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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Igorot cop from Bauko, Mt.Province recieves PNP 'Medalya ng Kasanayan'

Photo Courtesy || Ngandiwa Lien
Cordillera - An Igorot cop has been given the Philippine National Police (PNP) Medalya ng Kasanayan for his meritorious display of competence as Acting Chief of Police of Glan Municipality in the province of  Sarangani. 

PLTCOL. Neil "Kally" Sally Wadingan received the medal as a recognition for his competence in leadership where he has achieved 75% operational accomplishments set by PRO 12. 

In his stint as Acting Chief of Police, Wadingan has put Glan municipality in rank number 1 on Anti Drugs and Enhanced Managing Police Operation, according to a General Order issued by Police Brigadier General Lubria on August 6, 2020.
Photo Courtesy || Ngandiwa Lien


"Imbued with professionalism and sincerity in the performance of this tasks, PLTCOL Wadingan deserves recognition not only in the Police Regional Office 12 but the entire Philippine National Police," the General Orders reads. 

PLTCOL Wadingan trace its roots from Otucan, Bauko, Mt. Province. 
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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Igorot film "TOKWIFI" wins Best in this Year`s Cinemalaya Independent Festival 2020

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Cordillera - An Igorot short film titled "Tokwifi" by Carla Pulido Ocampo has been named the best in this Year's Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival during the 16th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival on August 12.

Tokwifi is a story of a 1950 mestiza star who was trapped inside a television that fell from the sky, dreaming romantic romp with a Bontoc Igorot man who does not know how to kiss. 

Director Ocampo said that she wanted to reflect her insecurities being an outsider and becoming a part of the Bontoc community.

The country's biggest indie film recognition was conferred virtually and here a some of the short films that won award.



Audience Choice: "Quing Lalam Ning Aldo (Under the Sun)" by Reeden Fajardo

Best Screenplay: "Pabasa Kan Pasyon" by Huber Tibi

Special Jury Prize: "Ang Pagkalma sa Unos (To Calm the Pig Inside)" by Joana Vasquez Arong

NETPAC Jury Prize: "Tokwifi" by Carla Pulido Ocampo

Best Direction: "Living Things" by Martika Ramirez Escobar 

Best Film: Tofwifi" by Carlo Pulido Ocampo.

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Thursday, August 6, 2020

La Trinidad MPS awarded "Best Municipal Police Station" in the country

Photo Courtesy || La Trinidad Mps
Cordillera - The La Trinidad Municipal Police Station in Benguet has been awarded as the "Best Municipal Station" in the region and in the entire country.

Police Major Cleff B. Vencio together with La Trinidad Mayor Romeo K. Salda received the award during the 119th Police Service Anniversary Celebration at Masigasig Grandstand Camp Major Bado Dangwa, La Trinidad Benguet. 


"Thank you very much La Trinidad LGU, Stakeholders and the Community for all the Support!!! Matagotago tako amin!!!, La Trinidad Mps said as a thank you note on its Facebook page.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) celebrates its 119th anniversary on Thursday which was conducted virtually with a live simulcast from the police headquarters and in all 17 regional offices across the country. 


President Rodrigo Roa Duterte graced the occasion via live feed to all viewers over the internet and television where he delivered his message to the PNP. 

Police Service Anniversary is celebrated in commemoration of the establishment of the Philippine Constabulary as the country's first insular police force founded on August 8, 1901.

This year's virtual anniversary allowed guests and police personnel to join in the ceremony via live interactive platforms as an alternative to the traditional full-dress parade and review ceremony in observance of strict health protocols.
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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Igorot Police receives "Outstanding Police Police Provincial Office" award in Bukidnon

Photo Courtesy || Montanyosa Unity & Bukidnon PPO PCR
Cordillera - An Igorot Police Colonel serving as a Police Provincial Director in the municipality of Bukidnon has received the award as "OUTSTANDING POLICE PROVINCIAL OFFICE OF THE YEAR" in the field of POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS from June 2019 to May 2020 in Bukidnon. 

Police Colonel Roel L. Lami-ing is a native from Sabangan, Mountain Province. Two of his siblings work at the capital town. Gina Lacaben is with the Mountain Province State Polytechnic College while Engr. Joe Lami-ing is with the DPWH - MPFDEO, according to Montanyosa Unity.

Meanwhile, Police Lieutenant Colonel Surki Serenas, Chief of Police, Valencia City Police Station received the award as "OUTSTANDING PCR CITY POLICE STATION CY 2020" and Police Senior Master Cesar C Salatan of Mabalaybalay City Police Station as 3rd Placer of the Online Got Talent Singing Competition during the Police Regional Office 10 25th Police Community Relations Month Culmination and Awarding Ceremony with the theme " Pinagigting na Ugnayan ng Mamayan at Pulisya Laban sa COVID-19 Pandemya" with Atty. Erlina Susan L. Lorea, OIC, NAPOLCOM 10 as Guest of Honor and Speaker held at the Multi-purpose Hall, Camp 1 Lt Vicente G. Alagar, Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City. 

source: Bukidnon PPO.




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Sunday, August 2, 2020

Cordilleran soldier named Best Battalion Commander 2018 for NOLCOM

Photo Courtesy || Sheena Mae Rafael
Cordillera - LTC Remigo A Dulatre GSC (INF) PA, the former Battalion Commander of 86th Infantry (Higlander) Battalion, 5lD, PA based in Jones, Isabela covering the provinces of Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya and Southern Isabela, was adjudged as the Best Battalion 2018. 

He received the award  of DSSP KAPAYAPAAN given by Gen. Benjamin Madrigal, Jr. AFP, the former Chief of Staff, AFP at GHO, CGEA.

He is also an awardee of the Meritorious Achievement Medal award and was awarded to him by Gen. Madrigal at Headquarters Northern Luzon Command last 2019 for the successful dismantling of Southern Front Committee ng Komiting Rehiyon-Cagayan Valley (SFC, KR-CV).

The successful dismantling of the Guerrilla front was the first in 5lD which caused the insignificance of the CPP-NPA-NDF and forced their remnants to abandon their former lairs in the municipality of Jones, Echague, San Guillermo, San Agustin and Angadanan or the JESSA Complex.

As a result, the said municipalities are benefiting from the successful campaign against the insurgents. This can be attested by the entry of development and progress in the area.

With this achievement, Isabela is now on its normalcy compared to the previous security situations.

The emphasis on EO 70 or the Whole of Nation approach is on the right track of its implementations through the common goal of Ending the Local Armed Conflict (ELCAC) and the stakeholders' engagements.

LTC Dulatre is a native of Rizal, Kalinga and presently the Assistant Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations, G7 of the 5th Infantry Division, PA based at Camp Melchor F Dela Cruz, Upi, Gamu, Isabela.

Consequently, the award by the Battalion also made him the Best Battalion Commander 2018 for NOLCOM.

source || Sheena Mae Rafael
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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Kalinga soldier promoted Brigadier Commander of the Philippine Army's 302nd IB

Photo Courtesy || Lawrence Perido
Cordillera - The Philippine Army's 302nd Infantry Brigade has appointed Col. Noel T. Baluyan as the new brigadier commander  during a change of command ceremony on Tuesday at the Headquarters of 302nd Brigade, Camp Leon Kilat, Tanjay City. 

The new general of the 302nd IB traces his roots from Pinukpuk, Kalinga in Cordillera. 

Prior to becoming an Infantry commander, Brigadier General Baluyan served as the deputy commander of the Achiever Brigade and concurrently the commander of Task Group-CBS covering the provinces of Cebu, Bohol, and Siquijor (CBS).


In his speech during the turnover ceremony, Baluyan said: "As I take the helm of the 302nd IB, I am fully aware of the herculean tasks placed upon my shoulders."

Baluyan has called on fellow soldiers to join forces with him in achieving their vision and mission. 


"Given the complexity of the security environment in our area of responsibility, we must not lose sight of the fact that the military solution is not enough to solve this multi-faceted insurgency problem," he said. 

Congratulation Brigadier General Baluyan for your well-deserved promotion.
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Monday, July 27, 2020

Cabbage and cucumber could help fight COVID-19, study finds

Cabbage & Cucumber in the fight against Covid-19
Cordillera - The Cordillera region could be the source of these beneficial vegetable that could aid in the fight against coronavirus.
A new study from  France have suggested that consuming cabbage and cucumber is beneficial against the coronavirus by reducing the levels of a compound that cause the virus to infect the body, according to report by the South China Morning Post and the New York Post. 

The study have found out that cabbage, whether raw, pickled in sauerkraut or mixed into coleslaw and Korea's top delicacy kimchi could help people increase their body resistance to the virus. 

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

The researchers from Europe said in a report that the antioxidant which is abundant in the said vegetables could play a factor why countries like Germany and South Korea had a lower fatality rates compared to hard-hit countries like America. 

However the researchers pointed out that the results of the study could have been affected by uncertainties in some countries, but it was the "first attempt to link death rates with food consumption. 

"Nutrition should not be overlooked" as a factor behind Covid-19 deaths, said Jen Bousquet, former chairman of the WHO Global Alliance against Chronic Respiratory Diseases. 
"Little attention has been given to the spread and severity of the virus, and regional differences in diet, but diet changes may be a great benefit. Nutrition may play a role in the immune defense against Covid-19 and may explain some of the differences seen in Covid-19 across Europe. I have now changed my diet, and it includes raw cabbage three times a week, sauerkraut once a week, and picked vegetables," he said. 

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

"Understanding these differences, and protective factors, like diet, but many others too, is of paramount importance, and may eventually help to control these epidemics," Bosquet added.

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Friday, July 24, 2020

Igorot Chief of Police in Cebu awarded for his commendable performance

Photo Courtesy || Montanyosa Unity
Cordillera - An Igorot cop serving as the Chief of Police in Liloan city in the province of Cebu  has been awarded for his excellent performance as a head of the police force in the said city. 

PSUPT. Randy A Korret has been recognized by the local LGU of Liloan and by the PNP headquarter for his commendable performance in improving the peace and order situation in Liloan. 

PSUPT. Korret is a proud Igorot who traces his roots from Mountain Province in the Cordillera region. 

READ ALSO:  Police Office headed by Igorot Cop PSupt. Allatog is Cebu's top performing police office

He has been serving as the head of the police force of Liloan for 3 years and has been recognized as one of the spectacular icon of Cebu Police Provincial Office. 

In 2018 Liloan Mayor Experanza Christina C. Frasco and the SB members has graced a simple ceremony to give honors and award to PSUPT. Korret for his excellence performance in public service, according to Montanyosa Unity.
General Guillermo Eleazar praised Cordilleran police being 'tough as rock' and 'strong as steel'
You can never relate him to be a champion of any game. He is never either been a good competitor to anyone, but many have recognized his potentials and capabilities. He beats his best with humility and kindness. 

Many have called him "strict", but behind the scenes, he is only very particular in work performance because he believes, "Performance mirrors LEADERSHIP".. For him, everything might not be perfect, but at least done well.

RELATED: Igorot cop to assume post as Chief of Police of Boracay Island

He encourages and pampers his men with utmost respect and truly lifts their moral being a leader, and a Chief of Police in Liloan. 

source || Liloan Police Station
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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

"People of the Mountains are full of beautiful energy...MUSICAL ENERGY" - Kulas

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Cordillera - "I used to think that Igorots tended to be a bit more shy... but wow am I ever being proven wrong time and time again on this trip! Filipinos in the mountains are full of beautiful energy... MUSICAL ENERGY!"

These are the words by Canadian vlogger Kulas that he shared on social media when he visited Bedbed, Mankayan, Benguet and had a little time jamming with the Igorots by playing the gongs.

Kulas had an amazing experience learning to play the gongs in the mountains of the Cordilleras with the backdrop of vegetable gardens and rice fields.
Igorots are one of the most civilized people
He also met with a local blacksmith Marlon who showed him his workshop for fabricating hand made gongs.

Gongs had been the town's One Town, One Product and the municipality had manufactured the biggest gong in the Philippines which measures about 7 feet (2.133 meters) in  diameter and weighs 175 kilograms.

The construction of the gong signifies the town as the source of the best gong in the Philippines. 

Locals of Barangay, Bedbed fabricated gong made up of brass and bronze. 

Last year the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) put up a Gong Fabrication Facility and Equipment in the said barangay to make it easier for the locals to make gongs. 

Demand for gongs over the past years had been increasing mainly from token collectors with one gong priced at P8,000 to P27,000. 

Watch this video from 'Kulas' who went to Bedbed and documented what he learnt from one of the local manufacturer of gongs.


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Sunday, July 19, 2020

Comet NEOWISE spotted over Baguio City sky at 7:41 pm on 19 July 2020

Photo Courtesy || Abrenean Adventurer
Cordillera - The comet Neowise has for the first time become visible with the naked eye since the mid-1990s. 

The comet was spotted over Baguio city sky on July 19, 2020 at 7:41 PM, Philippine time. 

The NEOWISE (short for Near Earth Orbital Wide-field Infrared Survey) was discovered by NASA's orbiting satellite telescope. 

The comet can be seen with the naked eye but a pair of binoculars or low magnification of telescopes can give you a better view, according to Philippine Astronomical Society, Inc..

Comet NEOWISE is expected to come closer to Earth by July 22 hovering near the northern horizon. 


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