Hundreds of running enthusiasts and other members of the community gathered at the Burnham Park Lake Drive to participate in the first “Dr. Charles M. Hamada Memorial Run" in memory of the late Dr. Charles Monroe Hamada, former publisher and general manager of the Baguio Midland Courier, on his 65th birthday. He joined the Supreme Editor in the great newsroom in the sky on Jan. 8, 2016.
Proceeds of the event will go to the Baguio Correspondents and Broadcasters Club (BCBC) civic projects and medical aid for its members that Hamada helped.
The BCBC is the oldest media organization in the city existing for over five decades now.
For over two decades, Dr. Hamada’s unparalleled leadership and managerial skills, which blended well with the editorial room, made the paper a highly acclaimed and perennially awarded community newspaper, making it one of the best weekly papers in the country today.
Dr. Hamada, who was then a barrio doctor, took the helm as publisher and general manager of the Courier after the death of his father, the great old man Oseo, on Aug. 6, 1993.
Meanwhile, winners in the 5-kilometer run male category were Reymark Quezada as champion, Joshua Ramos, first runner up; Browner Ulanggi, second runner up; Julius Bay-an, third runner up and Jet Ramos, fourth runner up.
For the 5Km female category, Kana Antonio was the champion. Merell Pil-o, Michelle Velasco, Asia Mariz Ayochok and Stephanie Loy emerged 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th runners up, respectively.
Cielo Penaflor won in the 3-km. male category. He was followed by Dash Ramos, RJ Balani, Unicko Clemente Toni Guyguyon for 1st to 4th runners up finish.
The female category was topped by Stephanie Abasan. Jillian Adani was 1st runner up, Raquel Pataras, 2nd runner up; Jonalyn Kimbay, 3rd runner up and Emabeth Fabro as 4th runner up.
The Philippine National Police thru the Police Regional Office-Cordillera, Baguio City Police Office and the PNP Regional Service Training Unit was also recognized for being the largest delegate of close to 200 police officers participating in the event.
The run for a cause was made possible with the support of race director Che Alberto, Benguet Electric Cooperative,Sunshine Supermarket ,Valley Bread, Mother Earth Deli Basket; Fabulo’ Beauty and Image Salon, Baguio Sumbungan Forum, Europa Parts, SLU College of Medicine ‘80 - Pioneer Batch; SLSCF Batch ’87, Baguio Peeps, Wakads, PIA-Cordillera and the BCBC and other individuals. (JDP/RMC -PIA CAR & UCU Interns)
By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis