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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Important guidelines for tourists visiting beautiful town of SAGADA

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Cordillera - The beautiful town of Sagada and its humble people are welcoming tourists around the world to come and visit their place and experience the unique culture of their people.

But before you pack your things and go to their place, the local government wanted to remind you of these simple guidelines that you should keep in mind when in Sagada.

Sagada's town mayor Mr. James Pooten issued these guidelines for tourists via the Philippine News Agency website.

All visitors are required to register at the tourism office where they pay certain fees like the environmental fee and guide fee among other fees.

"Travel agencies, groups, and individuals must register for the tours at the Tourist Information Office (TIO)," Pooten said.

He reminded the tourists to bring their official receipt with them which will serve as their entrance pass to the tourism sites.

Visitors who would like to visit the Echo Valley, Lumiang and Sumaguing Cave don't need to bring their car with them because the place is near and only require short walks. They can leave their cars at the designated parking area.

"Fetching of tourist is only allowed from Sumaguing cave back to the town center. There will be no designated parking space near the cave," Pooten added.

He said all tourist vehicles, whether private or government-owned, are required to park their vehicles during their stay in Sagada at their hotel parking or in pay parking areas.

"Only local transport shall be allowed to ferry tourist to identified sites. Registered municipal tourist shuttle will have one general line up stationed at the Tourist Information Center," he said, noting that this would assure that all tourists are accounted for and are safely back at their lodgings at night.

For accommodations, Pooten said that only LGU and Department of Tourism (DOT) accredited inns, hotels or home stays under the Sagada Inns and Hotels Association (SIHA) will be allowed to operate as accommodations.

These establishments must follow the standard pricing, he added.

Regarding waste management, Pooten said tourist are encouraged to bring their own refillable water tumblers and discourage from using plastic bottles.

Pooten also remind tourist to respect Sagada's culture especially when visiting sacred sites and participating in the local rituals.

"Please respect the culture. Keep a distance from rituals or any sacred sites. Do not touch or disturb coffins or burial sites. Do not attempt to join or film any rituals without direct permission from the presiding elders," he said.

"Do not disturb mass in the church or shoot videos/photos in or around the church during mass," Pooten added.

Sagada has so many places to spend time during the holidays and it's one of the most visited places in the Cordillera especially this coming months where a lot of festivals will be celebrated.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

9 Cordilleran policemen receive award for their hard work, cooperation and perseverance

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Cordillera - Nine Cordilleran police from different municipalities were awarded medals for their cooperation, hard work and perseverance.

Two different police medals were awarded to them. These are the Medalya ng Kalingan and Medalya ng Papuri.

The Medalya ng Kagalingan was awarded to Supt. Radino S. Belly, Senior Police Officer 2 Geofrey Langbayan, and SPO1 Benafin Dacuyong Jr. 

The cops received award after a successful anti-illegal drug operation that resulted in the confiscation of illegal drugs worth more than 3 million pesos in Kayapa, Bakun and Tacadang, Kibungan, Benguet last month.

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Another Cordilleran cops who received the same award are Sr. Insp. Edwin Sergio, SPO1 Melvin Llanes, and SPO1 Arsenio Vidal, for serving a search warrant against Jomar Barbosa Puruggganan and the confiscation of 21 sachets valued at P102,690.20 during a drug bust on Feb. 1 in Sitio Pacpaco.


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Meanwhile, the Medalya ng Papuri was given to Insp. Nicasio Sacliwan, SPO3 Washington Kitongan and SPO2 Prudencio Tinong, for the arrest of Real Gold Boclongan Olsim, and Celso Bayongan Capuyan, who were arrested of illegal-drugs worth P17,043.52 in Purok Datu, Bulanao, Tabuk City Kalinga in January.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

NAPOLCOM says Cordilleran cops among most disciplined law enforcers in the country

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Cordillera - The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) listed cops from the Cordillera Administrative Region were among the country's most disciplined law enforcers.

The assessment report by NAPOLCOM which was released by the Regional Internal Affairs Service (RIAS) of the Police Regional Office-Cordillera (PRO-COR) stated that Cordillera policemen were included in the country's top three most discipline cops.

The reason according to RIAS-CAR director Senior Superintendent Jimmy Catanes is that only 1.6 percent from the 6,224-strong regional police force have been subjected to charges ranging from simple to grave offenses only. 

READ ALSO: Cordilleran Police S/Supt. Jesus Cambay to be promoted one star general

According to Catanes, this is so far the lowest ratios of policemen being charged among all the 17 regional police offices. 

"We are proud of our law enforcers from the Cordillera because of their professionalism in the discharge of their duties and responsibilities to serve and protect the people. We observed that law enforcers from the region are faring well compared to their counterparts from other regions, especially when it comes to discipline," Catanes said.

In order for this good reputation to continue, Catanes urged the public to help them in removing those so-called police "scalawags" who are  putting bad image to the police force by reporting them to the concerned authorities. 

READ ALSO: Cordilleran Police Chief Supt. Empiso is the new head of PNP Special Action Force (SAF)

Last year Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Oscar Albayalde urged the police to never slow down in their works which requires deep commitment, dedication to duties in order to keep the community safe and peaceful.

"As Chief PNP, I want to underscore the fact that under my term, we will not leave no stones unturned in addressing the nation's peace and order problems particularly on illegals drugs and crime, as well as police scalawags," Albayalde said.

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He repeatedly emphasized the importance of discipline in the ranks of the police as he sent the message to all commanders that they are responsible for disciplining their personnel.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Forbes picks 2 Igorot Martial Artists as Pacquiao's Successor

Cordillera - Two Igorot martial artists are among the list of famous Filipino world champions in the Philippine combat sports that international business magazine Forbes picked as Pacquiao's successor once he hangs up his gloves for good. 

According to Forbes, it listed Eduard "The Landslide" Folayang and Kevin "The Silencer" Belingon among the possible fighters that could be in a position to succeed Pacquiao as the new face of Filipino combat sports. 

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Folayang has all the reasons to be in the list as Forbes says:

"He's currently in this second run as champion and he has been tabbed to main event his promotion's biggest show of the year on March 31 in Japan. Folayang will face Japanese legend Shinya Aoki in a high-profile rematch..."

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"If he can reaffirm his dominance over Aoki and bring the ONE title back to the Philippines, his already sizable popularity in his country will grow even more. Folayang has long been compared to Pacquiao by many, including ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong. Folayang has also said Pacquaio's career, success and way of life are part of what motivates him," Forbes added.

Another Igorot in the list is Belingon who currently holds ONE world bantamweight title. Belingon popularity in the world of combat sports is evident in his past fight where he defeated legendary Bibiano Fernandes via split decision during their second fight.
Photo Courtesy || Kevin Belingon
His speed and explosiveness are also comparable to Manny Pacquiao's style which he is known for. 

Belingon will be part of the ONE: NEW ERA card set for March where he is going to face Fernandes for the 3rd time. This fight will be a test for Belingon and a stepping stone for him to be in the Filipino MMA scene. 
"In March, the two men will have their rubber match. At 32, Belingon is younger than Folayang, but he needs a second win over Fernandes to entrench himself in the Filipino MMA scene and to be further established as one of the truly elite in his promotion and across the entire MMA scene." Forbes said.

The other three Filipino fighters included in the Forbes' list are Erwin Ancajas, Jhack Tepora and Michael Dasmarinas. 

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Philippine Airlines (PAL) eyes to serve flights to-and-from Baguio

Cordillera - Visitors who want to visit the summer capital of the Philippines for a vacation may soon have the option to go by plane as soon as the Loakan airport re-opens for airlines. 

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) has expressed its willingness to open flight to-and-from Baguio once the Loakan airport is going to be rehabilitated and reopened.
According to a report from Inquirer, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia relayed what the Civil Aviation of the Philippines (CAAP) said that the Loakan airport "needs improvements for safety purposes" before it can be used for commercial flights. 

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Pernia said that PAL is willing to open it's flights to the country's summer capital once the Loakan airport reopens and when CAAP gives the go signal to operate. 

The opening of the Loakan airport could reduce the travel time going to Baguio from Manila and vice versa. 

Currently, the travel time from Manila to Baguio by land is five to to eight hours considering traffic on the road compared to around 45 minutes if by plane.

The Loakan Airport is classified as class 2 principal airport by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and has been closed to commercial flights since 2009. The airport only serves chartered and military flights as of this moment.

With the plan of improving the airport to be able to accommodate commercial flights  presents considerable benefits for both businesses in the region as well as increase tourist arrivals in the Cordillera. 

The initial study conducted by RDC in 2013 had shown that the airport would not need  redesigning aside from the widening work to be made on its tarmac from the current 40 meters to 60 meters.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Cordilleran Police S/Supt. Jesus Cambay to be promoted one star general

Cordillera - The Philippine National Police (PNP) is set to administer the oath of office to a newly promoted Cordilleran Police in a ceremony to be held at Camp Crame in Quezon City.

READ ALSO: NAPOLCOM says Cordilleran cops among most disciplined law enforcers in the country

Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde will administer the oath taking to Senior Superintendent Jesus Cambay in his promotion to one-star general.

S/Supt. Cambay is a native of Lagawe, Ifugao and Baguio City and a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1988.

Cambay was the head of Police Regional Office-6 (Western Visayas) and has been designated as the Commander of the Metro Boracay Task Force (MBTF) in leading the 610-strong police personnel deployed in Boracay, Aklan in preparation for the six months closure and rehabilitation of the famous Boracay Beach. 
During his leadership in the Boracay  index crimes fell by 80 percent. Only 10 cases of crime against property, including two robberies and eight theft, were recorded. 

As a professional, Cambay had served as the Police Director of the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) in 2012.

He was also assigned in different areas in the Cordilleras, both in the provincial and the regional offices from 1989 to 2008. 

He has also received various police and military medals for his performance such as the Medalya ng Mabuting Asal, Medalya ng Pambihirang Paglilingkod and many other awards by various civic and socio-economic organizations. 


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Cambay is a product of Lagawe Central in Ifugao, he had his secondary education in Isabela State University Science High School at PMA and took up his Masteral Degree at the Baguio Central University. 

He was a graduate of local police courses in comptrollership, basic intelligence and senior officer executive course and in vital installation security in New Mexico, USA in 2003.

READ ALSO: Filipino from Cordillera successfully joins Canada's Royal Police Force


Friday, February 8, 2019

Igorot runner finishes Hong Kong's most difficult trail run in 35th place

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Cordillera - It was not an easy run for anybody to finish an 89 kilometers with 8,620 meters of elevation in the span of two days. 

Just like Igorot Trail Runner, Jomar Buclay from Mountain Province, Philippines, he went through a lot of stinging and persistent discomfort during the race to finish in the 35th place. 

The 30-year old Buclay of Otucan, Bauko successfully finished the race in the recently concluded 9 Dragons Ultra that was held in Hong Kong on February 2, 2019. 

According to, the running competition is an 89km super trail race where runners need to finish in nineteen (19) hours. The race started at 12:00 am of February 2, at Tai Tong Shan Rd. Yeun Long and finished in Tai Po Dr, Tai Po, New Territories. 

Buclay finished at position 35 with an elapsed time of 17 hours and 14 minutes from successfully running, climbing, and descending the most difficult trail run in Hong Kong. 

Only 82 runners including Buclay finished the race with 92 runners gave up from  the one-hundred seventy six (176) race participants.

Photo Courtesy || Jomar Buclay

The 9 Dragons Ultra is a challenging, multi-day trail and ultra running event held in Hong Kong. 

It crosses Kowloon and the New Territories in Hong Kong from West to East. The route uses a variety of trails including the world famous MacLehose and Wilson, among many others. 

Monday, February 4, 2019

Coming Soon: First Kimchi Factory in the Philippines to be built in Benguet

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Cordillera - Kimchi - the famous traditional side dish that screams Koreans, may soon be produced in the Philippines and the factory will be located in the capital town of Benguet - La Trinidad. 

That is, if the Korean investors are successful in locating a suitable land for their proposed 3,000-hectare kimchi factory.
According to La Trinidad Mayor Romeo K. Salda, the Korean investors have not yet able to locate the said land area so they need to reduce the land size. 

Mayor Salda said that the local government is now helping the South Korean investors in locating a suitable land for the said factory which will add another avenue for vegetable farmers to sell their produce especially cabbage.

Establishing the first Kimchi factory in Benguet province will greatly help the local vegetable farmers considering that one of the top ingredients of Kimchi  are cabbage, radish, and other vegetables that can be produced in the province. 

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"We were able to identify some public and private properties in the municipality which might be suitable for the proposed kimchi factory  but most of them were not able to pass the standard of the Korean investors that is why we continue to look for other areas that will be offered to them for the realization of their desired project that will contribute in spurring the significant increase of economic activities in the municipality," Mayor Salda said.

Mayor Salda said that the investors had reduced the land area for the proposed kimchi factory so that it could be easier to find a suitable land. This according to Salda shows how the Koreans are eager to set up the factory the soonest possible time. 

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If the factory is going to push trough, it would not only benefit the farmers but also generate additional jobs to local residents of the province, according to Salda.

The market for Kimchi in the world market has grown significantly over the years and establishing a factory here in the Philippines would not be a problem because the supply of raw materials is abundant despite greater demands.

Authentic Kalinga-made products available for purchase during Kalinga Treasure Fair 2019

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Cordillera - The Kalinga Treasures Fair 2019 has been formally opened yesterday with a ribbon cutting ceremony conducted by Kalinga Provincial Officials. The fair is part of the activities inline with the celebration of Kalinga's 3rd Bodong Festival which runs from 3rd - 17th February. 

According to Tabuk Life FB page, the Kalinga Treasures Fair will be opened from February 4 to 17, 2019. The event will feature a vast array of Kalinga products from processed foods, ethnic accessories, decorations, souvenir items, ornamental plants, furnitures and among others. 
Photo Courtesy || Lifted from Tabuk Life FB
Coffee lovers will also have a chance to buy the famous Kalinga Coffee. Kalinga is one of the country's main producers of coffee, especially the Robusta, Civet, and Arabica beans. 

Treasures Fair vendors are encouraging everyone to come visit the trade fair event and buy their products as this will help farmers and product producers financially. 

READ ALSO: Icelandic-American vlogger Finn Snow amazed at Kalinga's ancient culture of Head-Hunting and 'Bodong'

Kalinga Governor Baac commended the local producers for their outstanding contribution in the economic development of the province considering that last year they were able to generate a total of P10.2 million. 
Photo Courtesy || Lifted from Tabuk Life FB
"We always say that because of you, we were able to uplift the socio-economic well-being of our province," Baac said to event organizer. 

"I hope that this year, you will surpass your collection last year, he added. 

READ ALSO: DA Sec. Manny Piñol visits Tinglayan, Kalinga, grant farmers P50 million loans and 10,000 coffee seedlings

Department of Trade and Industry (DT) Assistant Regional Director (ARD) Grace Baluyan cited the Kalinga Treasures Fair as a benchmark for success among the provinces in the region considering that it is the only privately initiated fair being conducted in CAR through the Chamber of Kalinga Producers, Inc. 

Saturday, February 2, 2019

SLU nursing grad praised for delivering baby girl in Philippine Airline flight

Photo Credits || Paulo Infante
Cordillera - Netizens were impressed by a flight attendant's action in helping a pregnant passenger aboard PAL in delivering her baby. 

Marigold Parreño, a Saint Louis University (SLU) nursing graduate and working as a flight attendant of PAL flight PR 683, was part of the crew who were instrumental in the delivery of a baby while the plane was still in the skies travelling from Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Manila.

Parreño, who is also a registered nurse helped deliver a healthy baby girl from a passenger who went into labor on board the flight, which was still 4 hours away from Manila.
Photo Credits || Paulo Infante
According to Paulo Infante, a PAL employee, he witnessed how her friend Marigold Parreño with the other crew stepped up to assist the passenger throughout the labor.

"What a very proud moment for PAL! FA Marigold Parreño assisted a passenger in labor during PR 683 (DMM to MNL) and successfully helped her deliver a healthy baby girl four hours before the plane landed in Manila. Yan ang BPA! Friend ko yan!" Infante wrote in a post on January 26. 

According to Parreño, she believes that the Bayanihan spirit is still alive and described the incident as a beautiful scene of "Bayanihan" at its finest.

She thanked the thousands who sent her heartfelt messages and congratulations saying their messages inspired her and truly warms her heart.

READ ALSO: Baguio kids wrote to Duterte: " Dear President, Please do not allow them to cut our trees here in Baguio.

"Thank you for all the heartfelt messages and congratulations from all of you. It truly warms my heart and inspires me. I would't have done it without the help of my PR683 crew especially Maam Danica Panganiban, Sir Bryan Peralta, Maam Apple Joanne Taguinin and the rest of the crew and of course to our Purser, Guerick Mariano. All the more so because they were the ones who were there assisting me all throughout the process together with the help of many good samaritans on board. It was a beautiful scene of "Bayanihan" at its finest." Parreño wrote in her FB.
Photo Courtesy || Paulo Infante
She is also grateful of being a part of PAL family and proud being a Filipino, having an indispensable culture to look out for one another on hard situations as such. 

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Parreño also acknowledged her alma mater, among others and ended her post with hashtags #ProudLouisan #ProudPALCabinCrew, and #ProudFilipino.


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