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Deceased journos honored in Legarda regreening mural project

APPRECIATION. Jose Nicholas Ilagan’s son Sam-ang receive the plaque of appreciation for his late father with mother Laarni and brother Tallek (partly hidden) from mayor Benjamin Magalaong last Friday with councilor Leandro Yangot, Jr. (2nd right) and administrator Bonifacio dela Pena (right). PML

Five late journalists including the grand dame of Cordillera journalism were honored with a mural along Legarda Road and unveiled to the public last Friday.

The third phase of the Baguio climate action wall sees the faces of former Baguio Midland Cecile Afable, veteran editor Geronimo Evangelista, Narciso Padilla, Jose Nicholas Ilagan and Ramon Dacawi painted on the nine foot high wall and rendered with help from young artists under the Free Arts Lessons of councilor cum artist Leandro Yangot, Jr.

The wall should have included the likenesses of the late Domecio Cimatu, Jr. and “good friend” Wilfredo Cacdac, said Yangot during his speech and apologized to the family of the two late journos.

Calling it a sort of mea culpa, Yangot later said they will go back and include the two in a post – launching effort.

“It is a sort of mea culpa, we intended to include my good friend Willy and Domci,” said Yangot after awarding certificate of appreciations with Mayir Benjamin Magalong and city administrator Bonifacio deka Pena to young artists and their mentors as well as family members and representatives of the late journalists that include Ilagan’s widow Laarni and their children Sam-ang and Tallek and Cimatu’s youngerbrother Franklin, editor of the weekly Baguio Chronicle.

The Baguio Regreening mural is the third artwork at the Legarda Road corner Marcos Highway.
The first was the biking movement mural followed by the Save the Buyog mural.

Yangot has the Baguio Educators Arts Guild and Sin Agi as partners in the free art lesson program which has now the artist apprenticeship effort, the flagship of component of the program. Pigeon Lobien

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