Baguio’s Women of Substance

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By Jonathan Llanes

The Maryknoller

Thursday, April 10, 2014


SO SORRY for not being able to pass my column the last two outings, we've been busy with the construction of our north and central Luzon broadcast complex.

But as promised, I'd still like to feature women for their outstanding contribution to society.

Of course first on my list would be my Mom Dra. Adoration Trias Llanes who gave me a chance to be what I am today. Then my teachers of Maryknoll Convent School, University of Baguio and University of the Cordilleras particularly our former Dean Sonia Daoas who unselfishly help mould us through education.

And our editor Ms. May Anne Cacdac who despite my inconsistency in sending my column, still gives me that look to not forget to submit one every week.

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To the news hens of the Baguio Correspondents and Broadcasters Club who continue to inform our readers on the latest about out city.

In 2009, the public information office of city hall released a feature about the the centennial women leaders of the countries Summer Capital, and as a salute, with like to re-feature those fantastic women who have helped shape what Baguio is today.

“Leading the awardees feted during the 4th Kababaihan Festival program Wednesday as part of the National Women’s Month were media stalwart Cecile Afable for journalism and Judge Heilia Mallare Philipps for the legal sector.

“Afable served as model of public communication through print media and serves as editor of the Baguio Midland Courier while Philipps, 81 has led several socio-civic organizations and excelled as presiding judge of the 1st Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court in 1917.

“Dr. Lenora Fe Brawner, 71, awardee for sports, was cited for her contributions in sports development. She is a member of the executive board of the Philippine Olympic Committee and president of the National Archery Association of the Philippines.

“For the culture and the arts, the awardees were Norma Arevalo, 68, who is at the forefront of Annabelle Interior-Yamaha School of Music now known as Musar Music Corporation; and Leonora San Agustin, curator of the Baguio Camp John Hay Museum that kept the history of Baguio in the hearts of the people.

“On business and trade the awardees were Zenaida Cating, 79, who established the landmark Solibao and Ganza restaurants; Betty Del Rosario, 84, founder of Sunshine bakery and grocery store; and Mary Pul-oc, 70, organizer of the Hangar Market Vendors Association.

“Cited for community service were Feliza Bandonill, 77, an active Catholic Women’s League member and socio-economic and religious category awardee; Prospera Lee, 76, an outstanding barangay camptain in 1981, Virginia Luna, 74, who initiated the construction of the Balenben farm-to-market road and construction of the Irisan Health and Day Care centers, Isabelina Ronquillio, 74, an active member of various civic groups.

“For public service, the awardees were Virginia De Guia, outstanding public official and champion of various causes; Estelita Pedroso, 70, an advocate to enhance accountability and responsibility of public officials through the implementation of auditing laws; Lourdes Pedroso, 78, who spearheaded the connection of water services for day care center and construction of barangay hall; Lilia Yaranon, 78 an upright, honest public servant who served as three-time councilor; and Rose Marie Tabora, an outstanding public official.

“For health services, the awardees were Lolita Abastilla, 73, who served for 40 years as public health midwife and awarded the most outstanding midwife of the Philippines; Perseveranda Acoba, 69, who founded the Herbal Society of the Philippines and established the medicial garden of the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center; Lourdes Agcoicol, who served for 30 years as senior public health midwife of Baguio Health Department and has been active in socio-civic works; Dr. Purificacion Claridad, founded of the Baguio Medical Center and pioneer of OB-Gynecology; Nimia Concepcion, 78, founder of Pines City Doctors Hospital and Pines City Colleges Schools of Nursing and Midwifery; Dr. Virginia De Joya, 69, who strengthened the blood center of the BGH and served in the control of sexually transmitted diseases; and Eulialia Gamad, 71, who served as midwife for 25 years and initiated the development of the new building of Pacdal Health Center.

“For education the awardees are as follows: Dr. Fe Atanacio, 88, who served as professor in various universities; Mercedes Coloma, 78, founder of Mary Immaculate School; Sr. Lourdes Dulay, 74, leader in upgrading of CEAP Schools and promoted the transformational values and education thrust of curriculum in schools for the secondary level; Dr. Margarita Fernandez, 90, who established the Easter Philippines Colleges and Sto. Niño Hospital; Noemi Jularbal, 80, who founded the Women’s Vocational Institute; Macrina Olarte, 82, founder of the Association of Baguio Private School Administrators and awardee of the International Golden Award 2000; Lucia Urban Pagador, 80, for her meritorious services in the Boy Scouts of the Philippines; Aida Reyes, 74, a merit awardee of the DECS and was coach of the regional champion in the National Quiz Bee; Dr. Amparo Rimas, 71, co-author of the Primer on Student Teaching and active member of various organizations; Dr.Milandre Rusgal, 69, outstanding women awardee for education and active education, environment protection and leadership advocate; Dr. Gorgonia Nenita Rico, 85, professor emeritus of the University of the Cordilleras, a productive educator; Dr. Ruperta Vergara, 72, the first lady chair of the BSP and outstanding trainer for elementary teachers; Carmen Balajadia, an outstanding educator;
“Teresita Bayquen, 74, awarded for heroism during the killer earthquake and initiated the first organization for child/youth welfare in Aurora Hill; Onesima Bugnosen, 81, an active socio-civic worker; Jean Cruz, 85, who implemented several programs and activities for youth; Edna Dulay, 72, active in conducting seminars on self-enhancement and gender development; Lourdes Gaskell, 85, active socio-civic worker; Josephine Lapira, 72, who initiated the Action Research on the Knowledge, Attitude and Practices of mothers who deliver without medical assistance and outstanding citizen and president of YLAC; Rosa Navarro, 91, founder of the CWL and initiated the construction of Aurora Hill church; Josefina Ruff, 80, initiated the scholarship for street children; Violeta Teel; Virginia Valencia, 70, who assisted in projects of the Cordillera Coalition against Tuberculosis and established the administrative procedures of BFAD; Avelina Jackie Ver, 71, dedicated in the implementation of vision, mission and goals of the various organizations; Arch. Gloria Vergara who conducted landscaping and planting of trees in the center island of Session Road; and Socorro Vispera, 73, a strong advocate of moral values, character formation and recovery in the city and region. lders of the City.

“The Women’s Month celebration is spearheaded by the city government in cooperation with various government and non-government agencies and organizations like the Office of the City Mayor, Office of the City Social Welfare and Development under Betty Fangasan, Office of Councilor Tabanda as chairman of the city council committee on women, the Population Commission under the City Health Office, the Dept. of Interior and Local Government city office, Civil Service Commission and others. Aileen P. Refuerzo"

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 11, 2014.

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