BAGUIO CITY- After careful screening of the nominees, the final list of one hundred individuals, 84 families and a hundred institutions, as Builders of Baguio was released last Thursday by the Baguio Centennial Commission, as part of the Baguio charter day celebrations.
Baguio Centennial Commision chair Dr. Virgilio Bautista, Bishop Carlito Cenzon, Vice Chairman and Treasurer; Dr. Julie C. Cabato, Commissioner and Secretary; Arch. Joseph M. Alabanza, Leonarda Capuyan, Geronimo Evangelista, Michael Pearson, Dr. Ronaldo Paraan, Atty. Edilberto Tenefrancia, Atty. Benedicto Carantes, commissioners and Councilor Fred Bagbagen as council representative, accepts full responsibility for the final decision as it accepted the output from the search and screening committees.
The search was spearheaded by Commissioner Alabanza and Dr. Reynaldo Bautista, Sr. with the search committees, with nominations from the general public, research work by professors of local universities, memories form those who know Baguio and its people from personal experience, and support from the local media.
The Baguio Centennial Commission, thus, states; “Baguio like Rome, was not build in a day or only be a few outstanding citizens. It was more than a hundred years in the making, and a host of men and institutions played key roles in its development.”
“On the centennial of Baguio, it is fitting and proper that the present look back to the past and remember those who, each in his own time and each in his own way, contributed significantly to the positive and progressive development of the city. Our search focused on those who laid the foundations of the city, the indigenous peoples who first inhabited this rich and forested plateau in the Benguet highlands, the men who longed for, quested after and helped build a temperate paradise in the tropics, those who built the roads to and in the hill station and then built the public and private infrastructures to start a city, the pioneers who came to build a city and a home for themselves and their scions, and those who came later to build on the foundations laid by others.”
“Baguio is more than just a place….They are the men and they are the women, they are families and clans, they are public and private institutions, they are government, they are government and civic entities, they are industrial and commercial, they are government and civic entities, they are industrial and commercial establishments.”
For the memorial wall at the centennial park, Botanical garden, which was unveiled with ceremonies last September 1, Baguio day: “…we install a permanent and public memorial, like centennial walls of honor, where their names are inscribed as a salute by the present generation and an inspiration for future generations.”
“The following initial choices for the names to be inscribed on the memorial walls cannot be a complete list. We have chosen 100 individuals, 84 families and 100 institutions. There must be many more deserving of remembrance but are for now overlooked. The city government should continue the search through the coming years. As the city continues to grow, the names inscribed on the walls should multiply.”
The first category lists a hundred individuals as builders of Baguio: Ernesto Abellera, Sr., Cecile Afable, Joseph M. Alabanza, Teodoro Cenizal Arvisu, Pedro Baban, Juan Balagot, Damaso Bangaoet, Sr., Fernando Bautista, Sr., Sergio Bayan, Filomeno Biscocho, William Brasseur, Romeo Brawner, Charles Henry Brent, Alex Brillantes;
Ernesto H. Bueno, Jaime R. Bugnosen, Daniel H. Burnham, Cuidno Carantes, Mateo Carantes, Jose Ma. Carino, Mateo Carino, Sioco Carino, Fr. Florimond Carlu, Moises Cating, Charles Cheng, Cecilio Cid, Andres Cosalan, Sr., Ralph Crosby, Avelino Cruz, Sr., Bado Dangwa, Virginia de Guia, Norberto de Guzman, Eduardo de los Santos;
Jesus de Veyra, Johnnie Dimalanta, Nick Domalsin, Mauricio Domogan, Carl Eisbach, Florencio Esteban, Jose Evangelista, Margarita Fernandez, Juan M. Flavier, Enrique Flores, Sr., Teodora Flores, Gaudencio Floresca, William Cameron Forbes, Macario Fronda, Pedro Fuentes;
Josefina Gorospe, Alfred Griffiths, Eusebius Halsema, Oseo Hamada, Sinai Hamada, Francis Burton Harrison, John W. Haussermann, H.C. Heald, Potenciano Ilusorio, Assandas Jethmal, Joseph Keith, Alice Kelly, Lyman W. Kennon, Bro. Arman Lammineur, Luis Lardizabal, Benito Lopez, Cornelio Luczon, George Malcolm, Gil R. Mallare, Fernando Manalao;
Crispin Mendoza, Teofilo Mendoza, Dennis Molintas, Efrain Montemayor, Remsen Ogilby, William F. Pack, Ben Palispis, Francisco Paraan, William Parson;
Eugene Pucay, Sr., Francisco Reyes, Nenita Santos Rico, Justo Rosales, Benjamin R. Salvosa, Leonora P. San Agustin, Otto Scheerer, William Henry Scott, Alfonso Tabora, William Howard Taft, Tan Eng Lay, Jean Marie Tchang, Clotilda Tom, Theresa Unno, Salvador Valleja, Bernardo M. Vergara, Hubert Phelps Whitmarsh, Larry Wilson, Leonard Wood, Dean Worcester, Luke Wright, Bienvenido Yandoc, and Braulio Yaranon.
For the family category; Ernesto Abellera, Sr., Acosta/Lising, Alabanza clan, Florenco Aquino, Sr., Gregorio Ariz, Sr., Ayson: Benigno/Restituto/Roman, Balajadia/Reyes, Fernando and Rosa Bautista, Feliciano Belmonte, Sr., Felix Brawner, Sr., Rufino Bueno, Bugnosen brothers, Cabato/Valdez, Camdas Clan, Caoili/Alipio;
Badjating Carantes Clan, Carino Clan, Bonifacio Chanbonpin, Pedro Claravall, Sr., Dionisio Claridad, Sr., Andres Cosalan, Sr., Fortunato Crisologo, Sr., Mamerto Cuesta, de la Rosa Brothers, de la Rosa/Jalon, Domingo Dimalanta, Timoteo Dipasupil, Jesus Domingo, Sixto Dulay;
Arsenio Espiritu, Sr., Emily Lubos Fianza, Florendo, Furuya, Gaerlan/Mills/Orendain, Go Chu Siblings, Arsenio Gosioco, Hamada/Okubo, Hideo Hayakawa, George Icard, Kairuz, Kalias and Djares; Bay-osan and Kanedja, Andres Lao, Sr., Laperal, Leung Kwan Ling, Ming Leung, Lopez/Gomez, Ciriaco Lopez, Jr., Ramon Mitra;
Molintas, John Muller, J.J. Murphy, Baldomero Nevada, Sr., Mauricio Oteyza, Ben Palispis, Guillermo Paraan, Piraso, Pucay, Juan Resurreccion, Nicasio Salenga, Benjamin Salvosa, Aurelio Sarmiento, Tulsiram Sharma, Jose Solano, Wakat Suello, Santiago Tabanda, Alfonso Tabora, Charles Muneo Teraoka, Heinz and Gisella Woelke, Freddie Wong and Siblings, and Juan Zarate, Jr.
The institution category lists a hundred: Apaches, Asin Road Woodcarvers Village, Baguio Arts Guild, Baguio Association of Restaurants, Baguio Benguet Bankers Club, Inc., Baguio Benguet Community Credit Cooperative, Inc., Baguio Benguet Contractors’ Association, Inc., Baguio Benguet Public Information and Civic Action Group, Baguio Cathedral, Baguio Central School, Baguio Central University;
Baguio City Export Processing Zone, Baguio City National High School (Mountain Province High School-Baguio City High School, MPSH-BCHS), Baguio Country Club, Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center, Baguio General Hospital School of Nursing, Baguio Jaycees. Baguio Market Vendors Association, Baguio Midland Courier, Baguio Mountain Provinces Museum, Baguio Patriotic School, Baguio Teachers’ Camp;
Bell Church, Benguet Corporation, Benguet Lumber Group of Companies, BIBAK, Boy Scouts of the Philippines, Brent International School Baguio, Bus Companies: Benguet Auto Line/Dangwa Transportation Company, Inc., Victory Liner, Inc.;
Camp John Hay, Cathedral of the Resurrection, Catholic Churches of Baguio, Child and Family Service Philippines, Inc., Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CICM), Cid Educational Supply, City Bakery and Restaurant;
City Public Utilities/Baguio Water District, City Public Utilities/Benguet Electric Cooperative, Inc., City Public Utilities/Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT)/Pilipino Telephone (Piltel), Dainty Restaurant;
Easter School, Easter Weaving Room, Filipino-Japanese Foundation of Northern Luzon, Inc., Girl Scouts of the Philippines, Gold Ore, Gold Star, Good Shepherd Baguio, Inc., Holy Family College (ICM St. Louis School Center), Home Sweet Home/Catholic School Press, Hotel and Restaurant Association of Baguio;
Hyatt Terraces, ICM (Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary), Iglesia ni Cristo, Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc. (JVO, Inc.) Lepanto Consolidated Mining Corporation, Lions Club of Baguio;
Loakan Airport, Marishan (Maryknoll Convent School), Mirador Observatory, Monday Afternoon Club, Moog Controls Corporation, Nardas Handwoven Arts and Crafts, Newsboys, Comboys and Shoeshine Boys, Northern Luzon Association for the Blind, Inc., Notre Dame de Chartres Hospital (Notre Dame de Lourdes Hospital);
Ong King Auto Supply, Pang-hoi Enterprises, Inc., Patria de Baguio, Philex Mining Corporation, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industries-Baguio Benguet Chapter, Philippine Mental Health Association Baguio-Benguet Chapter;
Philippine Military Academy, Philippine National Red Cross Baguio, Photo Studios and Itinerant Photographers, Pines City Doctors’ Hospital/Pines City Colleges, Pines City National High School, Pines Hotel, Pink Sisters (Sister Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration), Pony Boys, Print and Broadcast Media:
Project Luke Christian Healing Ministries, Inc., Protestant Churches of Baguio, Public Utility Transport System, Rotary Clubs of Baguio, Saint Louis University;
Session Café, Soroptimist International of Baguio, St. Louis Silver Shop, St. Martin School (Assumption Convent), Star Café and Restaurant, Sunshine Bakery Group of Companies, Tahanang Walang Hagdan, Texas Instruments Philippines, United Church of Christ in the Philippines Baguio, University of Baguio (Baguio Tech);
University of the Cordilleras (Baguio Colleges Foundation), University of the Philippines Baguio, Vallejo Hotel, Young Men’s Christian Association-Baguio, Young Women’s Christian Association-Baguio.
As earlier announced, the awarding shall be done per category during the three last Saturdays of September, October, and November. – juliegfianza