City commends Asean quiz champ

BAGUIO CITY – The city council passed a resolution congratulating and commending Jericho Villarico and his coach Eva Layagan for being declared as champion in the 8th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) quiz national level competition held April 5, 2018 at the People's Television Network (PTV 4) Studio in Diliman, Quezon City.

The 16-year-old Villarico is a resident of Lower Liwanag, Loakan barangay and a grade 10 student of the Baguio City High School under its Science, Technology and Engineering Program or STEP. He represented the Cordillera Administration Region (CAR) in the competition.

Councilor Arthur Allad-iw, the measure's author, said the academic tilt is a continuing project of the ASEAN committee on culture and information that aims to foster a spirit of healthy competition among ASEAN youth in a friendly quiz game that exposes them to ASEAN cultural, political, economic and social information.

"He (Villarico) is a pride of our city and an inspiration to everyone, the youth as well as parents and teachers to continue supporting and taking good care of their children as they excel and reach their full potential," Allad-iw stressed.

For his part, Mayor Mauricio Domogan said that Villarico's achievement does not only bring honor to himself, family and school but also to the city of Baguio and Cordillera region as a whole.-gaby keith

Re: Baguio runner qualifies for Boston Marathon

BAGUIO CITY -- The city's small but terrible "marathon man" has done it again.

Marcelo Bautista proudly brought home a medal from the 42 kilometer Honolulu, Hawaii Marathon held December 9, 2017 where hundreds of elite runners from around the world participated. The feat qualifies him to join the famous Boston Marathon in the United States this October.

He was also a medalist at the prestigious Waikiki Marathon and Xterra World Championships also in Hawaii.

Bautista was recognized for his athletic triumphs by local officials led by Mayor Mauricio Domogan in Monday's flag-raising rites at City hall.

A resident of Mirador Hill barangay, the 37-year-old marathoner said he has been running for almost 20 years now and has amassed around 180 medals and 20 trophies from local, regional, national and international competitions in his athletic career.

A family man, Bautista added that he was formerly a janitor at the Baguio General and Medical Center for several years and is now a full-time athlete. He is thankful for the support given him by private benefactors and the city government.

He will also be returning to Hawaii in November to join this year's edition of the Honolulu Marathon where he hopes to do even better.

Domogan said that Bautista's numerous achievements has not only brought honor to himself and his family but to the city as well.-gaby keith

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