June 20, 2024

A civic-minded individual and photographer par excellence, Rodolfo “Ompong” Ong Tan has greatly contributed to the promotion of Baguio and the rest of the Cordillera for his compelling images.

He is a living example of the “bayanihan” spirit in words and in action as he often shares his time, talent, and treasure for the good of Baguio and its people that he dearly loves.

In many occasions, Tan has unselfishly shared his vast skills and offered his equipment and facilities when they are needed by his fellow Baguio people during disasters and emergencies.

He continues to contribute in the promotion of the Summer Capital’s tourism and other sectors through his photographs published or exhibited in international, national, and local publications or magazines over the decades.

For more than a decade now, Tan has been in the forefront of empowering people living with autism, especially children, in partnership with the Autism Society of the Philippines that later formed its chapter for Baguio and Benguet.

Through the “Colors of a Spectrum” that started in 2009 in the city, people with autism learn and gain experience in photography through a one-on-one encounter with him and his merry band of mentor-photographers.

Tan is also involved with numerous civic and community activities like outreach projects, donation drives, and events for-a-cause.