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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Camilo Lammawin, Sr.

[Note: This is part of my continuing project to make available to the public historical documents about Kalinga written by the late Kalinga journalist, Augustus “Gus” Ulat Saboy (AUS).  One of Lammawin’s sons,Milnar was a Judge who was once groomed to run for Congress but was unfortunately murdered.  Milnar’s younger brother,   Camilo Jr., served as the first city mayor of Tabuk  sms]

Camilo Lammawin, 59, 
K-A Congressional Candidate Killed
By Augustus Ulát Sabóy (ca. 1969)

Former Kalinga Deputy Governor Camilo Lammawin, one of Kalinga’s established leaders was killed in a vehicular accident in Pinukpuk last Sunday night, according to sketchy reports received in Baguio City last Tuesday. He was 59 years old.

Lammawin was one of the 12 candidates for Congress in the lone district of Kalinga-Apayao. He was running as an Independent candidate.

Born on February 24, 1910 at Magnao, Tabuk, Kalinga-Apayao, Lammawin was among the few Kalinga natives encouraged to go to school because of his promising brilliance in grade school.  After his elementary education, he was sent to the University of the Philippines High School in Manila where he graduated in 1932.  Subsequently, he enrolled at the Far Eastern University for his associate in arts course which he completed in 1936.

While pursuing his college course, the late Assemblyman Saturnino Moldero discovered the talents of the young Camilo and later tapped him as his secretary in the Philippine Assembly.  After Moldero’s term, he engaged in business, mainly in mining during the “gold boom” and at the same time assisted government officials in charting plans for the opening of the once wild “Laya Valley,” now Tabuk, the rice granary of the Mountain Provinces.

During the war, he served with the USASFIP, NL as a soldier assigned with the 11th Infantry which fought in the Cagayan Valley and Eastern Mountain Province campaigns.

After the war, he served first as a military deputy governor for Kalinga and later as secretary of the Provincial Board of the Mountain Province from 1946-1947.

He was again appointed as deputy governor of Kalinga until he was requested by the late Congressman Juan M. Duyan to serve as his secretary in Congress.

When Duyan was elected provincial governor in 1967, Lammawin was appointed as provincial secretary until last March 15, 1969 when he resigned to accept the position of Philamlife Insurance supervisor for the province of Kalinga-Apayao.

After unsuccessfully entering the Kalinga leaders convention last August 27 which was held in Balbalan, he was urged by Kalinga leaders to run for Congress. He filed his certificate of candidacy in Manila on September 10, 1969 as an Independent Nacionalista.

Reports received from Tabuk said that he was on his campaign tour to Pinukpuk when he met his accident.  Six other companions in the vehicle they were riding were injured, the same report said.

Lammawin is survived by his wife, the former Narcisa Tolentino of Baguio City; children Milnar (16),  Evita (15), Fe (12), Camilo Jr. (10), and Florence (8); and his brothers, former Board Member Castro Lammawin and Orlindo, a public school teacher.

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6 Responses to Kalinga Hero: Camilo Lammawin Sr.

Evita Lammawin | May 17, 2010 at 10:21 am | Reply

It was very strange to read an article written 41 years ago especially about someone so close to my heart. I have been taken back in time and flooded with emotions which I thought was already part of history. A hero he was to me and my family. I have not known the impact he made to his beloved province until years later. Certainly a wonderful father and leader I’ve always looked up to. Hard to fill those shoes!!
My thanks to Gus for having written this article – and also to you who published it today so that it may be available to us and to our next generation and hopefully to inspire the future leaders of Kalinga.
scott saboy | May 17, 2010 at 11:00 am | Reply

wen manang, the Kalinga people owe a lot to apo Camilo Lammawin whose remarkable life story must be retold to my generation and the generations that will follow. there are a lot more Kalinga heroes/pangat whose inspiring lives must be written about and passed on, and i hope we uubbing will be able to write more on the matter.
Ruth Lammawin | June 26, 2010 at 1:07 am | Reply

Thank you for publishing this article about our uncle Camilo Lammawin Sr.,that was long time ago and i was maybe about 16 years old, and it reminds us good memories how good and loving he was, i can still remember whenever we go to Tabuk for weekends ( feeling like getaway from Babalag, parang papunta ng Manila ang pakiramadam ) whole family trip to be with cousins from the Reyes’s, Lammawin’s, Tubban’s, Alboreda’s and others and though uncle Camilo a very busy politician he still take time to mingle with us especially at mealtimes, and happy na kami when he shares his coins to us, lalo na we put our coins sa box ng posporo padamihan,mababa ang kaligayahan namin that time but we are happy, he took time to sit with us with ina Abbalin and let her sing Salidummay, we are so playful that time that we never thought that he will be gone that fast, he should have more works for the Kalingas but that’t life we never know our destiny, his life was too short for his dreams to uplift Kalinga, a good father and our hero, i hope our next generation will follow his step and Camilo jr. is one of them and we are proud for him.Hope to read more Kalinga Heros nexttime:
scott saboy | June 28, 2010 at 7:21 am | Reply

manang Ruth, thanks for sharing with us your memories of apo Lammawin. i will be posting some more articles on noted Kalinga pangats in the next few months. one of my current writing projects is “Kalinga’s Firsts” and I intend to work on Kalinga’s first judge, apo Francis Buliyat who is one of the advisers of the Baguio-based Kalinga Professionals and Residents Association (KALPRA). i wish can do write as much as I want to about Kalinga and its fine people but i still have a long list of academic work to finish :) napiya un algaw kan jakayo amin!
olindo lammawin jr | July 22, 2010 at 4:20 am | Reply

may i copy your link and post it on my facebook account? I would like to post it on the kalinga group account i created.
scott saboy | July 22, 2010 at 7:20 am | Reply

sure sir, and thanks for the visit! :)