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May 15, 2012

Land Rover Club Philippines Participates in Trans-Kalimantan Expedition 2012

Photo by Igor Maminta
The Land Rover Club Philippines (LRCP) joined the Land Rover Owners Club Malaysia's (LROM) Trans Kalimantan Expedition 2012 from March 10 to 24, 2012.

The LRCP team consists of Leo Dominguez, a Filipino lawyer and adventurer; Igor Maminta, a Filipino professional motoring photographer; David Fraser, an Australian who retired from the Asian Development Bank; and Vicky Vigneswaran Karthigesu, a Malaysian Land Rover enthusiast and adventurer who provided technical support and co-driving for the Team.

The Team successfully brought the LRCP and Philippine Flag at LROM's Trans Kalimantan Expedition 2012.

Congratulations to the officers and members of LROM on its 15th Anniversary. LROM celebrated its 15th Anniversary this year with an off-road adventure expedition into Kalimantan, Borneo, Malaysia and Indonesia in the spirit of the Camel Trophy. The expedition was a convoy of 15 Land Rovers, representing all the countries in the region. The convoy wholeheartedly gave Toys, Water Filter and educational materials for Kalimantan Children. Expedition flagged off at Kuching, then proceed to the following: – Lubok Antu- Putussibau- Berigin- Marta Purba- Banjarmasin – Palankaraya- Tg. Putting- Pangkalanbun- Balaiberkuak- Pontianak (Equator line)- Singkawang- Kuching.

In 1996, the Camel Trophy cut through Kalimantan in Land Rover Discoveries, Defender 90s and Defender 110s. It was described as "a thousand miles and 18 rollovers to celebrate the first crossing of the island 100 years previously".

A hundred years earlier in 1896, Dutchman Anton Nieuwenhuis was the first European to cross Borneo from west to east (or vice versa), from Pontianak to Samarinda.Kalimantan (in Malay, Borneo; in Indonesian, Kalimantan) is the third largest island in the world and is located south-west of Zamboanga, Philippines.Kalimantan (Borneo) is home to one of the oldest rainforests in the world, along with the Daintree Rainforest in Australia and the Amazon rainforest.

The island is divided among three countries: Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia. Approximately 73% of the island is Indonesian territory. The Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak in the north occupy about 26% of the island. The sovereign state of Brunei, located on the north coast, comprises about 1% of Borneo's land area.

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