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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Igorot Warrior Stephen Loman retains belt, remains Brave Bantamweight King

Baguio City - Brave Combat Federation Bantamweight champion Stephen Loman successfully defended his Brave CF Bantamweight title in a rematch against Frans Mlambo in the main event in Northern Ireland, Saturday night. 

29-year-old Loman used series of takedowns and implemented multiple rear-naked choke against Mlambo who had landed clean shots earlier during the fight. 

The fight on Saturday had Loman improved his record to 10-2. 

Loman thanked his family, friends and supporter after the fight. 

Read Also: Kevin Belingon vs. Martin Nguyen fight to happen in July 2018.

"I would like to thanked all my family and friends who are here to my fight and cheer for me. Thank you thank you so much. It was a big support for me," victorious Loman said. 

Last November 2018, Loman was the new champion in the world of mixed martial arts following his victory over Gurdashan Mangat in the inaugural Brave Combat Federation bantamweight title at the Khalifa Sports City Arena in Isa Town Bahrain. 

Thursday, June 7, 2018

PMA opens slots for aspiring cadets. Click for more info

Photo Courtesy: Philippine Military FaceBok
Baguio City - The Philippine Military Academy (PMA) is accepting applications for those who wanted to become cadets. 

In its Facebook Page, announcement was posted for those aspiring to be a cadet this year. 

Applicants can apply in their website at and just fill out the online application form and upload their High School/SHS Form 137 or Form 138 and PSA copy of Birth Certificate in PDF format. 

Application can also be made via mail. Applicants must secure a copy of PMA application form, fill it out then mail it together with their  High School/SHS Form 137 or Form 138 and PSA copy of Birth Certificate and send them to this address:

The Director

Office of Cadet Admission
Philippine Military Academy
Fort del Pilar, Baguio City 2602

Applicants must be at least 17 years old, but not more than 22 years old on the reporting date. 

Height requirement for both male and female applicants must be 5 feet tall. 

Applicants should be a natural born Filipino citizens, physically fit and of good moral character, with no past or pending administrative or criminal charges. They should also be senior high school graduates with a general average of at least 85 years old. 

They should also be single, never married, never had a child, not pregnant, or tied to a legal obligation to support a child.


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

GOOD NEWS: 30,000 indigent Cordillerans to get free college education

Cordillera - The office of the Commission on Higher Education - Cordillera (CHED-CAR) has announced that around 30,000 poor members of the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in Cordillera region will benefit from the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act of 2017, according to Philippine News Agency. 

CHED-Cordillera Officer-In-Charge Ma. Geraldine Casipit told Philippine News Agency in an interview that the Republic Act (RA) 10931, also known as the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education will benefit the six major State and Colleges (SUCs) in the region. 

According to Casipit, the new law will save poor indigent family from financial burden like selling their farms just to get their children to colleges and universities. 

"Sa ilang taos kong pag-stay dito sa Cordillera, napansin ko kasi na napakaraming miyembro ng IP dito sa Cordillera na nangangailangan ng tulong pinansyal. So sobrang kahirapan, hindi sila makapag-ral. Pero sa initiative ni Pangulong Duterte, marami talaga ang matutulongan," Casipit said. 

State Colleges and Universities that can accommodate Free College Education for poor indigent Cordillerans are: 

Ifugao State University - Ifugao Province
Mountain Province State Polytechnic College - Mt. Province
Kalinga State University - Kalinga
Benguet State University - Benguet Province
Abra State Institute of Science and Technology - Abra Province
Apayao State College - Apayao Province.  

Each SUC, according to Casipit, has an estimated 5,000 students who will benefit from the free tuition, but that could change depending on the students passing the admission requirements and SUC's carrying capacity. 

source || PNA


Monday, May 28, 2018

Sing Along: Kankanaey country version of Ed Sheeran's Perfect by Manasi Wakit

Cordillera - Ed Sheeran's Perfect - the number one song of all time that every music lovers loves to sing. The song is so popular all over the world that it reaches even the mountains of Cordillera.

Cordillerans do love the song to the point that they want it blend with the country tune. There is no problem singing the song with a country style however, would it be better if the lyrics are in local dialect which can be understood by all. In fact, listening to a song that you understand will help you you grasp the meaning of the song.

A local singer who is a fan of country music had composed a kankana-ey version of Perfect. With his acoustic guitar and his Alan Jackson-sound-like voice, he recorded his own version of Perfect and uploaded it on Facebook.

Here is the original kankana-ey version of Ed Sheeran's Pefect written and sung by Manasi Wakit

Waday babae ay inam-amuk
Kadwaana kanu sak-en sin biag na
Na-anus ya nasingpet
Sik-a gayam manseseed ken sak-en

An-anak ta dedan sin idi
Enka enggay man-ay-ayam
Adi ta pay amuy kanan da ay layad
Adak itulok ed niman
Ay adi nikan magayem
Sak-en ya sik-a et manbagbagay

Enta et mansala ay dwa
Uray manbolinget isnan sala-an
Mandengdenge sin kankanta
Kanam adam nanporma
Ngem kanak ed dibale sa
Tan san rupam et perfet para'n sak-en

Sinay ay babae
Napigsa di nemnem na
Ay manplanu's amin ay pansay-atan mi
Uray narigat unu nanam-ay lak-amen mi
Mantinulong sya din amagen mi

An-anak ta dedan sin idi
Enka enggay man-ay-ayam
Adi ta pay amuy kanan da ay layad
Awatem nan takay ko
Sak-en di lalaki si biyag mo
Sik-a abey babais ek laylayden

Enta et mansala ay dwa
Uray manbolinget isnan sala-an
Mandengdenge sin kankanta
Idi nailak san badom
Bagbagay mo ay pirmi
Tan san rupam et perfet para'n sak-en

Enta et mansala ay dwa
Uray manbolinget isnan sala-an
Mandengdenge sin kankanta
Edwani nailak sik-a
Naragsak nan rikna ta
Tay dwa ta, Sik-a et perfect
Naragsak di riknak tan perfect ka para'n sak-en

You can sing along with Manasi in his recorded song here.

Background Photo: ESC Insight

Sunday, May 27, 2018

One featherweight champion Martin Nguyen wants to fight Igorot MMA figther Kevin Belingon in the ring

Photo Courtesy: ONE Championship
ONE Championship crowned featherweight champion Martin "The Situ-Asian" Nguyen revealed that he would love to share a ring with Kevin "The Silencer" Belingon of Team Lakay. 

In an interview by ONE championship, the 29-year-old Nguyen would want to return again in the ring this coming ONE:REIGN OF KINGS scheduled on 27 July in Manila. 

Nguyen said he would like to fight the Igorot warrior for the interim title or number one contender spot. 

He believed that a match with Belingon would make an exciting main event considering that both of their styles are similar and MMA fans would love to watch them. 

"Honestly, he deserves nothing but the best. He has taken out top contenders in devastating fashion. He is the one who deserves the title shot next. Belingon has to stay active, because he has to put food on the table for his family, and he needs to fight. If there is anyone to step up againts Belingon, other than myself, I cannot really say who," said Nguyen. 

Nguyen is one of ONE Championship's biggest stars. He had defeated two of the best fighters Marat Gafurov and Eduard Folayang and crowned champion in both the featherweight and the lightweight division. 

He has successfully defended his featherweight world title on 18 May against  Christian "The Warrior "Lee via split division. 

Belingon has proven he got the power and arsenal to grant the wish of Nguyen. Last April, Belingon demonstrated his skills and power when he obliterated his opponent with  relentless loads of ground and pound. 

Now that a desire for a match up is asked by Nguyen who happened to knocked out cold one of Belingon's Team Lakay mates Eduard Folayan, will he take notice to the call? 

--One Championship--

Thursday, May 10, 2018

8 Young Benguet Farmers Off to Japan to Learn New Farming Techniques

Cordillera - Eight young Benguet farmers were off to Japan on Wednesday for a three-year intensive on-farm training to learn new farming techniques, modern agricultural management skills and join in farm youth activities at the Farmers Cooperative of Ehime Prefecture and in Kochi Prefecture in Japan. 

According to Philippine News Agency the participants came from different municipalities of Benguet. They are Rufino Budoyan Jr. of Bokod; Francis Galuten and Gentar Manicawa, both of Mankayan; Rico Wakat of Sablan; Hardy Bua-eg of Bugias; Vincent Comila of Bakun; Arman Caris of Kapangan; and Febie Ann Mayames of Kibungan. 

The trainees will take the course that is part of the Young Filipino Farmers Training in Japan (YFFTPJ) Program which is conceived to provide training opportunities for young men and women engaged in agriculture to help improve Benguet's agriculture through exchanges in technology and farming methods. 
Office of the Provincial Agriculture (OPAG) supervising agriculturist Delinia Juan said the program will encourage young farmers into agriculture by helping them acquire new agricultural techniques, experience life in a foreign country, and strengthen their foreign language skills. 

When they return home, the trainees are expected to bring a new level of expertise that will assist them in their work and share with their fellow farmers in the provinces. 


Friday, May 4, 2018

Two boys in Sagada invented an improvised glass and bottle crusher received award

Photo Courtesy || Provincial Government of Mountain Province

Cordillera - They may be only elementary pupils, but these two kids have a brilliant mind of an inventor. 

Nixon L. Labian and Jimber Lee A. Camared of Sagada, Mt. Province just invented a treadle glass and bottle crusher that is capable of crushing bottles and broken glasses which are not usually accepted in most junk shop. The machine can be used to crushed bottle that can be mixed with cement according to Mt. Province PIO.

The crusher that was invented by Labian and Camared even got a nod from the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office. The office found that the crusher is a functional hand operated manual treadle glass and bottle crusher with pedal. The crusher is operated using a discarded bicycle attached to it with brace to make it steady and more durable. 

The machine is capable of crushing medicine bottles, broken glasses and other types of bottles. It can grind bottles that weigh about 2575 grams.  

Using a recycled ball mill, Labiang who was then in grade VI in school year 2016-2017 invented an improvised glass and bottle crusher. Last year, Camared introduced innovations to the prototype glass crusher by attaching a bicycle to function as a treadle. The treadle glass and bottle crusher entry of Banga-an Elementary School was able to garner the first place during last year's Regional Science and Math Festival - Elementary Category of the Department of Education held at La Trinidad, Benguet. 


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Labian and Camared are students of Banga-an Elementary School in Sagada. They were recognized by the Provincial Local Government Unit of Mountain Province for their ingenuity and effort in developing an improvised device that can contribute to the reduction of solid waste. 

Read Also: The best bread in the Philippines is found in Sagada

The provincial goverment of Mt. Province awarded them  with Certificates of Commendation and cash incentives of Php 2,500 each. 

source || Provincial Government of Mountain Province FB page.


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Former OFW wins new House and Lot Package at OWWA-CAR Labor Day Job Fair

Photo Courtesy || DOLE CAR
Baguio City - A former OFW was the luckiest job seeker of all time during the 2018 Labor Day Job Fair held at  Baguio City High School campus on Tuesday. 

25-year-old Joyce Mae Ridual couldn't believe about the blessing she had received during Labor Day, she just won a house and lot package. 

Ridual hit the jackpot of the House and Lot raffle promo sponsored by PAG-IBIG Fund drawn by the Department of Labor and Employment - Cordillera (CAR). 

According to Ridual, she wasn't aware of the raffle draw and was surprised when her number was called out and she was announced the winner of a house and lot. 

"Nung tinawag na iyung number, nagulat na lang po ako at saka iniisip ko po kanina, hindi ko ata nasulatan yung ticket, iyun pala wala palang name, number lang pala. Nung inaanounce na yung number ko, hindi pa rin ako makapaniwal," Ridual said.

Ridual credited the Almighty God for winning the jackpot because she believed it's God's will and winning it is not a luck. She said that right before the draw, she walked to the Baguio Cathedral and said a prayer. 

Not only that, Ridual was also hired on the spot for a nurse position overseas. According to the agency's recruitment officer, her credentials and experience of working in Riyadh for two years are enough to qualify her for the job. 

During the whole day Labor Day event, there were 3,824 job seeker who applied for work and only 544 were lucky to be hired on the spot according to 


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

New fossil discovery in Kalinga suggests early humans lived in the Philippines 700,000 years ago

Cordillera - A new discovery by a team of Filipino, French and Dutch scientists have shown evidence suggesting the presence of the so-called archaic humans in the island of Southeast Asia 400,000 years ago before our known species Homo Sapiens even existed, according to a new article published in Nature.

The new evidence which was excavated in Kalinga of the Cagayan valley of Northern Luzon shows  rhino bones and stone tools. Scientists found marks on the bones that indicates sharp-edge tools were used in butchering rhinos and removing flesh and fats from the bones. 

Mike Morley, an archaeologist from the University of Wollongong in Australia said on Gizmodo that the marks on the bones were signs of butchery by unknown species of hominins. 

"The stones tools and the cut marks on the bones certainly point to a butchery site, with the bone being fractured and scored presumably during the dismembering of the animal, leaving characteristics signs of this butchery on the bones; the hominins who did this remain unknown, however, as there are no hominins bones associated with the archaeological material and fossils", Morley said

But researchers were not able to determine what species  of rhino hunters and tool-makers had inhabited Luzon long time ago due to the lack of hominin fossils in the site.

If the age of the fossils which is around 700,000 years ago would be the basis, Thomas Ingicco who lead the Kalinga site discovery said Homo Erectus who seems to have been present on those years may be the tool-makers because these species were present all over those years in Asia. 

Where did these hominins come from and how did they come to Luzon? The teams conclude that hominins of some kind must have come originally from Borneo to the southwest or from Taiwan to the north and they could have used some sort of watercraft.

Scientists led Ingicco also uncovered different bones belonging to a species of brown deer, monitor lizards, freshwater turtles and stegodons - a kind of extinct mammal similar to elephants and mammoths.

Using different dating techniques like the electron-spin resonance methods, archaeologists were able to date the bones to be around 777,000 to 631,000 years ago. 

source || theConversation ||


Monday, April 30, 2018

LOOK: High-tech Areal Spraying Drone tested in La Trinidad Farms

Photo source || Manny Pinol FB
Cordillera - Benguet farmers will soon get into using cutting edge technology such as areal drones when it comes to spraying their crops as the Department of Agriculture (DA) successfully tested a remote-controlled drones which is capable of spraying vegetables from above. 

According to DA Secretary Manny Piñol five thousand hectares of vegetable farms in Buguias town and other selected towns of Benguet Province will serve as the pilot area of the newest farming technology which the department of Agriculture is adopting. 

The areal spraying drone was tested in vegetable farms in La-Trinidad witnessed by the Japanese Embassy and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) officials, Benguet Governor Cresencio Pacalso and some curious vegetables farmers. 

DA Sec. Piñol said the use of drone technology in farm operation will be the fist time the Department is utilizing. 

He also said the farms in the Cordillera Region is ideal for the said technology because most of these are carved out of the mountains and the task of going up and down to spray the crops is costly to farmers. 

Agricultural drone technology has been improving in the last few years and many farmers are ready to adopt the use of it in improving their farm productivity. 

Drone applications in farming can range from surveying and mapping to cropdusting and spraying. 

Areal Spraying Drones can carry tanks of fertilizers and pesticides in order to spray crops located in higher elevated slope where traditional spraying method is hard to operate. The use of areal drones can also protect the farmers who spray crops manually from the risk of potential pesticide exposure. 


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