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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.

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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. 

source | PNA
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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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source | PNA
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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



source | sunstar baguio
photo | davao today

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SM College Scholarship online application extended until 31 January 2018


Baguio City - The SM Foundation, the advocacy arm of the SM Group of companies, is now accepting application for the SM College Scholarship Program for school year 2018 - 2019.

The SM College Schoolarship Program is open for students from Benguet, NCR, Albay, Batangas,  Bulacan, Cagayan, Camarines Sur, Cavite, Isabela, Laguna, Nueva Ecija, Palawan, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Quezon, Rizal, Tarlac, Zambales.

For Visayas and Mindanao, the areas covered are Capiz, Cebu, Iloilo, Leyte, Negros Occidental, Agusan del Norte, Davao del Sur, Misamis Oriental, South Cotobato, Zamboanga del Sur.

HOW TO APPLY

Interested students can now apply via online by going to SM website here http://www.sm-foundation.org/programs/education#carousel-sm-foundation.

Register your valid email and password and you will be directed to page where you will fill-in necessary information in order to be qualified.





QUALIFICATION

The SM College Scholarship Program is open to fourth year public high school students who have a weighted average of at least 88% by the second or third grading period and the family must earning an annual income of PHP150,000 at most.

Successful scholarship grantees from Benguet and other areas can enroll in any of SM partners namely Saint Louis University, University of the Cordilleras and University of the Philippines-Baguio campus. A full tuition, monthly allowance, part-time job opportunities during school break and also exclusive job offers with the SM group upon graduation.

Click HERE to see complete list of SM partner schools.

COURSES OFFERED

a. BS in Computer Science
b. BS in Information Technology
c. BS in Electronics and Communications Engineering/ BS In Electronics Engineering
d. BS in Computer Engineering
e. BS in Civil Engineering
f. BS in Electrical Engineering
g. BS in Mechanical Engineering
h. BS in Elementary Education
i. BS in Secondary Education major in Biology, Chemistry, General Sciences, Physics, Mathematics, English
j. BS in Accountancy
k. BS in Accounting Information Systems
l. BS in Internal Auditing
m. BS in Management Accounting

The SM College Scholarship Program started with the vision of SM patriarch Henry Sy, Sr. to send one child from a less fortunate family to college. After graduation and upon employment, this could send one sibling to school and this help provide a better future for the family.
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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Igorot soldier in Marawi puts his life in danger, talks face to face with terrorists to free hostages

Photo Credit: Josephine Jaron Codilla FB page
Cordillera - An ultimate display of heroism by an Igorot soldier fighting in Marawi has gone viral on social media after his story was posted by Josephine Jaron Codilla about his gallantry and heroism during an intense battle in the warn torn Marawi City.


The Igorot soldier is Captain Jeff Buada from Tuba, Benguet, a member of PMA Maragtas Class 2007 and currently assigned in the 15th Scout Ranger Company.

According to the post of Ms. Codilla, Captain Buada did what he think will save the lives of the hostages including the wounded soldiers.

"He literally put his life on the line to rescue hostages by removing his helmet, putting down his firearm and urging hard core terrorist face-to-face to free their hostages and allow the soldiers to bring the wounded to the hospital," Codilla wrote.

Captain Buada also "requested all the units behind him to cease fire, to put off the engines of tanks in order not to agitate the enemies, many of whom were in a state of war shock".

His action has resulted in the successful rescue of many women and children before the fighting resumed.

"To me, the ultimate act of gallantry and heroism was displayed yesterday by someone who deserves maybe even more than the Medal of Valor," Codilla added.

Meanwhile, the wife of Captain Buada cried when she learned the heroism done by his husband in Marawi and she was very proud of him as a soldier serving the country.

READ ALSOAFP chief of staff Eduardo Año commends brave Cordilleran warriors in Marawi

She revealed that Captain Buada has only a month recovering from a knee injury caused by a bullet that hit him during the previous fight in Marawi, but returned to to the battle zone to see his men and continue the fight.

The continued gallantry of Filipino soldiers in Marawi has led to the killing of Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute.

The efforts and the bravery of our soldiers will never be forgotten and also those who died serving the country.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

WATCH: Interview of 20-year-old Igorot toughest Pinoy 2017 on CNN

Baguio City - Igorot hunk Renz Lou Lagria emerges as the champion at the recently concluded search for Toughest Pinoy 2017 held at the SM Mall of Asia in Manila last October 20, 2017.

Known as one of the so called 'Panagbenga Hotties', Renz Lagria from Baguio city but originally from Besao, Mountain Province came out at the top against nine other finalists after passing various physical challenges that test the limits of their physical strength, mental endurance and emotional resilience.



Carrying the title "The Fit Influencer, Renz Lagria, 20-year-old is the youngest finalist in the said competition "R U Tough Enough" sponsored by KIX, the ultimate destination for action entertainment.

Lagria, who is now considered one of the hottest and sexiest Igorot pageant model today, drew his strength and metal toughness from being an Igorot who grew up from the mountains and being a construction worker at a young age.

He won PHP250,000 and other prizes as the R U Tough Enough (RUTE) toughest Pinoy champion.

KIX, the ultimate action-entertainment TV destination aims to go beyond the stereotypes by recruiting 5 male and 5 female contestant to face off. All the contestants will go through rigorous series of physically demanding and emotionally enduring challenges. And this year winner is from Cordillera.

video credit @ CNN Sports Desk FB page.


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Freddie Aguilar and other country's top musicians converge for a big concert in Sagada

Cordillera - Music lovers in the north would not have needed to go to the city or travel to Manila just to watch concerts from famous singers in the country because on October 28 and 29 ( Saturday and Sunday ), the country's top musicians and singers will be performing a concert dubbed "Concert in the Clouds" in the heart of Sagada.

Among those musicians and singers lined up to perform are Freddie Aguilar, Noel Kabangon, Gary Valenciano, Joey Ayala, Raymond Lauchengco, Lolita Carbon, Ely Buendia and the UP Dharma Down.

The concert will start from 12 noon to midnight of the 28th and will resume at sunrise on the 29th until sundown. The even is expected to be flocked by 4,000 people, according the Philippine News Agency.

Ticket price range from Php1,000 and Php2,000 for VIP tickets.

When you buy a ticket you are a contributor to the cause for the beneficiaries such as the Sagada Sped Center, 20 DayCare Centers, Sagada Art Club, Sagada All Sports Fund, purchase of safety equipments for the Sagada Guides Organization, Sagada Eco-police, fund for Children's Heart Patient, Senior Fund, Indigenous People, Children's Playground, Red Cross and the Moran Foundation.

This is the first time that a big concert by leading top artists in the country will be held in Cordillera, according to Sagada Mayor James Pooten, thus the local government has assured that security preparations are in place to provide security to those who will watch the concert.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Baguio City plans for underground cable system to eliminate wiring mess in downtown streets

Baguio City, - In an effort to make the city streets of Baguio City more appealing, an ordinance was created  by the city local government to end the long problem of electrical and communication wires dangling over city streets of the central business district. 

The plan was supported by electrical company BENECO to transfer its electrical wirings underground to help conceal them and keep the city streets from dangling cables which becomes an eyesore to everyone.

City councilor Joel Alangsab, one of the co-author of the ordinance have said that it would take the cooperation of both the Benguet Electric Cooperative Inc. (BENECO) and local telecommunications company that runs their wiring on city streets to solve the problem of sagging wires.

He also said that a proposal for an underground cable system is one of the viable solution but pointed out that such plan will present a problem in the financial aspect.

"There is a proposal na iunderground nalang itong mga cables and electrical wirings natin, but of course, the number 1 problem there is the financial aspect. It will cost Php 2 Billion," Alangsab said.

Davao is one of the city that implemented underground cabling system in its major streets which started early this year and will be finished  by 2020.

Davao City would be a good model city for the local government of Baguio to follow. It has created and passed and ordinance that mandates all electric utility companies and public telecommunication carriers servicing the city to place all their wirings and cables underground. Companies that violates the ordinance will be fine of P5,000 and cancellation of business permit.

It can be recalled that Mayor Mauricio Domogan has ordered the City Engineering Office and City's Council's committee to conduct a feasibility study of the said underground cable system in the city last June, 2017.

Domogan said the proposal has merit as it address the messy wiring and cable networks of public utility companies that has created eyesores as well as pose safety to people.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Apo Whang-od finally meets her idol Coco Martin of "Ang Probinsyano"

Apo Whang-od and Coco Martin. Photo credit: Jeff Fernando's Instagram

Cordillera, - Apo Whang-od, the world-renowned centenarian mambabatok of Kalinga has finally met her idol Coco Martin, the lead actor of Abs Cbn's teleserye "Ang Probinsyano". 

In a report by Abs Cbn.com, Apo Whang-od's dream of meeting her idol  came true as she was flown to Manila in a helicopter to meet Martin. 

A photo from her granddaughter, Gracia Palicas' Facebook shows Whang-od inside a helicopter enjoying the ride while having selfies from  some of the helicopter crews. 
Apo Whang-od inside a helicopter Photo credit: Gracia Palicas. 
During their meeting, Martin wrapped his arm over Apo Whang-od's shoulder while they both smile in a photo shoot. 

Apo Whang-od was a huge fan of Martin and his hit TV series as discovered by National Youth Commission chair Aiza Sequerra and spouse Liza Dino during their visit to Kalinga last February. 

Whang-od has kept a collection of shirts and posters of Martin as show of her admiration to the actor and his TV series "Ang Probinsyano".

As an avid fan, she has said that she would love to inscribe a phyton or centipede tattoo on Martin's arm - a design that according to literature, is given to Kalinga warriors as a form of recognition for their courage and bravery.  

For many years, both foreign tourists and local celebrities has visited Whang-od's place in Kalinga to have a tattoo. 

The story of her has also been published in several news agencies in the country and last year, she was featured in an art exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum in Canada. 


source | Abs Cbn | 
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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Igorot fighting cop Crisanto "The Slugger" Pitpitunge wins by TKO in Battle for Dominance

Photo Credit: Mark Siangao
Baguio City, - The Igorot fighter and currently a police officer Crisanto "The Slugger" Pitpitunge won by Technical Knockout in the main event of Team Lakay Championship XIV: Battle for Dominance held at the Baguio Convention Center last night. 

The former Pacific X-treme Combat (PXC) bantamweight champion Pitpitunge of the most decorated MMA team in the Philippines beat Ralf Noy Francisco of Aklan via TKO in the third round.


The proud Igorot from Kapangan, Benguet improved his win-loss record to 8-5 this year after his two series of loss from Jenel Lausa and Kai Kara-France last year. 

After 18-months of absence in the cage, the fighting policeman of the Baguio PNP is back for the win. 

Pitpitunge is a product of the Criminology program of the University of the Cordilleras where he was a consistent player for the Wushu team. 

READ ALSO: US FBI-trained Igorot cop makes one of cebu's municipalities drug free
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US FBI-trained Igorot cop makes one of cebu's municipalities drug free

Photo Credit: bogocps.org
Cordillera, - Five days ago, a headline from the Washington Post website says "Duterte's police have killed thousands in the Philippines. But this police chief told his officers. Don't kill."

The article published on 8th October featured Bogo City's Chief of Byron Allatog who lead his officers in clearing the city they served from illegal drugs.

Byron Filog Allatog is an Igorot from Bontoc, Mountain Province who graduated from the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) class 2001. He is the current chief of police of Bogo City - a small municipality in the island of Cebu.

LATEST NEWS: Igorot fighting cop Crisanto "The Slugger" Pitpitunge wins by TKO in Battle for Dominance

Prior to serving in Bogo City, Allatog has been a chief of police from different towns and provinces in the country such as in Tawi-tawi, Abra and Benguet.

Allatog also made waves as contingent in the United Nations Peacekeeping Efforts as member of the UN-Close Security and Protection Officer of the UN Police Commissioner and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Timor Leste.

He has taken numerous trainings and courses  in policing from different high-level police agencies like the Criminal Investigation and Detective Development Courses by the PNP Detective Schools, Supervisory Management and Criminal Investigation Course from the US Department of Justice, Police Intelligence Officers Course by the PNP Intelligence Training Group and FBI National Academy Session 265 from the Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI).

READ ALSO: Police Baguio praise by netizens for helping tourists whose car blows smoke on traffic.

39-year-old Allatog has gained popularity after his named surfaced in the mainstream media for being responsible in making Bogo City drug free with the cooperation of the town Mayor.

In an article published by the Washington post, it described the strategy of Allatog of "don't kill" when dealing with drug suspects and said "not a single man, woman or child has fallen on Allatog's watch."

READ ALSO: PNP Chief 'Bato' dela Rosa applauds Police-Cordillera for impressive performance against illegal drugs

His strategy is different, he told his officers that if they shot needlessly or for money, he would not protect them.

"Those are politicians. They don't give a s--- about you,... Your are just a low level officer. If you go to prison, that doesn't affect the economy. They will not care." he warned his men.

Instead, he advise his officers to to to server and protect with honor and justice.

source | http://bogocps.org/cop | The Washington Post

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Police Baguio praise by netizens for helping tourists whose car blows smoke on traffic.

SPO1 Marcos of Baguio City Police Office assisting tourist with their broken car. Photo Credit: Roan Carreon
Baguio City, - A police officer from Baguio city receives praises on social media for helping motorists with their car that seems to have sustained an engine problem while on traffic.

According to a Facebook post from Roan Carreon, they were driving their car on their way to Burnham Park when they noticed a smoke coming out from the car engine. They decided to park the car at SM to ease up the heat which may be causing the smoke. After 30 minutes, they left the parking area thinking that their car was okay,  but not a few miles away from the park, the car started blowing smoke again.

They were very lucky to have spotted a police officer on duty at SM and asked him the nearest Toyota outlet where they could take their car for maintenance. Knowing that it's Sunday and most car shops are closed, the officer decided to take their car with them to a mechanic he knows.

Carreon, on her post said she was amazed at the somewhat peculiar conduct of the police officer who extends his full assistance on someone needing help.

"Tinanong namin si Sir kung saan may malapit na talyer/mekaniko buti nalang at may kakilala siya, hinatid niya pa kami papunta dun sa mekaniko, saan ka makakakita ng Pulis na ganun? Usually kasi diba, ituturo lang sayo yung way kung saan. Iniwan niya pa yung Duty Post niya para ihatid lang kami sa mekaniko," Carreon said.

While waiting for their car to be fixed, the officer recommended to them to go visit Burnham Park and even accompanied them in going their to make sure that they are safe.

In trying to show gratitude for the kindness of the officer, Carreon's mum tried to give him money for snack but the officer refused and said he was only doing his duty as a police officer.

Carreon named the cop as SPO1 Marcos of Baguio City Police Office.

To Police Officer Marcos, your good deed just reflected the good reputation of Baguio Police among the public about providing security and safety for all residents and visitors.

The photos and video of SPO1 Marcos assisting the tourists has received hundreds of comments and shares on Facebook from viewers praising the officer for his gesture.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Australian chef Chris Urbano respects Igorot tradition and cooks Cordilleran dish 'Pinikpikan'


Photo grab: Chris Urbano YouTube Channel
Cordillera, - Australian chef Chris Urbano tries cooking the famous Igorot dish called 'Pinikpikan' in one of his cooking shows on Youtube.

Urbano said, his culinary students challenged him to show them his version of the Cordilleran dish Pinikpikan.

He described pinikpikan as a famous dish in the Philippines because it comes from the Cordilleran region and it derives from the word "pik pik" to hit or to beat.

"It is interesting and perhaps controversial dish dito sa Pilipinas because that hitting of the chicken takes place while the chicken is still alive in traditional Igorot cooking," Urbano said.

He later explained that he respects the Igorot tradition and he believes that this is important to the people of the Philippines about this way of cooking and what that means to them and their family.

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"I'm totally respectful of the Igorot tradition,'' he said. But in his cooking episode, he asked his students that he will not be beating the chicken during the course of his show for obvious reason.

Chris Urbano is an Australian living in Manila who loves the people, culture, and food of the Philippines.

He learned to speak Tagalog so he was called the Tagalong speaking 'foreignoy. He started his cooking show on YouTube back in 2013 called Maputing Cooking which he shares his passion in cooking.

"Maputing Cooking" simply means a white guy who cooks Filipino dishes on YouTube.

Watch his Pinikpikan episode below.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

PNP Chief 'Bato' dela Rosa applauds Police-Cordillera for impressive performance against illegal drugs

Photo Credit: BJMP Region Car
Cordillera, - Philippine National Police Chief Ronal 'Bato' dela Rosa praises Police Regional Office Cordillera for their impressive performance in the anti-illegal drug campaign of the government under the Duterte Administration. 

In his speech last Friday during the celebration of the 116th Police Service Anniversary in Camp Bado, Dangwa, PNP Chief dela Rosa highlighted the fast action of the PRO-COR in making three provinces of Cordillera drug-free, these are Mt.Province, Ifugao and Apayao.

Dela Rosa said only PNP Cordillera was able to declare three provinces drug free in the entire country in contrast with other Police offices that have declared drug free only in the barangay level.

He also thanked other government agencies such as the DILG, DOH, DSWD and PDEA for their non-stop support in the campaign against illegal drug and to their effort in helping the rehabilitation of drug surrenderees in the region.

READ ALSO: Australian chef Chris Urbano respects Igorot tradition and cooks Cordilleran dish 'Pinikpikan'

Photo Credit: Pro-Cor

During the event dela Rosa was adopted as a son of Cordillera by the Regional Development Council led by RCDC-RPOC Chairman and Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan, Congressman Mark Go, Benguet governor Crescencio Pacalso, Mt. Province Gov. Lacwasan Jr., Acting Kalinga Gov. James Edduba and other municipal mayors, provincial board members and other officials.

He also led the awarding ceremonies for the outstanding police officers and units for the best police officers and units at the regional, provincial, city, municipality and stations in the Cordillera Region.

source: PIA Cordillera, Pro-cor, BJMP Region Car.
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