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Remembering the “Three Witches” of Baguio


Stella Maria de Guia
February 24, 2016 at 2:06 pm

The Baguio Museum Board contracted the services of Warren Wigan Lopez Nauyac (a Museum friend and volunteer), to carve the “women totem pole” at the grounds of the Baguio Museum, to honor the women who played major roles in the development of the Baguio Mountain Provinces Museum now known as the Baguio Museum. These women included the “three witches” Leonora San Agustin (curator from 1985 to 2011), Virginia de Guia (piloted the Museum of Igolot Culture in the 1950’s and whose collections are still part of the museum) and Cecile Afable (member of the first Board of the Museum). The totem pole will also include Geraldine “Gerry” Hamada, the first woman curator of the Museum in 1982.
The other “totem pole” to be carved by Ernesto Dul-ang, a world renowned “resident” wood carver of the Baguio Museum, will include the four Mayors who played major roles in the “reconstruction” of the museum after the earthquake: Mayors Mauricio Domogan, Bernardo Vergara, Braulio Yaranon and Peter Rey Bautista. Mayor Domogan played a major role in the reconstruction of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors of the museum. The formal inauguration of the “totem poles” will be done this year.

    February 25, 2016 at 4:23 am

    Thank you so much for these additional information mam Stella. We are truly grateful!

Sigrun Campos-Engel
February 25, 2016 at 4:04 pm

And I had the honor of knowing these three great woman of Baguio. Leonie was like a mother , sister and friend for me. I loved and respected her deeply.

    February 25, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    Thank you for your comment, your testament such as this definitely honor their memories and the inspiration that they are radiating until today.

Rowena R. Boquiren
February 25, 2016 at 9:02 pm

Congratulations, this is a best input to keep the heritage of Baguio protected and promoted. As former Executive Director of the Baguio Historical Society when the group was still intact, I had the pleasure of working incessantly with Madam Leonie to have the settlement histories of willing barangay leaders to be done. The support and inspiration of Madam Gene and Auntie Cecile was always ready too. How my kumare Nela Florendo and I enjoyed the banter of each of the 3 ladies when we sat down with them to identify data in old photographs (we just had to be ultra fast, sensitive and adept in catching the nuances in each smile, smirk, laughter and wit when the witches are together).

    February 25, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    Thank you, we do what we can to help remind the public how rich is the heritage of Baguio.It is truly an honor to have inspiring mentors.

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