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Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Igorot actress Roxanne Baeyens nominated Promising Female Star of the Year

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Cordillera - Igorot actress Roxanne Baeyens made it to this year's official nominees for the upcoming 5th Village Pipol Choice Award (VPCA).

The VP Choice Awards is the gathering of Philippines' biggest of stars and online personalities to highlight the finest in the Business, Technology, Travel, Lifestyle, and Entertainment industries. 

The most anticipated 5th VP Choice Awards will be held in May 2024. The online voting will start from March 5 to April 5, 2024. Winners of the awards will be based on online votes and scores coming from panel of judges.

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Roxanne Allison Agnaonao Baeyens, also known as Roxie Smith in the entertainment industry, is a Filipino-Belgian actress, model, and beauty pageant winner. 

She earned the title of Miss Philippines Earth 2020, making history as the first winner of the virtual contest. Before that, she had also secured the national title in the Face of Tourism Philippines 2019 pageant.

In addition to her success in pageantry, Roxie has made a mark as a commercial model, featuring in TV ads for brands like Jack 'n Jill, Axe, Nescafé, and others.

Born and raised in Baguio city, Philippines, Roxie's background includes a real estate broker and environmentalist mother, Julia Agnaonao, from Catengan, Besao, Mountain Province, and an information technology specialist father, Walter Baeyens, from Brussels, Belgium. 

She is the youngest among three siblings, with her sister Michelle residing in Belgium and her brother Jeff Anthony working as a mechanical engineer in Subic.

Roxie pursued her education at Baguio City National High School and later graduated from Saint Louis University with a degree in Tourism Management. 


Friday, January 19, 2024

Pag-IBIG members to gain more benefits under new rates starting February 2024

Pag-IBIG Fund members are set to enjoy doubled savings and higher cash loan entitlements while continuing to have access to affordable home loans, as the agency is set to increase the nearly four-decade old mandatory monthly savings for both members and their employers starting February 2024, officials announced Wednesday (17 January).

Under the agency’s new rates, the monthly savings of Pag-IBIG Fund members for both the employee’s share and the employer’s counterpart shall increase to two hundred pesos (P200) each from the current one hundred pesos (P100). This follows the adjustment in the maximum monthly compensation to be used in computing the required two percent (2%) employee savings and two percent (2%) employer sharefor Pag-IBIG Fund members, which shall now increase to ten thousand pesos (P10,000) from the current five thousand pesos (P5,000).

“We at Pag-IBIG Fund have long recognized the need of our members to have higher savings that shall provide them with decent and fair returns upon their retirement, as well as higher cash loans to help them during times of need. By implementing the new Pag-IBIG Monthly Savings Rates of both members and employers originally scheduled in 2021, not only would we be able to improve the benefits of our members, we would also be better equipped to finance the growing demand for home loans of our members while maintaining our affordable rates. All these are in line with the call of President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. to provide Filipino workers with opportunities to gain comfortable and productive lives,” said Secretary Jose Rizalino L. Acuzar, who heads the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) and the 11-member Pag-IBIG Fund Board of Trustees.

Pag-IBIG Fund’s new monthly rates were initially approved by its Board of Trustees in 2019, after obtaining the concurrence of stakeholders to implement a scheduled increase in 2021. During that time, the agency saw the increase necessary as it projected that the amount of loans disbursed will eventually outpace the total collections from both loan payments and members’ savings. However, due to the difficulties brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021 and 2022, the Pag-IBIG Fund Board deferred the increase of the agency’s savings rates.

The agency again deferred the implementation of the increase in 2023, following the request of the Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) to provide the business community with time to further recover from the continuing financial challenges due to the health crisis. The deferment was also the Pag-IBIG Fund’s response to the call of President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. early last year, to alleviate the financial burden of fellow Filipinos due to the prevailing socio-economic challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Source || Pag-ibig Fund


Thursday, January 18, 2024

Honest Grade 12 Student in Besao Returns Lost P30,000 Cash

Photo Courtesy || Besao MPS

Cordillera - Cordillerans, known for their deep-rooted values, recently witnessed a shining example of honesty in Besao, Mt. Province. 

A grade 12 student, Mr. Doro Beyden Jr., found a substantial amount of P30,000 while walking home from school on the Tinagapan ground.

Rather than succumbing to the temptation of unexpected fortune, Mr. Beyden and his friends exemplified the Inayan culture instilled by their parents and grandparents. 

Without hesitation, they handed the discovered money over to the local police in Besao.

The police, upon receiving the money, conducted an investigation and successfully traced the rightful owner—a businessman who intended to use the funds to purchase a cow. 

The businessman expressed gratitude for the integrity displayed by Mr. Beyden and his friends.

Besao Municipal Police Station (MPS), recognizing the exceptional act of honesty, commended Mr. Beyden. 

In a statement, they acknowledged, "You have spelled out the true meaning of honesty and integrity, and we hope that other students will follow this example in the future. Your good deed was worthy of praise and emulation."

The local government unit of Besao, in collaboration with the Besao MPS, also presented Mr. Beyden Jr. with a Certificate of Commendation. 

This recognition not only celebrates his individual honesty but also highlights the crucial role played by teachers and parents in shaping the ethical foundation of the younger generation. 

Mr. Beyden's story serves as a beacon of inspiration, emphasizing the enduring value of honesty in the Cordilleran culture.


Thursday, January 11, 2024

New attraction in Atok, Benguet: Goat Cliff Rock Adventure and Camping

Photo Courtesy || Aniki Motovlog

Cordillera - Embrace the thrill-seekers within you at The Goat Cliff Rock Adventures and Camping, Atok's newest gem nestled in the midst of fog-kissed landscapes. 

To the daring campers who find joy in open fields, sunrises, and the occasional moonrise,  Goat Cliff Rock Adventures and Camping present an unparalleled experience. 

While this little place in Atok is often cloaked in fog, when the heavens part, the vibrant displays of colors are nothing short of breathtaking.

At Goat Cliff Rock Adventures and Camping, adventure knows no bounds. Engage in heart-pounding activities like rappelling and Via Ferrata, pushing your limits against the stunning backdrop of Atok's natural wonders. 

For those seeking tranquility, our camping grounds provide a serene escape, where the fog dances with the moonlight, creating a magical ambiance.

Choose your adventure by day and relax under the stars by night. Immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of Atok, where each month unveils unique spectacles. Whether you're an adrenaline junkie or a nature lover, Goat Cliff Rock Adventure and Camping offers an unforgettable blend of excitement and tranquility.

Don't miss the chance to be among the first to experience the thrill of Goat Cliff Rock Adventures and Camping – where foggy Atok reveals its hidden wonders to those willing to explore. Pack your tents, embark on a journey, and become part of an adventure that will leave you yearning for more.


Harold Banario: The Igorot MMA fighter and portrait artist

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Cordillera - Honorio Banario, known for his prowess in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), is making waves in the art world with his remarkable talent as a portrait artist. 

The Benguet native gained widespread recognition in 2017 when his "Beauty and the Beast" masterpiece featuring Emma Watson went viral on social media. 

Inspired by the movie, Banario recently unveiled a new rendition, replacing the "Beast" with a self-portrait.

Expressing his admiration for the characters, particularly Emma Watson as Belle, Banario explained, "I did that portrayal of war and love, inspired by the Beauty and the Beast story." 

Beyond his success in MMA with a record of 4-1, Banario is proving his versatility in the arts. Notably, he spearheaded the "Heroes" mural project at the Baguio Athletic Bowl, celebrating the Cordillera region’s talents who excelled on the international sporting stage. 

Honorio Banario continues to leave an indelible mark both inside and outside the MMA cage, showcasing his multifaceted talents to the world.


Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Tabuk City, Kalinga awarded ASEAN Clean City for the First Time

Cordillera - The city of Tabuk in Kalinga province has been bestowed the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Clean Tourist City Award for espousing the ASEAN Tourism Standard.

This is the first time that the city of Tabuk is receiving the award, which is being given every other year. 

Tabuk passed all the seven criteria set under the ASEAN Clean Tourist City Standard including  environmental management, cleanliness, waste management, awareness-building about environmental protection and cleanliness, green spaces, health safety and urban safety and security, and tourism infrastructure and facilities.

The ASEAN Clean Tourist City award is a recognition given to member-nations to encourage them to improve the quality of tourism in their cities, increase marketing competitiveness, create jobs for local residents and push economic growth.

The award is a testament of the dedication of the LGU Tabuk to uplift its name and be certified among ASEAN clean tourist cities in the Philippines. 

Such recognition is expected to boost local tourism of Tabuk both in the local and international community as its name will be included on the ASEAN's official website and will also be included at the ASEAN Tourism Forum, festival and associated events.


Monday, January 1, 2024

Inspiring 30-year-old father enrolled in Grade 1 to learn how to read and write

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Cordillera - In a heartwarming display of determination, Rizalde Bisalona, a 30-year-old resident of Glan, Sarangani, has become an internet sensation after a video of him attending Grade 1 classes at Tamala Elementary School went viral. 

Enrolled for the 2022-2023 school year alongside classmates six to seven years younger, Rizalde's decision to pursue education was driven by a unique circumstance – his son is also a student at the same school, and rather than idling away his time waiting, he chose to make the most of it.

Despite facing challenges like not knowing the alphabet, Rizalde showcased eagerness to learn, expressing excitement as he gradually grasped the fundamentals of reading and writing. 

His teacher interviewed him in a video uploaded on September 2, 2022, by Anne Patigayon, an employee of the Department of Education Sarangani, on TikTok. 

The heartening footage has resonated with netizens, amassing over 5.1 million views, 671,000 likes, and 17,100 comments. 

Many online users have commended Rizalde's admirable determination to pursue education at an age when most have long left elementary classrooms, applauding his commitment to learning to read and write. 

Rizalde's story serves as an inspiring example of lifelong learning and the pursuit of knowledge against all odds.


Saturday, December 30, 2023

LOOK: Ifugao Artist Christopher Atiwon Produces Stunning Artworks Using "Kititkit"

Photo Courtesy || Christopher Atiwon

Cordillera - Christopher Atiwon, a Baguo-based artist with roots in the enchanting Ifugao province, hails from the land celebrated as the home of the country's finest wood carvers. 

Renowned for his breathtaking wood artworks, Atiwon crafts masterpieces from various types of wood, each possessing a unique character – some smooth, others raw, all distinguished by intricate details.

Atiwon employs the distinctive "kitikit" method of wood carving, an ancient Ifugao tradition that adds a touch of cultural richness to his creations. 

His works, reminiscent of the sculptural mastery of the Greeks and Romans with marble, elevate wood to the realm of fine arts. 

The Metropolitan Museum of Fine Arts would find his pieces worthy of its prestigious collection.

Recognized as one of the Philippines' premier wood artists, Atiwon stands out for his exceptional skill, intelligence, and status as a beacon of inspiration for future generations. 

His legacy is etched in the grains of wood and the hearts of those captivated by his extraordinary craftsmanship.


Friday, December 29, 2023

College of Medicine in Benguet State University (BSU) now a reality

Photo courtesy || Congressman Eric Yap

Cordillera - Benguet State University (BSU) is now on its way of realizing the dream of establishing it College of Medicine after President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. signed into law House Bill No. 312 which seeks to establish College of Medicine at BSU.

The bill which is now a law (RA 11970) granted BSU to offer Doctor of Medicine program plus Integrated Liberal Arts and Medicine Program that aims to develop corps of professional physicians and help strengthen the country's healthcare system, as well as to respond to the human resources development of the Province of Benguet and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

"Ganap na pong batas ang panukala nating House Bill No. 312, na ngayon ay RA 11970. As a newly-appointed legislative caretaker in 2020, isa sa pinuntahan natin agad ang BSU. And we knew right there and then na kailangan magkaroon tayo ng College of Medicine - para mas maraming mabigyan ng pagkakataon makapag-aral, mas maraming scholarships, mas maraming opportunity para mai-angat ng kabataan ang standard of living ng kanyang pamilya", Benguet Congressman Eric Yap who authored the law wrote on a FB post.

Yap said the budget for the construction of College of Medicine building was also included in the 2024 National budget.

"We also made sure to lobby for funds for the construction of a College of Medicine building,  for next year, at aprubado na rin po at kasama na sa National budget ito," Yap said

"When I first talk about this idea openly, ang dami nagsabi na "masarap pakinggan pero mahirap magawa yan". Pero marami rin ang na-excite at nagpasalamat agad na naisip nating gawing panukala ito. Next year, we will welcome the very first batch of College of Medicine students in our very own Benguet State University," he added.


Thursday, December 21, 2023

Exciting Opportunity for Nurses at Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC)

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Cordillera - In a bid to strengthen its commitment to excellent and compassionate medical services, Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) is actively seeking qualified and dedicated individuals to join its esteemed Nursing Service team.

Job Title: Nurse I (Nursing Service) - BGHMC

Position Type: Full-Time

Location: Baguio City, Philippines

Application Deadline: January 3, 2024, 5:00 PM

Position Summary:

We are thrilled to announce the opening of Twenty-Five (25) Nurse I positions, each offering an incredible opportunity to play a vital role in delivering patient-centered care, showcasing technical competencies, and contributing to the overall well-being of our patients.

Key Competencies:

Utilizes assessment skills to determine patient's problems and needs.

Develops and documents the plan of care based on patient's condition/needs.

Performs direct nursing care procedures, including bedside nursing, hygiene, pre and post-operative nursing care, admission, and discharge duties.

Monitors, records, and reports patient's symptoms, condition, and progress of treatment and therapy.

Administers medications following the golden rules.

Coordinates with other sections in the hospital regarding patient care.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Carry out the plan of care according to priority.

Provide safe and comprehensive care according to standards.

Complete requirements (scanned and in a single PDF format file) uploaded online before the deadline.

Minimum Qualification Standards:

Education: Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Experience: None Required

Training: None Required

Eligibility: RA 1080 (Nurse)

Organizational Competencies:

Effective Communication Skills

Effective Interpersonal Relations

Organizational Awareness and Commitment

Technical Competencies:

Patient-Centered Care

Diversity Management

Maternal and Newborn Care

Nursing Care

Operating Medical Machines, Equipment, and Tools

People Management

Application Process:

Qualified applicants are required to take Psychological and Technical Exams. The schedule will be sent through the applicants' email address. Only applications submitted during the application period and with complete requirements will be considered for evaluation. The Next in Rank policy is applicable for permanent/plantilla positions.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO):

BGHMC observes the policy on "Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)." All qualified applicants are welcome to apply regardless of gender, civil status, age, religion, regional background, restriction/inability, and/or length of service unless otherwise required.

BGHMC is a leading healthcare institution renowned for its unwavering dedication to providing top-notch medical care. We are inviting talented and passionate individuals to contribute to our mission and join the Nursing Service department.


Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Baguio, Cordillera students are top English speakers in the country

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Cordillera - The city of Baguio emerged as the top English-speaking and -listening city in the Philippines, according the 2023 English Proficiency Index released by the international education company EF Education First.

Baguio garnered a score of 619 which surpasses the high-scoring cities like Dumaguete and Davao.

Meanwhile the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) topped the English-speaking and -listening regions in the Philippines, surpassing the previous high-performing regions like Eastern Visayas and Davao.

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, chairman of the Senate Commitee on Basic Education commended Baguio and Cordillera region and the country should learn their best practices to boost learner's English proficiency.

"Congratulations to the learners and teachers in Baguio and CAR for their outstanding performance in the recent international assessments. There's a lot to learn from them to improve the performance of students in all parts of the country when it comes to English proficiency...," Senator Gatchalian said.

CAR stands out as one of the top-performing regions in the 2022 edition of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). 

Alongside the National Capital Region (NCR) and Region 4A, CAR boasts one of the highest proportions of students meeting the minimum proficiency in reading. 

The 2022 PISA outcomes indicate that two out of five students in CAR have attained at least the minimum proficiency level in reading.


Monday, December 18, 2023

WATCH: Igorot fighter Carl James Martin knocks out Thai foe in 6th round, captures WBO Global Super Bantamweight Title

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Cordillera - Cordilleran boxing sensation Carl James "The Wonder Boy" Martin won via TKO against Thai fighter Chaiwat Butkrathok in the 6th round at the Elorde Sports Complex in Parañaque City on December 18, 2023.

Winning the bout made the 24-year-old undefeated Cordilleran fighter from Lagawe, Ifugao the World Boxing Organization Global Superbantamweight Champion.

Martin is one of the country's rising boxing stars and believed by many boxing experts and fans to be the next Manny Pacquiao. 

He now hold the record of 23 wins, with 17 knockouts and no defeat. 

Meanwhile, Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquaio has revealed the news that Martin has been included in his MP Promotion.

"Welcome to the MP Promotions. We are happy and proud to announce the signing of Carl Jammes Martin to the MP Promotions", Pacquaio said.

Martin will now included to Pacquaio stable of fighters like super bantamweight champion Marlon Tapales, Jerwin Ancajas, Eumir Felix Marcial, Mark Magsayo, and among others.

For Martin's part, joining MP Promotion will definitely boost his career to be a world champion someday.

“This newest chapter in my career will truly boost my aim of becoming a future world champion that PBC in partnership with MP Promotions will be very proud of,” Martin said. 


Friday, December 15, 2023

Cordilleran Teacher from Apayao Tops Philippine Army CSC Class 761 - 2023

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Cordillera - Pvt. Carmencita Alberto, a native of Conner, Apayao, emerged as the leader of Philippine Army Class 761-2023 during their graduation ceremony at Camp Melchor F. Dela Cruz in Upi, Gamu, Isabela. 

With an impressive rating of 92.78, Alberto excelled in her class, showcasing unwavering focus and determination throughout the challenging six-month military training.

Despite entering a predominantly male-dominated domain, she distinguished herself through her passion for serving and defending the nation. 

In an interview, Alberto shared the difficulties she faced as a female participant but emphasized the importance of adaptability, cooperation, and empathy in overcoming challenges. 

She recounted moments when she contemplated giving up but drew strength from her commitment, family, and the support she received. "There were tough times, but I always reminded myself of the reasons to persevere—never give up, just keep fighting," reflected Alberto.

Furthermore, the education graduate expressed her desire for her achievement to inspire more women to join the military. "I hope this accomplishment inspires other women to step forward and become our allies in defending our country," she added. 

Alberto extended her gratitude to her constant sources of inspiration—her family, friends, relatives, and the Provincial Government of Apayao, which provided unwavering support to fulfill their dreams of public service.

"When you dream of becoming a soldier, you must prepare for it—not just physically and mentally, but in every aspect because the training is not easy. My parents are my inspiration to overcome all the challenges in the training school," concluded Alberto.


Thursday, December 14, 2023

Baguio City is Fastest Growing Economy in Cordillera, Followed by Kalinga

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Cordillera - In a remarkable economic surge, Baguio City has emerged as the frontrunner in the Cordillera Administrative Region's (CAR) thriving economy. 

The latest data reveals that in 2022, all provinces and Highly Urbanized Cities (HUCs) in CAR experienced growth, with Baguio City leading the pack with an impressive 11.3 percent growth rate. 

Following closely were Kalinga and Abra, boasting growth rates of 9.3 percent and 9.2 percent, respectively.

The economic landscape of CAR, with a total value of PHP 337.66 billion, witnessed Baguio City dominating with a substantial 45.9 percent share. 

Benguet and Kalinga secured the second and third spots with 23.3 percent and 8.0 percent shares, respectively.

Breaking down the economic sectors, the agriculture, forestry, and fishing sector in CAR reached PHP 28.12 billion, with Benguet leading with a substantial 44.5 percent share. 

In terms of industry, the region reported PHP 83.90 billion, and Baguio City emerged as a juggernaut, contributing 49.1 percent to the region's industrial output. 

The service sector, totaling PHP 225.64 billion, also saw Baguio City taking the lead with a commanding 50.0 percent share.

Looking ahead to 2023, the Provincial Product Accounts (PPA) compilation is set to encompass 82 provinces and 17 HUCs across 16 regions in the Philippines. 

These promising economic indicators highlight Baguio City's pivotal role in steering CAR's economic growth and position it as a key player in the national economic landscape.


Thursday, December 7, 2023

2 Cordillerans are topnotchers in the September 2023 Licensure Examination for Teachers

Photo Courtesy || Febie Gel Laquiao Dagson & Vivian Balong-angey Posayen

Cordillera - In the recently concluded September 2023 Licensure Examination for Professional Teachers (L.E.P.T.), the Cordillera region proudly produced two outstanding students who secured coveted spots in the Top 10. 

Febie Gel Laquiao Dagson, an alumna of Kalinga State University, demonstrated exceptional knowledge and skills, earning the 8th spot among the Top Performing Examinees in the Elementary Level with an impressive rating of 93%. 

Similarly, Vivian Balong-angey Posayen, a graduate of Benguet State University, secured the 10th spot with a commendable rating of 92.60%.

The Professional Regulation Commission and the Board for Professional Teachers revealed that out of 23,782 elementary teacher passers, 16,716 were first-time takers, showcasing the success of new talents entering the teaching profession. 

For secondary teachers, 39,979 first-time passers highlighted the commitment of aspiring educators to contribute to the nation's educational landscape.

Benguet State University further distinguished itself as one of the Top Performing Schools, securing the 5th spot in the elementary level with an outstanding passing percentage of 96.08%. 

Additionally, Saint Louis University earned the 10th position in the secondary level, boasting a commendable passing percentage of 91.49%.

The accomplishments of Febie Gel Laquiao Dagson and Vivian Balong-angey Posayen, alongside the recognition of their alma maters, underscore the excellence and dedication of Cordilleran educators, contributing significantly to the advancement of education in the Philippines.


Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Long Weekend Holiday: December 8 - 10, 2023 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)

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Cordillera - Thanks to Republic Act 10966, December 8 is now an annual special non-working holiday across the entire Philippines. 

This yearly celebration honors the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, recognized as the Principal Patroness of the Philippines. Back in 2017, then-President Rodrigo Duterte signed this special non-working holiday into law.

This legal move isn't just about a day off—it showcases the nation's dedication to preserving its religious roots and promoting unity, especially within its predominantly Catholic community.

Marked on December 8 every year, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception is a time to remember the belief in the Virgin Mary's immaculate conception, symbolizing her being conceived without original sin. 

Acknowledging the sacred nature of this event, the government designates it as a Special Non-Working Day, underscoring its significance in the lives of millions of Filipinos.

By declaring the Feast of the Immaculate Conception a Special Non-Working Day, the government provides Filipinos with a chance for profound spiritual contemplation and devotion.

This decision also reflects an awareness of the vital role religious observance plays in Filipino lives. It demonstrates a commitment to respecting and safeguarding the diverse cultural and religious traditions that define the nation.


62-year old Lola from Isabela Passed the 2023 Bar Exam on her first

Photo Courtesy || Supreme Court of the Philippines

Cordillera - When Bar Chair Ramon Paul Hernando announced the list of successful bar exam takers, it included a surprising individual among the 3,812 new lawyers out of the 10,791 who participated. Remarkably, a senior citizen, 62-year-old Rosula Domingo Calacala, was among the passers, achieving success on her first attempt.

Calacala, originally an accountant, embarked on her legal journey at the age of 58 at Northeastern College in Isabela. Despite starting late, she never received failing marks, with her lowest grade standing at 75.

Her path to becoming a lawyer was somewhat accidental. Encouraged by a relative, who was a law student, to enroll her children in law school, Calacala faced refusal from her older children. Undeterred, she decided to take on the challenge herself.

Initially, Calacala hadn't envisioned becoming a lawyer. She only learned about law as a course when a relative suggested enrolling her children. Facing criticism and comments about her age when she decided to pursue law at 58, she persevered, despite occasional mental lapses common in her senior years. This determination led her to secure her position as Bar passer #832 on the Supreme Court’s list.

Despite her upcoming retirement as a municipal government employee in Jones, Isabela, Calacala plans to practice law in her town, providing assistance to those in need.

For women of her age aspiring to pursue similar dreams, Calacala offers a simple message: “Just take the Bar, just take law school! You don’t know where [it will take you].” She emphasizes that if she can achieve it, others can too.

Scheduled to take her oath on December 22, alongside other 2023 Bar passers at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, Calacala's journey from having no law degree to obtaining professional legal certification took only five months.


Sunday, December 3, 2023

LOOK: Filipino Actor Dennis Trillo Spotted in Atok, Benguet

Photo Courtesy || PJ Haight

Cordillera - Renowned Filipino actor Dennis Trillo recently made an appearance in Atok, a well-known tourist spot in Benguet. 

A video posted by netizen PJ Haight on Facebook captured Dennis walking around a popular restaurant in the area, suggesting he might be involved in a movie or TV series shoot, given the presence of a camera crew.

Atok, Benguet, has become a favored location for TV and film productions due to its picturesque landscapes. 

Notable sites like Haight's Farm and the Northern Blossom Farm boast scenic backgrounds with beautiful flowers and gardens, making them ideal settings for cinematic storytelling. 

READ ALSO: New Romantic Netflix Film 'Love You Long Time' Showcases Baguio and Enchanting Atok, Benguet

The attention garnered by Atok from TV producers highlights the town's appeal as a visually stunning backdrop for entertainment projects. 

Dennis Trillo's presence adds an exciting element, leaving fans curious about the upcoming production set against Atok's captivating scenery.

Watch the video here:


WATCH: Genius Igorot guy cooks meal using motorcycle's exhaust

Photo Courtesy || Boy Bertod

Cordillera - Ever thought about having some fun with your motorcycle? Well, here's a quirky idea – why not use the exhaust pipe to cook your meal? Meet Boy Bertod from Cordillera, who's going to show you how to turn your exhaust pipe into a makeshift burner.

Boy Bertod seems to be having a blast with his unconventional cooking method. Armed with just a pan, a ladle, and his favorite ingredients (black beans and etag), he whips up a tasty dish without needing a traditional fire. The heat from the exhaust pipe is all he needs to get the job done.

If you're a fan of bacon (kiniing), you can try this too. Just clean the surface of the exhaust pipe, lay the bacon on top, start your motorcycle, rev it a bit until the pipe heats up – and in a few minutes, your bacon is ready to go.

Now, keep in mind that this cooking technique is more of an experiment for Boy Bertod. But it sparks the idea that in a pinch, you could use your motorcycle's exhaust to cook if you don't have any other options. Talk about a unique way to prepare a meal!


Thursday, November 30, 2023

LOOK: Pinoy artist creates P5000 bill inspired by Kalinga tattoo artist Apo Whang-od Oggay

Photo Courtesy || Michael Angelo Sarate

Cordillera - Filipino Artist Michael Angelo Sarate reveals on social media his P5000 paper bill art creation that was inspired by the legendary Kalinga tattoo artist Apo Whang-od Oggay. 

Sarate highlighted Apo Whang-od's remarkable accomplishments and contributions in the field of art.

"Taking inspiration from the recent masterpiece of Fashion Designer Mark Bumgarner, Michelle Dee’s evening gown, at the Miss Universe 2023, here’s another tribute to “a legendary Filipina who has become an icon, preserving the rich cultural heritage of indigenous tattoo art.”", he wrote. 

The P5000 bill is in plain black color to denote the color of Whang-od's tribal tattoo ink which is made up of charcoal and water. 

The portrait of Apo Whang-od in the front of the bill is taken from Vogue Philippines' cover in the April 2023 issue. 

At the back of the bill is the photo of Padjao rice terraces located in Buscalan, Tinglayan, Kalinga - the hometown of Whang-od. Buscalan became a popular tourist destination for adventurers and tattoo enthusiast coming from the different parts of the country and abroad. 

Along with the image of Buscalan, you can also see the Philippine serpent eagle (Spilornis holospilus) a kind of eagle endemic to the Philippines and can be found on most of the major islands of the country except Palawan.

Also visible in the design concept's back in the Apo Whang-od doing her art of tattooing and a tattoo pattern painted vertically on edge of the bill.

Michael Sarate is self-taught graphic designer and content creator promoting tourist destination based in Iloilo. 

He also created a Php2000 paper bill inspired by the late Miriam Defensor-Santiago.


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