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Friday, March 22, 2019

DFA to bring mobile e-passport processing in Mountain Province

Cordillera - The local government of Bontoc, Mountain Province is encouraging the public to take advantage of the mobile e-passport processing to apply or renew their expired passport at the Multi-Purpose, Provincial Plaza on April 5, 2019.

As announced through the official Facebook Page of the Municipality of Bontoc, the mobile e-passport processing will be conducted by the Department of Foreign Affairs - Office of Consular Affairs (DFA - OCA) in partnership with the Provincial Government of Mountain Province.
The mobile e-passport processing is the 2nd time the DFA will be conducting in the province.

Interested individuals may visit the Municipal Tourism Office at the Bontoc Municipality Capitol or the Office of the Provincial Governor at the Provincial Capitol to have their names be listed for reservation of slots. 

New Passport Application Requirements for Adult

- Accomplished Application Form
- Original copy of Philippine Authority (PSA) Birth Certificate
- Original copy of NSO/SPA Marriage Contract for married females
- Original and Photocopy of valid IDs. 

New Passport Application Requirements for Minor

- Accomplished Application Form
- Personal Appearance of Minor Application and either parent or authorized adult companion with complete requirements (Special Power of Attorney and Affidavit of Support and Consent)
- PSA Birth Certificate
- Passport or Valid ID of either parent and School ID for eight years old and above
Passport Renewal Requirements for Adult
- Accomplished Renewal Application Form
- Current ePassport with a photocopy of the data page
- Original PSA documents that will support the change of name if applicable to include Marriage Contract, Annotated Birth Certificate, Annotated Marriage Contract and Death Certificate of Spouse. 

Passport Renewal Requirements for Minor
- Accomplished Renewal Application Form
- Personal Appearance of minor applicant and either parent of authorized adult companion with complete requirements (Special Power of Attorney and Affidavit of Support and Consent)
- Passport or Valid ID of either parent, current passport of the applicant and School ID for eight years old and above

Lists of Acceptable IDs for adult applicants
- Social Security System (SSS)/Government Service Insurance System (GSIS)
- Unified Muti-Purpose Identification Card
- Land Transportation Office (LTO) Driver's License
- Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) ID
- Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA)/Integrated Department of Labor and Employment (iDOLE) Card
- Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Voter's ID or Voter's Registration Record from COMELEC Head or Regional Office
- Philippine National Police (PNP) Firearms License
- Senior Citizen ID
- School ID (for students)
- Current Valid ePassport (for renewal of ePassport)

An applicant has to pay the Passport Fee of P1,200.00 and Courier Fee of P150.00.

source || Muncipality of Bontoc
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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

29 Cordillerans to graduate from PNPA SANSIKLAB Class of 2019 on March 22

Photo Courtesy || Philippine National Police Academy FB
Cordillera - Twenty nine cadets who will be graduating as member of the SANSIKLAB Class of 2019 or Sigasig na Itaguyod ang Kapayapaan at Ipaglaban ang Bayan are from Cordillera. 

Of the Twenty nine cadets, 26 are males and 3 are females according to Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) spokesperson Superintendent Byron Allatog. 

Allatog said that cadets from Cordillera top the list of the 201-member graduating cadets which is composed of 154 males and 47 females. 

Police Cadet Ferdinand Mark Haguiling Lagchana from Ifugao was the only Cordilleran who made it to the top 10 of the graduating class.

Cadet Lagchana grew up from the town of Mayoyao, Ifugao. He is 22 years old and  the youngest among his six siblings. 

His mother is a nurse and his father was a security guard. But according to Lagchana, his father passed away when he was 12 years old. 

Despite growing up without a father, Lagchana studied hard until he had a chance to enter the academy and now among the top 10 of the PNPA SANSIKLAB Class of 2019. 

Lagchana enrolled Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering but shifted to BS Criminology at Saint Mary's University, Bayombong Nueva Viscaya before joining the PNPA.
"Pumasok po ako dito sa Academy para po makatulong sa pamilya. Gusto ko pong makatapos ng pag aaral ng hindi ko po sila binabahala. Gusto ko pong maging pulis at gusto ko pong maging bahagi sa pagsugpo ng kriminalidad sa ating bansa." ("I entered the Academy to help my family. I want to finish my study without giving too much pressure on them. I want to be a cop and I want to be part in the crack-down of criminality in the country.") Lagchana said during a press-conference. 

"I came from a family wherein three of my brothers are graduates of the PMMA. From there, I've witnessed the hardship of my brothers working in other countries for months leaving their families behind. This made me change course and had chosen to enter in the police service through PNPA," he added.

Fulfilling his dream in becoming a police, Lagchana is set to graduate on March 22 in Silang, Cavite together with 201 members in the class. 
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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

DOT lauds Benguet province for producing the best-tasting strawberries in the country

Photo by Aphiwat Chuangchoem from Pexel
Cordillera - Department of Tourism (DOT) Undersecretary Arthur Boncato Jr. lauded Benguet province for producing the best quality strawberries. 

Boncato, who leads the Tourism Regulation Coordination & Resource Generation department of the DOT, said the strawberry farms in Benguet and in La Trinidad are being eyed as a tourism destination because of its best-tasting strawberries. 
During the program of the 38th Strawberry Festival, Boncato said there's nothing that tastes better than strawberries locally grown in Benguet compared to other farms found in the country. 

"There are farms in other parts of the country that grow strawberries but there is nothing that tastes better than the (strawberry of the) province of Benguet," Boncato said.

He also said that Benguet is "fortunate" because strawberry is considered a high-value crop and many tourists are flocking the valley to have a unique experience of picking fresh strawberries straight from the farm by themselves. 

"We are very fortunate that BSU (Benguet State University) is the main source of our strawberries here in Benguet. Our appeal to BSU is to sustain these beautiful strawberry farms. I know there will be expansion farms somewhere but let us think carefully not to make it as a destination for business but a destination for tourists all over the country," he said. 

The town of La Trinidad is currently celebrating its 38th Strawberry Festival from March 4 to March 29, 2019. The highlight of the festival is the rebuilding of a replica of the Guinness World Record biggest strawberry short cake. 
Cake lovers can have a taste of the cake on March 23, starting at 11 a.m at the Lednicky hall in the municipal building. 

There will be a free 50 slices to be served and the succeeding slices will be sold at Php20.00 per slice. 


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Monday, March 18, 2019

BRAVE President Mohammad Shahid believes Stephen Loman could be the next Manny Pacquiao

Photo Courtesy || Brave Combat Federation FB
Cordillera - After his impressive performance against Elias Bouddegzdame last Friday, Stephen "The Sniper" Loman is no doubt could be the next super star in the combat sport according to Brave President Mohammad Shahid. 

Shahid made the statement after what he saw about Loman's performance and how the Filipino crowd and MMA fans showed total support to the Cordilleran fighter. 

Shahid is more than convinced that Loman is going to be the next combat sport superstar from the Philippines after Manny Pacquiao. 

"What happened tonight, you could not have scripted it better. This is just the beginning for Stephen Loman. I really believed that he will take the sport of MMA to another level in the Philippines. He proved he is a deserving champion." Shahid said. 

"He is the biggest combat athlete in the Philippine along with Manny Pacquiao. I said before and I'll say it again. People say we gave him the opportunity but it's actually the opposite, he gave us the honor of fighting in our organization. I was sad that not a lot of Filipinos knew him but now I'm the happiest man because the country found a new hero, a fighter who proudly represents the country. Today he showed up and performed for them. He mad sure that they will all go home happy." he added. 

Stephen "The Sniper" Loman is a passionate and dedicated fighter who will do all his best to win in every bout. He is an ultimate well-rounded fighter with powerful kicks and incredible hands. He has a lot of variety of weapons that he uses in his arsenal.



Loman is the first and only Brave Combat Federation Bantamweight Champion in the history of the promotion. He is currently on his sixth fight winning streak after defending his title against Frans Mlambo and Felipe Efrain back in 2018. 

His victory over Bouddegzdame last Friday has improved his record to 12 wins against 2 defeats with four knockouts and two submissions.
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Highest elevation of the Philippine Highway System is now found in Tinoc, Ifugao - DPWH

Photo Courtesy ||  Akiangan Manghi Fritzjannie via Cordillera Shoutouts FB
Cordillera - The Department of Public Works and Highways has verified the newly identified highest elevation of the Philippine Highway System according the the Department of Tourism Cordillera (DOT-CAR). 

The highest elevation can now be found in the Municipality of Tinoc, Ifugao along the Kiangan-Tinoc-Bugias Road. 

It has an elevation of 7,968.07 feet or 2,428.667 meters above sea level with the Geo-Location of 16.70168 degrees North Latitude and 120.88265 degrees East Longitude. 


This newly identified highest elevation of the Philippine Highway System has surpassed the Atok, Benguet highest peak of 7,400 feet above sea level. 

Field assessments were conducted along the said new highest elevation in Tinoc in January 2019 by the representatives from the Planning Service of DPWH Head Office, DPWH-CAR and Ifugao 1st DEO. 

The verification of the Tinoc, Ifugao highest elevation by the DPWH would pave way for tourists to visit the place and have a view of the beautiful road and the surrounding scenery. 

As of the moment, there is no signage erected on the road but sooner the DPWH will put one in the future. 

Those planning to visit the place can take Halsema highway route if you are coming from Baguio. Then take the Abatan-Loo-Lilit-Bot-an-Mansoyosoy-Lusab road until you reach the road where thick forest can be seen on the side of the road. 
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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Senator Villar 'Kadem-ayan' is now adopted daughter of Bauko Mt. Province

Photo Courtesy || PIA
Cordillera - Senator Cynthia Aguilar Villar is now an adopted daughter of Bauko Mountain Province. She was conferred the name "Kadem-ayan", a kankanaey term for a renowned woman who is rich materially, caring, generous and loving. 

Through Resolution no. 2019-045 passed by the Sangguniang Bayan of Bauko, Villar is now officially declared as adopted daughter of the town. 
The resolution highlights Villar for her dedication and generosity in helping the Filipino people through her foundations and programs. 

"She is called the 'Mrs. Hanapbuhay' due to her dedication and generosity to serve the needy through her Villar Foundation, Sagip OFW and other programs. Adopting Senator Cynthia Villar as daughter of Bauko to open stronger ties and linkages from her world to her new home," the resolution reads.

Villar was officially welcomed into the community of Bauko during the celebration of the 13th Begnas di Bauko on March 13.

Villar graciously received the title bestowed to her By Bauko Mayor Abraham Akilit together with Sangguniang Bayan officials and stakeholders. 

Mayor Akilit encouraged his constituents to emulate Villar's principles in doing things. 
"Livelihood program is the brainchild of the senator. Whenever she has the chance to think, she thinks and sees the things as business, the value that we, Baukonians should inherit from her in order to survive." Akilit said. 

source || Sunstar Baguio

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Stephen Loman defends title via 4th round TKO, dedicates win to the Filipino people

Photo Courtesy || Brave Combat Federation
Cordillera - A big moment for Cordilleran fighter Stephen "The Sniper" Loman as he successfully defended his bantamweight title against Algerian challenger Elias Boudegzdame during the Brave CF's "Storm of Warriors" at the Mall of Asia Arena on Friday.

Loman of Team Lakay put off an impressive performance during the fight as he masterfully used his striking power to get the victory he deserves.

Loman's superior power shots paid off during the 4th round as he tagged the Algerian with a solid left uppercut that sent him to the canvas. Loman then followed him with ground and pound to which the referee came to halt the fight. 

There was a short moment when Loman was delivering his ground and pound to Boudegzdame and kept looking at the referee to stop the fight. Loman knew how hard his punches were and would not want to put much damage to Boudegzdame. 

Loman dedicated his victory to the Filipino people and to his uncle who just passed away. 

"I'd like to dedicate this fight to all of you," Loman said. 

"I would like to dedicate this fight to my family and teammates. But also to my uncle, who passed away this month. This was for him, definitely", the champ added. 

Meanwhile his teammate Jeremy Pacatiw, advanced his winning record against Mark Alcoba via armbar submission.

Also Loman's teammates Harold Banario and Joman Pa-ac were also able to get a win that night. 
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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Young farmer from Buguias earns PHP54,000.00 a month planting cucumbers in greenhouse

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Cordillera - Integrating technology, innovation and of course hard work can produce incredible results to the earnings of farmers.

A young farmer from Benguet is earning around Php54,000.00 a month planting cucumbers in a greenhouse. 

Sergio Capsuyan, 29, a farmer from Abatan, Buguias is reaping the benefits of the knowledge he had learned in Japan. 

He was one among the youth members of the Buguias-Japan Agricultural Trainees Association (BJATA). He is also one of the Board of Directors in the said association. 

The association was organized for the members and trainees who acquired the Japanese agricultural and technological skills to apply them in their local farms in Abatan. 

Capsuyan said that he can earn an income of Php54,000.00 in one month or one cycle of weekly harvest by planting at least 8 beds of cucumber. He attributed his bountiful harvest from using a greenhouse  given to him by the Department of Agriculture Cordillera (DA-CAR) High-Value Commercial Crops Development Program. 

He said that it is very productive to grow crops in a greenhouse because he can control and maximize his irrigation including his production inputs. 

Capsuyan also shares how he mitigate insect pests in his crops by applying a method called fertigation. This is by fermenting a sack of chicken dung and 4 liters of Mukosako in a drum of water. This will become a liquid fertilizer that helps in the growth of plants and acts as a repellant to insect pests.

Mukosako is a wood vinegar condensed from a chimney attached to a fire chamber where wood and other combustible materials are burned. 

Fertigation is indeed a very good natural combo of fertilizing the soil and controlling pests not to mention the splendid production volume and quality wise. The raw materials used are organic, inexpensive and harmless to both humans and the environment.

Capsuyan also grows vegetables in the open field but he said that in terms of quality and productivity, greenhouse farming is the best.

Capsuyan was very appreciative to the help extended to him by the BJATA, the DA-CAR and other DA agencies that promote new technologies, new vegetable crops, crop programming and market development to young farmers like himself. 

Very soon, Mr. Capsuyan will receive a certificate as a Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) practitioner from the DA. 

source || Robert Domoguen Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/robert.domoguen/posts/2829156093762948

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Two of the best Cordilleran World Bantamweight Champions come from Ifugao

Cordillera - The era of Philippine Mixed Martial Arts has begun and has been taking the center stage of the sports media nowadays. Thanks to all the Filipino fighters who put their time, effort and dedication to the sport. 

The Cordilleran martial artists are now making waves in major sport organizations like ONE Championship and Brave Combat Federation. 

ONE Championship promotion has Kevin Belingon who currently holds the World Bantamweight title while Brave Combat Federation has Stephen Loman who is also holding the same title.
Photo Courtesy || Brave Combat Federation
Both fighters are Cordillerans who happened to be from the same tribe, the Ifugao. They are both training under the stable of Benguet-based gym Team Lakay with multi-awarded coach Mark Sangiao.

Stephen "The Sniper" Loman is a passionate and dedicated fighter who will do all his best to win in every bout. He is an ultimate well-rounded fighter with powerful kicks and incredible hands. He has a lot of variety of weapons that he uses in his arsenal.

Loman is the first and only Brave Combat Federation Bantamweight Champion in the history of the promotion. He is currently on his sixth fight winning streak after defending his title against Frans Mlambo and Felipe Efrain back in 2018. 

This coming March 15, 2019, he will be defending his title against Elias Boudegzdame in the main event of Brave 22: Storm of Warriors at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. 

This is the first time Stephen will be fighting in front of his countrymen right in his own homeland. 

Meanwhile, his town mate Kevin "The Silencer" Belingon is one of the most exciting Filipino MMA fighter of ONE Championship because of his explosiveness and speed when he fights inside the cage. He is known for his powerful punches that when landed solid to his opponent, would be the end. 
Photo Courtesy || Kevin Belingon FB

Currently, Belingon holds the
 ONE Championship World Bantamweight title after grabbing it from the Brazilian fighter Bibiano Fernandes after their match in November last year. 

Belingon is set to face Fernandes for the 3rd time in the co-main event of ONE: A New Era on March 31 at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan. 

The 31-year old Belingon showcased a lot of improvements during his last fight and is now in his seventh winning streak. 

The ONE: A New Era will also see the most anticipated fight in the main-event as ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang will defend his belt in a rematch with the Japanese martial arts icon Shinya Aoki.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

76-year old Lola from Sagada speaks fluent English despite having no formal education

Photo Courtesy || FYT Facebook Page
Cordillera - Lola Erlinda Doyog from Pidlisan, Sagada shows off her mastery of the English language when she talks about her village to tourists.

Lola Doyog also known as Lola 'Englisera' spoke fluent English   when she talked with tourists who interviewed her about her community and their indigenous practices.

The interviewer was amazed to Lola Doyog's fluency in speaking the English language.

"Nosebleed kami habang ini-interview si Lola 'Englisera' Erlinda Doyog, 76 years old, ng Pidlisan tribe sa Sagada, Mountain Province." the interviewer wrote in a Facebook Post.

It was said that, Lola Doyog did not attend any formal education, either elementary or high school. She probably learned  to speak English from the American missionaries who went to their town to spread Christianity during her time. Most elders in Mountain Province can speak English well but cannot speak the Philippines' national language, Filipino.

Asked about what message she has for tourists  visiting their place, Lola Doyog said, they are very much welcome.

"We are very happy for the tourist coming here or any visitors because we can learn some of their dialect... We appreciate those tourist who are coming to the falls..." Lola Doyog said.

READ ALSO: 100 year-old Igorot man credits long life and health with eating camote, banana and squash

Watch Lola Doyog Interview below by FYT


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