BCF Founder is President Manuel L. Quezon "Medalya ng Karangalan" 2003 Awardee

April 02, 2017

Benjamin Salvosa, Founder of the Baguio Colleges Foundation, was named one of ten Awardees of the Quezon "Medalya ng Karangalan" by Quezon Province Governor Wilfrido L. Enverga and Quezon Day Awards Committee Chairman Antonio P. Acyata. Mr. Salvosa, who traces his roots to Unisan, Quezon; served in 1954 as Chairman and General Manager of the Philippine Coconut Administration (PHILCOA), drafted into government service by then President Ramon Magsaysay. Mr. Salvosa was cited posthumously for his accomplishments on behalf of the Coconut Farmers of the country, and for his contributions to the development of the Philippine Coconut Industry. The occasion for the Awards is this year's 125th birth anniversary of the late President Manuel L. Quezon, to be commemorated on August 19, 2003, at Lucena City.

Mr. Salvosa (UP, Ll. B. 1936) laid the foundations for the Government, through the PHILCOA, to serve as a regulatory agency to fulfill three vital functions: (1) To ensure the quality of Philippine Coconut Products, (2) To serve as an extension service to improve coconut farming practices, and (3) To serve as the research arm of the coconut industry. Mr. Salvosa, together with NACOCO Chairman Maximo Rodriguez and Federation President Vicente Constantino, formed the nucleus of the Coconut Producers Federation (COCOFED). Atty. Salvosa, who in 1940 served as NACOCO Secretary-Treasurer, drafted the law that reorganized NACOCO into the PHILCOA.

In 1995, he was elected Chairman of the First International Coconut Conference, keynoted by President Magsaysay, which, under the auspices of the Republic of the Philippines brought together in Manila for the first time ever, delegates from coconut-producing countries in Asia. In 1957, in Colombo, Ceylon, he served as First Vice Chairman of the United Nations Food & Agricultural Organization Conference. In the same year in Rome, he served as Chief of the United Nations FAO Study Group. In 1962, he served as Consultant to the Economic Commission on Asia and the Far East (ECAFE). Then in 1964, he served as Consultant to the Philippine Mission to Washington D.C., to remove US-RP Trade and Tariff Barriers. Finally in 1967, he served as Consultant to the First Philippine Trade Mission to Socialist Countries, (Eastern European Capitals, Prague, Warsaw) to include missions in Moscow & Bonn.

The Awards Ceremony, which will be held at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena City shall bestow the Quezon "Medalya ng Karangalan" on the following honorees: Benjamin R. Salvosa (Posthumous) for the Coconut Industry; Euclides A. Abcede for Human Rights; Rafael R. Lagos for the Judiciary; Rolando B. Allarey for Foreign Service; Proceso J. Alcala for Environmental Science; Ruben M. Tan for Aquaculture; Agnes B. Mendenilla for Medical Science; Victor Emmanuel Carmelo D. Nadera for Literature; Martin C. Ilao for Organic Physical Chemistry; and Jose Mario C. Bunag for Law.

Mr. Salvosa founded BCF in 1946, immediately after the war as the first college in the City. The founding of Baguio Colleges presaged Baguio City's development as an educational center. In 1951, Mr. Salvosa was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship as Visiting Lecturer to six (6) American Universities: the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Chicago, the Catholic University of America, Fordham University, the University of Maryland, and the University of Florida. Mr. Salvosa was also awarded a Smith-Mundt Research Fellowship at the Library of Congress at Washington D.C.

In 1976, he received from the City of the Baguio, the award "Father of Higher Education." In 1970, he was a delegate to the International Convention of Essayists, Novelists and Poets (PEN). Mr. Salvosa was the author of "Education for Freedom" (1974); "Reform or Revolution" (1971); and four Law books: "Trial Technique;" "Proof of Facts;" "Rules of Court on Civil Actions;" and "Criminal Procedure." In 1970, he was elected as a Trustee in the World Constitution and Parliament Association in Denver, Colorado. In 1967, he and Mrs. Salvosa were chosen as "Parents of the Year," by the University of the Philippines in Baguio.

Published in the Baguio Midland Courier issued August 17, 2003

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