The List: Part 6

We have now reached the sixth installment of our listing of Igorot achievers. The earlier installments can be found in the following links — Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5. Then we have a clarificatory article on “The List” here.



FROM TOP, L to R: BATNAG, PALTONGAN, CHEES, NAHAYANGAN, & BRAWNER.


1. Bar Topnotchers: The following Igorots landed in the top ten of the difficult-to-pass bar examinations: Joan Adaci (5th place, 2000 bar exams), Harrison Paltongan (4th place, 1994), and Marciano Delson
(5th place, 1990). Atty. Delson is now the Prefect of Student Affairs as well as head of the Clinical Legal Education Program of his alma mater San Beda College. Atty. Paltongan now heads First Centro Inc., a realty/property development company while Atty. Adaci is with a top law firm in Makati. Source here.

2. Presiding Justice/COMELEC Commissioner. Before he retired from the bench last September 2005, Justice Romeo Brawner was the top official of the country’s second highest court, the Court of Appeals. Unlike other retirees however, Justice Brawner never had an opportunity to relax since he was sworn in as Commissioner of the Commission on Elections the day following his retirement. More about Brawner here and here.

3. Member of the Philippine Everest Team. Levi Nayahangan is one of the members of the first-ever group of Filipinos that scaled Mt. Everest in 2006. Nope, he didn’t reach the summit but their group is planning another expedition in 2007 where all of them will be ascending to the very top. Frank Cimatu reports that Levi will bring something from Ifugao when he conquers the highest mountain. More about Nayahangan here.

4. She’s not just a small voice. In 1980, the United Nations launched a song writing competition and asked children from all over the world to submit lyrics and poems on the subject of peace. Of the more than one million entries coming from 57 countries, the entry of 13-year-old Odina Batnag stood out. As part of her prize, Odina was flown to New York to attend a concert where her entry “I Am But A Small Voice” was performed for the very first time. More here.

5. World-class karateka. Julian Chees has won several karate world titles but he was representing Germany, his wife’s native land, where he is known as the “kleine Philipino”. Read more about Julian in this report by Vincent Cabreza.

3 Comments
  1. Wow, I didn’t know that Rocky and Harry are board topnotchers. Rocky happens to be a kin of mine and a classmate in college at SLU.

  2. Ooops, na-erase last sentence. The above post should have read:

    Now you know 🙂 Buti ka pa, merong kang relative na topnotcher. At least you can ask him for a blowout.

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