The Cañao

Current Cañao Masthead.

Current Cañao Masthead.


A Celebration of Service

Our official club bulletin has been called The Cañao. The word “cañao” (pronounced as kan-yau) is actually the local term for the ritual-dance performed during native feasts or celebrations in the highlands of the Cordilleras–in the Luzon area of the Philippines. Depicted in our Cañao emblem (above), are a number of human figures in deep concentration–absorbed in ritual dance.

The attention, focus, commitment and unity of our club’s members is symbolized by the dancing figures, in celebration or expectation of a bountiful harvest; much as we actually do as Rotarians–in anticipation of the joy derived from public service to the community–always coupled with fellowship. Hence, the sub-title “A Celebration of Service.”

A new Cañao issue is released every Saturday, in conjunction with the Saturday, lunchtime meeting of the RCB. The club meets at the Baguio Country Club every Saturday at 12:30 to 2:20 PM; our venue is usually at the PowerHouse Building, unless prior notice is given. It is a continuing tradition to always start our club meetings promptly on time. Visitors and guests are always welcome to join us.

RCBaguio history records have it, that our club bulletin was originally called “The Baguio Canao.” It started as a fortnightly publication in August 1938 with Rtn. Percy Warner “PW” Tinan as editor-in-chief. Only in July 1968, when Rtn. Ricardo “Carding” Paraan took over as EIC, did it become a weekly publication. Most of our earlier weekly editions were mimeographed prints, superimposed over pre-printed brown-red mastheads. The ingenuity of our forebears can readily be seen as one goes over our Cañao archives… Indeed, a learning experience in itself.

The Cañao emblem has been in use since our official weekly bulletin was started. In our earlier years, it has even been used and referred to as our RCB logo.

Cañao emblem circa 2001.

Cañao emblem circa 2001.

The figure at left was the much larger version of the emblem as created by Rotarian Jody Alabanza in 2001.

It was only in 2005 when the design was color-rendered and reduced to the smaller one we have today. The update was made (by the 2005 EIC), in tandem with the release of an official RCB logo which was accepted by our members.