July 18, 2024

■  Ofelia C. Empian 

With their exemplary achievements and contributions to the municipality, 10 individuals and an institution were recognized as this year’s special awardees during the 74th foundation day celebration of La Trinidad, Benguet on June 13.

Leading the awardees were husband and wife Andres and Josephine Carantes as special Kayabang honorees inthe event themed: “Pemidbid Ni Edafuan, Mangibahed Ni Kabasan” (Recognizing Our Roots, Building a Resilient Future).

The Carantes couple were recognized for donating 182 square meters of prime lots at Km.4, Pico, La Trinidad, Benguet, which is currently being used as a public road-right-of-way.  

The municipal council recently passed an ordinance naming the street as “Martina Carantes Street” in honor of the late mother of the donors.

Also awarded with special citations were Matthew Luis Lubos Berad for placing second in the June 2023 Occupational Therapist Licensure Examination; Dusty Tanghin Kawi as top three among the 25,761 passers of the November 2023 Nurses Licensure Examination; and Alvin Morales for receiving the Innovator in Education Award in the Education International School Awards held in Bangkok, Thailand.

Businessman Dean Michael Cuanso was also lauded for being awarded as one of the most inspiring micro small and medium entrepreneurs during the MSME Summit 2023 and Xyza Nicole Aguilar for winning multiple medals and recognition at the 26th Annual World Championship of Performing Arts 2023 in Anaheim, California United States.

Two members of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology were also given special citations: ultramarathon athlete Jail S/Insp. Rhys Yvan Dane Inso Pawid, who was the overall champion in the King of the Mountain Trail Run-Hardcore 100 in June 2023 and J/Insp.  Norman Palangyos for exemplary leadership as acting municipal warden of the La Trinidad Municipal District Jail.

Under Palangyos’ supervision, the LTMDJ was awarded the Best Municipal Jail Award from 2022 to 2024.

The last awardee in the individual category was barangay Pico resident Alice Baguitan, recognized for her exemplary acts of integrity and values, specifically in returning a huge amount of lost money to their owners on two occasions.

Baguitan returned P750,000 in 2018 and again in 2019 found another wad of money worth P2.7 million, and both instances happened in Laoag City.

The lone institution awardee was the Cordillera Career Development College for being at the Global top 300 innovative University through the 2023 World University ranking for Innovation where it ranked 122 worldwide.

There was no awardee for the Golden Kayabang, the highest recognition given to residents of the municipality.

The last Golden Kayabang award was given in 2018 to book author James Paw who wrote the “The Cordillera Valley of La Trinidad: In Time and Place: Early History, 1572-1896” published in 2015.