- by Joel Rodriguez Dizon
The former Baguio colleges Foundation (BCF) is now a uni-
versity. The old main building at right is dwarfed by the new
EDS bulding at left. I took this photo from the balcony of SM.
This is where it all started for Baguio Colleges Foundation
(BCF) which has been renamed University of the Cordilleras
(UC). This is Antipolo Building which now houses the Rural
Bank of Baguio and the famous Teahouse
"No doctor's diagnosis can scare me, I am a collector of incurable diseases," he boasted as he pushed past 70,"the only incurable disease I still don't have is AIDS--but give me time...!" He predicted he would outlive all his doctors. As true as that is, that prediction is probably his most inaccurate. It was way off.
He did not only outlive his doctors, he outlived himself. Many years after he died, the legacy of this great man continues to live and breathe in every lawyer, engineer, architect, accountant, teacher and nurse that graduates from the University of the Cordilleras. They all caught a "pioneering virus" from him. When they go home to their hometowns and see another bleak unpromising frontier, they will see a bright future for these towns as Benjamin Salvosa did for Baguio City in 1947.