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TWO week­ends ago on Novem­ber 24, my sib­lings and I drove to Kian­gan, Ifu­gao for the two-day wake of the late vet­eran jour­nal­ist and politi­cian Gual­berto “Bert” Lu­mauig – con­sid­ered the “Fa­ther of Ifu­gao” prov­ince.

Sir Bert must have been given that ep­i­thet and honor as he was the first Gov­er­nor of the then newly cre­ated prov­ince of Ifu­gao.

Ifu­gao “was cre­ated as an in­de­pen­dent prov­ince on June 18, 1966 by virtue of Re­pub­lic Act No. 4695, other­wise known as the Divi­sion Law of Moun­tain Prov­ince. Un­der this Law, Moun­tain Prov­ince was di­vided into four prov­inces namely: Benguet, Ifu­gao, Kalinga Apayao, and Moun­tain Prov­ince”

Source: https://www.fam­i­ en/Ifu­gao_Province,_Philip­pines_Ge­neal­ogy

Ifu­gao’s ”Apo Lakay Bert” started his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer as the first Gov­er­nor of the Prov­ince of Ifu­gao in 1967 – upon the cre­ation of the prov­ince in 1966 when the then one “Moun­tain Prov­ince” was di­vided into sev­eral prov­inces.

Ifu­gao’s Apo Bert served as Gov­er­nor for nine years un­til 1976; then as Ifu­gao Assem­bly­man from 1980; then as Con­gress­man from 1987.

Ear­lier, I posted in my Face­book ac­count the fol­low­ing:

“My deep­est con­do­lences to the Lu­mauig fam­ily on the pass­ing of Sir Gual­berto Lu­mauig of Ifu­gao – my Pub­lisher in the late 1990's when I was the "Life" Sec­tion & "Women & Chil­dren" Sec­tion Edi­tor and Colum­nist of the Baguio Cordillera Sky­land News.

Pub­lished by the Lu­mauig fam­ily, the Sky­land News was cir­cu­lated in Baguio City and the en­tire Cordillera Re­gion in North­ern Lu­zon, Philip­pines.

Sir Lu­mauig had served as Gov­er­nor and Con­gress­man of the Cordillera Prov­ince of Ifu­gao – and was the Spokesman of the then rul­ing po­lit­i­cal party Lakas-NUCD.

Rest in peace, Sir Bert Lu­mauig!”


Apo Bert’s daugh­ter Gina Lu­mauig – who used to come over to the ed­i­to­rial desk of their fam­ily’s Cordillera news­pa­per – said of her dear fa­ther’s pass­ing: “I love you, Daddy

Gual­berto B Lu­mauig, my rock, my in­spi­ra­tion, has left us this morn­ing.

Our mom, Feli­cisima Es­ing Dait Lu­mauig, and the fam­ily wish to thank you all for the pray­ers and mes­sages of sym­pa­thies...”

Gina Lu­mauig then gave the fol­low­ing de­tailed back­grounder on her fa­ther: FORMER IFU­GAO SOLON PASSES AWAY

Former Ifu­gao Gov­er­nor and Con­gress­man Gual­berto B. Lu­mauig passed away yes­ter­day after a lin­ger­ing ill­ness. He was 85.

The first Gov­er­nor of Ifu­gao in 1967, Lu­mauig also served as Assem­bly­man and Con­gress­man, and also as MECO Am­bas­sador to Tai­wan. He was former pres­i­dent of the UST Philets, former gov­er­nor of the Philip­pine Na­tional Red Cross, and former Jaycee Pres­i­dent, and a life­time mem­ber of the Na­tional Press Club. He served as Spokesman of LAKAS-NUCD un­der then Pres­i­dent Fidel V. Ramos.

A jour­nal­ist by pro­fes­sion, Lu­mauig was a long time colum­nist of Manila Bul­letin, and was a con­trib­u­tor for Philip­pine Star and Philip­pine Daily In­quirer. He was au­thor of Into the New Hori­zon: Ifu­gao, an in­sight­ful book on the his­tory of Ifu­gao pol­i­tics.

He will be re­mem­bered as a de­voted hus­band to his wife Feli­cisima Dait, a lov­ing fa­ther to chil­dren Aloy­sius (+), Bene­dict (+), Cicero, Doris (+), Emma, Frances and Gina, and a dot­ing grand­fa­ther to 22 grand­chil­dren and 17 great grand­chil­dren.

His was con­sid­ered the Builder of Ifu­gao who un­selfishly and pas­sion­ately served his prov­ince for many decades”

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