60th Courier Anniversary Issue
60th Anniversary Issue
Supplement Articles
:: Mayoralty Candidates & their vision for Baguio
:: What have we done to our city?
:: Leadership a
la Sudcordillera
:: If I could vote,
I would vote for...
:: A look at the northern youth vote
:: Shanty Town: rethinking
our mountains' development
:: Ma Fok's Secret
:: Ibaloi in international media
:: Preventing cervical cancer
:: Prostate cancer:
a brief perspective
:: Baguio Midland Courier goes online
:: Courier in the '60s
:: Baguio media notes and anecdotes
:: When headline writers become headline makers
:: The History of Baguio City National High School
:: 60 things to do and places to see in Cordi
:: How to make Baguio a child-friendly city
:: Election Cartoons
trisha Courier in the 60's
Atty. Juan Valdez

Sir, is your editorial ready? The man suddenly wakes up, looks at his manuscript still in the Underwood typewriter, raises his right forefinger, and presses on the key, which struck the roller to imprint the period after the last word of the sentence. He unrolled the manuscript, gave it a quick glance, and handed it over for printing.

Each Saturday night, at just about 12 midnight, Sinai would make the same ritual in his study room. Sinai C. Hamada, “Syne,” as he is fondly called, was the founder of the Baguio Midland Courier. From a four-page tabloid with humble beginnings on April 28, 1947, it grew to what it is today.

The 1960s saw new faces  running the Courier, aside from columnists Ricardo A. Paraan and Romeo S. Florendo, who belted out the Column of Two, Cecile Afable ran her column In and Out, and Ruth Mowry wrote on the life in the foreign community including those in the minesite.

Not only lawyers in the likes of Paraan and Florendo were writers for the Courier but others from the community like educator Benjamin Salvosa, writing for Educationally Yours; Augustus U. Saboy, who wrote for the hinterlands of Apayao; Francis Tiotioen, writing from Bontoc and Benguet; Mary Wilson and Eduardo Masferre, contributing their notes from the mining sector; Francisco Dipasupil, with business reports and who later moved to Manila to join the Manila Chronicle; and Edilberto Claravall, now a judge, who wrote the co-lumn “Grassroots.”

G. Bert Floresca, who was managing editor, had been recruiting writers from colleges and universities, the likes of Gabriel Pawid Keith who substitutes as editor when Syne wasn’t around due to his work as chair of the Mountain Province Development Authority; Hilarion Pawid, a staff writer, who later became mayor of La Trinidad, Benguet; and come to think of it, Andres Cosalan Sr., before he ever became a congressman, also wrote for the Courier.

Earlier, there was Atty. Benjamin Rillera who later became city councilor; Virgilio Bautista who became a lawyer, councilor, and city council PRO; and Zenaida C. Hamada, daughter of Syne, who had pitched in as staff writer.

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