND ENERGY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

UP MINDANAO

Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion, through the generous assistance, ground-working and coordination by Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Nila Oponda and Vice Chancellor for Administration Dr. Antonio Obsioma. The help of Prof. Mac Achondo and Prof. Lief Erikson Gamalo is deeply appreciated.

UPLB ALUMNI ASSOCIATION MEMBERS IN THE CITIES OF DAVAO AND KIDAPAWAN

Atty. Janis Louise Esparcia, Atty. Glenn Cedeno-Sorilla, Ana Siapno- Gualberto, Dodie Gualberto, Dennis Salvador, Sol Pedregosa, Luz Elda Parreño-Ramos, Liza Elsie E. Parreño, Abedece Curtiz, Nancy Ibuna, Maria Rosario Cue-Cordero, Mary Grace Belviz, Belle Chua, Robert Orfrecio, Maricar Cervantes, Athena Custodio, Arvin Diesmos, the Bicaldo family of Davao City especially Ruth, and all other alumni who gave time, support, resources, care and assistance to the group

UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES LOS BAÑOS

Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. Vice-Chancellor for Research and Extension Dr. Rex B. Demafelis and UPLB Foundation, Inc. Exectutive Director Casiano S. Abrigo, Jr. for the Humanitarian Assistance Fund for the family. The UPLB Museum of Natural History for a humanitarian assistance mobilization fund. James' co-workers, colleagues and friends from the UPLB Museum of Natural History, Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Extension, and the Institute of Biological Sciences for personal contributions for the bereaved family. Dr. Lucille Elna Parreño De Guzman of the Institute of Crop Science who helped in coordinating with people in Davao City and Kidapawan City.

We are eternally grateful for everyone's show of love and affection to James and his group despite day-to-day emotional circumstances. To those who have surrounded James' friends with warmth and hope when they were hopeless and in sorrow, and who we have failed to mention, we are extending our heartfelt gratitude to all of you who served as the groups' momentary fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters while they were away from the comforts of their own homes.

Finally, we owe most of all and laud them for their friendship and love, James' friends and companions, who never left him and tenaciously surmounted all the odds to see that he comes home.


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