By Abner Galino
PROMINENT Los Angeles based Filipino American lensman Romeo Balboa has achieved a new milestone in his colorful life: He just unfurled the Philippine flag at the base camp of the world famous Mt. Everest in Nepal.
Nevertheless, even if he wanted to, Romeo wouldn’t be able to reach the summit of the mountain as it is temporarily off limits to climbers.
“Bawal po muna daw pumanhik sa taas kasi delikado masyado dahil sa nangyaring lindol,” Romeo’s son, Lauren, told this writer over the telephone.
Even then, reaching the base camp of Mt. Everest is no easy feat.
“Sampung oras pong hike ‘yun bawat araw bago makarating sa base camp,” Lauren said.
In Romeo’s own Facebook posts, the noted photographer described the eight-day hike to the base camp as a “grueling” trek that was marred by “rain, snow,” and “high winds.”
The adventurous photographer said he was exhausted and exposed to severe cold, apparently causing him to develop coughing.
Fortunately, Lauren said his father is alright and is now own his way back to Los Angeles.
“He will be back in about a week from now,” Lauren said.
Several years ago, Romeo has also climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania which is known as the highest mountain in Africa.
The prominent LA based photographer held a photo exhibit last year at the La Habra Art Gallery wherein he displayed photographs of his travels in France, Italy, Tanzania in east Africa, Toledo in Spain and to at least four states in the US. (Read More: http://beyonddeadlines.com/2017/08/23/rags-to-riches-fil-am-mechanicphotographer-opens-exhibit-in-la-habra-gallery-southern-california/)
Romeo’s is also known here as another rags-to-riches story. He came to the US as an automobile mechanic and painstakingly built his motor shop. He now owns a fleet of fancy cars and other properties.