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by Cristina B Villanueva, UP Baguio archivist
Scope and Contents Notes
The papers of Mr. Augustus U. Saboy were donated to the UP Baguio Cordillera/Northern Luzon Archives on May 7, 2010 by his son, Scott, a faculty member of UP Baguio’s College of Arts and Communication. Mr. Saboy’s papers consist mostly of documents on the Kalinga bodong and pagta, the indigenous peace and conflict settlement process; and papers on Cordillera autonomy.
The Saboy collection is contained in 5 boxes.
Augustus Saboy, Gus as he is fondly called, was a Tinguian born on May 3, 1928 in Balbalasang, Balbalan, Kalinga. He received his BS Education degree from the Silliman University (1953) and his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Baguio Colleges Foundation (1963) where he also attended 2 years of law school.
Gus Saboy is a journalist by profession having worked in various capacities as news reporter, editor, correspondent, and writer in both print and broadcast media in government as well as private organizations. Among the media outfit he worked for are The Baguio Midland Courier, Philippine News Service, Philippine News Agency, Baguio Daily Vibrations, The Highland Sentinel and Radyo ng Bayan.
He served as executive assistant of the Office of the Governor, provincial secretary, provincial administrator and provincial planning and development coordinator of Kalinga Apayao. He was appointed as Bureau Chief of the Philippine News Agency in 1984 and station manager of the Radyo ng Bayan Kalinga-Apayao in 1986. In 1989 he was designated provincial executive officer of the Cordillera Bodong Administration. He also served as Executive Director of the Cordillera Executive Board.
A known scholar and student of Cordillera history, he has written numerous articles on Cordillera historical and cultural topics. He was an active participant in the peace process of the Cordillera. His integrity, long stint and broad and multifaceted experiences in both the public and private service has earned him the respect and trust of peoples and leaders of the Cordillera.
Gus was married to Antalia Magkachi Saboy, a retired DECS Education Supervisor, with whom he had 4 children.