FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: FORONDA, BOTENGAN, LONGID, & DUMAPONG
For our new readers, you might want to visit our first three blog entries on The List. Basically, what we are hoping to do in this listing project is to acknowledge the Igorots who made us proud because of their achievements. Through their work, they have presented a positive image of Igorots and helped erase some of the negative stereotypes associated with us as a people. By honoring them, we hope that more Igorots will be encouraged to likewise excel in whatever endeavor they are in.
THE LIST: PART 4
1. Nobel Peace Price Nominee. Zenaida Brigida Hamada-Pawid is one of the 1000 women peace advocates worldwide who were nominated collectively for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize. Bridget has been, and continues to be, very active in peace work with Cordillera non-government organizations. She was also a member of the government peace panel which negotiated with the Communist Party of the Philippines during the administration of President Fidel Ramos. More about Bridget here.
2. Accomplished academic. Kate Cholipas Botengan (PhD in Education) is an accomplished Igorot academic whose list her achievements include: writing the book, Bontoc Life-Ways: a Study in Education and Culture; obtaining degrees from Columbia University and post-doctoral certificates from Harvard University and Unesco (in Paris), and serving as Commisioner for the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) from 1994-2000. Dr. Botengan now serves as the Vice President for Academic Affairs of the Lyceum of the Philippines.
3. Ecumenical Leader. Bishop Robert Longid of the Episcopal Church was a leading figure in promoting ecumenism both in the Philippines and abroad. He was also an advocate for peace and justice and worked to promote the concerns of the poor and marginalized peoples. More about him here.
4. Sydney Paralympics Bronze Medalist. Wheelchair-bound Adeline Dumapong gave the Philippines its only medal in the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games when she lifted 110 kilograms to win the bronze in the women’s 82.5-kilogram division. She also won gold medals in the ASEAN Para Games and holds the Southeast Asian record (117.5 kgs.) in her event. More about Angeline here and here. For those who speak Spanish, there’s a full feature on Angeline on this site. Maybe you should translate it for us 🙂
5. Kali champion. Daniel Foronda is renowned in the world of Filipino martial arts. He is also the president of the Philippine Federation of Pankration. For the uninitiated like myself, pankration means freestyle fighting. Raised in Manila, Foronda has popularized the indigenous fighting style of dumog and boltong. An interesting article on Foronda’s fight at the Universal Reality Combat Championship where he won over his opponent can be found here. You can also read more about him here and here.
6. World boxing title holder. From February to August 2001, Ricky Gayamo held the crown in the bantamweight division of the World Boxing Council (WBC) International. His overall boxing record (25 wins, 10 knockouts; 17 losses; 2 draws) may not look impressive but nothing beats a world title. Read an interesting article about Gayamo’s fight in Japan here. It’s interesting (actually embarrassing) because his Igorot companions abandoned him and disappeared (nag TNT ang mga loko). Natalo tuloy ang ating bida.
7. Philippine boxing champion. Bernabe Aliping held the national lightweight title several times from 1988 to 1992. His overall boxing record: 28 wins (10 ko’s); 13 losses; one draw. You can find a list of his fights here.