Former La Trinidad councilor laid to rest-A A +A
Friday, October 4, 2013
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Funeral rites for the late University of Baguio student leader and town councilor Victor Laoyan were held at high noon Friday at the Epiphany Church here.
Cremation followed, as decided by the family during the wake at the ancestral home at Barangay Betag, in this capital town.
Laoyan, a scion of the prominent Ibaloy clan of La Trinidad, passed away at 8:30 p.m. last Monday at the Notre Dame de Chartres Hospital.
He turned 69 last September 10, just after he was wheeled into the hospital for complications from two heart attacks he was able to survive for years.
He is survived by his children Clemente III, Judith, Marjorie, Hans and Chadwick, 11 grandchildren, his mother Elvira (nee Benito), and his sisters and brothers: Albina, Ofelia, Rafael, Linda, Joseph, Theresa and Andy.
Laoyan’s wife, Frances (nee Kollin), passed on afternoon of last Christmas Day. Also a graduate of UB, she served as English teacher and guidance counselor of Easter School. She was an active lay leader, choir master and consultant in Christian Education of the Episcopal Church.
Laoyan served as student government president of UB where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree. He also served as town councilor of La Trinidad, in the company of his bosom friend and then fellow alderman, now Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan.
His contemporaries in campus politics were the late Benguet provincial prosecutor Felix Cabading, then student government head of the Baguio Colleges Foundation, and the late Baguio Printing Press manager William Hamada, then student government president of St. Louis University.
Vic could have risen as a political leader of La Trinidad and Benguet if not for the two heart attacks that impaired his speech and mobility, Governor Fongwan noted during the wake.
Vic and Frances were known for their readily reaching out to others in need of help. Vic will also be remembered for his irrepressible and sometimes irreverent sense of humor, recalled through anecdotes shared by Governor Fongwan and others who came to pay their respects. (Ramon Dacawi)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 05, 2013.