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By Alah Soledad Sungduan

Stand Up for Life

Thursday, January 16, 2014

HOW do leaders want to be remembered? Two leaders in Baguio City would say doing a lasting legacy is the answer.

For Lions International District 301-C Governor Editha Datuin fulfilling the Lion Year 2013-2014 theme “Follow Your Dream” has always been the inspiration and motivating factor why she is determined to fulfill two big projects before her term ends.

The construction of the first ever eye and kidney center in Baguio and a park for the physically challenged people where they can freely enjoy the amenities are two of her big dreams. She said plans for the realization of these projects are now underway. But the fulfillment these plans also depends with the support and unity among the Lions.


“I look forward to being with you for this dream. Let us work together for the betterment of the district,” the governor reiterated during her guest appearance in Cordillera Skyline New Edition program at Sky Cable Baguio lately.

For his part Regional Development Council (RDC) Chair for Economic Development Dr. Virgilio Bautista doing voluntary works for the continuous advocacy for the autonomy in the region is a big legacy that he would like to be remembered.

Although his term as RDC Chair ended last year and no re-appointment yet as of the moment this does not stop him from helping RDC in advocating autonomy in the different towns and provinces in the region and talking to the elders and asking them about their dreams and aspirations for Cordillera.

Bautista believes that the only way for Cordillera to achieve development is by becoming a real autonomous region. But this can be achieved he said through synergy and unity among non-government organizations and the government sector.

There are so many ways where one work can make an impact. As Robert F. Kennedy said, “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

Leave a legacy by changing the world through works that you love.

For comments and topic suggestions please email alahsungduan@gmail.com

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 17, 2014.


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