UPLB wildlife biologist dies while on research in Mt. Apo

UPLB Museum of Natural History/ MANILA BULLETIN

Manila, Philippines - University of the Philippines-Los Baños (UPLB) wildlife expert died on Saturday evening while doing a research work in Mt. Apo, Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 spokesperson Supt. Aldrin Gonzalez said.

Reportedly, James de Villa Alvarez, a wildlife biologist and resident of San Isidro Itaas, Lemery in Batangas, hiked Mt. Apo, the country’s highest mountain with an elevation of 2,954 metres (9,692 ft) above sea level, located in between Davao City and Davao del Sur province.

Alvarez trekked the mountain along with a team of fellow researchers on December 5 to conduct a research on the herpetofauna (reptiles and amphibians) Mt. Apo’s highest peak.

The 27 year old researcher and a graduate of BS Biology of the UPLB, has reportedly suffered nausea and had difficulty breathing at around 11pm of December 7, Friday, in Lake Venado, prompting his companions to bring him down to Camp Koong where they waited for the rescuers.

The PRO spokesperson said that Alvarez continued to vomit the following day, Saturday, at 10pm, became unconscious and showed no sign of life just before rescuers from Central 911 and Philippine Red Cross arrived.

The body was brought to Mandarangan Trail in Barangay Ilomavis in Kidapawan City and then to St. Peter Funeral Homes for a post-mortem examination. 

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