DURING THE 1970s, when mountaineering was still making its way into the consciousness of most Filipinos, a group of friends who were enthusiasts of the sport and avid outdoorsmen decided to manufacture their own equipment. With a very minimum capital, struggling young architects Efren "Junks" Muaña, Randy Su, and Dindo Sugatan formed HABAGAT OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT and set up shop in a borrowed garage, in midtown Cebu City.
The first models that they personally designed, patterned, and sewed on a grandmother's old sewing machine gained favorable response from peers and fellow mountaineers.
FROM THERE, it was only a matter of time before their products were noticed and recognized by the members of the Mountaineering Federation of the Philippines, Inc. (MFPI) at its Annual Congress and Climb at Mt. Kitanglad, Bukidnon in April of 1987.
Orders started pouring in, and a nationwide network of dealers (themselves mostly outdoor people) was established. Additional machines were purchased; more workers were employed; and larger quarters were secured.
FURTHERMORE, an environmentally-friendly and socially-responsible manufacturing and disposal system was put into effect, because the group aimed and continues to strive to be A CORPORATION WITH A CONSCIENCE.