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Friday, October 15, 2021

Igorota crowned Mrs. Universe Philippines Ambassadress of Education 2021

Photo Courtesy || FAB Philippines Joy Arguil Photography
Cordillera - Congratulations to Mrs. Marie Fe Valdez Aliba for representing Baguio City and Benguet Province  in the Mrs. Universe Philippines 2021. 

Mrs. Aliba, a native from Sabangan, Mt. Province was among the candidates crowned as Mrs. Universe Philippines Ambassadress together with Rosana Eugenio of Bulacan and Alec Nicole Bathan of Batangas.

Photo Courtesy || FAB Philippines Joy Arguil Photography

In her costume presentation, Mrs. Valdez wore a crafted Filipiniana made by talented artists of Baguio City.

The dress is adorned with tassels made from bamboo. Bamboo is known for being the City's protector, located in the mountainous region prone to landslide. The Bamboo plant is what holds the soil firm and steady. Mrs. Baguio proudly wears this medium as a symbol of the resiliency of the Baguio people.

Photo Courtesy || Entertainment News Portal Ryan Aguas


Thursday, October 14, 2021

Igorota domestic helper inherits P25 million from her employer in Hong Kong

Photo Courtesy || GMA KMJS

Cordillera - Patience, dedication and hard work paid off for Mrs. Daisy Bucad-eng of Mt. Province after she inherited a real estate and stock shares worth Php25M from her late employer in Hong Kong. 

In her interview with KMJS, Daisy was a salt vendor before she decided to become a domestic helper in Hong Kong. 

At first, she was not lucky with her first employer but her 2nd employer Marie, an elderly Portuguese woman treated her like a family. She served her for more that 11 years as a helper.

When Daisy decided to come home to the Philippines, Marie flew with her because she wanted to be cared by Mrs. Daisy rather than be treated in the home for the aged in Hong Kong. 

Unfortunately, Marie passed away when she was in the Philippines. Her remains were brought back to Hong Kong. 

Mrs. Daisy's life changed forever when one day, she received a letter stating that she was part of Marie's Last Will and Testament beneficiaries. 

Daisy was shocked and didn't believe what she just received, an apartment building worth P25 million and shares of stock in various companies. 

Indeed, Daisy's dedication and hard work paid off. From being a salt-vendor, Marie is now a millionaire. 

To ensure she won't put her inheritance to nothing, Daisy built a penthouse building located in Mt. Province. 

The Penthouse has commercial establishments, gym, transient accommodations and a place for events. 

To honor her late employer, Daisy even built a memorial statue of Marie inside her penthouse with a name "Marie Agusta Ramchand".

"Sobrang mahal ko siya. Imagine siya ba naman ang nagbago ng kapalaran mo," Daisy stated.

Daisy also shared Marie’s advice to her when she was still alive.

She said she will never forget it,  "I will do my best to do and to live and be the person you wanted me to be," Daisy promised.

She also added that she believed Marie is happy now, “I’m very sure you are so lucky looking at your legacy.

Super talaga yung saya ngayon sa binigay ni Madam Marie. Maraming naitulong sa aking pamilya.”

Daisy gave advice to Overseas Filipino workers, “For OFWs who are suffering now, patience and hard work are the keys to success.


Monday, October 11, 2021

Cordilleran Engineer is Top 3 in the Chemical Engineering Licensure Examination

Photo Courtesy || Alister Marc B. Domilies :: SLU Chem

Cordillera - A proud Cordilleran is among the top 10 passers in the recently concluded Chemical Engineering Licensure Examination held on October 3 to 5, 2021.

Engineer Alister Marc Bangsail Domilies, a graduate of the Saint Louis University of the Philippines placed 3rd with a rating of 82.50 percent.

Engr. Domilies' father is from Guinaong, Mankayan, Benguet and his mother is from Tadian, Mt. Province. He grew up in La Trinidad, Benguet.

The PRC released the list of successful examinees and top-performing schools which is available in its website.

The Chemical Engineer Licensure exams were conducted in testing centers nationwide including Metro Manila, Baguio, CDO, Cebu, Iloilo, Davao, Lucena and Legazpi by the Board of Chemical Engineering headed by its Chairman, Engr. Ofelia V. Bulaong and its members, Engr. Jeffrey G. Mijares and Engr. Cyd P. Aguilera.


Monday, October 4, 2021

WATCH: "Giting at Tapang" The Corporal Tinangag Story

Photo Courtesy || Philippine Marine Corps

Cordillera - A movie "Giting at Tapang" (Heroism and Bravery) is set to aired next month to honor a Cordilleran hero soldier who was killed during the Marawi siege in 2017. 

Corporal Gener Tinangag who hails from Barlig Mt. Province lost his life while saving his wounded comrades amidst heavy machine gunfire and grenades from the enemies. 

Tinangag showed the ultimate heroism and bravery when he did not retreat from rescuing his comrades despite being shot to the stomach by the enemy sniper and peppered with grenade shrapnel. 

On July 10, 2021, President Duterte awarded the Medal of Valor (Medalya ng Kagitingan) to Corporal Tinangag. 

The Valor award is the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) highest military honor “awarded for a conspicuous deed of personal bravery or self-sacrifice above and beyond the call of duty that distinguishes the recipient from his comrades.”

Tinangag's heroism and bravery will never be forgotten but most of all, his self-sacrifice for saving four wounded Marines and extracting a slain comrade all by himself during the Marawi siege.

The Igorot heroism will once again be honored during the Marine birthday celebration this coming November 7, 2021. 


Sunday, October 3, 2021

King Cobra - World's largest venomous snake caught in Baguio city

King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah). Courtesy || Wikipedia
Cordillera - A King Cobra, considered the world's largest venomous species and among Southeast Asia's endangered species was caught by police inside a house in Loakan, Baguio city on 30th September 2021. 

Personnel from the Northern Exotics and Wildlife Troopers (NEWT), a non-governmental wildlife conservation organization based in Baguio city responded to a call to catch a cobra in the said Barangay. 

They headed to Baguio City Police Office - Station 4 after they were informed the Cobra was already in the possession of the PNP personnel. 

They identified the snake as a juvenile cobra, one of considered endangered species of snake in Southeast Asia. 

The king cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) is a venomous snake species of elapids endemic to jungles in Southern and Southeast Asia. 

It is distinguishable from other cobras, most noticeably by its size and neck patterns. 

The king cobra is the world's longest venomous snake, with an average length of 3.18 to 4 m (10.4 to 13.1 ft), reaching a maximum of 5.85 m (19.2 ft). 

Its skin color varies across the habitats, from black with white stripes to unbroken brownish grey. It preys chiefly on other snakes, including its own species. 

Unlike other snakes, it rarely hunts non-reptile vertebrates, such as rodents and lizards.

The King cobra was later turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Cordillera for holding. 

source || PIA & Wikipedia


Thursday, September 30, 2021

"Team Lakay is genuinely one of the best teams in the planet" - ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong

Photo Courtesy || ONE Championship

Cordillera - ONE Championship CEO and Chairman Chatri Sityodtong was impressed with the performance of two young fighters from Team Lakay during the recently held ONE:Revolution in Singapore. 

"Team Lakay is genuinely one of the best teams in the planet and I'm just blown away by this younger generation and I can't wait for them," said Sityodtong.

READ: The igorot warriors that bring Philippine MMA to the world's spotlight

Both Joshua Pacio and Lito Adiwang had been victorious in their latest fights. 

The 25-year-old Pacio successfully defended his ONE Strawweight World Championship against Yosuke Saruta after scoring a first-round technical knockout win. 

WATCH: Team Lakay Joshua Pacio knocks out Saruta in the 1st round

Sityodong said he was "blown away" by Joshua's performance. 

Meanwhile, Adiwang scored a unanimous decision win over Hexigetu in the same card. 


Monday, September 27, 2021

Dr. Henry Valdez- Galuba Jr. - Dubai's first Cordilleran internist doctor

Photo Courtesy || Emirates Loves Filipinos

Cordillera - Dr. Henry Valdez - Galuba Jr. is a proud Cordilleran who hails from the city of Pines is currently practicing his medical specialty in Dubai. 

Dr. Galuba is the first Filipino Internal Medicine Specialist who is providing healthcare to the Filipino Community in the Middle East. 

He is a graduate of Saint Louis University College of Medicine Class 96' and finished his residency training in Internal Medicine at the Baguio General Hospital. 

READ ALSO: Benguet State University to offer medicine course in 2023.

Watch below Dr. Galuba being featured in a vlog by Emirates Loves Philippines.

Congratulations Dr. Galuba Jr. May you continue bringing inspiration and pride to our fellow Cordillerans and Filipinos. 

READ ALSO: Cordillera doctors working overseas to put up affordable hospital for Cordillerans


Sunday, September 26, 2021

BSU to open up College of Medicine by 2023

BSU to open up College of Medicine by 2023

Cordillera - Benguet State University in La Trinidad Benguet will be opening College of Medicine in 2023.

BSU aims to open the college of medicine for Cordillerans who are interested to take up medicine.

It will be the first state university in the Cordilleras that will offer medicine course in the coming years.

BSU President, Dr. Felipe Comila confirmed that the fund  for this program will be derived from the 2022  supplemental budget of the university while other  needed documents are already  being prepared. 

He also said that the construction of the building for the college of medicine will be started soon.

The opening of the course in Medicine is to fulfill the ordinance of the province of Benguet to offer scholarship programs for students from the 13 municipalities who are qualified  for the program, Dr. Comila added.

Back then, Dr. Comila have already announced that this was one of his major plans- to help the people in the province, most especially those who can't afford the fees but are interested to become doctors.


Friday, September 24, 2021

Six SLU graduates topnochers in the Sept. 2021 Physician Licensure Examination

Cordillera - Baguio's top medical school, the Saint Louis University (SLU) just produced six topnotchers in the recently held September 2021 Physician Licensure Examination. 

The six proud Louisians who took the highest scores are:

3rd. Nino Pimentel Emocling = 87.58%

4th. Justine Mae Manaois Gervero = 87.08%

6th. Patricia Ann Sayson Franco = 86.92%

8th. Lee-Anne Velasco Sanglay = 86.33%

9th. Raenald Pascual Julian = 86.25%

10th. Brylle Domerson Mendoza Turalba = 86.17%

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) has announced that 1,084 out of 1,546 examinees passed the exam. 

The PRC conducted the licensure exam in the city of Baguio, Cagayan De Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Lucena, Tacloban and Zamboanga.


WATCH: Team Lakay Joshua Pacio knocks out Saruta in the 1st round

Photo Courtesy || Team Lakay

Cordillera - It didn't take long for Igorot fighter Joshua Pacio to end the unfinished business with Saruta as he delivered an impressive performance tonight during ONE: Revolution in Singapore. 

In their trilogy match on September 24, Pacio unloaded a powerful right hook to the head of Saruta followed by several head shots that knocked out the Japanese fighter in the remaining 1.15 minutes in the first round. 

WATCH: Igorot fighter Lito Adiwang defeats Hexigetu in ONE: Revolution

It was a superb display of timing, power and focus for the Igorot mixed martial artist from Cordillera. 

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Pacio remains as the title holder for the ONE Strawweight belt and retains the record as the lone Filipino champion in ONE. 

With his win tonight, Pacio improved his record fight to 20 wins with 3 losses. 


Igorot fighter Lito Adiwang defeats Hexigetu in ONE: Revolution

Photo Courtesy || One Championship

Cordillera - Team Lakay mixed martial artist Lito Adiwang is victorious tonight as he defeated Chinese grappler Hexigetu on the loaded ONE: Revolution tonight (September 24, 2021) in Singapore. 

Early in the first round, the Igorot fighter unloaded a flying knee kick on Hexigetu followed by a powerful high kick to the head that got the Chinese stunned and running. 

WATCH: Team Lakay Joshua Pacio knocks out Saruta in the 1st round

Hexigetu who is known for his grappling skills didn't work out well in his encounter with Adiwang as he was force to follow Lito's dictate to put the fight in the standing position. 

Lito's take down defense is impressive through out the whole fight while Hexigetu was quite frustrated on putting the Team Lakay kid to the ground. 

It was a victory for Lito as he improved his fight record to 13 wins with 2 losses. 


Monday, September 20, 2021

Igorot movie 'Dad-aan Na' nominated as Best Short Film in 44th Gawad Urian

Photo Courtesy || Julius Lumigued
Cordillera - The film "Dad-aan Na" (Her Walks) by Igorot director Julius Lumigued has been nominated in the 44th Gawad Urian as Best Short Film. 

The film is all about an Igorot woman who bravely went out from her house during a military-rebel conflict just to search her son. 

Lumigued's film was chosen by the DILG for its advocacy which is in line with the department's call for an end to the armed conflict in the region. 

The film was shot entirely in Besao, Mt. Province - the home province of Direk Julius Lumigued. 

Recently, the film was among the 12 finalists for this year's CineMarya Women's Film Festival which is an initiative of the FDCP in partnership with the Philippine Commission on Women, Quezon City Film Development, and the Department of the Interior and Local Government. 

The Gawad Urian Awards are annual film awards in the Philippines held since 1977. 

It is given by the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (MPP, "the Filipino Film Critics") and is currently regarded as the counterpart of the United States' New York Film Critics Circle.


Friday, September 17, 2021

Remote barangays in Cordillera to get faster, reliable internet; MOA signed

Photo Courtesy || Converge

Cordillera - Internet users in three provinces in the Cordillera Administrative Region will soon able to access the world wide web faster and more reliable.

Telecom company Converge has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Provincial Local Governments Units of Kalinga, Mt. Province, and Benguet for the Pure Optic Cable Laying project that aims to speed up internet connections in those provinces.  

Fiber Internet Technology is the most innovative connectivity in the market today. It boasts of a higher bandwidth which translates to higher Internet speed.

Unlike DSL, Fiber connection allows symmetric connectivity which lets you download and upload files at the same time without a loss in bandwidth.

No data congestion so data is delivered instantly. Data  does not degrade when it passes through Fiber so you can enjoy consistently fast Internet speed.

Work from home individuals who rely heavily on the internet can benefit from this project as they can perform faster internet connectivity.

The project by Converge aims to provide internet connectivity even to the farthest barangays in Cordillera until 2023.

The  MOA signing is attended by Secretary Panelo and Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong, Benguet Governor Melchor Diclas, Mountain Province Governor Bonifacio Lacwasan Jr., Tabuk City Mayor Darwin Estranero representing Kalinga Governor Ferdinand Tubban, Sagada Mayor James Pooten, and Tadian Mayor  Sagada and Tadian Mayor Constito Masweng.


Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Cordillera's Hero Dog, Zeus, honored for impressive job of rescuing victims of landslide

Photo Courtesy || PNP Cordillera

Cordillera - Police Regional Office Cordillera honored Zeus, the hero dog, during the Monday Flag Raising Ceremony held at the Regional Headquarters, Camp Major Bado Dangwa, La Trinidad, Benguet on September 6, 2021.

PROCOR Regional Director, PBGEN RONALD OLIVER LEE together with the members of the command group, personally presented the award and certificate during the ceremony.

Zeus was awarded with Outstanding Service Medal and Certificate of Recognition for its outstanding performance as rescue dog which contributed immensely in the recovery of the two victims during a landslide at Antamok River, Loacan, Itogon, Benguet from August 17-20, 2021.

READ ALSO: Hero dog Miztah saves lives of two boys from fire in Tuba, Benguet

Zeus used to be an abused and severely malnourished dog before it was adopted and rehabilitated by Mr. Ruben Ventura and later on handled by Pat Cyrus Backeng. After undergoing K9 Search and Rescue training, Zeus was now among the SAR dog of PROCOR Regional Explosive and Canine Unit(RECU).

source || PNP Cordillera


Cordilleran Short Film "Dayas: Official Selection for the International Film Festival Manhattan New York

Cordillera - The Digital Festive Season is ON for the Short Film “Dayas” as it passed the strict judgement of the juries in the 11th International Film festival Manhattan (IFFM) held annually in New York City. The IFFM offers a quality selection of world-class films which are showcased in theaters in Manhattan New York City, USA. Categories are of different genres like Narrative features, documentaries, student films and short films where “Dayas” is one of the official selections.

“Dayas” a film produced by Be Unrivaled Productions through Direk Jianlin, a proud Igorot Director who has entered the official selections of several International Film Festivals like First-Time Filmmaker Online Sessions in UK and Noble International Film Festival and Awards in India.

Through this platforms, Direk Jianlin and Direk Pete Mariano aims to showcase the beautiful culture of the Cordilleras, its people, belief and tradition.

This narrative short film focuses on the lives of 2 Igorot miners from the mountains of Itogon, Benguet in the Philippines. “Hakob” represent a good looking, pure blooded Igorot from the Municipality of Itogon whose grandmother is a “balitok” (gold) buyer and an In-Ina: a respected mother of the town. In contrast, Bantay of family Bundad was played by Jeyrick “the Carrotman of the Philippines“Sigmaton, father of Sam-sam, whose wife died due to chemical poisoning in the mines.

The short film “Dayas” is an advocacy film that helps local talents and film makers. It also provides education and entertainment during this crisis.

Through this film, our OFWs who are longing for their love ones made an avenue to get rid of homesickness. It made the people behind this film realize the importance of entertainment in the lives of everyone.

Today we are grateful to share to you how far this film has come. We have shown the world how diverse our culture is and how good we are in film making. We share this good news in support to our local directors, talents and producers. We can do more if we support locals. We are resilient individuals. We are proud of our culture because we are Cordilleran.

A film by: Direk Jennylyn “Jianlin” De Los Santos Floresca

Assistant Director: Direk Pete Mariano

Production: Be Unrivaled Productions and Sine Cordillera

Producer: Jennylyn De Los Santos Floreca

There will be 2 Awards Night which will be Online this year on March (Spring) and October (Autumn) 2021

IFFM will also award the promo / trailer that gets the highest views on Youtube as the Most Popular Film in IFFM. All IFFM promos should be posted on Youtube (only). The counting of the views starts on September 20, 2021 and ends on October 6, 2021 at 9PM NY time. Sine Cordillera will send the Youtube link once voting started.

Featured Writer: Elmer Diga

Script Editor: Justine Nicole Arenas


Igorot movie 'Salidumay' officially selected in the 11th International Film Festival Manhattan

Photo Courtesy || Dexter Macaraeg

Cordillera - An Igorot short movie 'Salidumay' was officially selected in the 11th International Film Festival in New York City to be held on 14th-17th October 2021.

Directed by Abrenean Filmmaker Dexter Macaraeg, 'Salidumay' is a short film that features how courtship and marriage  are performed in Cordilleran culture. 

Award-winning Igorota actress Mai Fanglayan took the role of "Ayo, a Tingguian from Abra with an Ibaloi blood, who goes on her first date with a former Seminarian "Franz", performed by Kenneth Jhayve Bautista.

Franz (Kenneth Jhayve Bautista), a former seminarian who grew up in Abra but moved to Baguio City, can't seem to find love through dating apps, he decides to use his culture's methods to arrange a marriage. 

Their differences leads to a small collision of expectation and perspectives, but what it opens up in the tension offers a glimmer of hope for the would-be couple.

'Salidumay' creative team are all from Benguet Province, namely Shem Padua, Jonnie Lyn Dasalla, Romnick Bayeng, JC Patnao, Julius Legoen Lumiqued, Ellen Castro Herrera and Melinda Ocan Castro, with some Baguio-based talents. Theme song by Sherylene Bagayao.


Monday, September 13, 2021

Japan offers thousands of jobs to Filipinos once borders reopens

Jobs awaits OFWs in Japan once border reopens

Cordillera - Filipino workers are known world-wide for their job ethics. They are diligent at work, friendly, posses solid qualifications, and they are adaptable to  various cultures and easily learn the language of their country of work.

The Labor Attache in Japan Mrs. Elizabeth Marie Estrada said on a virtual meeting that Japan will be needing 350,000 foreign workers under the specified skilled workers (SSWs) within a five-year period. 

"Based on the deployment tract on specified skilled workers which was opened by the Japanese government in 2019, they said that within the five-year period they will allow the entry of 350,000 workers", Estrada said via PNA.

She said that once Japan started opening its borders, Japan will be hiring more Filipino skilled workers to be deployed in the host country. 

Japan is targeting around 350,000 foreign workers this time since only 10,000 workers were able to enter Japan before the start of the pandemic. 

Estrada is optimistic a lot of Filipinos will be hired because they are ready to enter and work in Japan.

"Let's anticipate once Japan opens its borders and allow the entry of foreign works, we are ready, our workers are ready to enter Japan," she added.

As of July 2021, the POLO logged around 277,409 Filipino workers in Japan.


Pinoy Inventor Shows Off "Flying Car" for the very first time in Cordillera

Photo Courtesy || Baguio PIO

Cordillera - The car of the future, "the flying car" invented by a Filipino inventor soars high in the sky of Baguio City as Mr. Kyxz Mendiola conducts a flight demo at the Melvin Jone grounds on September 1, 2021. 

Witnessed by some Baguio residents and some city officials, the Star 8 Green Tech's electric-manned aerial vehicle or EMAV took off its first flight around Burnham park. 

Photo Courtesy || Baguio PIO

In a Facebook post shared by Baguio City Public Information Office, the one-seat version of the electric-manned aerial vehicle is ready for mass production, while the two-and-four-seats (multi passenger EMAV) models are already under development. 

The multi passenger EMAV is recommended for tourism purposes.

Take a look at some of the photos of the Star 8 EMAV taken by Baguio PIO.


Sunday, September 12, 2021

Igorot Ultra runner/cyclist conquers world's biggest Duathlon in England

Photo Courtesy || Dukaw Cadiogan

Cordillera - A proud Igorot runner and cyclist from Mt. Province conquered the world's biggest run-bike-run event held in Richmond Park on 5th September 2021. 

Mr. Dukaw Cadiogan who hails from Besao and Sagada finished the three sets of athletic activity, but across two discipline - running and cycling. 

Cadiogan successfully accomplished the first set of the event which consists of 10 km running - 44 km cycling - 5 km running.  

Cadiogan is set to participate in the Humanity Direct Tring 50 kms Ultra that will be held in Hertfordshire, England on September 25.

He will be running as well the London Marathon on October 3 and the Chicago Marathon on October 10 as part of his dream of completing the 6 world marathon majors. 

He will also be running the Venice Marathon set on 24th of October this year.

Cadiogan is among the Igorot athletes participating in this world running event to help raise fund in the building of Saint Caroline Church in Padangaan, Besao, Mt. Province. 


WATCH: Igorot boxer from Ifugao knocks out Colombian foe in the 4th round

Photo Courtesy || Brico Santig

Cordillera - Promising young Igorot boxer from Cordillera made a successful comeback after defeating Colombian fighter in the 4th round last night in Dubai.

Featherweight KJ "The Ipugo" Natuplag who hails from Ifugao province delivered a powerful right hook to the chin of Argel "ElBabillo" Berrio that sent him kneeling on the canvass. The referee stop the contest after Berrio was not able to continue the fight. 

The 24-year old Natuplag improved his record to 9 wins with only 3 losses. 

Natuplag recently lost to Hasibullah Ahmadi of Afghanistan by a unanimous decision on 5th June at the Hilton Al Habtoor City in Dubai.

The Ifugao fighter arrived early in Dubai together with his manager Brico Santig of the Highland Promotion.

READ ALSO: Boxing experts and fans believed this 20-year old Ifugao boxer is the next Manny Pacquaio

This win of  Natuplag could be a chance for him to to climbed up the ladder and have a chance to fight in world title match in the future. 

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

WATCH ALSO:  Igorot boxer Alvin Tam knocks out Mexican foe in 4th round in Canada


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