June 20, 2024

The shared aspiration of golfers from Baguio City and rest of the Cordillera to reach out to people in need while enjoying the sport they love the most, saw the birth of the Cordillera Golfers Foundation, Inc (CGFI).

The CGFI secured its juridical personality when the Securities and Exchange Commission has issued its certificate of incorporation on March 7.

WE ARE BORN — Incorporators of the Cordillera Golfers Foundation Inc. hold their regular meetings at Camp John Hay, as they envision to reach out to people in need while enjoying the game they love the most. The CGFI plans to hold its first golf for-a-cause in April with its proceeds to be used for outreach programs. — CGFI photo

Fifteen Cordillera golfers cum leaders in their own field of expertise led by Arnel Peil were listed as incorporators of the group that also aims to invite various golf associations in this highland region to be part of its advocacies.

Aside from aiming to contribute, solicit, collect and raise money for charitable purposes such as for social and economic amelioration of the less privileged sectors of society, the group will also coordinate with other institutions in organizing civic programs and projects.

The group further aims to establish close relationship among golfer-members aside from organizing events in the future to upgrade the skills of members.

The CGFI will have its baptism of fire when it organizes the first CGFI Golf Cup in one of the golf courses in Baguio City.

To be invited as participants are officers and members of various golf associations in Baguio and Benguet.

Some of the proceeds of the tournament will be set aside for the civic projects and programs of CGFI.

The group is also planming to organize a big tournament in the future similar to the well-established Davao Eagle Masters Tournament, where top amateur players from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao compete for pride and glory.

CGFI also aims to promote the rich cultural heritage of the various ethnic groups in the Cordillera.

It official logo carries the gong as the main element signifying unity and also features the Lion’s Head, mountain ranges of the Cordillera, intricate designs of the tapis of women of Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mountain Province.

Other incorporators of the CGFI are Arnold Tolding, Francis Cuyop, George Punasen, Ericson Felipe, Elias Bulut Jr., Douglas Rufino, Joselito Tan, Rudolf Dimas, Ceasar DR Pasiwen, Florante Bantales Jr., Nestor Pablo, Allen Jesse Mangaoang, Bond Holden Mangaoang, and Brandy Abeya, who is also the group’s treasurer, and  Marlo Quadra as corporate secretary. – Harley F. Palangchao