April 20, 2024

The city government expressed its sympathies to the family of one of the pillars of the Filipino-Chinese community in Baguio.

In resolution 309, s. 2022, the city conveyed its condolences to the family of the late Ang Yok Kuan also known as “William Ang”, who passed away on July 16.

Ang was awarded as one of the “Most Outstanding Citizens of Baguio” in 1992 representing the business sector.

The measure stated Ang was among the pillars of the Association of Philippine-China Understanding-Baguio City; Baguio Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Inc.; and the Lion’s Club International, and was among the most hardworking and driving forces behind the programs of these groups.

He was born on Sept. 2, 1932 in Xiamen, China. In 1947, he and his family arrived in the city where he devoted his time helping Chinese and Filipinos.

“William Ang was always disposed to looking after the civic needs and welfare of the people of Baguio. A silent worker, his laudable works were recognized by various entities and offices in the city,” the resolution stated.

He has received many awards and accolades from various organizations during his lifetime and helped establish sisterhood relations between Baguio City and Hangzhou City, China.

Ang was president of the Baguio Patriotic High School and a member of the various committees which planned the city’s Lunar New Year festivities for over 30 years and was one of the earliest photographers in the city.

He also traveled throughout the Cordillera to take scenic photos for commercial postcards that highlighted the country’s beauty. “William Ang lived a full life. His legacy speaks highly of his intense desire to share, help, and move people to do public good.  He may be Chinese by blood but he was definitely a Filipino by heart. He and his works will never be forgotten by the city that is so grateful for his contributions that are etched in the lives of those he touched during his lifetime,” the resolution added. – Gaby B. Keith