Candente Resource Corp.
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Candente Resource Corp.
Orex Ventures Inc.
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Orex Ventures Inc.

October 17, 2006 05:00 ET

Candente-Orex Drill Mobilized to Pamel Property, Central Peru

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 17, 2006) - Candente Resource Corp. (TSX:DNT) and Orex Ventures Inc. (TSX VENTURE:REX) - Candente Resource Corp. ("Candente") is pleased to announce that MDH S.A.C. of Lima, Peru has mobilized their diamond drill to the Pamel Property in Central Peru. Drilling is expected to commence in 2 or 3 days following the setting up of the drill and the laying out of water lines.

This Phase I drilling program is being funded 100% by Orex Ventures Inc. ("Orex") as part of their option earn-in commitments and they have advanced the expected cost of US$780,000 for this drilling to Candente. Approximately 3,000 metres (m) (9840 feet) are planned to be drilled in 8 to 12 holes. Drilling is expected to take approximately 6 to 8 weeks to complete.

Drilling is being focused on an extensive high sulphidation style gold-silver target. This target comprises a highly resistive body with features typical of massive silica which has been delineated over a length of 2 kilometres (km) and a width of up to 500 metres (m) by an Induced Polarization (IP) survey. Anomalous levels of gold, silver, lead, arsenic, barium, mercury and antimony in soils occur with or near the resistive body and continue for approximately 1 km to the north-east. The elements mentioned above are typical of high sulphidation gold-silver systems and the coincidence of them with the resistive body indicate that they are related (See News Release 171 dated July 11th, 2006).

The resistivity body occurs from surface and to a depth of 200 m and a high chargeability body occurs just below this. Vuggy silica often occurs at the interface between resistive and chargeable zones. Vuggy silica is the typical host rock for gold mineralization in high sulphidation deposits such as Yanacocha, Pierina and Alto Chicama (greater than 70 million (M) ounces (oz) gold) in Peru (www.barrick.com and www.newmont.com). At Pamel, vuggy silica float has been found where the highest gold values occur in soil samples.

In addition, the host rocks at Pamel are of the same age and lithologies to those hosting the Pierina, Yanacocha and some of the Alto Chicama ore bodies. Clay alterations (alunite and dickite), typical in the deposits referred to above, are also present over large areas on the Pamel property.

All results, maps and photos can be viewed at: http://www.candente.com/s/PeruProjects_Pamel.asp.

Orex has the right to earn a 51% interest in the property by incurring exploration expenditures of US$2.5 million over 3.5 years on the property. Candente has the right to operate all exploration over the 3.5 years. In addition to the exploration expenditure commitments, Candente received 60,000 shares in Orex upon approval of the Agreement by the TSX Venture Exchange and will receive staged share issuances totalling 250,000 shares in Orex by January 31st, 2008.

Michael J. Casselman, M.Sc., P.Geo. General Manager Exploration and Director, Robert van Egmond, P.Geo., Senior Geologist are the Qualified Persons as defined by NI 43-101 for the project discussed above and Joanne Freeze is the Qualified Person who has read and approved the contents of this release.

Candente is a diversified exploration company with copper, gold, silver, and zinc projects in Peru and Mexico. Candente subscribes to principles, which ensure that its exploration and development activities are beneficial to the local communities.

Orex is a junior mineral exploration company, comprised of highly qualified mining professionals with a current focus on the exploration of prospective gold properties in Peru. Management is actively engaged in the acquisition of new properties in South America.

Joanne Freeze, P. Geo., President & CEO

Candente Resource Corp.

Gary Cope, President & CEO

Orex Ventures Inc.

Release No. 181

This News Release may contain forward-looking statements including but not limited to comments regarding the timing and content of upcoming work programs, geological interpretations, receipt of property titles, potential mineral recovery processes, etc. Forward-looking statements address future events and conditions and therefore involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements. Candente relies upon litigation protection for forward-looking statements.

This News Release may contain forward-looking statements including but not limited to comments regarding the timing and content of upcoming work programs, geological interpretations, receipt of property titles, potential mineral recovery processes, etc. Forward-looking statements address future events and conditions and therefore involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements. Candente relies upon litigation protection for forward-looking statements.


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