BAGUIO CITY – Twelve outstanding senior citizen luminaries received “Gintong Tala” Awards for exemplary leadership in a program as part of the Silahis ng Pasko activities last Dec. 29 at the Baguio Sunshine Park.

National Correspondents Club of Baguio president former city councilor Narciso Padilla who has been spearheading the 14-year old awards program said the awards were successfully presented to the elderly honorees led by Rev. Fr. Domingo “German” Ledesma, parish priest of the Loakan Proper barangay parish and former spiritual adviser of the Shrine of the Brown Madonna along Km. 7 Asin Road in Tuba, Benguet who was honored for spiritual and religious services and husband-and-wife medical practitioners Drs. Edison and Purita Noble, for medical services.

Rounding up the top 12 luminaries were former Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan and retired

City Environment and Parks Management Officer Cordelia Lacsamana for government service; Dean James Malaya, founder-president of the Cordillera Career Development College (CCDC) in La Trinidad, Benguet education; retired city tourism operations officer Benedicto Alhambra, tourism and special events; national artist Ben Cabrera of the BenCab Museum , arts and culture; Rebecca Domogan of the Soroptimist International civic-social and fraternal community development; Ompong Tan of Colorworld Graphics Processing, business and trade; Kathleen Okubo, editor of the Northern Dispatch journalism; and Hector Begeo, a former member of Team Philippines Track and Field squad, sports.

Padilla said the awardees were recognized for their individual “exemplary leadership, performance and achievement in their respective profession, vocation or career and for their outstanding participation in civic-social or environmental development activities for a better Baguio either as a club member-officer or as an individual volunteer.”