Issue of July 8, 2018
     
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NOMINATIONS 2017
 
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Abandoned park project of the year
Burnham fencing
   
Accused of the year DOTr ARD Mohamad Nassr Abbas
   
Achievement of the year Benguet’s biggest Bendiyan performance
   
Acting governor of the year Bonifacio Lacwasan
   
Actor of the year Empoy Marquez
   
‘Airhead’ of the year Larry Gadon
   
Aliw awards best director of the year Angelo Aurelio
   
Alyas of the year Supremo Aldwin Quitasol
   
Analysts of the year Everyone on Facebook and Twitter
   
Apologists of the year Cocolife Insurance and PCOO Sec. Martin Andanar
   
Arraigned of the year Atty. Nicasio Aliping Jr., Bernard Capuyan, William Go, and Romeo Aquino
   
Art event of the year X–Fusion: Cor-Min Art Exchange
   
Artists group of the year Pasakalye Group of Artists
   
Artists’ loss of the year Chinggoy Alonzo
   
Atrocity of the year Blasting by NPA rebels in Cordillera
   
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Baguio concert of the year La Fete Musique at People’s Park, Press Freedom Concert
   
Banaue visitor of the year Vice President Leni Robredo
   
Banned melodies of the year Novelty songs or Lito Camo songs in the Panagbenga streetdancing
   
Banned of the year

Smoking in public places and out-of-country travel by executives

   
Bar of the year Baguio Country Sounds
   
Bar scene of the year Stand-up comedy
   
Bash of the year Bernie Vergara’s 80th birthday
   
Beauty queen of the year Baguio’s Andrea Fe Gomez
   
Best cinematographer of the year Roberto "Boy" Yniguez
   
Bistado of the year Dumping of medical wastes in La Trinidad and Sablan, Benguet
   
Blooming of the year Sakura trees in Atok, Benguet
   
Blues of the year Ceasar Salcedo
   
Border conflict of the year Blue soil in Mountain Province
   
Botched of the year Special election in Mountain Province
   
Boutique hotel of the year Kamiseta
   
Boybands of the year 2600 and Four Decades
   
BPO recruitment counterpart of the year Hiring of BENECO call center agents
   
Breakfast nook of the year Secret Garden
   
Brewing of the year Tabora–Bautista in 2019
   
Bullied of the year SPO3 Alberto Tadeo
   
Business family of the year The Del Rosarios of Sunshine, Veniz Hotel, and McDonalds
   
Business magnate of the year Boy of Good Taste
   
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Cafés of the year Manpiyaan, Café Angelo, Calle Uno Foodhub
   
Cardiac delight of the year Buchiron
   
Caretaker of the year Kalinga Rep. Allen Jesse Mangaoang for Mountain Province
   
Casualty of the year Miguel Dilinila who was caught in a crossfire at Military Cut-off rotunda
   
Chief of police of the year Supt. Byron Allatog
   
Comeback artists of the year Roland Bay-an and Buddy Cabrera
   
Christmas party presentation winner of the year City Hall’s Public Information Office
   
Comeback politician of the year Good guy Crescencio Pacalso
   
Comeback resto of the year 50s Diner
   
Composers of the year Fr. Macs Castañeda and Peter Wasing
   
Compromise of the year Reduction of proposed realty tax hike
   
Concert for–a–cause venue of the year Goldbar
   
Concert of the year A Concert in the Clouds in Sagada
   
Concert organizer of the year Ed Formoso
   
Controversial projects of the year BSP building, Suntrust Condominium, South Drive Hotel
   
Cordillera adopted sons of the year PNP Chief Bato Dela Rosa and OPAPP Sec. Jess Dureza
   
Crafts fair of the year Artisans Weekend
   
CSI of the year Doc Rod Leal of BCPO–SOCO
   
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Declaration of the year Martial law in Mindanao and its double extension
   
Defiants of the year Puguis claimants and Lion’s head vendors
   
Delayed project of the year 500MW hydro in Kibungan, Benguet
   
Delicious discovery of the year Black Kutchinta
   
Demolitions of the year

Dairy Farm and BIBAK compound

   
Deprived of the year Opposition congressmen
   
Disaster–resilient schools of the year University of the Cordilleras and Lepanto National High School
   
Disputes of the year Sitel vs. Vicente Toca III and Hedcor vs. Beneco
   
Donation of the year Elephant icons at Botanical–Centennial Park
   
Dream Art and Culture Center of the year BIBAK Cordillera Cultural Center
   
DRRMC officers of the year Edward Chumawar, Yoshio Labi, and Abner Lawangen
   
Drug of the year Fentanyl
   
Drunk by power of the year The President’s men
   
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Eco–friendly initiative of the year Carless days
   
Eco–friendly school of the year Pinsao National High School
   
‘Editors’ of the year Editors of Philippine News Agency website
   
EJK symbol of the year Kian delos Santos
   
‘Envied’ politician of the year Michael Lawana
   
Environmental case of the year Petition for closure of the Lamtang transfer station
   
Epic fail of the year RevGov Rally at Igorot Park
   
Essay book of the year Kilometer Zero
   
Ethnolinguistic author of the year Ike Picpican
   
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Facelift of the year

People’s Park

   
Favorite media organizations of the year Rappler, CNN, BBC, and Reuters
   
Feeling entitled of the year Sass Sasot
   
Female photojournalist of the year Ofelia Empian
   
Finally recognized sector of the year Baguio artists
   
Fire of the year The one that hit Café by the Ruins–Chuntug St. and St. Joseph Church in Tabuk
   
Food demise of the year Caf– by the Ruins–Chuntug St. and Ketchup Community
   
Food fad of the year Keto diet
   
Food treats of the year Biggest patupat in Bontoc and biggest tossed salad in La Trinidad
   
Foreign movie of the year The Last Jedi
   
Forgotten scourge of the year Climate Change
   
Foul–mouthed beast of the year Rodrigo Duterte, sans his presidential vestments
   
Freedom fighters of the year The Free Press
   
Fringe artist of the year Alex Musni
   
Fund raising event of the year Golf tournament for–a–cause
   
Fundraiser’ of the year Kyah Pembarya
   
Funny woman of the year Donna Cariaga
   
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Google business group winner of the year Café Yagam
   
Gourmet restaurant goodbye of the year Café by the Ruins–Chuntug St.
   
Grand welcome of the year Reception of Baguio Bishop Victor Bendico
   
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Happy–happy of the year Councilor Elmer Datuin
   
Hashtag of the year #makapasangit
   
Health assistance of the year

Distribution of RxBox to RHUs in CAR

   
Health crusade of the year Free dialysis campaign
   
Health promotion of the year Walk meters by DOT–CAR
   
Health blunder of the year Dengvaxia
   
Health scare of the year Bird flu outbreak
   
Health scourge of the year Stroke pa rin
   
Hoax of the year Terror scare in Baguio and Benguet
   
Hollywood monster of the year Harvey Weinstein
   
Honesty of the year Baguio taxi drivers returning cash and valuable items
   
Hotel of the year Hotel Supreme
   
Hoteliers of the year The Ong family of Fortune and Golden Pine and Ng family of Hotel Supreme
   
Hugas–kamay of the year Councilor Elaine Sembrano
   
Hunt of the year Treasure hunting at the Baguio Convention Center and UP Baguio
   
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Ilocano writer of the year Rhea Berroy
   
Impending force of the year Lodi
   
Impending loss of the year Cordillera House (PIA–CAR office)
   
Independent of the year Rep. Teddy Baguilat
   
Intelligence officer of the year Supt. Nachor Baucas
   
International civic group of the year

The Cordillera Connection

   
International event of the year ASEAN Summit
   
J  
Jetsetter of the year Ryan Mangusan
   
Journalism crusade of the year

No to "fake news"

   
Junkets of the year Federalism and visit of DENR Sec. Roy Cimatu and party to mining firms
   
K  
Kids’ dance craze of the year Baby Shark
   
KJ of the year Sagada concert petition organizers
   
L  
Large decorated skirt of the year Christmas tree at Session Road
   
Legislation–turned racket of the year Baguio’s Anti–colorum Ordinance
   
Libel case of the year DA Sec. Manny Piñol vs. Frank Cimatu
   
Lifesavers of the year Blood donors
   
Light artist of the year Goose Industria
   
Literary event of the year Third Monday of the Sun
   
Literary loss of the year Francis "Butch" Macansantos
   
Local actors of the year Roger Federico and Qasim Khalid
   
Local humanitarian events of the year Binnadang and Concert for Life series
   
Local movie of the year Kita Kita
   
Lost initiative of the year Baguio Convention design contest
   
Lucky charm of the year Sol Go
   
Lugi of the year Kaltimex
   
Lumiliit ang mundo of the year Smokers
   
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Mangit of the year

Bato dela Rosa

   
Medal of Valor awardee of the year

Scout Ranger Rommel Sandoval

   
Medical loss of the year

Dr. Brigida Claro

   
Millennial terminologies of the year Lodi, petmalu, and werpa
   
Millionaire’ of the year Rocky Aliping
   
Minumulto of the year Former president Noynoy Aquino
   
Most appreciated Christmas centerpiece of the year City government’s Christmas tree at Rose Garden
   
Most Christmassy lighted building of the year

Porta Vaga

   
Most parodied song of the year Despacito
   
Mt. Pulag visitor of the year Mar Roxas
   
Muralist of the year

Ged Alangui

   
Museums of the year Museo Kordilyera, Baguio Museum, and BenCab Museum
   
Mystery candidate of the year Michael Lawana
   
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Naagawan of the year Insurance firms at LTO Pacdal
   
Name change of the year From Acetylene Gang to Termite Gang
   
Napurnada of the year

Treasure hunt at Convention Center compound

   
New campaign of the year

Bawal ang plastic

   
New normal blood pressure of the year 130/80
   
News source of the year Twitter
   
No smoking advocate of the year Councilor Joel Alangsab
   
O  
Officially single of the year Karren Nobres
   
Order of the year Return of P1M worth bonuses of some City Hall employees
   
Ordinance of the year Smoke–Free Ordinance of Baguio City
   
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Parents of the year Atty. and Mrs. Edilberto "Tene" Tenefrancia
   
Park project of the year BSU Centennial Park
   
Party giver of the year Aspiring councilor Abraham "Abe" de Castro
   
Perennial failure of the year Programs to solve traffic in Baguio
   
Perfect attendance in events of the year Baguio mayoralty candidates
   
People of the year Soldiers and cops in Marawi siege
   
Pho of the year Coffee Library, Soup District, and Yes Pho
   
Photoshoot location of the year Malacañang
   
Pinaasa of the year Cordillera executives on autonomy
   
Pinapalayas of the year Philippine Information Agency–CAR
   
Play of the year Anatomiya ng Babaeng Pugita
   
Poets of the year Kislap Alitaptap and Ivan Labayne
   
Political appointees of the year Regional executive directors from the south
   
Political brew of the year The forthcoming return of three–cornered fight between Nick Aliping, Mark Go, and Morris Domogan
   
Political detainees of the year Sherwin de Vera and Sarah Abellon-Alikes
   
Political losses of the year Former Baguio mayors Jaime Bugnosen and Braulio Yaranon, Baguio Councilor Bobby Ortega, and MP Rep. Maximo Dalog, Sr.
   
Political vacuum of the year Mountain Province
   
Polluted of the year Ambalanga and Bued Rivers
   
Potential battlefield of the year Panagbenga 2018
   
Power tripper of the year Office of the Executive Secretary
   
Pre-Christmas events of the year

SLU Lantern Parade

   
Pro–laborer’s order of the year Mandatory seating beaks and no high heels
   
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Questioned loyalty of the year Atty. Brenner Bengwayan
   
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Radiation therapy center of the year BGH Medical Center Cancer Institute
   
Radio magazine show of the year Kumpletos Rekados
   
Railroaded of the year

e–bingo resolution

   
Recognition of the year Baguio as one of UNESCO creative cities
   
Relentless campaign of the year Regional autonomy
   
Renovation of the year Garden Theater
   
Requested curfew of the year  2:00 a.m.
   
Restaurants of the year Lemon and Olives, Mother’s Hand, Foggy Mountain, Habibi, Café Adriana, Canto, Good Taste, and Rust n Woods
   
Resumed of the year Educational field trips
   
Resurrected artists of the year The Astudillos
   
Retired PNP officer of the year P/Dir. Charlo Collado
   
Retiree of the year Bishop Carlito J. Cenzon
   
Revival of the year Corporate mining
   
Revived proposals of the year Death penalty and medical marijuana
   
Rewarded of the year Taxi driver Reggie Cabututan
   
‘Rice dealer’ of the year Bilog
   
Road opening of the year TPLEX Pozorrubio
   
Rocket man of the year North Korean leader Kim Jung–un
   
Romantically–trapped bachelor of the year Frank Cimatu
   
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Sagada visitors of the year Gary Valenciano and Bato dela Rosa
   
Samaritan couple of the year Alex and Anabelle Bangsoy
   
Secret drinking spot of the year Speakeasy
   
Shabu center of the year National Bilibid Prison
   
Shortchanged of the year CSWDO’s share from Burnham Trade Fair
   
Shutterbugs of the year Olen Co and Neil Ongchangco
   
Siege of the year Marawi
   
Silent force of the year PMA alumni
   
Snatched of the year Panagbenga 2018 management and Baguio–Benguet Palaro 2018 hosting
   
Social media hang–out of the year Uncles and Aunties of Baguio
   
Stage parents of the year Carlos and Karen Anton
   
Still around retirees of the year

Former mayor and congressman Bernie Vergara, lawyer Condring Bueno, former RTC Judges Amado Caguioa and Edilberto "Del" Claravall, City Prosecutors Erdolfo Balajadia, Fred Centeno, Cho Agunos, Tubby Banta, and Benny Carantes

   
Still opposed of the year Multi–level parking in Baguio
   
Still the card game of the year Tong–its
   
Still the family educators of the year

the Bautista family of the University of Baguio, the Salvosa family of the University of the Cordilleras, and the Fernandez family (down to the one) of the Baguio Central University

   
Still the gambler’s haven of the year

Baguio City

   
Still undefeated politician of the year Rep. Ronnie Cosalan
   
Suspended again of the year Barangay elections
   
Suspended politician of the year Gov. Jocel Baac
   
Suspension of the year Classes due to ASEAN holidays
   
Symbolism of the year PCOO Asec. Margaux "Mocha" Uson
   
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Tawtaw of the year Korean tourist Choi Sungkyu
   
Telenovela of the year Comelec chair Andres Garcia’s feud with estranged wife
   
Terror group of the year Maute brothers and allies
   
’Threat’ of the year Environmental cases vs LGUs that fail to comply with RA 9003
   
Threatened government agencies of the year CHR,ERC, and NCIP for near removal of budget
   
Tinatik artist of the year Maela Jose
   
Trade barbs of the year Paolo Duterte and daughter Isabelle
   
Trade fair ‘beneficiaries’ of the year City officials
   
Tragedies of the year Biliran landslide, Davao mall blast, and Partas bus and jeepney collision
   
Tree chokers of the year

Contractor of Bakakeng Road rehabilitation

   
Tribute of the year Totem poles
   
Tweeter–in–chief of the year U.S. President Donald Trump
   
Twitter avatar of the year Cousin from Baguio
   
U  
Unappreciated of the year Christmas art installation at Session Road
   
Unbelievable reality of the year

There are now more women legal practitioners than men, likely cleaning up the mess made by the latter

   
Underground to overground of the year Small Town Lottery
   
Unlimited extension of the year Burnham Park Skating Rink contract
   
Unpopular of the year Hybrid jeepneys
   
Unsolved killings of the year

2015 murder of Henry Lao, two taxi drivers in Baguio, and stabbing of Paracelis Mayor Avelino Amangyen

   
Unwelcome fashion fad of the year

Slashed jeans

   
Urban bandits of the year Baguio yarnbombers
   
V  
Voided of year Expanded lots of Prime Peak
   
W  
Weekend vacation center of the year Baguio
   
Women of the year Ombudsman Conchita Carpio–Morales and Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno
   
Women power of the year PMA Salaknib Class for having 8 women in top 10
   
Word war of the year President Rodrigo Duterte and CPP founder Joma Sison
   
Working police directors of the year S/Supts. Florante Camuyot and Ramil Saculles
   
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Yogi of the year Judge Mia Cawed
   
‘Young millionaire’ of the year Ron Cadiogan
   
Z  
Zine poet of the year Kervin Calabias
     
SPORTS NOMINATIONS 2016
 
 
Billiard king of the year Carlo Biado of La Union
Comebecking Igorot boxer of the Dayer Gabutan
Cordillera boxing pride of the year

WBC Asia Bantamweight World Champion Carl Jammes Martin

Endurance runner of the year

Sandi Abahan

Female archer of the year Charmaine Angela Villamor
Female footballers of the year

Regina Aliping and Lorjane Aludos

Female taekwondo Jins of the year

Rain Ramos and Khayla Kreanzzel Guinto

Female ultra runner of the year

Sandi Menchi

Girl chess player of the year

Mhage Gerriahlou Sebastian

Golf tournament of the year MGD golf for–a–cause
Grassroots football promoters of the year Frael Aquino & Aries Bocalan
Ibaloy golfer of the year

 Paolo Luigi Wong

Local basketball league of the year Upnorth Basketball League
Local Boxing Gym of the year Highland Gym
MMA knockout artist of the year

Kevin Belingon

MMA gym of the year

Team Lakay

MMA social media promoter of the year

Benjo Andaya

Muay Thai grassroots coach of the year

Bryan Olod

Muay Thai grassroots center of the year

Sablan, Benguet

New MMA champion of the year

Stephen Loman

Still MMA superstar of the year Eduard Folayang
Sports benefactors of the year Atty. Dante Bagsan and Michael Lawana
Sports physicians of the year Drs. Harold Hiyadan and Lee Buasen
Triathlete of the year Josh Ramos
Ultra race series of the year King of the Mountain
Ultra run promoters of the year Jonel Mendoza and Team Malaya
Ultra runner of the year James Tellias
Upcoming boxer of the year KJ Natuplag
Upcoming boxing promoter of the year Darwin Miller
Yoga center of the year Pranalaya Yoga & Wellness Baguio
Young Filipino racer of the year Iñigo Anton


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