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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Who is the Funny Green Soldier of Baguio City

Photo Courtesy || & Tito Noel Official

Cordillera - You've probably seen this guy on the internet or seen him performing along Session Road making everybody smile and granting people's wish for a selfie. 

He is Jhonwel Reyes, a street performer who goes by the name 'Green Soldier' of Baguio City. 

But how exactly Jhonwel Reyes became so popular that his performance has become a hit among tourists visiting Baguio?

It all started way back in 2014, when he decided to relocate from Valenzuela City to Baguio where he started his mime performance. 

People began to love him with his Green Soldier costumes while posing cute and playing antics with his audience.

Video-sharing platform TikTok has played a major role on his popularity as many users enjoy watching and sharing his videos. 

Reyes never thought that he would become famous on social media. His only aim is to make people happy.

He admitted that his income as a street performer is enough to sustain the financial needs of his family.

Reyes used to be a construction worker, janitor, factory worker, pedicab driver and service crew. 

"Nagkaroon ng maraming trabaho at iba't ibang mapapasukan, na nagbago ang buhay hanggang sa narating ko na nga po itong pagiging mime dito sa Baguio City," said Reyes.

He also admitted that being a street performer is not an easy job. If people like him, they will give tips.

"Dito sa pagma-mime, hindi naman lahat ay gusto ako. Hindi lahat ay okey", he shared. 

For Reyes, the ups and downs of being a street performer has taught him a lesson to become stronger and get closer to God. 

"Patuloy po tayong gumawa ng kabutihan sa ating kapwa para mas lalo po tayong gabayan ng ating Ama," Reyes said. 


Saturday, June 25, 2022

WATCH: Ifugao boxer crowned The New Featherweight King of Asia

Photo Courtesy || Asian Boxing Council

Cordillera - A proud Cordilleran boxer was crowned the New Featherweight King of Asia by the WBC Asian Boxing Council after defeating Attanon Kunlawong of Thailand on June 25, 2022. 

KJ "The Ipugo" Natuplag who hails from Ifugao province and trained under Highland Boxing Gym improved his professional boxing record to nine wins since turning pro in 2015. 

In his latest fight against Kunlawong, he delivered a sensational second round TKO, courtesy to his powerful left hook to the jaw of his opponent.

Natuplag didn't expect the power of his punch could end in a knockout because he suffered a lot of punches from Kunlawong in the first round. 

He thanked all the individuals and groups that helped him during the training. 

Natuplag currently works as a fitness and boxing trainer in Dubai.

Congratulations Mr. Natuplag for the win. The whole Cordillera is very proud of you.


Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Innovative Cordilleran teacher redesigns classroom cozy for students feel calmed

Cordillera - They say the classroom should be a place for learning, inspiring and passing knowledge to the students. And to achieve that, a classroom should be set in a calming manner for student to concentrate and focus their attention to learning. 

This goal could be what Teacher Aivorie Ballangan of Supo Elementary School in Abra had in mind when she turned her boring classroom design into a minimalist cozy one. 

She painted the walls, cabinets, and drawers with a perfect balance of white and brown that doesn't dull the eyes of her students. 

She discouraged the use of too much decorations that usually hang or stick of the wall but replaced them with flowers and a map instead. 

According to Teacher Ballangan, she chose the type of classroom designs because she wanted her students fell calm during their 8-hours long stay inside of the classroom. 

READ ALSO:  College sweethearts inspire each other to graduate Magna Cum Laude

Teacher Ballangan knew that the classroom environment played a major role in student learning. 

A study in a university in the United Kingdom found out that a classroom with overwhelming decorations like posters and visuals actually distracts students attention but a classroom with minimal wall displays, clean and well-organize helps students concentrate and bring out their potentials.

She shared some photos of her classroom to inspire other teachers the importance of setting the classroom in a more relaxed and cozy environment.

Photo Courtesy || Aivorie Ballangan


Igorota awarded Armor Company Commander of the Year by Philippine Marine Corps

Photo Courtesy || Assault Armor Battalion 
Cordillera - A proud Igorota Philippine marine was adjudged 2022 Company Commander of the Year (Assault Armor Battalion) by the Philippine Marine Corps.

Captain Kelly Alindeg Regalado from Tadian, Mountain Province received a Plaque of Merit for being the Company Commander of the Year during the 50th Armor Day Celebration in Zamboanga City on 1st May 2022. 

The Assault Armor Battalion (AABN) contains a Headquarters and Service Company, an Armor Maintenance Company (Armor Mnt Co), an Assault Amphibian Company (AAV Co), and a Light Armor Vehicle Company (LAV Co). 

It is tasked with providing the maneuver brigades with armored assets to support their operations. 

The unit's inventory consists of LAV-150s, LAV-300s, LVTP-5s and LVTH-6s. None of the LVTP-5s are currently in service but the Marines have been able to recondition four of the LVTH-6s for their use.


Monday, June 20, 2022

Pedro Bangguiac: the 102 year-old Kalinga warrior who fought with US soldiers against Japanese invaders

Cordillera - Meet Lolo Pedro Bangguiac from the Lubo tribe of Kalinga province. He was among the Kalinga warrior who was part of the "bolo men" who fought with the American soldiers in repealing the Japanese invaders during World War 2.

TV journalist Sandra Aguinaldo of GMA traveled to Kalinga to interview Lolo Bangguiac about the tattoo on his body. 

The102 year-old Bangguiac revealed the tattoo on his body is an indication of being a warrior that fought for his tribe in his younger years.

According to Natividad Sugguiyao, Former Chief NCIP Kalinga, the tattoo also called batok is being practiced by Kalinga menfolk where in they only get this if they have killed somebody to defend their tribe or ancestral domain.


Sunday, June 19, 2022

College sweethearts inspire each other to graduate Magna Cum Laude

Cordillera - "Okay lang na magkaroon ng girlfriend o boyfriend basta gawin itong inspirasyon, not destruction... (It's okay to have boyfriend or girlfriend as long as use this as an inspiration and not destruction...). 

This is the message of Magda Ria Piedad who graduated Magna Cum Laude at the Divine Word College of Bangued, Abra in 10th June, 2022. 

Her boyfriend Bonifacio B. Tumalip Jr. also graduated Magna Cum Laude at the same college. 

Magda Ria and Bonifacio  have been sweethearts for four years now and they took their relationship as an inspiration to finish their studies with honors. 

The couple were really proud of each other of their success because they proved that their college relationship was not a hindrance of reaching their goals.

Magda Ria said her boyfriend is not only a lover, but also his best friend, adviser and a brother to her.

The help and support they are getting from each other had been a great help in keeping their relationship even stronger.

"May own weakness and strength po kami na magkaiba so kung ano po ang kahinaan ng isa, 'yun po ang tinutulungan para mapunan... Kapag may mga subject ako na mga math at nahihirapan ako, nagpapa-tutor po ako sa kanya at ganoon din siya, kapag may mga essay na kailangan i-submit ay pinapa-tsek niya," Magda Ria said.

Bonifacio finished Bachelor of Science in Accountancy while Magna Ria finished Secondary Education Major in Social Studies.

"I am filled with so much joy for this success of ours not only because one of our dreams are unlocked but because of this, we can truly say that "hindi lahat ng nagboboyfriend/girlfriend habang nag-aaral ay hindi makakapagtapos, ang iba parehong nagiging Magna Cum Laude na magtatapos," Piedad said.


Friday, June 17, 2022

Igorot boxer Carl James Martin now a reservist of the Philippine Army

Photo Courtesy || Carl Jammes Martin & Glory Balegan PTV News

Cordillera - Undefeated Cordilleran boxer from Ifugao, Carl Jammes "Wonder Boy" Martin is now part of the Philippine Army as a reservist. 

In a photo posted by Martin himself in his official Facebook account, he and other trainees are seen with their army uniform.

He now joins the 790,000 standby and ready reserves who provide development support and security operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, especially in humanitarian assistance and disaster response. 

Martin is the current GAB super bantamweight title holder since December 2021 and the WBA Asia super bantamweight title holder since March 2022.

His professional record showed 19 fights in his boxing career with 16 wins coming by TKO and 3 wins by decision.


Cordilleran from Abra is Asia's Most Exemplary Woman Artist of the Year

Photo Courtesy || Asia's Golden Icons Awards
Cordillera - Cordilleran visual artist, Jinkee Molina-Sangoy was among this year's awardees for the Asia's Golden Icons Awards 2022.

Sangoy will be awarded as "Asia's Most Exemplary Woman Artist of the Year" on June 28, 2022 at the Grand Ballroom of Okada Manila Resort Hotel, Paranaque City.

She is the only Cordilleran to get award together with Filipino celebrities like Alex Gonzaga, Donita Nose, Robin Padilla, and etc.

Sangoy is an artist from the Tingguin tribe in Abra, whose artworks were featured internationally like the World Art Expo 2022 in Indiana, USA and the 2019 European Art Magazine.

Sangoy uses watercolor, acrylic and mixed as her preferred mediums and got her inspiration from the work of famous painter Van Gogh and Monet.

Asia's Golden Icons Awards recognizes individual achievers and business entities that have significant impact in the community or has shown excellence in their area of their expertise. 

The awards evidenced that they continuously succeeds in their chosen fields. 

The recognition will aid deserving individuals and companies to position themselves, their brands or to be known well within their sectors and to the industry.


Sunday, June 12, 2022

Igorot Nurse in Top 10 of the May 2022 Nurse Licensure Exam

Photo Courtesy || MPSPC & LGU Tadian

Cordillera - A proud Igorot nurse from Mt. Province is among the nursing graduates who garnered the highest ranking in the just concluded May 2022 Philippine Nurse Licensure Examination. 

Miss Majie Criss Dao-Wan Kadtar who hails from Tadian, Mt. Province and a graduate of the Mountain Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC)  ranked Top 10 with a passing rate of 87.40 percent.

Meanwhile, Keziah Kyleen Galit Gonzales of Emilio Aguinaldo College (Manila) and Nora Jane Bacarisas Staveley of Our Lady of Fatima University (Valenzuela) garnered the highest place (TOP 1)with a rating of 90 percent.

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced that 6,616 of the 9,729 examines pass the May 2022 Nurse Licensure Examination. 

The examinations were conducted given by the Board of Nursing in different cities of the country like Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Koronadal, Legazpi, Lucena, Pagadian, Pampanga, Rosales, Tacloban, Tuguegarao, and Zamboanga.


Thursday, June 9, 2022

Search for the the biggest tree and win P25,000 - DENR-Cordillera

Cordillera - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Cordillera is inviting residents in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) to search for the biggest tree in the region and win prices. 


1. Open to all residents of Cordillera Administrative Region  (individual or group) except employees of DENR 

2. Choose any tree species, either coniferous (e.g. Benguet pine) or broadleaved species (e.g.Narra, Dao, White Lauan), that is naturally growing (not planted) within the Cordillera region

3. Take photos of the biggest tree that is healthy and not showing any symptoms or signs of decay/diseases:

- close up photo of the tree

- selfie or photo with the tree

- photo showing the measurement (circumference) of the tree in centimeter, taken at the tree's Diameter at Breast Height (See photo showing how to measure DBH)

4. During submission, include the following details:

- Name of the tree

- Circumference

- Height (Total Height)

- Location

- Importance

- Name of participant and contact number

(in case of group entry, please give the names of the participants and indicate the group representative with his/her contact number)

5.  Place your entry in A4 size bond paper

with 1 page PER photo and 1 page for the details (4 pages in total).

Submit your entry to your nearest CENRO, PENRO or Regional Office

or e-mail your entry at:

on or before June 14, 2022 (5:00PM)

6. Two winners will be awarded P25,000 for each species:

1 winner for coniferous species and 1 winner for broadleaved species

Announcement of winners will be during the culminating activity of the DENR-CAR Environment Month

source || DENR Cordillera


Wednesday, June 8, 2022

World's handsome men to visit Cordillera for the Man of the World 2022 pageant

Photo Courtesy || Missology Male Pageant

Cordillera - At least 40 candidates from around the world had started arriving in the Philippines for the Man of the World pageant. 

The Cordillera region will take center stage as the official host of preliminary events and World Finals. 

Candidates who came from different countries are scheduled to visit the province of Kalinga on June 13 and 14. 

On June 13, candidates will visit Apo Whang-od - the oldest and world famous mambabatok (traditional tattoo artist) of Kalinga.

By June 14, they will head over to Luna, Apayao for charity day, swimwear shoot, and swimsuit competition. 

There is also scheduled swimwear in bahag competition where in the candidates will wear the world renowned Cordilleran Bahag with 6 different textiles that represent the 6 culturally diverse provinces of Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mt. Province at Okada Manila on June 11.

The grand coronation night will happen on June 18 at the Baguio Convention Center. 


Monday, June 6, 2022

Honest Igorot kid from Benguet returns lost smartphone to owner

Photo Courtesy || BCPO Tourist Police

Cordillera - A kid from Buguias, Benguet has been praised for his honesty after returning a lost phone to the owner. 

The honest kid, Khurt Oloan, found the smartphone Samsung A50 at Burnham park and immediately turned it over to the tourist police who was roving the area. 

The phone which was later turned over to Lizel Damasco, the owner of the said phone who visited Baguio from Bukidnon.

Netizens in the online community were quick to appreciate the simple act of honesty of Mr. Oloan.

"A character that is to be valued and practiced by new generations now. Salute to you balong. God bless you," Sheryll said.

"Wow, so proud for you balong, Kudos to you and to you family. A lot of blessings shall be showered upon you. God bless and stay safe," another netizens commented.

READ ALSO: 11-year-old honest kid from Ifugao returns Php102,000 cash he found

Many also commended the parents of the kid who raise him to be honest. 

"Jan natin makikita na may naituro sa kanya ang kanyang mga magulang, I'm proud of u kid, and also to ur parents who teach u to become an honest son/person. Sana hindi yan mawawala sayo hanggang sa pagtanda mo, keep safe and God Bless u," Dhan said.


Sunday, June 5, 2022

Igorot Cop PCpl Manzano is Grand Champion in Pulis Got Talent - Solo Category

Photo Courtesy || PNP Cordillera

Cordillera - Igorot Cop PCpl Jumar S. Manzano of the Police Regional Office-Cordillera declared as the Grand Champion in the Pulis Got Talent- Solo Category Grandfinals showdown on June 4, 2022 at the FilOil Flying V Arena, San Juan City.

Using his handmade bamboo flute, PCpl Manzano wowed the panel of judges with his rendition of the 'Colors of the Wind', 'The Last of the Mohicans' and 'El Condo Pasa'.

He chose these songs because it relates to humans and his beloved region, the Cordillera. It also connects to one of the core values of the PNP - Makakalikasan, according the PCADG Cordillera.

Pcpl Manzano’s passion for playing the bamboo flute has roots way back when he was a child. 

He used to observe the elderly in his town playing the unique instrument with their bare hands, in which he admires them so much that he decided to emulate them.

Manzano is assigned at the Regional Headquarters Support Unit (RHSU), PROCOR and a member of the PROCOR peacemakers band. He joined the Area Police Command Northern Luzon - Pulis Got Talent,  Solo Category on May 27, 2022 and triumphed in the competition, making him the representative in the national level.

source || PCADG COrdillera


Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Igorota PH Coast Guard appointed scholar to United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA)

Cordillera - A proud Igorota Philippine Coast Guard has been chosen to study as International Cadet under the International Cadetship Program of the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) Class of 2026.

CG Cadet Arlyn Bangsoy, who hails from Sagada, Mountain Province is among the three scholars appointed by the PH Coast Guard to participate in the program.

CG Bangsoy is a graduate of XiJEN College of Mountain Province and is also a PCG-PMMA Cadet Schoolar. 

She will be joining other cadets CG Cadet Ryellla Allysa Flores and Cadet Alliane Matthew Dela Vega in a formal swearing-in ceremony at the USCGA, New London, Connecticut, U.S.A. on June 24 2022, according to Philippine Coast Guard.

The PCG Cadetship Program is a part of the Command’s vision of establishing a first-class Cadet Corps as a precursor to the establishment of the PCG Academy in the future.

Upon graduation from the USCGA, the three international cadets shall be commissioned in the PCG with the RANK OF ENSIGN and shall serve a MINIMUM OF EIGHT YEARS OF CONTINUOUS ACTIVE SERVICE.

source || Philippine Coast Guard


Sunday, May 29, 2022

Baguio LGU puts up team of experts to evaluate LCUTS (ex. monorail) project for the city

Cordillera - Baguio residents and tourists are looking forward for a new and modern mode of transportation in the city as Mayor Benjamin Magalong signed an executive order that creates a technical working group (TWG) that will look in to the possibility of putting up a low carbon urban transport system (LCUTS).

The group led by the city's engineering and transport management officers, related government agencies, academe, and the private sector is tasked to come up with a mode of transportation with better mobility and helps improve air quality of the city. 

The TWG will work with the United Nation and the Department of Transportation for the implementation of the LCUTS.

The LCUTS in the Philippines Project aims to help promote and create an enabling environment for the commercialization of low carbon urban transport systems, like electric and hybrid vehicles.

The project focus on low carbon transport solutions such as electric vehicles, development of bikeways, cable cars, and projects and policies promoting clean transport options.

Other examples of electric transportation is the monorail system which is powered by electric motors. 

In the past years, Metro Global Holdings Corp., a multinational holdings company has proposed to build P11.5 billion fully electric public transport system in Baguio city.

The project is composed of a 4-kilometer elevated monorail around the central business district area and a series of feeder lines to be composed of battery-powered buses in an aim to make Baguio City the first urban center to pilot the green ecosystem and electric-powered monorail system.


Cordilleran Cop wins APC - Police Got Talent in La Union

Photo Courtesy || PRO-COR PIO

Cordillera - Cordilleran cop PCpl Jumar Manzano was adjudged as the champion in the recently concluded Area Police Command (APC) - Northern Luzon - Police Got Talent on May 27, 2022.

In his solo flute performance, PCpl Manzano captivated the panel of judges with his rendition of the 'Colors of the Wind' using his handmade musical instruments.

Manzano who was assigned at Police Regional Office - Cordillera (PRO-COR) bested other solo performers from PRO 1, PRO 2, and PRO 3 under the APC - Northern Luzon Command.

Winning the competition has earned him a ticket to the grand finals of Police Got Talent to be held at FilOil Arena in San Juan, Metro Manila on June 4, 2022.

As a show of support, PROCOR Command Group in the person of PBGEN RONALD OLIVER LEE, Regional Director; PBGEN JOHN C CHUA, Deputy Regional Director for Administration; PCOL BENJAMIN DL SEMBRANO, Deputy Regional Director for Operations; and PCOL ELMER E RAGAY, Chief Regional Staff have personally attended the activity to cheer the PROCOR contingent. 

source || PROCOR  PIO


Saturday, May 28, 2022

Top Cordilleran Generals meet to discuss plans, program of the AFP

Photo Courtesy || Philippine Army

Cordillera - A meeting of Cordilleran generals. The Chief Nurse, Armed Forces of the Philippines Brig. Gen. Venus Magwelang Bajarin paid a courtesy call to Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Romeo S. Brawner, Jr., at the Army’s main headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Metro Manila on the 25th of May 2022. 

Lt. Gen. Brawner and Brig. Gen. Bajarin discussed the progress of plans and programs of AFP chief nurse and the implementation of nursing service policies. 

Brig. Gen. Bajarin traces her roots to Pinukpuk and Pugong, Pasil in the province of Kalinga while Lt. Gen. Brawner who hails from Baguio traces his root from Kiangan in the province of Ifugao.

The Philippine Army launched its first air ambulance helmed by a critical care team during the celebration of the organization’s 125th founding anniversary two months ago in its bid to develop its air medical evacuation capability.

Lt. Gen. Brawner, in his previous speeches, has vowed to push for the procurement of more air ambulances to save lives of soldiers in the frontlines. 

“We are developing this capability because the life of each soldier counts. Even if we save only one life through this capability, it is already worth it,” Lt. Gen. Brawner said. 

source || Philippine Army via PIA


Kindhearted netizens flock to help and buy farmer's unsold carrot

Photo Courtesy || Maryjane Tidang

Cordillera - Several netizens on social media who heard the news of a farmer who was unable to sell his carrots at BAPTC/Trading Post responded to the call and immediately went to help the farmer dispose his carrot.

The poor farmer had no choice but to sell his carrot at a bargain price of 10 pesos per kilo, just enough to have cash to buy fuel for his truck to go home. 

He said he doesn't want to bring home the carrot and just throw it away back in to the farm. 

Learning his very unfortunate situation, many netizens came to the rescue and bought all his carrot. 

Miss Maryjane Tidang, who posted the call for help thanked all those who came to help manong farmer and those who extend financial support thru Gcash.

Mamong farmer's unsold carrot is a common problem faced by many Cordilleran farmers, which according to former DA Secretary Manny Piñol, is not a problem of oversupply but the "very poor positioning of commodities produced in excess in one specific area".

READ ALSO: Mobile App to help Cordillera farmers monitor oversupply of vegetables in advance

Piñol suggested the reviving of the so called Food Terminal Inc. (FTI), a government corporation created by the late President Ferdinand Marcos Sr. that aims to revolutionize the agricultural sector of the country, and establish a food consolidation centre for warehousing, food processing, research and quality control, marketing services, and trading. 

READ ALSO: Japan to build P82-million solar-powered cold storage in Buguias, Benguet

With the help of the FTI, farmers will have another venue for disposing their produce aside from BATPC and Trading Post. 

Unsold produced like carrots could also be processed in to juice rather than thrown away.


Thursday, May 26, 2022

WATCH: Igorota beauty queen in GMA's EAT BULAGA - Bawal Judgmental

Photo Courtesy || Roxie Baeyens

Cordillera - Crowned Miss Earth - Water 2020 Roxanne Baeyens appears on the May 11 edition of GMA noontime show Eat Bulaga - Bawal Judgmental. 

Baeyens from Cordillera is among the young artists who are now officially member of "Sparkada" - a talent show launched by Sparkle GMA Artist Center. 

The young Igorota artist from Besao, Mt Province with her stage name Roxie Smith is being groomed as the next bankable leading lady.


New attraction in Atok, Benguet - The Hidden Bonsai Paradise

Photo Courtesy || Arlo Ore Masa

Cordillera - The local government of Atok, Benguet is promoting its newest tourist attraction called the hidden bonsai garden. 

Located in Tulodan, Cattubo in the town of Atok, the attraction is a carpet of bonsai cypress trees formed into a stunning landscape. 

Accordingly, immersing yourself with these serene and peaceful scenery of bonsai trees can offer so many health benefits including lowering blood pressure, reduce phycological stress, weariness, and exhaustion. 

Have a glimpse of this beautiful garden in a video vlog by FDG Stages.

LGU Atok invites everyone to experience nature thru visiting this place which is only 15 minutes hike from the main highway. 

There is no entrance fee in entering the garden however, a voluntary donation are accepted for the development of the garden. 

LGU Atok advise visitors who wish to visit the hidden bonsai paradise to strictly follow the safety health protocols and garden rules.

Top tourist destinations in Atok, Benguet are the Sakura Flower Farm, the Northern Blossom Farm, Haight's Place, Second Highest Point, Half Tunnel, Spanish Trail, and Mt. Timbak.


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