Ex-guv Bugnosen dies at 83

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Family, friends and colleagues of the late governor Andres Bugnosen will pay tribute to the man, politician, doctor and friend in various rites this week.

Bugnosen died Sunday at the Benguet General Hospital at 83 due to complications.

His remains will be brought to Baguio City at the United Church of Christ in the Philippines. It will be transferred to the Baguio Convention Center and will be brought home to the Benguet Capitol for viewing.


The former governor, who served from 1988 to 1992, is survived by his wife Lydia Ignacio and six children: Andrew, Deborah, Paul, Mary, Jonathan and Naomi.

Bugnosen was born in February 27, 1928 in Mankayan, Benguet. He was very active in the Benguet political scene. Even after his term, he served as mentor to many politicians.

He was last seen in public during the oath taking of Governor Nestor Fongwan and Vice Governor Crescencio Pacalso where he symbolically passed the gavel during the ceremonies.

Bugnosen graduated from the Mankayan Elementary School in 1941 and studied at the Baguio City High School in 1949. He finished his collegiate degree at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine in 1956.

He was awarded most outstanding alumnus by the Baguio City High in 1984 and most outstanding alumnus in rural medicine in 1980.

A doctor by profession and politician by calling, Bugnosen touched the lives of many not only from Benguet but also from Baguio city.

He was a resident physician at the Mt. Province General Hospital from 1964 to 1967 and became the director of the Abatan Lutheran Hospital afterwards.

His political career started when he was elected member of the Provincial Board in 1980 and then vice governor in 1984.

His numerous awards include most outstanding intern in St. Elizabeth Hospital in Ohio, USA, in 1959 and most outstanding physician for the Mountain Province in 1979.

He also received the Benguet Leadership Award in 1977 and Most Outstanding Family Planning Physician also in Benguet.

Interment rites are tentatively set on Tuesday, July 19.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 12, 2011.

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