September 30, 2023
HONORING GENUINE ENVIRONMENTALISTS — The  city government has inaugurated the Baguio Regreening Mural at the Climate Action Wall along Legarda Road where the portraits of Baguio journalists-cum environmentalists who went on to the great beyond were painted by Councilor Leandro Yangot, Jr.; Gladys Labasan; and fellow artist from the Sin-Agi Artists. Those posthumously awarded were Ramon Dacawi, Jose Ilagan, Gerry Evangelista, Willy Cacdac, Domci Cimatu, and Cecile Afable. Mayor Benjamin Magalong with City Administrator Bonifacio dela Peña and Lani Fabi representing the Chamber of Real Estate Builders Association Baguio-Benguet Chapter, Inc. presented the certificates to family members of the late media practitioners. — Neil Clark Ongchangco

The city government recently paid a posthumous tribute to seven Baguio journalists who were staunch advocates for environmental preservation and protection that paved the way for the city to maintain the good state of its environment.

During the launching of the Baguio Regreening Mural along Legarda Road, Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong, Councilor Leandro B. Yangot, and City Administrator Bonifacio dela Peña led city officials in honoring the journalists who were represented by their family members and the partners of the local government in the successful realization of the climate action mural in memory of the staunch advocates for regreening and care for the environment.

Those who were honored are the late city Public Information Officer Ramon S. Dacawi; Gold Ore editor Jose Nicholas ‘Pepot’ Ilagan; Sun Star editor Wilfredo ‘Willy’ Cacdac; Vibrations, Sun Star, and Skyland News editor Geronimo ‘Gerry’ Evangelista; former Baguio Midland Courier editor Cecile C. Afable; journalist Domecio Cimatu; and newsman Narciso ‘Nars’ Padilla.

Dacawi, Ilagan, Cimatu, and Cacdac were instrumental in founding the city’s famous Eco Walk program in 1992 and recognized by the United Nations Environmental Program as the best environmental program for children.

Under the program, children are brought to the Busol Watershed where they will be lectured on the importance of the trees and the environment and subsequently join in the planting and nurturing of the trees.

The posthumous awards were received by their family members: Mark Dacawi, nephew of Ramon Dacawi; Laarni Sibayan-Ilagan and sons Sam-ang and Talek for Jose Nicholas Ilagan; Frank Cimatu, brother of Domecio Cimatu; lawyer Omar Evangelista, son of Geronimo Evangelista and Mary Ann Cacdac, daughter of Wilfredo Cacdac.

The local government also issued certificates of appreciation to its partners in the private sector that contributed to ensure the successful completion of the said project, particularly the officers and members of the Chamber of Real Estate Builders Association Baguio-Benguet chapter, the Sin-Agi artists, Davis Paints, Land Bank of the Philippines, among others.

The Baguio Regreening Mural is the third mural that was launched by the local government and its partners over the past several years. – PIO release