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
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
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
5. World-class karateka. Julian Chees has won several karate world titles but he was representing