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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Cordilleran Pride and Igorota Queen Ms. Joemay Leo vying for Miss World Philippines

Photo Courtesy: OfficialPage Joemay Leo FB Page
Cordillera - Moving up to the ladder, reigning Miss Cordillera Joemay Leo aims to be on the top spot  for the Miss World Philippines 2018. 

Joemay Leo, a proud Igorota from Tuba, Benguet will have this wonderful chance to showcase the Cordilleran culture and tradition to the world as she was included to the official list of candidates of this year's prestigious Miss World Philippines. 

A graduate from the University of Baguio, 22-year-old Leo has won numerous awards in the beauty pageants industry which includes Miss Tuba 2014, Miss Benguet 2014 first runner-up, Miss Baguio 2015 third runner up. 

Miss Leo is also the reigning Miss Cordillera and currently serving as SK Kagawad in her local Barangay.  

The Miss World Philippines is a beauty pageant in the country with a goal of selecting the country's representative for the Miss World contest. 

The pageant has officially begun and the competition will come alive on 7 October 2018 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in the Philippines. 

Winner of the contest will succeed the currently Miss World Philippines 2017 Laura Lehmann and will  be crowned as the Miss World Philippines 2018 and finally to represent the Philippines in the international beauty pageant. 


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Watch: Banaue Rice Terraces featured in National Geographic YT Channel

Cordillera - The National Geographic YouTube Channel has featured the scenic Banaue Rice Terraces of the Cordillera Region.

Published on September 1, 2018, the video has now over 44,000 views and counting. The channel described Banaue Rice Terraces as a preserved cultural landscape that was passed down for 2,000 years.

Here is the additional description from National Geographic:



"A living cultural landscape is nestled into the remote slopes of the Cordillera mountain range in the Philippines. It serves as an example of sustainable agriculture with traditional techniques. For 2,000 years the mountains of Ifugao province have been cultivated with terraced fields that climb thousands of feet. These fields, and the knowledge to farm them, have been passed down from generation to generation for centuries. They have long been central to the survival of the Ifugao peoples but they also occupy a central importance within their culture. Entire communities cooperate on seasonal systems of planting, pest control, and harvest. The coordinated efforts are tied to lunar cycles and sometimes accompanied with religious rituals. The UNESCO site encompasses five different clusters of rice terraces in the area. The Banaue Rice Terraces are the most famous of the lot. Banaue is approximately 230 miles north of Manila, and buses depart daily from the capital. It can take up to ten hours to make it up the mountainous terrain to the rice fields."
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video credit: National Geographic
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Friday, July 27, 2018

Belingon defeats Nguyen: Now the new Interim ONE Championship Bantamweight World Champion

Photo Credit: ONE Championship
Cordillera - Kevin Belingon of Team Lakay has earned a world title and gave the Philippines another boxing champion after defeating Martin Nguyen via Unanimous Decision last night at the Mall of Asia Arena in front of the Filipino crowd. Belingon is now the new Interim ONE Championship Bantamweight Word Champion. 

The whole five rounds was full of action as Belingon delivers 'fire and fury' of punches against Nguyen. With his speed and total aggression throughout all rounds while successfully evading Nguyen's take downs, Belingon has earned the winning scores from all the judges. 

Belingon keeps his stance as the aggressor, charging Nguyen with powerful shots although some of them were being eluded. Belingon came more dangerous at around mid time in the first round as he backed Nguyen with a thunderous flying kick.

Belingon's win last night has made the Philippines the only country with the most world championship wins in ONE Championship. He has also joined his fellow Team Lakay teammate and reigning world champion Geje Eustaquio and current heavyweight world champion Brandon Vera.

What's next for Belingon? His wins has bought him a ticket to fight reigning bantamweight king Bibiano Fernandes which he was defeated when they crossed paths back in 2016.

Belingon has improved his winning scores to 20-5 throughout MMA carreer.

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Off-duty Benguet cop given award after foiling armed robbery in La-Trinidad

Photo Courtesy: Pro-cor Rpio
Cordillera - Senior Police Officer 2 Noren Bandao was awarded with the “Medalya ng Sugatang Magiting” or the Wounded Personnel Medal by Police Regional Office – Cordillera Regional Director Police Chief Superintendent Rolando Nana on Tuesday, July 17. Bandao was honored for his courageous act and bravery for risking his own life despite being off duty.
According to police reports, Bandao, a resident of  Windy Hill in Buyagan La Trinidad, Benguet responded to a call for police assistance early morning of July 14. A robbery on the neighborhood was reported so Bandao immediately responded. He was about to make an arrest when the suspect shot him on the face. But before losing consciousness, he was able to fire back and shot the suspect.
The suspect was identified as Jonathan Mayangao Cabradilla. He was the leader of Cabradilla Robbery Group, a notorious crime group operating nationwide. He was previously arrested in Cotabato, Bambang Nueva Vizcaya and La Trinidad for robbery. Further investigations revealed that he had been using fictitious names as Jemark Isong Lipangen “aka” Jomar Pagang Mayangao. He is a resident of Irisan, Baguio City but his remains was brought to his hometown in Bauko, Mountain Province.
Bandao was initially brought to Benguet General Hospital by concerned citizens and was later transferred to Pines City Hospital for further treatment where he received his award while waiting for his operation. 
Aside from the medal, Bandao also received cash incentive awards while Nana assured that the PNP will take care of his hospital bills.
Likewise, Benguet Police Provincial Office PSSupt. Lyndon Mencio committed to provide security and ensure Bandao and his family’s safety given the suspect’s background.
source || PIA CAR
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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Geje Eustaquio Rewarded the Undisputed ONE Flyweight World Champion



 Photo courtesy: https://onefc.com

Geje "Gravity" Eustaquio, a young wushu artist who is a native of Baguio City and one among those representing the Team Lakay earned the crown as the undisputed ONE Flyweight World Championship with a split decision victory from his old Brazilian opponent Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes last Saturday, 23 June at the Studio City Event Center in Macau.

It was indeed an impressive redemption after four years  back  in the ring with his old rival when he lost the match in just two rounds by guillotine choke submission, without having the chance to show his skills, during the inaugural ONE Flyweight World Championship last September 2014.

During the match however, while “Mikinho”  showcased his jiu-jitsu expertise and his thrilling BJJ skills, "Gravity" on the other hand, displayed his improved ground game and took it far till the fifth and final round, with everything up for grabs. The victory was within reach for both of them as the championship rounds approached. But  in the end, Eustaquio earned the split decision victory and won the undisputed ONE Flyweight World Championship title.

Being the champion, he  exclaimed that “The feeling is awesome. I want to thank all my kababayan (Filipino countrymen) here who came out to support me” in his post-about interview with Mitch Chilson.

“I came to Macau with one vision, and that is to unify the Flyweight World Titles, and I know I was not capable of doing this alone. I want to thank God, Team Lakay, and of course my family. And to all the fans, thank you so much for the undying support”, he added.


 Following his epic win, the victorious Igorot  " Gravity" said to the crowd, “Ladies and gentlemen, when I started 14 years ago, this was impossible. But now, after 14 years, impossible is not a word — it is just a reason,” 

As for those aspiring athletes, take it from Geje "Gravity" Eustaquio and be inspired with his words when he said that  “Anybody can be a world champion, as long as you have the drive and the attitude. I am proud to be the undisputed ONE Flyweight World Champion this time.”
Watch full movie fight below:

Article Source: Onefc.com
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Family miraculously survives car accident in Benguet

Photo Courtesy || Glo Balay-odao Cadap
Cordillera - A family in Benguet miraculously survive a horrific vehicle accident as their car was heavily destroyed by a huge boulder along Kennon Road on Sunday. 

The family were driving along Kennon Road when their car was hit with a boulder that fell from the mountain causing almost half of the car smashed. The roof of the car was totally damaged caused by the heavy boulder.

The story of the family's survival has gone viral in social media. Jefferson Cadap, the father shared their story of survival and how they were able to get out from the car. 

"Sa speed namin na 90kph bigla nalang na stop and naramdaman ko ung glass na tumama sakin na may kasamang lupa, and yung roof tumama rin sakin. At that time, and nasa isip ko landslide. I was thinking also of my first child kasi siya yung nasa likuran ko. I was shouting at my wife (ayos lang kayo?!). When no one answered, I thought I lost everything pero salamat sa Dios he guided me on what (to do). While the rock is slowly pressing the roof down, i removed my seatbelt and try to move to the passenger's side and I heard my wife saying, "nakalock," and ung 2 kids ko started crying, ung marinig ko yun it gave me strength to struggle more. I unlocked the passenger's door and tried to open it but it was stuck (binanga banga ko po yung door whre my family was, but I could not open it because it was locked. Bumalik ako sa front where I went out, I clipped the chair  and my wife helped me to take the kids our first."


Cadap knew God had helped him rescue his family during that incident. He believed that God was in full control of the accident because he holds the the rock a little bit longer to gave him enough time to save his family.

"Thank you God for holding the rock a little bit longer for us to walk out alive", Cadap said.

The family was brought to Pines Hospital and now recuperating from their injuries. 
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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Igorot Loman now holds the record as the youngest MMA champion in the Middle East and Europe.

MMA World Champ Stephen “The Sniper” Loman with MP. Governer Lacwasan. Photo Courtesy: MP-PIO FB Page
Cordillera - Stephen Loman has just made another name for himself in the world of Mixed Martial Arts sport after he successfully defended his world championship belt last June, 9 2018. 

Not only that Loman was the reigning Brave Combat Federation Bantam Weight Champion in the World, he now holds the record as the youngest MMA champion in Europe and in the Middle East. 

22-year-old Loman is a proud Cordilleran who traces his roots from Bauko and Barlig of Mountain Province and Banaue, Ifugao. He is part of famed Team Lakay that trains many of the Igorots MMA champions like Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon, Honorio Banario and many more.

Last Tuesday, the MMA champion, together with his parents, visited Mountain Province and paid a courtesy call to Governer Bonifacio C. Lacwasan, Jr. at the Provincial Capitol in the Capital town. 

Lacwasan was elated to meet the champion while thanking him for displaying the heart and courage of an Igorot to the rest of the world during this fights. 

"Your victories are good news, we, especially your parents are very proud of your accomplishments. You are now among the elite who came from the highlands to hold a world championship title," Lacwasan said. 

In an interview conducted by PIO Mountain Province, Loman informed he is a Criminology graduate at the University of the Cordilleras in Baguio City and has already passed the board examination. 

He was introduced to MMA by his older brother and since then fell in love with the sport. He became a wushu scholar in college and lated joined Team Lakay. 

Loman advises those who are aspiring to become MMA fighter to focus on their training and avoid vices. 

"One must hone their skills through hard work, dedication and discipline and most importantly, training," he remarked. 

Loman wanted to become a policeman or become an entrepreneur when retires from MMA sports. 

source || MP-PIO FB Page

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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. 
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Thursday, June 7, 2018

PMA opens slots for aspiring cadets. Click for more info

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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 http://www.pma.ph/Apply.php 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.



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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

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