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Ibaloys who donated lot to state university honored
by Harley F. Palangchao

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The great Ibaloy couple who shared 50 hectares of their property that eventually became the site of the Benguet State University were given posthumous recognition during the 98th BSU foundation anniversary celebration last June 25.

The award for former La Trinidad presidente Clemente Laoyan I was received by his eldest living granddaughter Elizabeth Laoyan Pucay-Bagcal.

Teresita Panagan meanwhile received the award for the great old man’s wife, Albin Maltini-Laoyan.

Laoyan was La Trinidad’s first mayor. He was then called presidente, Spanish term for president.

BSU recognized the prominent Ibaloy couple as great leaders in the 1990s and for their pioneering support and assistance in the development of the institution’s early beginnings from a farm school to what it is today.

Born in 1880, Laoyan, who became mayor of La Trinidad for six separate terms between 1902 and 1924, and wife Albin decided to allow the use of portions of their land for the farm school, which was then called Trinidad Agricultural School.

The 50 hectares included some of the Maltini holdings of his wife Albin. There was no payment made apparently due to arrangements between Laoyan and his close friend, James Wright, who was the superintendent of the school and for his love for education.

The arrangement was also made with the expectation from the great Ibaloy man that his children and relatives then would not have to go far from home to receive good education.

It was not immediately known if the heirs of the old man were provided free education when they enrolled in the institution.

The lot was eventually proclaimed as a school site for BSU and the documents regarding the matter were finalized in 1935.

From La Trinidad Farm School, the institution was renamed Trinidad Farm School then Mountain National Agricultural School Mountain Agricultural College, eventually becoming Mountain State Agricultural College then finally, BSU.

Laoyan died in 1947, almost two decades after his wife passed away in 1924.

The couple was blessed with 20 children but only 13 of them survived.


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