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Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Igorota Phoebe Kate B. Gut-omen Wins at the World Chelsea Bun Awards Bake-off Competition 2023

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Cordillera - A proud Cordilleran from Poblacion, Sabangan, Mt. Province recently has etched her name in the history of culinary glory after securing victory in the highly anticipated World Chelsea Bun Awards Bake-off Competition 2023 held in Partridges Sloan Square in Chelsea, London,

Gut-omen's exquisite creation, a meticulously crafted Chelsea Bun crafted from locally sourced ingredients, garnered unparalleled praise and adulation, securing the coveted title in the esteemed Instagram Category. 

The panel of judges, consisting of eminent personalities including Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent, stepping in for Lady Frederick of Windsor, the Managing Director of Buckingham Palace Grocer Partridges foods, and the esteemed actor and patron, Lady Jane Asher, were unanimous in their decision.

In her Facebook post, Gut-omen expressed her profound gratitude to the patrons who have supported her culinary journey, extending her appreciation to her beloved Mountain Province. 

Filled with hope and ambition, she playfully pondered the possibility of participating in illustrious television shows such as the renowned Great British Bake Off, envisioning a future where her passion and skill could captivate audiences worldwide.

Gut-omen is one of the beneficiary of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa program. 

Let Gut-omen's triumph serve as an inspiration to aspiring chefs and dreamers alike, illuminating the extraordinary heights that can be reached through perseverance, creativity, and a steadfast commitment to honing one's craft. May her story ignite the flames of passion within us all, empowering us to pursue our dreams relentlessly, and etch our names in the tapestry of greatness.


Honest Lolo and grandson in Ifugao return P305,000 they found

Photo Courtesy || Asipulo PNP

Cordillera - In the small town of Asipulo, Ifugao, a truly inspiring story has captured the hearts of many. The remarkable actions of a grandfather and his grandson have sparked praise and admiration throughout the community, reminding us all of the power of honesty and compassion.

It was a rainy day, filled with the remnants of typhoon Betty, when William Anudon and his grandson, CJ Buccahan, stumbled upon a life-changing discovery. Nestled along the Bahag-Amduntog Provincial Road, they uncovered a substantial sum of P305,000 in cash. Instead of allowing temptation to cloud their judgment, their unwavering moral compass guided them towards a remarkable decision.

Without hesitation, despite being drenched and shivering from the cold, the determined grandfather made his way to the Asipulo Municipal Police Station to return the money to its rightful owner. When asked about their selfless act, William explained that returning the substantial amount was simply the right thing to do. They understood that keeping the money for themselves would be wrong, for it did not belong to them.

Reflecting on the lessons instilled by their parents, the grandparents emphasized the importance of honesty. They passed on this invaluable virtue to their grandson, CJ Buccahan, a remarkable grade 7 student at Asipulo National High School. The young boy's heartwarming involvement in this act of integrity further amplified the impact of their actions.

The tremendous display of character did not go unnoticed. One kind-hearted policeman, deeply moved by their honesty and integrity, rewarded CJ with P500 in recognition of his outstanding deed. However, the true reward lies not in material gain but in the invaluable life lessons and virtues they have cultivated.

This heartening story does not end here. In a remarkable turn of events, it was discovered that the owner of the money had inadvertently dropped an additional P600,000. Demonstrating their unwavering commitment to doing what is right, the townspeople quickly returned the additional sum within a few short hours.

This inspiring tale serves as a testament to the power of integrity and the profound impact it can have on our lives and communities. The actions of William, CJ, and the Asipulo community have rekindled faith in the inherent goodness of humanity. They have reminded us that even in the face of adversity, when given the opportunity to choose between right and wrong, our innate goodness can shine through.

Let this extraordinary story be a beacon of inspiration for us all. May it encourage us to uphold the values of honesty, integrity, and kindness in our own lives, and may it remind us that together, we can create a world where acts of goodness and compassion are celebrated and cherished.


Friday, May 26, 2023

Igorot hunk from Mt. Province wins 2023 Ginoong Pilipinas’ Best in Festival Costume

Photo Courtesy || MyTV Cebu

Cordillera - Rickmhar P. Bayonao, representing the Cordillera region in Ginoong Pilipinas 2023, achieved remarkable success during the May 20 finals held at IL Corso Lifemalls' Central Piazza Amphitheater in Cebu, Philippines. Not only did he win the prestigious Best in Festival Costume award, but he was also honored with the title of Mr. Congeniality.

Originally from Masla, Tadian town, Bayonao had previously been crowned Mr. Student Leaders of the Philippines in 2019. In 2022, he achieved the first runner-up position in the Mr. and Ms. Kalinogan Mountain Province pageant, also winning accolades for Best in Advocacy/Interview, Best in Ethnic Wear, and Best in Formal Wear.

Bayonao proudly represented Mountain Province as Mr. Mountain Province 2022 and participated as a representative of the province in the Search for Mr. and Miss Cordillera Autonomy Youth Ambassador in the previous year.

Despite initial concerns about being judged or criticized by the community, Bayonao expressed feeling a sense of liberation during the swimwear photoshoot, which greatly boosted his self-confidence.

As his first national pageant experience, Bayonao expressed profound gratitude for all his supporters who played a vital role in helping him secure a spot as one of the top 10 finalists in Ginoong Pilipinas.

The Ginoong Pilipinas pageant made a grand comeback, aiming to become the leading male beauty pageant in the country, equivalent to Binibining Pilipinas.


Generous Baguio taxi driver offers free ride after wife passed the board exam for teachers

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Cordillera - In the vibrant city of Baguio, amidst the bustling streets and busy lives, an act of kindness has taken root, leaving a trail of inspiration in its wake. Joly Medina, a humble taxi driver, has become a beacon of generosity, offering free rides to students and teachers. 

Joly's heartwarming gesture was sparked by his wife Carolyn Medina's recent success in the Licensure Examination for Teachers. Filled with happiness and gratitude, the couple decided to pay it forward in a remarkable way.

Joly's initiative has created a ripple effect of joy and appreciation throughout the community. Students who once faced obstacles in attending school now find themselves uplifted by Joly's selflessness. 

Teachers, burdened by long commutes and financial constraints, are reminded of the value they bring to their students' lives.

Joly and Carolyn's decision to offer free rides is a testament to the power of gratitude and the transformative potential of small acts of kindness. Their story reminds us that no matter our circumstances, we can all find ways to make a positive impact. 

By following their lead, we can foster a culture of giving and compassion, creating a brighter future for all.

Joly Medina's generosity has sparked a movement of goodwill, reminding us of the incredible power of a single act of kindness. Let us be inspired by his example and seek opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others. 

Together, we can build a community where gratitude and generosity flourish, and where the spirit of giving continues to shine brightly.


Thursday, May 18, 2023

Six universities in Cordillera among Top Innovative Universities in the world

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Cordillera - Six Higher Education Institutions in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) have achieved remarkable recognition on a global scale. The World University Rankings for Innovation (WURI) Rankings have acknowledged the impressive performance of these institutions across six crucial criteria.

The areas in which these universities have excelled are Industrial Application, Entrepreneurial Spirit, Ethical Value, Student Mobility and Openness, Crisis Management, and Industrial Revolution. By attaining high rankings in these diverse categories, the universities have demonstrated their commitment to holistic education and impactful contributions to society.

WURI, a recently established international ranking system, was introduced by the Organizing Committee of the Hanseatic League of Universities (HLU). Its objective is to move away from conventional rankings that primarily emphasize quantitative metrics associated with research and academic systems. Instead, WURI focuses on recognizing innovative programs that make a genuine difference in society.

This year's rankings were meticulously organized by the Policy and Strategy on National Competitiveness (IPSNC) of South Korea. The IPSNC received invaluable support from four prestigious organizations: the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), HLU, the Institute for Industrial Policy Studies (IPS) based in Seoul, South Korea, and the Taylor Institute of Franklin University Switzerland (FUS) from Switzerland.

๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—”๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€:

๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—จ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐˜†(๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ด๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ผ ๐—–๐—ถ๐˜๐˜†): Rank 40 in Industrial Application, Rank 43 in Entrepreneurial Spirit, and Rank 29 in Industrial Revolutions

๐—จ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ด๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ผ(๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ด๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ผ ๐—–๐—ถ๐˜๐˜†):Rank 43 in Entrepreneurial Spirit

๐—จ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜€(๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ด๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ผ ๐—–๐—ถ๐˜๐˜†): Rank 45 in Industrial Application, Rank 28 in Industrial Revolution, and Rank 43 in Student Mobility and Openness

๐—œ๐—ณ๐˜‚๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ผ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—จ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐˜†(๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐˜‚๐˜, ๐—œ๐—ณ๐˜‚๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ผ): Rank 42 in Ethical Value and Rank 35 in Industrial Revolution

๐—–๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐——๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ฒ(๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ, ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐˜):Rank 35 in Ethical Value

๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—จ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐˜†(๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ, ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐˜):Rank 38 Industrial Revolution

source || CHED-CAR


Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Igorot arnisador from Benguet wins gold medal in Men's Anyo Non-traditional Arnis

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Cordillera - Cordilleran arnisador from Benguet Crisamuel Delfin from won gold medal during the 2023 Southeast Asian Games held in Cambodia. 

Delfin recorded another gold medal for the Philippine team in the Men's Individual Anyo event in the 32nd Southeast Asian Games at the Chroy Changvar Convention Center on Tuesday, May 16, 2023.

Delfin wears the traditional Cordillera warrior attire during his performance. 

Arnis is considered to be the Philippine National sport and one of the most medal rich event in the SEA Games. 

This sport emphasizes weapon based fighting which is done using knives, bladed weapons, sticks and various improvised weapon. 


Friday, May 12, 2023

Igorota athlete Islay Ericka Bomogao becomes first Filipina Muaythai World Champion

Islay Bomogao

Cordillera - Proud Igorota Islay Erika Bomogao has made history by becoming the first Filipina Muaythai World Champion during the 2023 International Federation of Muaythai Associations (IIFMA) Senior World Championship.

Bomogao won gold in the 45kg category during the IFMA 2023 World Senior Championship held in Bangkok, Thailand. 

The Muaythai Associations of the Philippines (MAP) sent a congratulatory message to Islay Bomogao that reads:

"Her dedication and hard work have paid off, and she has proven that Filipinas are a force to be reckoned with in the world of combat sports.

Islay Erika Bomogao has been an inspiration to all the young women who aspire to be champions in the sport of Muaythai. With her remarkable skills and unwavering determination, she has shattered the glass ceiling and made a name for herself on the world stage. She has truly set the bar high for female athletes everywhere, showing that with hard work and perseverance, anything is possible.

The Philippine muaythai community could not be more prouder of Islay Erika Bomogao's incredible achievement. She has shown the world that the Philippines is a powerhouse when it comes to combat sports and that Filipino athletes are among the best in the world."

Congratulations, Islay Erika Bomogao, on making history and becoming the First Filipina Muaythai World Champion! Your hard work and dedication have paid off, and you are an inspiration to us all! 

source || MAP


Sunday, May 7, 2023

First Kankanaey Festival Book on May 13, 2023

Photo Courtesy || Tin Dao-anis

Cordillera - The first-ever Kankanaey Festival is scheduled on May 13, 2023 with Kibungan town as the host.

With the theme "Ulnos di Kankanaey para sin Pansigdan di Ili," the relevant Kankanaey cultures, indigenous knowledge and practices will be highlighted.

"The purposes of the event are to showcase each municipality's culture, traditions, indigenous knowledge, skills and practices and for the officials and people of neighboring municipalities to have acquaintances," said Labio Nabe, Kibungan municipal councilor.

He added that a resolution has been passed for the Kankanaey Festival to be a yearly activity of the Kankanaey-dominated towns.

Kibungan Mayor Cesar Molitas invited all Kankanaeys and other Indigenous Peoples to take part in the said event.

"Umali kayo ta man Kanyaw tako ed munisipyo (Come that we will celebrate "Kanyaw" together in our [Kibungan] municipality), the mayor said as he invited all interested groups and individuals to the said celebration.

Meanwhile, Benguet Congressman Eric Go Yap, Benguet Governor Melchor D. Diclas and Benguet Vice Governor Ericson "Tagel" L. Felipe and other distinguished officials will be gracing the said festival.

"For the meantime, we have invited the four Kankanaey-dominated municipalities like Bakun, Buguias, Kapangan and Mankayan," added Nabe.

He further mentioned that aside from the trade and agri-fair, photo exhibit and free "tapey" (rice wine) tasting, the visitors will be introduced with Kankanaey cultures through the cultural presentations of every town.

Kibungan mayor believes that hosting the First Kankanaey Festival would boost further the town's tourism industry. 

By Tin Dao-anis


Thursday, May 4, 2023

Igorota beauty queen wins 2nd place in Miss Universe PH National Costume Competition

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Cordillera - Igorot beauty queen Miss Joemay Leo of Benguet is among the three winners during the Miss Universe Philippines 2023 National Costume Competition.

Miss Universe Philippines Benguet bet, Miss Leo win Best in National Costume Competition held on Monday May 4, 2024 at the Leyte Normal University.

Miss Leo proudly demonstrated her Benguet roots with her costumes symbolizing the province as the salad bowl of the Philippines.

The costume is made possible thru the exerted effort by the creative team headed by Lhee Wel Tokia, artisans Rullan Joel, and Julian Del Sison.

Among the three winners are Kimberly Escatin of Southern Leyte in the third place and Airissh Ramos of Eastern Samar in the first place.

The three winners will be joining other candidates who will be strutting their best swimsuits and long gowns at the Preliminary competition set to take place on May 10 at the Grand Ballroom, Okada Manila.

Coronation night will be on May 13 at the Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City.


Monday, April 17, 2023

Igorota cop from Mt. Province tops the Public Safety Basic Recruit Course RTC2 Batch 2021-06

Photo Courtesy || Ely E. Pidlao

Cordillera - Patrolwoman Ely E. Pidlao has set a shining example for women everywhere by graduating at the top of her class at the Regional Training Center 2 in Ilagan, Isabela. 

Pidlao who hails from Tadian, Mt. Province received medals and Certificates of Merit for being the first honor of the SIMBAGSIK class during their graduation ceremony on April 14, 2023.

Pidlao's achievement is all the more impressive given the obstacles she faced. As a woman in a male-dominated field, she had to work twice as hard to prove herself. But she did not let this discourage her. Inspired by her family, especially her son and husband, she persevered and worked tirelessly to achieve her goals.

She shared that her success is a testament to the fact that anyone can achieve their dreams through dedication and hard work. She hopes that her story will inspire other women to pursue their goals, no matter how challenging they may seem.

“Hindi ako babae lang, babae ako. Kahit anong pagsubok ang maranasan mo sa daan patungo sa pagtupad ng pangarap mo, huwag na huwag kang susuko. Ang tagumpay, pinaghihirapan yan, huwag mong hintayin na lalapit saรฝo. At huwag kalimutan na humingi ng patnubay sa Panginoon,” she said.

Pidlao's achievement is not only a personal triumph but also a milestone for gender equality in the workplace. She has shown that women can excel in any profession and that gender should never be a barrier to success.

Pidlao's story is a shining example of what can be achieved with hard work and determination. She has proven that women are capable of achieving greatness and that nothing can hold them back. Her success is an inspiration to us all.

Having received accolades for her outstanding academic and subject proficiency ratings, Pidlao is now contemplating pursuing specialized and higher education in the future.


Sunday, April 16, 2023

Son of taxi driver from Baguio becomes Philippines' first blind bar exam passer

Photo Courtesy || Mark Emocling || Mr. Pablito Sanidad Sr.

Cordillera - Mark Anthony Dulawan Emocling, a son of a taxi driver in Baguio City, recently made headlines for defying the odds and passing the bar exam despite being visually impaired. 

Anthony Mark Emocling, a graduate of the University of Baguio Law School, was among the 3,992 passers of last year's bar exams. He is an inspiration to many who have faced similar challenges.

Mark lost his vision at a young age. Despite this setback, he remained determined to pursue his dreams and enrolled in the University of Baguio Law School. 

It was a difficult journey for Mark, who had to rely on especial software to read and study.

He said, he used regular computers with installed reading software to read the books for him. 

But Mark's perseverance paid off, and he was able to pass the bar exam. He is now an inspiration to many, showing that with hard work, dedication, and a positive mindset, anything is possible.

In an interview with the media, Mark expressed his gratitude to his family, friends, and mentors who supported him throughout his journey.

"They never gave up on me. They believed in my abilities that I can do it. I also have good friends that supported my dreams, and they are the ones who also helped me in reviews," Emocling said.

Mark's story is a testament to the power of perseverance and serves as a reminder that with determination, believing in yourself and hard work, anything is possible, no matter what challenges you may face.

“Believe that you can do the dreams that you put in your heart. Set a goal and make it happen. There will be failures along the way but use them as a guide to motivate you to reach your dream."


Benguet beauty ranks 2 at Best in Swimsuit, Best in Photoshoot in Miss Charm PH

Photo Courtesy || Miss Universe PH

Cordillera - Benguet bet for Miss Universe Philippines secured a 2nd spot in the ongoing online voting for the Miss Charm Philippines. 

As of April 14, 2023, Miss Joemay Leo, MUPH candidate from Tuba, Benguet garnered a total of 36,000 points in the Best in Swimsuit category while a total of 32,000 points in the Best in Photoshoot category.

Who is Joemay Leo

A proud mom and proud Igorota from Benguet province is among the candidates vying for the prestigious Miss Universe Philippines 2023 title.

The empowered mom from Tuba, Benguet, Miss. Joemay Leo is grateful for the opportunity to represent the whole Igorot tribe in the national stage. 

"I never imagined joining pageants once again after becoming a mom. But who says mom can't slay the universe? With much pride and honor, I am beyond blessed to represent the whole Igorot tribe. This avenue holds an excellent opportunity to showcase a world-class Igorota beauty, Leo said in a post.

Miss Leo is a graduate of the University of Baguio (UB) with a degree in Bachelor of Arts Communication.

She won numerous beauty pageants awards including Miss Cordillera, Miss Tuba, Miss Benguet 1st runner up and Miss Baguio 3rd runner up. 

Joining her for the Miss Universe journey are fellow Cordillerans from Baguio City Miss Krishnah Marie Gravidez and from Kalinga Miss Kristeen Mae Boccang who will be representing the province of Apayao.


Saturday, April 15, 2023

7-year-old girl in Bontoc donates savings to fire victims

Photo Courtesy || Municipality of Bontoc

Cordillera - In a heartwarming display of generosity, Hazel Cassandra Lingbanan, affectionately known as "Gagsi," showed that age is just a number when it comes to helping others. 

On the occasion of her 7th birthday, the young girl from Samoki, Bontoc, decided to donate all her savings to victims of a recent fire in their community.

Gagsi's piggy bank had been filling up for months with her savings from various chores and tasks around the house. 

When she heard about the devastating fire that had destroyed many homes in her village, she knew she wanted to do something to help. 

Without hesitation, she broke open her piggy bank and counted out her hard-earned savings, which came to a total of P3,155.

Her mom were touched by her selflessness and decided to accompany her to the local relief center to make the donation. 

Gagsi was beaming with pride as she handed over her savings to the officials, who were amazed by her kind gesture. 

Her mom said that they were proud of her and hoped that her act of kindness would inspire others to lend a helping hand to those in need.

Gagsi's act of kindness has reminded us that no matter how small we are, we can make a big difference in the lives of others. 

Indeed, Gagsi has shown us that the true meaning of birthday celebrations is not just about receiving gifts, but also about giving back to those who need it the most.


Monday, April 10, 2023

Igorota athlete Islay Ericka Bomogao wins bronze medal in Cambodia

Photo Courtesy || PSC

Cordillera - Cordilleran athlete Islay Ericka Bomogao and other Filipino athletes has raised the Philippine flag in the world of combat sports as they took home medals from the 1st Kun Bokator SEA Championship held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

21-year-old Islay, won bronze medal in the  Combat Female 45kg category.

Meanwhile, fellow Filipino athlete Alyssa Kylie Mallari and Rhichien Yosorez won Gold medal in the Bokator Spirit Form category and Single Bare Hand Form category respectively.

Other Filipino athlete Johnden Aldana Jr. won silver medal in the Combat Male 55kg category while Jeilord Alvarez and Orlando Castillo took home bronze medals in the Combat male category.


Wednesday, April 5, 2023

LOOK: 500KM Expressway Network That Connects Ilocos, Cordillera, Cagayan Valley

Cordillera - A new expressway network spanning over 500 kilometers will soon connect the Ilocos, Cordillera, and Cagayan Valley regions of the Philippines. The ISINCCIEXN, or Ilocos Sur-Ilocos Norte-Cordillera-Cagayan-Isabela Expressway Network, is a visionary project led by Prime Ilocos Norte Holdings Inc. through the Ilocos Urban Development Corporation.

The project aims to promote economic growth and connectivity in these regions by providing a faster and more convenient way of traveling between major cities and provinces. The expressway network will connect major economic hubs, tourist destinations, and agricultural areas in the regions, making it easier for people and goods to move around.

Photo Courtesy || Prime Ilocos Norte Holdings Inc.
Aside from improving connectivity and promoting economic growth, the project is also expected to create thousands of jobs during its construction and operation. Local residents will also benefit from improved road safety, reduced travel time, and increased accessibility to essential services and opportunities.

READ ALSO:  Multi-billion Balili Bypass Road to connect La Trinidad and Baguio Proposed

In conclusion, the ISINCCIEXN project is an ambitious undertaking that promises to bring positive changes to the Ilocos, Cordillera, and Cagayan Valley regions. It is a testament to the commitment of Prime Ilocos Norte Holdings Inc. and the Ilocos Urban Development Corporation to drive progress and development in the Philippines.


Monday, April 3, 2023

Cordilleran Lieutenant is 1st Runner Up in National Obstacle Racing Course

Photo Courtesy || PNPA

Cordillera: Bontoc Mt. Province's Police Lieutenant Jem Henessy C. Fallong recently made history by placing in the National Women In Uniform Obstacle Course Racing, a competition participated by various branches of uniformed services. With her excellent physical conditioning and indomitable will, honed from her training at SAFCC and academy days at PNPA, Fallong was able to finish strong.

This achievement is not only a personal glory but also a historic first for the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) - Justice, Integrity, Service, as no other graduate has ever achieved this kind of recognition in this competition. It is a testament to the quality of officers that the PNPA is producing to serve and protect the Filipino people.

Fallong's achievement is a reminder that with hard work, discipline, and determination, anyone can achieve their goals. Her dedication to her training and her unwavering spirit are an inspiration to all those who aspire to serve in the uniformed services. She has shown that anything is possible with perseverance and commitment. Her success is a shining example of what can be achieved when one puts their mind to it.


Thursday, March 30, 2023

WATCH: Ifugao boxer knocks out Thai foe in 1st round

Cordillera - A talented young boxer from Ifugao province made a triumphant return to the ring after defeating a Thai fighter early in the 1st round in Bangkok, Thailand.

25-year old KJ "The Ipugo" Natuplag who hails from Lagawe, Ifugao dominates the first round by delivering powerful shots to the body of Nakharin Hangyu of Thailand before finishing him with a right hook to the chin. The referee stopped the contest after Hangyu was not able to stand up at the count of eight. 

Natuplag improved his record record to 12 wins with eleven TKOs and 4 losses.

His recent lost was to Wen Song Liu of China via first round technical knockout. 

In June 2022, The Ifugao fighter was crowned the New Featherweight King of Asia by the WBC Asian Boxing Council when he defeated Attanon Kunlawong of Thailand.


Baguio's Igorot Stone Kingdom to Open Soon

Photo Courtesy || Igorot Stone Kingdom

Cordillera - The famous the Igorot Stone Kingdom in Baguio city is likely to be opening soon after the city prosecutor's office junked the charges filed against the owner of the said tourist spot.

It can be recalled that last year, the city mayor's office has ordered the closure of the newest tourist destination over permit and safety issues.

However, the city prosecutor's office has said the owners of Igorot Stone Kingdom were able to complete all the building requirements imposed by the local government for the issuance of the building permits.

"Going over the issues, it appears that the respondents were able to comply with the requirements as prescribed under Presidential Decree 1096 regarding the structure complained of," read in the 2-page resolution penned by Prosecuting Attorney Oliver Isabelo Prudencio and approved by City Prosecutor Conrado Catral Jr.

The Igorot Stone Kingdom is a man-made attraction located along Longlong Road in Pinsao Proper. The park showcases the ingenuity, skills and knowledge of the Igorots in stone laying which their ancestors passed to them.

Among the main attractions at the stone kingdom is a tower that depicts the fantasy story of Gatan and Bangan, an Igorot man and woman who survived the great holocaust, a fertility stone tower, and a Kabunyan (Igorot God) tower.


Wednesday, March 29, 2023

8 Cordilleran soldiers graduated from Philippine Air Force (PAF's) Most Elite Flying school

Photo Courtesy || PAF

Cordillera - Eight sons and daughters of Cordillera had participated in the Philippine Air Force Military Pilot Training Class  2023A that was held on 27 March 2023, at the Philippine Air Force Flying School in Fernando Air Base, Lipa City, Batangas.

The new military pilots who hail from Cordilleran region were identified as

1LT CLAYDE THOR N. AGNAYA PAF - Tabuk City, Kalinga

2LT JEPESON A. DAPPAY PAF - Tinglayan, Kalinga



1LT JAINYTHE T. LAYONG PAF - Sabangan, Mt. Province

1LT JOVIN CLINE V DICANG PAF - La Trinidad, Benguet

2LT EDMAR N RUMILAN PAF - Itogon, Benguet

2LT JEB B BAY-AN PAF - Kabayan, Benguet

The Philippine Air Force Flying School of the Air Education, Training and Doctrine Command (AETDC) held the Graduation Ceremony for the Military Pilot Training "Wings of Tenacity" Class 2023A at Fernando Air Base, Lipa City, Batangas on March 27, 2023. The ceremony was graced by LTGEN STEPHEN P PARREร‘O PAF, Commanding General, PAF as the Guest of Honor.

After over two (2) years of rigorous training, the 60 strong members of the MPT Class 2023A can now proudly call themselves certified military pilots. This addition to the long line of military aviators, will undoubtedly bolster the PAF's impressive fleet of highly skilled and honed pilots.

In his remarks, the CG, PAF expressed his profound gratitude and congratulations to the new graduates and reminded them that more than being a pilot, they should be Aviation Leaders who know their purpose, excel, and care for others.

source || PAF


Sunday, March 26, 2023

Cordilleran Taekwondo champ wins 2 Gold Medals in 16th ASEAN Taekwondo Championship

Photo Courtesy || Juliana Candelaria
Cordillera - Proud Cordilleran Taekwondo champ Miss Juliana Mykahil Candelaria has once again brought pride to the region after she won two Gold Medals is the just concluded 16th ASEAN Taekwondo Championship in Paranaque City.

The 14-year old Juliana won gold medals in the Freestyle and Team Poomsae division.

Considered one of the best in USA Taekwondo, Juliana trains under Apex Tigers  Martial Arts in New Jersey, under the Guidance of Master Giduk Kwon. She is also trains the freestyle Taekwondo of Coach Jeordan Dominguez from La Trinidad, Benguet.

Juliana's parents are from Baguio City, Mr. Dennis Candelaria and Mrs. Janie Candelaria. She is the great grand daughter of former Baguio city mayor Jaime Bugnosen. They are now based in Chicago.

According to Dennis, Juliana has long dreamed of becoming a member of the Phil Taekwondo Team.

"Yung pagiging patriotic nya kase, yung upbringing nya as Filipino mahal nya kase ang culture nya at gusto nya mairepresent nya ang county of origin nya. After 3 years of being team USA she realized that she needs to serve her country", Dennis said in local radio interview.

"Being born and raised sa USA she has a true Filipino heart. It’s not about the benefits of USA anymore, it is how proud she is being a cordilleran and true Filipino", Dennis added. 

Juliana started taekwondo when she was 7 years old and won gold in several major competitions both in national and international competitions.

She has been a US National athlete in both poomsae and sparring.


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