MOUNTAIN Province Governor Leonard Gabas Mayaen was laid to rest Friday, April 8 within their family grounds in Pinsao, Baguio City.
In lieu of a traditional burial ritual, eulogies were delivered by close friends and relatives before the interment.
Josephine Villanueva, the retired secretary of the Provincial Board of Mt. Province, remembers the late governor as a man of honor.
"He was a boss but never bossy. He gave orders but never made us felt like it was an order," Villanueva said.
She also thanked the wife, Sonia Gawe Mayaen and their six children "for allowing Leonard to become the father of the province."
Board Member Florence Taguiba is grateful to Mayaen for his support to the implementation of the Magna Carta for Women and for having public health as a priority in his governance.
Several other provincial and municipal officials also delivered their eulogies remembering their good times with the late governor.
Judge Cecilia Dulay-Archog said Mayaen was the man who vouched for her to become a judge.
"He was a very good friend although we've met at a time when I was campaigning for his opponent for the gubernatorial seat," Dulay-Archog said.
Mayaen died of cardiac arrest on March 31, 2016 at the age of 63. He was serving his second term as governor of Mt. Province.