Issue of January 10, 2021
     
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NOMINATIONS 2020
 
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People of the year
Covid-19 frontliners
   
Chief executives of the year

Mayors Benjamin Magalong of Baguio City;
Victorio Palangdan of Itogon, Benguet; Frenzel Ayong of Mankayan, Benguet; and Gov. Maria Jocelyn Bernos of Abra

   
Abused word of the year Resilience
   
Academic failure of the year Blended learning
   
Accessory maker of the year Julius Legoen-Lumiqued
   
Accessory of the year

Woven face masks

   
Acronyms of the year ECQ, MECQ, GCQ, MGCQ
   
Addiction of the year Add to cart
   
Agri fad setters of the year

Plantitos and plantitas

   
Agri savior of the year Succulents
   
Aids of the year SAP, livestock in food packs
   
Air BNB of the year

Two Trees Guesthouse

   
Alarm clock of the year

NDRRMC text blasts that are received in the wee hours of the morning

   
Alternative exhibit of the year Ibagtit
   
Ang totoong probinsyano of the year

Angelito "Budoy" Morales

   
Anti-corruption loss of the year Salvador Liked of Mountain Province
   
Anti-Covid vaccine recipient of the year

90-year-old Margaret Keenan

   
Anti-red tagging institution of the year UP
   
Artist losses of the year Benjie Mallari, Benhur Villanueva, and Raffy Kapuno
   
Artistic mask maker of the year

Tioan Mercado

   
Arts events coordinator of the year John Arvin Molintas
   
Arts events of the year Interlink and Ibagiw
   
Arts events organizer of the year Marie Venus Tan
   
Assistant Regional Director of the year Dr. Amelita Pangilinan of DOH
   
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Bad word of the year Positive
   
Baguio visitor of the year

DOT Sec. Berna Puyat

   
Bakery of the year

Victoria's and Valley Bread

   
Bands of the year

BTS, Ben&Ben, Isko & Friends, Slick Perms, Pickle Relish

   
Bane of the year Liquor ban
   
Basket weaver of the year Jason Domling
   
Battle cry of the year "Stop romanticizing resilience"
   
Beekeeper of the year Karl Ivan Dalleg
   
Benefactor politician of the year Eric Yap
   
Best health practice Handwashing
   
Best unused Panagbenga theme of the year Blooming through the years
   
Bida-bida of the year Marvin Herrera
   
Big losers of the year Every sector of society
   
Biological armageddon of the year Death of millions of wildlife in Australia bushfires
   
Blind loyalists of the year

The 70 congressmen who voted to deny renewal of ABS-CBN franchise

   
Body shamed of the year Angel Locsin
   
Break-up of the year Beneco-Converge
   
'Builder' of the year China for constructing a hospital in seven days
   
Bullied of the year ABS-CBN; Maria Ressa; and Reynaldo Santos, Jr.
   
Bully of the year Solicitor-General Jose Calida
   
'Bus' of the year Modern jeep
   
C  
Cancelled of the year Festivals
   
Canine debate of the year Dog microchipping
   
Catastrophe of the year Massive bushfires in Australia
   
Catch up of the year Installation of BSU President Felipe Comila
   
Catwalk of the year Turf grass at the strawberry fields of La Trinidad
   
Ceremony of the year

Covid-19 patients send-off rites

   
Child creativity center of the year Vivistop
   
City doctors of the year Donnabel Panes and Celia Flor Brillantes
   
Civil rights movement of the year Black Lives Matter
   
Comedy vlogger of the year Gorgeous George
   
Community photographers of the year

Dako Bagano of Sagada, George Tugan of Tadian

   
Compromise of the year Kaltimex-city government deal
   
Conceptual artist of the year

Rocky Cajigan

   
Conspiracy theory of the year Covid-19 as a manufactured virus for biological weapon
   
Contact tracing cop of the year

Lt/Col. Maximo Sumeg-ang, Jr.

   
Contact tracing czar of the year Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong
   
Continued work and pay of the year

Government employees

   
Cordilleran beauty of the year Roxanne Allison Baeyens
   
Corporate greed of the year Modernizing public market as a mall
   
Councilor of the year Baguio Councilor Mylen Yaranon
   
Couriers of the Year Ninja Van and JT Express
   
Cousin of the year Cousin from Baguio
   
Cover-up of the year Death of 7-year-old boy from Ifugao
   
Covid-19 introducer of the year Bong Go's Balik-Probinsiya
   
Covid-19 magnet of the year Mining towns
   
Covid-19 scapegoat of the year The drinkers
   
Covid-19 spreader of the year Drinking using common glass
   
Covid-19 starter of the year

Manabo, Abra

   
Covid-19 volunteers of the year Elmer Macalingay, Clemencia Basilio Lapas, Rizabel Addawe
   
Creative non-fictionist of the year LA Piluden
   
Crowd drawing event of the year Lighting of the Baguio Christmas centerpiece
   
Curator of the year Erlyn Ruth Alcantara
   
Cycling movement loss of the year James Ward
   
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Dance of the year Tala
   
Department store of the year Tiong San
   
Desserts of the year Burnt cheesecake, creampuffs, and Mau's cheesebar
   
Disappointment of the year Benguet Gov. Melchor Diclas
   
Disinfectants of the year

Gin and gasoline

   
Divided of the year Baguio and LISTT
   
DJ of the year Moira Lang
   
Do-it-yourself of the year Haircut
   
Documents of the year Health and barangay certificates, swab test result
   
DOH nurse of the year Karen Lonogan
   
Donors of the year Farmers
   
Doubtful deaths of the year

Maximum security inmates said to have died due to the Covid-19

   
Drag queen of the year Mz. Kiki Krunch
   
Dreaded memo of the year Lockdown order on barangays
   
Drinkers of the year Slaughterhouse butchers
   
Duo of the year July Rain and Cris
   
Duplication of the year 2019 search for Christmas and 2020 New Year babie
   
E  
Editor of the year Frank Cimatu
   
Ego trip of the year Protest over the regulated entry of LISTT residents to Baguio
   
Elixir of the year Virgin coconut oil
   
Errand biker of the year Vince Dangiapo
   
Errand boy of the year Sen. Bong Go
   
Essential infra of the year Isolation and quarantine units
   
Essentials of the year Surgical and N95 masks, alcohol, hand sanitizers, face shield
   
Exhausted of the year Parents acting as teachers
   
Expectations the year Covid-19 babies
   
Experimenter of the year Ted Tan
   
F  
Face of the year

Eric Yap

   
Favored award of the year Market rehab plan to SM Prime Holdings
   
Fil-Indian organization of the year Manav Seva Baguio
   
Flat tire of the year Provincial buses
   
Flop of the year Mindanao Fruitfest
   
For sale of the year Good Conduct Time Allowance
   
Food artist of the year Dindo Llana
   
Food crazes of the year Ube pan de sal, baked sushi, dalgona coffee
   
Food drive of the year Bayanihan Cordillera
   
Foodie of the year Dana Cosio-Mercado
   
Foreign losses/departures of the year Sean Connery and Kenny Rogers
   
Fugitive of the year Imam Bedejim Abdullah's killer
   
G  
Global health crisis of the year Rapid transmission of the Covid-19
   
Goldmine of the year Private RT-PCR testing
   
Government information offices of the year

Baguio City Public Information Office and Philippine Information Agency-Cordillera

   
Grim reaper of the year

Covid-19

   
Gun of the year Non-contact digital thermometers
   
Gospel artist of the year Kanye West
   
H  
Harassments of the year Cyberlibel and red tagging
   
Hashtag of the year #nasaanangpangulo
   
Heinous crime of the year

Police Senior Master Sergeant Jonel Nuezca shooting his neighbors

   
Hideout of the year Underground clinics exclusively catering to Chinese
   
Highly-contested post of the year DOT-Cordillera directorship
   
Hindi ma-promote kahit anong gawin of the year Gen. Guillermo Eleazar
   
Home school "craze" of the year Parents and students doing "Module Legends"
   
Hot seat of the year

Baguio City Public Order and Safety Division chief

   
"Hotels" of the year Sto. Niño and Teachers' Camp
   
Huggable man of the year Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan
   
Humanitarian initiatives of the year

Fund and in-kind drives for Covid-19 frontliners and typhoon survivors

   
Hype of the year Rehabilitation of Baguio
   
I  
Impossible to achieve of the year

Cashless transactions, carless days at City Hall

   
Impulse of the year Physical distancing
   
In need of attention of the year Mental health
   
Indicted of the year

Former cadets 1st Class Shalimar Imperial, Jr.
and Felix Lumbag, Jr. and PMA Station Hospital medical officers, Capt. Flor Apple Apostol, Maj. Maria Ofelia Beloy, and Lt/Col. Ceasar Candelaria

   
Initiative of the year PNP's Kapwa Ko, Sagot Ko
   
Innovators of the year

Filipinos who made improvised face masks, face shields, and personal protective equipment

   
Installation of the year Kidlat Tahimik installations at Ibagiw
   
Internet provider of the year None
   
J  
Joke of the year Investigation on graft and corruption
   
Justice of the year

Marvic Leonen

   
K  
Kadiri of the year Rat catching challenge at the Baguio Public Market
   
Kalbo of the year Outlook Drive
   
Kapit-tuko of the year DOH Sec. Francisco Duque III
   
Kicked out executive of the year Tiburcio Canlas
   
Killing field of the year National Bilibid Prison
   
Killing spree victims of the year Politicians and lawyers
   
K-Drama of the year Crash Landing on You
   
L  
Laboratory test of the year RT-PCR
   
Late-night show of the year Duterte's midnight ramblings
   
Legislative acts of the year Bayanihan 1 and 2
   
Libraries of the year Baguio City Library and UP Baguio Library
   
Livelihood opportunities of the year Online selling, delivery and errand services
   
Livestock threat of the year African swine fever
   
Local restaurant closures of the year Forest House, Café Yagam, and Café Adriana
   
Local tourism officers of the year

Valred Olsim of La Trinidad, Benguet  and Beau Amangay Killip Macliing of Bontoc, Mountain Province

   
Locked-out of the year Pigs
   
Longest FMR in Benguet 11.5-km Atok FMR
   
Lost and found of the year French tourist Jacques Francioly
   
Lucky summer visitors of the year Mayor Francis Zamora and company
   
Lutong macau of the year Baguio market deal
   
M  
Malapit sa kalan of the year

Rep. Lord Allan Velasco

   
Manañita celebrant of the year

The Debold

   
Market of the year

Mandeko Kito

   
Mayor's appearance fee of the year P50,000 each
   
Medical breakthrough of the year Development of Covid-19 vaccine
   
Meltdown of the year Angelo Aurelio
   
Memoir of the year "Diary of a Covid-19 Patient" by Dr. Elizabeth Solang
   
Milk tea shop of the year

Yi Fang

   
Milking cow of the year PhilHealth funds
   
Missed media event of the year Search for the Annual Lucky Summer Visitors
   
Missing of the year

P15-billion PhilHealth funds for Covid-19

   
Missing personalities of the year Bernie Vergara and Mauricio Domogan
   
Missing politicians of the year Crescencio Pacalso and Ronald Cosalan
   
Moneymaking page of the year Red-tagging blogs
   
Most accomplished anti-drug PNP office of the year Kalinga PPO
   
Most awaited announcement of the year Lifting of the liquor ban
   
Most expensive bench of the year The P22-million hagabi
   
Most favored business of the year POGO
   
Most influential Filipina of the year

Lorena Domanog-Clerc
of Sagada, Mountain Province

   
Most morable date of the year March 16
   
Mr. Expose of the year Sen. Ping Lacson
   
Mural artist of the year Venazir Martinez
   
Mural of the year Sagada restoration
   
Mysterious lucky ones of the year Lotto 'winners'
   
Myth of the year Suob as cure for Covid-19
   
N  
Nag-alburuto of the year Taal Volcano
   
NCR mayors of the year Vico Sotto, Rex Gatchalian, and Marcy Teodoro
   
New city destination of the year

Jesuit retreat

   
New hairstyle of the year

White hair

   
Newest media team of the year RNG Luzon
   
Ninong of the year Judge Roberto Mabalot
   
O  
Off-limits of the year PMA graduation rites
   
OIC GM of the year Engr. Melchor Licoben of Beneco
   
One night stand of the year Night market
   
Online conference app of the year Zoom
   
Open secret of the year Dropball operations in the barangays
   
Opposed of the year Special polls in Benguet
   
Oppressive act of the year Red-tagging of critical-minded people
   
Ordinance of the year Inclusion of cancer patients as PWDs by La Trinidad
   
Overseas Filipino nurse of the year May Parsons
   
P  
Pageant achiever of the year Miss Earth Water Roxanne Baeyens
   
Pandemic collaboration of the year Rolling store
   
Panic buying of the year Alcohol, face masks, and disinfectants
   
Park of the year Bamboo park
   
Parody FB page of the year Baguio Bartek Community
   
Passes of the year BLISTT 'visa'
   
Pharmaceutical firms of the year Pfizer and Moderna
   
Philantrophist of the year Country artist Dolly Parton
   
Photo ops of the year Aerial inspection
   
Photographers’ rights advocate of the year Ezra Acayan
   
Photojournalists of the year Andy Zapata and Mau Victa
   
Pinoy-flavored event of the year SONA 2020
   
Plantita of the year Aubrey Miles
   
Plantito of the year Michael Lawana
   
Poet laureate of the year Luisa Igloria
   
Police blunder of the year Killing of soldiers in Jolo
   
Police officer of the year Ret. Gen. Camilo Pancratius Cascolan
   
Police station of the year La Trinidad Municipal Police Station
   
Political loser of the year Donald Trump
   
Positive word of the year Negative
   
Postcard maker of the year Sela Gonzales
   
Power industry loss of the year Beneco GM Gerardo Verzosa
   
Power trip of the year Blocking of Sadanga Road leading to Tinglayan, Kalinga
   
Pre-pandemic destination of the year Atok, Benguet
   
Presidential upset of the year Joe Biden winning over Donald Trump
   
Presscon venue of the year Kapihan on Facebook Live
   
Prison term of the year 14-day home quarantine
   
Propaganda of the year ELCAC
   
Propagandist of the year Mayor Gabino Ganggangan
   
Public appeal of the year "Stay at home."
   
Public hospital chief of the year Dr. Ricardo Nuñez of BGHMC
   
‘Public Information Officer’ of year Brian Galang
   
PWD champion of the year Arthur Allad-iw
   
Q  
Quarantine hobbies of the year

Urban gardening, baking, cooking, bingeing on K-dramas

   
R  
Rabbit-turned-turtle of the year Converge
   
Racers of the year Errand delivery riders
   
Railroaded of the year

Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020

   
'Realtors' of the year Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines
   
Receipts of the year Screenshots
   
Refurbished of the year Lion's head
   
Regional directors of the year

Albert Mogol of OCD, Cameron Odsey of DA, and Myrna Pablo of DTI

   
Regulated of the year Social gatherings
   
Rejuvenated of the year Tourist and recreational sites
   
Religious youth project of the year Dap-ay and ecumenical cross of Kiltepan, Sagada
   
Resigned of the year PhilHealth president Ricardo Morales
   
Resilient industry of the year Business process outsourcing
   
Retirees of the year

Pros. Elmer Manuel Sagsago, Gen. Camilo Cascolan, Gen. Benjamin Lusad

   
Revised system of the year Barter
   
Revival of the year Nutri bun
   
Ritual of the year Forcha of Tinglayan, Kalinga
   
S  
Sablay of the year Harry Roque
   
Sales of the year 10/10, 11/11, and 12/12
   
Sardines of the year Ligo Sardines
   
Seafoods provider of the year The Shrimps Pirate
   
Senior Police Commissioned Officers of the year

Col. Elmer E. Ragay of Benguet Police Provincial Office and Col. Allen Rae Co of Baguio City Police Office

   
Settled of the year Decades-old boundary disputes
   
Sidelined politician of the year

Alan Peter Cayetano

   
Silent benefactor group of the year

Association of Cordillera Contractors for Regional Development

   
Singer for-a-cause of the year Caesar Salcedo
   
Social occasion of the year Mañanita
   
Spiderman of the year Patrolman Julius Walang
   
Spiller of the year

Magat Dam

   
Staged of the year

Teachers on rooftop getting data signal and swimming to deliver modules

   
Staples of the year PPEs, disinfectants, body temperature check, WiFi connection
   
Station of the year

Station of the year

   
Sticker of the year

RFID

   
Strawberry farmer of the year Solomon Lang-ay
   
Stressful of the year Vague modules and instructions
   
Super lolo of the year 106-year-old from Baguio who survived Covid-19
   
Surfaced but hiding again of the year Bikoy
   
Survivors of the year Gamblers
   
Suspended of the year Face-to-face classes
   
Sweet 'treat' of the year "Pastillas" for entry into the Philippines of fugitives from China
   
Symptom of the year No taste
   
T  
Tampered with of the year Food pass signages
   
Target of the year Flattening the Covid-19 curve
   
Threatened environmentalist of the year UP Prof Deign Soriano
   
Threatened monument of the year Anti-Chico Dam heroes shrine in Tinglayan, Kalinga
   
Transferred of the year PUJ terminals
   
Transition of the year New normal
   
U  
Unaccounted of the year Donations from international organizations
   
Unapologetic of the year

China

   
Unnecessary bill of the year Renaming of NAIA to Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas
   
Unparliamentary remark of the year "You are not my proctor."
   
Unpopular government action of the year Red-tagging of celebrities
   
Unwanted comeback of the year PCSO
   
Unwanted visitors of the year RTVM crew and film and TV director Joyce Bernal
   
V  
Vandalized artwork of the year Mural painting at Marcoville barangay
   
Villains of the year Certain PhilHealth officials and Bureau of Immigration people
   
VIPs of the year Personalities who got priority testing for Covid-19
   
Visa of the year Quarantine pass
   
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Weaving promoter of the year Lucia Capuyan-Catanes of Narda's
   
Weird advertisement of the year RC Cola commercial
   
Whereabouts unknown of the year former city mayor Jun Labo
   
Whistleblower of the year Thorrsson Keith
   
Witty of the year The Artekdote
   
Woman civic leader of the year Dona Digna Rosario
   
Women of the year Vice President Leni Robredo, U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Taiwan President Chai Ling Wen, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Adern, Finland Prime Minister Sanna Marin, Iceland Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir, Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel
   
Word of the year Bagtit
   
Work arrangement of the year Work from home
   
SPORTS NOMINATIONS 2020
 
 
Baguio basketball player of the year Zak Gumaya
Baguio footballer of the year Eloiza Fagsao
Baseball team of the year

Sagada's Ganduyan Bucks

Basketball loss of the year

Kobe Bryant

Bike trail venue of the year The Ridge in  Ambassador, Tublay
Boxing promoter of the year

Brico Santig

Chess promoter of the year

Norway Lara and Santi Bugnosen

Comeback event of the year

Ronda Pilipinas

Dancer of the year

Karen Anton

Female golfer of the year Yuka Saso
Female tarzan of the year 2nd Lt. Mary Rose M. Alda
Kickboxing loss of the year

Master Manny Sanidad

Local football loss of the year Beatrice Luna
Longest drive of the year Bianca Pagdanganan
Longest MMA champion of the year

Stephen Loman

Most improved golfers of the year

Max Sumeg-ang Jr. and Arnold Tolding

MTB course of the year

Loakan, Baguio City

Never say die of the year

Eduard Folayang

New job of the year

Boxers turned porters

Olympics-bound of the year

Irish Magno

ONE Champion of the year Joshua Pacio
Outdoor event of the year Virtual runs
Outdoor sports organizer of the year Virago Bike and Run Events
Rising sports of the year Golf
Soccer loss of the year Diego Maradona
Sports artist of the year Harold Banario
Sports innovation of the year Bubble
Sports patrons of the year

Guiller Galwan and Mike Lawana

Sports vloggers of the year

Darwin Miller Dep-ay and Brico Santig

Suspended of the year Fil-Am Golf Tournament
Tandem of the year Tiger and Charlie Woods
Virtual racer of the year Iñigo Anton
Virtual taekwondo players of the year Jeordan Dominguez and Kobe Macario
     


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