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Friday, November 17, 2017

Team Lakay has new world champion - Stephen Loman wins title shot at Brave Combat Federation


Photo Credit: Mark Sangiao Fb page.
Baguio City - The games is not over yet for Baguio's most decorated MMA team - Team Lakay as Stephen Loman brings home the glory as the first Bantamweight world Champion in the recently concluded event last November 17 in the Kingdom of Bahrain dubbed Brave 9: The Kingdom of Champions. 


In showcase of skills, dedication and power, "The Sniper" Loman defeated his opponent, Gurdashan Mangat in the first round via TKO sealing his new record as the First Brave Bantamweight Champion. 



Loman is the first Asian who compete in Brave Combat Federation, the largest mixed martial arts promotion in Bahrain that started September 2016 by Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa. 


"The Sniper" has now added another win in his professional career. One of his winning fights was when he defeated one of the sparring partners of Conor McGregor, Frans Mlambo in the same Brave Combat Federation promotion last year

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Cordillera now the safest place in the country - Crime rate hits all time low

Cordillera - The Police Regional Office - Cordillera Plans and Operations Division has presented report on the average monthly crime index rate of Cordillera that has decreased compared to last year making Cordillera one of the safest place in the Philippines. 


In the police report, the average monthly  crime rate decreased by 36.72 percent with only eight incidents per 100,000 population compared to last year with 19 incidents per 100,000 population.

Police Regional Office - Cordillera Plans and Operations Division head Superintendent Homer Penecilla said that "the number of incidents in the region did not only decrease, but the solution of these cases had also increased".

Mauricio Domogan, Regional Peace and Order Council and Regional Development Council Chairman regards the decrease of crimes to the successful effort and teamwork of the Philippine National Police Cordillera (PNP), Philippine Armed Forces (AFP) together with the cooperation of the people in the community who work closely with authorities in maintaining peace and order in the region. 

Domogan also said that this marvelous accomplishment will serve as motivation and inspiration to all concerned citizens living in the region to keep working with the authorities especially the police and the Armed forces to continue improving the peace and order situation.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Russian transport companies want to build light metro rail for Baguio and La Trinidad

Cordillera, - Are Baguio City and La Trinidad going to have their first metro rail?

Well, according to Palace spokesperson Harry Roque , Russia is eyeing transportation and energy deals with the Philippines and that there are Russian companies wanting to invest in transportation projects for Baguio and La Trinidad. 

"Putin said that the bilateral relationship between the Philippines and Russia is positive and constructive. Russians would like to do trade with the Philippines. There are Russian companies wanting to invest in transportation, including a subway, and he even made particular mention on the interest to build a light metro rail for Baguio and La Trinidad," said Harry Roque on The Manila Times.

Roque, however, had not given further details about the plan and said agreements would be signed during the 31st ASEAN summit in Manila.

The said project is an alternative mode of public transportation to ease traffic and address pollution problem in Baguio City and La Trinidad, and also boost tourism and economic activity that will surely benefit many residents.

It can be recalled that the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the University of the Philippines - National Center for Transportation Studies (UP-NCTS) with the partnership of The Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC) completed the feasibility study on the deployment of a locally made mass transportation system technology called Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) system designed for Baguio City and La Trinidad. 

The project is capable of ferrying about 720 passengers in a 5.2 kilometer railway from Baguio to La Trinidad through the Balili River, according to the feasibility study conducted by DOST.

The estimated cost for the proposed AGT system is Php1.348 billion including six 120 seat coaches valued at Php66 million per coach, the cost of the elevated track valued at Php1.122 billion and four stations worth Php 160 million.

The projected annual revenue if the AGT is fully operational would start at Php 86.6 billion and would grow up to P159 billion for a 10-year period. 

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Martin Nguyen shows compassion to Edward Folayang after KO, sends a heartfelt message and calls him a brother

Nguyen worried and holds Folayang's hand. Photo Credit || ONE Championship

Baguio City - It was a shocking night to the Filipino fans especially to the Cordillerans seeing their champion knocked out cold inside the octagon.
Last night bout between two champions Martin Nguyen and Eduard Folayang proved sports favors only one and that Nguyen deserves the victory. It was a good fight for both of them showcasing the bests of their boxing power and skill though Folayang got caught with a surprised right hand counter hook from Nguyen after delivering his spinning heel kick in the second round.

But Nguyen's reaction after Folayang laid on the canvas shows the true color of a champion. He didn't go for an immediate celebration like most winners do but Nguyen immediately rushed and knelled down beside Folayang to make sure he was okay. 

Nguyen tried to lift Folayang's head to make sure he was okay but the ringside doctor and the referees move him away. Video from One Championship's FB page showed Nguyen went to the other side and holds Folayang's hand like a true friend.

In the post fight interview, Nguyen admitted he doesn't want to see Eduard in that kind of situation because they were good friends.

"Look, honestly, it really hurt. I never ever, ever want to see someone I like, or some I know go through that... I just couldn't help but have little hard feeling for Eduard when he got knocked out." Martin said.

He also sends a heartfelt message to the Filipino champ and wish him to recover well and come back stronger.

"Eduard, I still love you like a brother, I hope you're fine and I hope and you come back stronger. I'm still your number one fan.

The November 10th One Championship bout in Manila has caused many Filipino fans both happy and sad.

For the Cordilleran fans and Team Lakay, it was a victory 3 - 0. Kevin Belingon, Jushua Pacio and Gina Iniong got the victory on their side, while Eduard Folayang and undefeated Danny Kingad suffered loss.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

The fight is on: Cordilleran fighters VS the World at ONE Championship: Legends of the World

Photo Credit: One Championship
Baguio City - A night of Legends is set for tonight's  boxing match as two world reigning title holders will collide inside the octagon, one to defend and one to capture at One Championship:Legends of the World.

ONE lightweight champion Eduard "The Landslide" Folayang will defend his title against featherweight champion Martin "The Situ-Asian" Nguyen.

Martin Nguyen is hungry for another world title and dared to challenge the Igorot martial arts superstar Eduard Folayang of Team Lakay for the ONE Lightweight World Championship in the main event of ONE: Legend of the World tonight a the Mall of Asia Arena.

But the Igorot champion is ready and motivated to defend not only his name as the tiltleholder but also his division.

"Papasukin yung division ko, so as much as possible, you are not only defending your name but also your division," Folayang said in an interview.

The much awaited MMA bout will also feature three other fighters from the Cordillera under Team Lakay.

Co-main events will also feature Danny "King" Kingad who will be challenging One Championship flyweight king Adriano Moraes from Brazil.

22-year-old Kingad is a professional MMA fighter with and unbeaten record and dreams to become a world champion someday.

"This has been my dream for such a long time. All the opponents I have faced have brought me to this moment. All my experience has led me to this. Every athlete dreams of becoming a world champion, and now I have the opportunity." Kingad said.

Another exciting Igorot fighters lined up for the One Championship event are Kevin "The Silencer" Belingon, who will go head-to-head with Kevin Chung for the Bantamweight division and Joshua Pacio vs Roy Doliquez.

Also in the undercard is the only Igorota fighter on the lists Gina Iniong who will be fighting Priscilla Lumban of Indonesia.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Baguio City included in the lists of UNESCO designated Creative Cities in 2017

Cordillera - Baguio City, the summer capital of the Philippines has been named a UNESCO Creative City for its leadership in craft and folk arts using technology. 

This designation affirms that the city is an international hub for craft and folks arts innovation and inspiration. It shows the world that Baguio is an international hotspot in arts and craft aside from being one of the famous tourist spots in the country. 

The city now joins 64 cities from 44 countries that have been designated as UNESCO Creative Cities working together towards "placing creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their development plans at the local level and co-operating actively at the international level," according to the website.



Some of the known advocates of cultural arts and craft in the city are Baguio Arts Guild, Bencab Museum, Museo Kordillera, Garden Theater, Ili-Likha, Maryknoll Pitak, Vocas, Pasa Kalye,  Easter Weaving Center, Narda's traditional weaving and Asin Village Woodcarving,

Baguio City is now the 5th Southeast Asia city that make it to the exclusive group joining Phuket, Thailand, Pakalongan and Badung in Indonesia and the city state of Singapore. 

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) is a UNESCO project that started in 2004 aims in promoting cooperation among cities to promote creative industries, strengthen participation in cultural life, and integrate into sustainable urban development policies.

As of this moment, there are already a total of 180 members of the Creative Cities Network from 72 countries around the world. 

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Fil-am YouTuber Wil Dasovich tries famous Igorot bacon "ETAG" of Sagada

Wil Dasovich bites etag: Photo: Screen-grab | Abs Cbn
Cordillera,- Filipino-American vlogger Wil Dasovich visited Sagada and tried the famous Igorot native dish called "etag"  in the new released episode of Kuya Kim's Matanglawin show of Abs Cbn.


Dasovich has learned a lot of things in the making of etag, starting from the preparation of the meat, salting, smoking and of course the eating.

He also tries the etag pizza which is a modern twist of the etag as an additional toppings to the pizza.

"Etag" or "Innasin" to the kankanaey and "kinuday" to the Ibaloi is basically a salted pork or smoked bacon which is regarded as part of the Cordilleran culture of preserving meat food. It is initially prepared by salting the freshly sliced slab of pork and then curing it through either sun-drying or smoking.

Sun-drying and smoking require a minimum amount of time to achieve the desired texture of the etag, usually around three to four hours until the meat is fully dehydrated.

The method of preserving meat done by the Igorots is a unique way of storing meat food in order to last longer.

In the show, Dasovich also visited the hanging coffins, one of the top tourist destinations in Sagada and learn the way Igorot ancestor bury their dead.

Watch the episode below:



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Friday, October 27, 2017

Memorial Wall in honor to fallen Cordilleran cops and soldiers mulled

Cordillera - The city council of Baguio is proposing a plan to build a memorial wall in Burnham Park to honor  the brave soldiers and policemen who sacrifice their lives for Marawi and other parts of the country. 

An ordinance filled by Councilor Edgar Avilla this week aims to commemorate the "service rendered by members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) whose roots are in the City of Baguio and the Cordillera region who have been killed in action (KIA) in the war against terrorism in Mindanao and other parts of the country."


"The time is now ripe for the city to pay homage to the Igorots who were killed in action by installing a memorial wall with the names of the deceased inscribed in the memorial wall, and a bust depicting combat shoes to emphasize that our soldiers and policemen died literally with their boots on," Avilla said. 

Inscribed in the memorial walls are eight names of Cordilleran warriors who passed away serving their duty to protect the country. They are: 

  • Police Chief Inspector Fredie Manuel Solar - Baguio City ( Solar was the first casualty in the war in Marawi).
  • Corporal Benito Serrano - Conner, Apayao
  • Private First Class Gener Tinangag - Barlig, Mountain Province
  • Police Officer 3 Alexis Mangaldan - Bangued, Abra
  • PO1 Moises Kimayong Jr. - Lagawe, Ifugao
  • Corporal Nelson Wailan - Tabuk, Kalinga
  • PO2 Daniel Tegwa - Bauko, Mountain Province
  • PFC Jethro Estacio - Banaue, Ifugao




The proposed memorial wall will be in black granite with benches and flower beds around it to add serenity and solemnity to the memorial, Avilla described. 

Earlier this year, a monument was built at Lepanto National High School ground in Mankayan to honor the fallen Special Action Force (SAF) who were killed in a botched operation in Maguindanao. 

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Cordilleran soldiers sought-after in Mindanao because "they are full of courage and they don't complain" - PCOO Asec Banaag

PCOO Asec Marie Banaag. | Photo @ PCOO
Baguio City - Presidential Communication Operation Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Marie Banaag recognized the gallantry of Cordilleran soldiers in liberating Marawi City in the hands of the Maute terrorists.

In a radio interview, Banaag expressed gratitude to the soldiers who fought until the end to liberate Marawi.

"We are grateful to our fellow Igorots who did not leave Marawi and fought until the end to help the liberation of Marawi," Banaag said.


She also said that both Cordillerans and non-Cordillerans are talking about the bravery of the Igorots and they want them in Mindanao because of their attitude.

"They want Cordillerans in Mindanao because they don't complain and they are always full of courage. Everytime I am in Mindanao, I always see officials who are Cordillerans and the non-Cordillerans talking about the bravery of the Igorots. Everything about my being a Cordilleran, goes out to them," Banaag added.

READ ALSO: Memorial Wall in honor to fallen Cordilleran cops and soldiers mulled

Banaag works in Malacanang as the Communications Assistant Secretary of the present Duterte Administration. Part of her work is to hold media press briefing for the President when Secretary Martin Andanar and Spokesperson Ernesto Abella are not available.

Earlier, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Eduardo Año also expressed his gratitude and lauded the Cordilleran warriors  of their bravery. Most of the concluding fights against the terrorists were fought by them who belongs to the Special Operation Command and the Scout Ranger Company. 

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

AFP chief of staff Eduardo Año commends brave Cordilleran warriors in Marawi

Cordillera - No less than the Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Eduardo Año praises the soldiers from Cordillera who were part of the assault team that targets the Maute leaders leading to eventual liberation of Marawi City.

In his own words, Año recognized the ultimate sacrifice of the Cordilleran warriors during the final battle to neutralize Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute.

"The Philippine Government will forever be grateful to the Cordillera Warriors who gave the ultimate sacrifice and who were part of the striking force that finally killed the Isis inspired leaders Maute and Hapilon," Año said.

The final push towards the liberation of Marawi presented great challenge to Filipino soldiers specially to the Cordilleran Warriors because of the enemy's firm to protect their last stronghold. This leads to the loss of many of the Cordilleran soldiers.

"We are saddened with the loss of our brave soldiers specially our Cordillera Warriors belonging to the Special Operation Command and the Scout Ranger Company who led the daily assault against the Isis leaders and eventually liberated Marawi," General Año said.


Año also extends condolences and to the families of the soldiers and express gratitude for their service to the country.

"To the relatives of the Cordillera Warriors, we extend our sincerest condolences, thanks and gratitude for their service to the country of these brave Cordilleran Warriors. Rest assured that the country will always treat them as our heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice to attain peace for the people of Marawi," Año added.
The government has listed 155 soldiers including policemen who were killed in Marawi while almost a thousand casualties from the side of the terrorist group Maute.
The Cordilleran Warriors of Marawi. Photo Credit: Harley Palangchao FB page



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