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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Cordilleran from Kalinga graduates from Royal Military College of Canada

Photo Courtesy || PMA Masidlawin Class of 2020

Cordillera - ENS CARRIE FAITH B MAGANNON PN, from Bulo, Tabuk City, Kalinga, is a member of PMA “Masidlawin” Class of 2020 and a graduate of Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC) Class 2021. 

In September 2017, during her Third Class Year, (or second year for regular universities) Cadet 3CL MAGANNON was sent to Canada as a Foreign Service Academy Cadet along with 3CL FELIPE.

In her preparation year in RMCC she joined the Jolliet Squadron and was reassigned to Tracy Squadron in the succeeding months of her training. She took the Basic Military Officer Course and afterwards had several Naval Trainings held in British Columbia and Canada. 

Additionally, she joined the Running Club where she actively participated in Cross Country Events and other Running Events.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, she was sent back to PMA on April 4, 2020 and attended Distance Learning via VTC to complete her degree in RMCC.

She successfully completed the International Officer Training Program (IOTP) with a Bachelor of Military Arts and Science (BMASc) degree and virtually graduated on May 20, 2021.

On October 22, 2021 she was donned the rank of Ensign (ENS) in the Philippine Navy by the Chief of Staff, AFP, LTGEN JOSE C FAUSTINO JR PA and Superintendent, PMA, LTGEN FERDINAND M CARTUJANO PAF.

In her stay in Canada, she learned that diversity is power because it helped to improve and enrich the Canadian Armed Forces. Further, she believes that diversity could do the same in our country. 

Finally, “God will never give you more than you can handle” is Carrie’s mantra on her momentous journey as one of the two first Filipino graduates at RMCC.

source || PMA Masidlawin Class of 2020


Thursday, November 18, 2021

Two BSU grads in top 10 in the November 2021 Agriculturist Licensure Examination

Cordillera - Two proud graduates from the Benguet State University (BSU) La Trinidad campus made it to the list of top 10 in the recently held November 2021 Agriculturist Licensure Exam.

Mr. Alladin Albindo Banez ranked top 4 with a rating of 85.17 percent and Ms. Rachelled Del Monte Baterna followed in the top 5 spot with a rating of 85.00 percent. 

The November 2021 Agriculturist board exam was conducted by the Board of Agriculture headed by its Chairman, Dr. Fortunato A. Battad and its members, Dr. Nora B. Inciong, Inv. Gonzalo O. Catan, Jr. and Mr. Vicente L. Domingo on November 9-11, 2021.

The ALE are conducted in different testing centers located in Metro Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Koronadal, Legaspi, Lucena, Pagadian, Pampanga, Rosales, Tacloban, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga.

According to Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), less than half or only 1,172 out of 3,927 takers passed this month's agriculturist licensure examination.

Ella Hazel Estrada of the Visayas State University - Baybay campus emerged as the batch's topnotcher with a score of 86 percent followed by John Carlos Boyles, who came from the same school with a score of 85.83 percent and Vivian Timple of the University of the Philippines-Los Baños with a score of 85.50 percent.S


LTO-Cordillera to start issuing 10-year validity driver's license

Cordillera - In line with the provision of Republic Act (RA) No. 10930 which amended the Land Transportation and Traffic Code, the Land Transportation Office - Cordillera (LTO-CAR)  will start the regionwide issuance of driver's licenses with 10-year validity. 

LTO-CAR Regional Director Francis Almora said in a radio interview that LTO offices will start issuing license that is valid for ten years to those qualified motorists who possess both driving skills and knowledge of road safety and road courtesy.

Section 3 of the RA 10930 mandates that all motorists who will be renewing their expired driver’s licenses will have to pass the Comprehensive Driver's Education (CDE) which is composed of a refresher seminar and an examination designed to make sure that only deserving applicants who have sufficient driving skills and are knowledgeable of road safety and proper road courtesy will have their licenses renewed.

Motorists renewing their licenses in LTO offices that are now ready to issue 10-year valid licenses, will be required to take the CDE seminar and its accompanying examination.

The CDE seminar will be conducted for a maximum of five (5) hours and can be taken for free in driver’s education centers (DECs), and for a fee in LTO accredited driving schools. Motorists can also take the seminar online via the LTO’s LTMS portal.

Motorists who will fail in the examination following the CDE seminar will be required to retake the test.

Under Republic Act No. 10930 which amended the Land Transportation and Traffic Code, the new licenses that are valid for 10 years will be given to all driver’s license holders who do not have any traffic violations on file. Those with traffic violations recorded during the validity of their expired licenses, will be issued renewed licenses that are only valid for five (5) years.


Sunday, November 14, 2021

Igorota pilot receives Leadership Award in Basic Helicopter Pilot Training (BHPT) Class 2020 of PNP-SAF

Igorota Pilot. Photo Courtesy || PMAJ Malnat

Cordillera - A proud Igorota cop received the Leadership Award in the just concluded Basic Helicopter Pilot Training (BHPT) Class 2020 of PNP-SAF  on November 8, 2021.

PMAJ Jonalyn B. Malnat who hails from Ifugao is the only woman in the class who graduated in the BHPT.

Igorota Pilot. Photo Courtesy || PNP Air Unit

Malnat is now a member of the PNP-SAF Air Unit aviators  who will be in command of the PNP fleet of rotary wing aircraft.

READ ALSO: How an Igorot Math Teacher Became AFP's Military Pilot

PNP-SAF Air Unit is the only technical unit of the SAF along with its 15-line battalions. 

The air unit provides support to all PNP units during police operations, tactical operations, disaster relief, search and rescue operations, and other field and staff flight operations.

Igorota Pilot. Photo Courtesy || PMAJ Malnat via PNP Air Unit

Aside being a pilot of the PNP, PMAJ Malnat works as the 
Assistant Chief, Operations Branch and OIC of the Police Community Relations Section, PNP SAF.

Read the Inspiring Story of PMAJ, Malnat here: The First Igorota Pilot of the Philippine National Police


Thursday, November 11, 2021

Cordilleran doctor from Abra ranks 3rd in the October 2021 physician board exam

Photo Courtesy || Ms. Alyssa May Bringas Madriaga via UST CN

Cordillera - Proud Abrenean doctor Ms. Alyssa May Bringas Madriaga ranked third in the recently concluded October 2021 Physician Licensure Examination (PLE). 

Madriaga, a graduate from University of Santo Tomas (UST), and a native of Pidigan, Abra got a rating of 87.33 percent.

Ian Gabriel Juyad of UP Manila emerged as the topnotcher in the examination with an 87.50 percent rating. 

He was followed by Jian Leal and Geremiah Llanes in the 2nd spot, who both had a score of 87.42 percent. 

READ ALSO: Igorota is Class Commander in Basic Helicopter Pilot Training (BHPT) Class 2020 of PNP-SAF

A total of 1,677 examinees out of 2,302 takers passed the Physician Licensure Examination in October 2021, with graduates from the University of the Philippines-Manila leading the batch, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) said Thursday. 

The PLE was conducted at testing centers located in Metro Manila and Tuguegarao City, Cagayan by the Board of Medicine.

This exam was originally scheduled for September but was moved to October 30 to 31 and November 1 to 2, after it was canceled due to the implementation of the modified enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila.


Igorota is Class Commander in Basic Helicopter Pilot Training (BHPT) Class 2020 of PNP-SAF

Photo Courtesy || PMAJ Jonalyn B. Malnat via PNP Air Unit

Cordillera - A proud Igorota officer, PMAJ Jonalyn B. Malnat, is the class commander of the Basic Helicopter Pilot Training (BHPT) Class 2020 of the Philippine National Police - Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) air unit.

PMAJ Malnat,  the only woman in the class to have received the Leadership Award in the just concluded BHPT on November 8, 2021.

In 2006, Malnat joined the Special Action Force or SAF, which is the Elite Force Unit of the PNP and became the president of the 'Matatag' Class.

Joining the SAF, PMAJ Malnat experienced hardship, low morale and mixed feelings while undergoing the training. She experienced tears, sweat, joint pain, body aches and almost all the pain inside the training center.

But those hardships did not stop her, instead it became a challenge for her to continue and fulfill one of her dreams in life - to become a full -fledged Policewoman.

After six months in the training center, she was ranked Top 1 of the Public Safety Basic Recruit Course (PSBRC) Class 2007.

To be a full -fledged 'Tagaligtas', PMAJ Malnat underwent the Commando Course where she experienced more pain and hardship than what she experienced when she trained at PSBRC. 

Despite the hardships and despite being a woman, she was presented as Top 3- of SAF Commando Course CL 47-2008 out of 100 who underwent the training.

Photo Courtesy || PNP Air Unit
In 2011, she was blessed and fortunate to be included in the PNP Lateral Entry Class "PINAGPALA" where she once again proved that she was truly blessed like her class name until she became a full-fledged Police Lieutenant.

Although a full -fledged officer, she has not stopped taking various mandatory and specialized courses in Operation, Intelligence, Investigation and Police Community Relations with the PNP, AFP and private institutions.

During her fourteen years of service, she has received countless awards, including being named SAF Best Junior PCO for Administration at the 37th SAF Founding Anniversary in 2020. In addition, she is also one of the winners among the Ten Outstanding APOLE Members (TOAM) 2020 at the 7th Lateral Entry Day Celebration in conjunction with the 17th Year Anniversary and National Convention on December 17, 2020.

PMAJ Malnat traces her roots from Tungngod, Lagawe, Ifugao and the fourth of six children of Mr. Pablo G Malnat Sr. and Mrs. Linda B Malnat. She grew up and lived simply with a family where his parents were both farmers.

She is the current Assistant Chief, Operations Branch and OIC of the Police Community Relations Section, PNP SAF, Air Unit and our “My Police, My Inspiration”.


Thursday, November 4, 2021

UB grad is top 6 in Electronics Engineer Licensure Examination

Photo Courtesy || Rom Ivan F. Balangue

Cordillera - Rom Ivan F. Balangue of the University of Baguio (UB) placed sixth in the October 2021 Electronics Engineer Licensure Examination. 

Engineer Balangue landed on the 6th spot together with University of Santa La Salle grad Bryce Bertram Siopan Sison with both had a rating of 89.30 percent.

Meanwhile, David XYZ Temple Callena of the University of Southeastern Philippines-Davao City ranked 1st after achieving 92.8 percent rating followed by Hashim Monir Mokamad Ambia of Mindanao State University-Gen. Santos City with a rating of 92 percent.

READ ALSO: Farmer's son is top 6 of PMA Masidlawin Class

They are followed by Kenneth Diaz Chan of Mapua University, Sidfrey Nacional Alberca of Eastern Visayas State University, and Johnson Ralph Festejo Perez of University of Batangas at third, fourth, and fifth place, respectively.

Also among the top 10 are Camille Joy Bermido Vidal of University of Batangas (7th), Jacgil Antoni Banda Oculam of University of San Carlos (8th), Johaimen Madid Omar of Mindanao State University-Marawi City (8th), Normand David Paray Medina of University of the Philippines-Diliman (9th), Tim Patrick Bayudan Nieves of University of Santo Tomas (9th), Alyssa Mayette Cobol Caraang of USP-Davao City (10th), and Hanna Mhei Noche San Jose of De La Salle University-Dasmarinas (10th).

READ ALSO: Igorota is Top 8 in Mining Engineer Licensure Examination

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced on Thursday, Nov. 4, that 710 out of 1,484 passed the October 2021 Electronics Engineer Licensure Examination.


New species of orchid discovered in Bokod, Benguet

Photo Courtesy || Maverick Tamayo

Cordillera - A new species of orchid endemic to the Philippines was accidentally discovered on a mountain in Bokod, Benguet. 

25-year old Maverick Tamayo, a botanist from the University of the Philippines and his team discovered the rare species of orchid when they are doing a reconnaissance fieldwork on Mt. Komkompol in the town of Bokod.

According to Tamayo, he was checking for plants that attach themselves to tree trunks when he noticed a very small orchid blooming among the greenery of the mossy forest. 

He carefully checked the lip or labellum of the flower and he found out that it is distinct from all known species.

READ ALSO: Researchers found four Cordillera plants effective against multi-resistant bacteria

“I carefully checked on the details of the flower of this orchid, and immediately, to my surprise, the morphology of the flower appears a little special," Tamayo said via Esquiremag.

So he brought some specimen of the orchid to UP-Baguio for further studies. 

The laboratory test confirmed that it was indeed a new species of orchid that is endemic in the country. 

READ ALSO: Mushroom hunters accidentally discovered new cave in Tawang, La Trinidad, Benguet

They named the orchid Dendrochilum ignisiflorum or Fire Flower because that orchid is slightly spreading, yellow to deep-orange flower which resembles fire. 


Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Pinoy youngest traditional tattoo artist is a 13-year-old girl from Buscalan, Kalinga

Photo Courtesy || Carl Taawan

Cordillera - Did you know that the youngest traditional tattoo artist in the Philippines right now is a 13-year-old girl from Buscalan, Kalinga - the home of the legendary tattoo artist Apo Whang-od?

Princess Tacatac started learning the art of tattooing since she was 9 years old under the tutelage of the world-renowned traditional artist, Apo Whang-od. 

READ ALSO: iKalinga engineer part of NASA team setting up rocket launch site in Australia.

This week, Tacatac joined her fellow young tattoo artists who came from Buscalan, Kalinga to participate in a tattooing event held in Baguio City. 

These young iKalinga tattoo artists will be sharing their talent to anyone interested to be inked with the traditional tattoo designs of Kalinga as part of the celebration of the Indigenous People's Month.

READ ALSO: Kalinga Beauty crowned Miss Baguio City 2021

The art of tattooing called "Batok" in Kalinga uses indigenous materials like the ink, which is made from a mixture of charcoal and water. The Kalinga tattoo artists use thorn from a citrus tree attached to a bamboo stick.

Apo Whang-od was the first Kalinga tattoo artist who introduced this unique style of tattooing to the world. 

READ ALSO: Cadet from Kalinga graduates from the Royal Military College of Canada

Many tourists around the world travel and traverse a mountainous terrain to reach a remote village in Kalinga just to get a tattoo from Apo Whang-od.


Sunday, October 31, 2021

The stunning infinity pool in the middle of woods at Iyaman Farm in Bila, Bauko

Iyaman Farm :: Photo Courtesy || Danny Balanse II 
Cordillera - A beautiful camping destination has been opened in Mountain Province that features a stunning view of an infinity pool in the middle of the woods. 

A perfect place for relaxation, this place called Iyaman farm is located at Sanguan, Bila, Bauko, Mt. Province - a newly opened attraction in Cordillera. 

Photo Courtesy || Annie Faith
Visitors and guests can experience swimming in the pool's fresh spring water  while having a relaxing view overlooking the pristine mountains and community of Barangay Bila. 

There is also the Iyaman Homestay where you can take a rest and replenish your energy after a long day trek up from the mountain. 

Likewise, you can take a sip of free Benguet coffee in clay mug while enjoying a warm "Silyasi" bath. 

Photo Courtesy || Iyaman Farm :: Danny Balanse II

If you are interested to visit this place, make sure to send a message first to Iyaman Farm in its official Facebook page

NOTE: Starting November 1 - 15, 2021, Iyaman Farm will be closed to visitors as per guidelines issued by the municipality because Mt. Province is under MECQ.


65-year-old Lola gets brand new fully-furnished house from generous Benguet cops

Photo Courtesy || Benguetsecond Mobileforce Coy 

Cordillera - As part of the project: “Handog Pabahay ng Benguet PPO,” police officers of Benguet 2nd PMFC under the leadership of PLTCOL BENSON B MACLI-ING, Force Commander officially turned over a fully furnished house with public comfort room to Lola Carmelita in Sitio Bongog, Basil, Tublay, Benguet.

Our chosen beneficiary for the project is Ms. Carmelita Pucay, 65 years old, born deaf and mute. 

She was not able to go to school because of her disability and was not able to seek any medical attention.  

Lola Carmelita is unable to work to support his daily needs in life that's why she depends on his brother Mang Lando and other relatives.

Photo Courtesy || Benguetsecond Mobileforce Coy 

From the voluntary contributions of Benguet 2nd PMFC personnel, together with the donations from stakeholders and other generous individuals, they were able to start the construction of the house last September 13, 2021.

Benguet 2nd PMFC personnel together with the relatives and families of the recipient worked hand in hand in the construction.

After a month of working together, they successfully finished building the house with public comfort room. The public comfort room will be used by residents of the said place.

On October 22, 2021, Benguet Second PMFC officially gave the newly constructed house to Lola Carmelita in a simple Turnover and House Blessing ceremony.

The estimated worth of “PABAHAY PROJECT” is PHP 300, 000.00.

“Handog Pabahay ng Benguet PPO” is a project initiated by Benguet cops that aims to uplift the life of chosen beneficiaries.

source || Benguetsecond Mobileforce Coy


Thursday, October 28, 2021

Cordilleran Engineer part of NASA team setting up rocket launch site in Australia

Photo Courtesy || Czar Augustos Domingo // //

Cordillera - A proud Cordilleran engineer from Tabuk, Kalinga is part of the 27-strong NASA team responsible for setting up the launching site for the three two-stage Black Brant IX rocket that will be blast off from Arnhem Space Center in Australia next year.

Czar Augustus E Domingo, Filipino born and raised in Tabuk City is the team's Lead Network Engineer/Data Communication Engineer leading the design and implementation of the launching site's communication network.

“The network is one of the critical parts of this project since it is through which the NASA radar, Telemetry, LSTAR, range command center, launch command center, the communication equipment they use (intercoms), and the data communicate to each other,” Domingo said via Tabuk City Kalinga FB page.

“The data they gather from the experimental equipment in the rockets are being transmitted and validated through the data communication,” he said.

Photo Courtesy || Czar Augustus E. Domingo

Although he feels a bit pressured, Domingo said he feels blessed to be trusted with the job. “Since this is the first NASA commercial sounding rocket launch site outside the US, I am blessed that my boss and NASA Goddard Wallops flight facility have the confident in me to lead in getting the network and data communication established,” Domingo said.

READ ALSO: Gwendolyn Pascua - First-ever Cordilleran mission controller for astronauts in Europe

“There is pressure, but it is just another motivation to work harder and produce the good results that my management is looking forward to accomplish. However, without God, this is nothing,” he said.

As a student of Tabuk National Highschool in the 80s and an engineering student at the Mapua Institute of Technology, Domingo dreamt of becoming an astronaut, but people had often mocked his ambition.

Photo Courtesy || Czar Augustus E. Domingo

Though he is yet to become an astronaut, Domingo said working with the world’s top space agency to launch rockets into space is as close as it gets.

In his tenure at NASA, Domingo has worked in many rocket launches, most notable of which is the lift-off of the Northrop Grumman Antares rocket carrying a Cygnus resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS).

Carrying four tons of vital supplies for astronauts, the Antares rocket launches are the largest cargo ship ever to the ISS.

READ ALSO: SLU-Laboratory High School grad among NASA's engineers who worked on Mars rover 'Perseverance'

Domingo boasts a stellar career as an engineer. Before the opportunity to work with NASA, he had been with many multinational companies including Johnson & Johnson and telecom giant AT&T.

Domingo said he owes his success to God, to his family, and to his parents who taught him the importance of having relationship with God in his life, education, honesty, patience, hard work and being humble.

“My faith in God has kept me grounded. My family gave me the strength to persevere, as they have been very supportive of my career,” Domingo said.

source || Tabuk City Kalinga FB page

Photo Courtesy || Czar Augustos Domingo // //


Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Cordillera's biggest Philippine Eagle statue is found in Barlig, Mt. Province

Photo Courtesy || Rian Cael via

Cordillera - Stands at an elevation of more than 1,800 meters above sea level, this huge statue of the Philippine eagle located in the town of Barlig is a beacon of hope for forest conservation, wildlife preservation, and cultural integrity promotion of town's lush rainforests. 

It can be recalled that this mountainous spot is where a juvenile Philippine eagle was released back in 2005. The same spot was also the location of the Philippine Monkey-Eagle, locally known as Lawi as proven by the late Barangay Chairman of Lias, Silangan, Mr. Romeo Cofin. 

Cofin said that around 50 eagles were previously hunted before leading to zero sightings today. But some locals in the area said they sometimes hear eagles chirping at nighttime, an indication that some eagles are still existing in the area.

The statue of the Philippine Eagle aims to spark initiative of the local government of Barlig to protect the forest as sanctuary of this critically endangered species of eagle. 

Record showed that there are less than 400 pairs of this species remaining in the wild, most of which are found in Mindanao.

The Philippine Eagle is a species of a true raptor and relies on pristine primary forest in which to hunt, build its nest and raise its young. It can be found in habitat as low as sea level to around 1,800 meters.

Apart from being one of the largest eagles in the world, it could be argued that the Philippine Eagle is also one of the most striking. It has a massive dark black bill with a tinge of blue, neon yellow feet, and pale gray-blue eyes. Its cottony white belly contrasts with its darker back, and the fringe-like feathers on its legs match the long brown feathers that adorn its head and the back of its neck.

Philippine Eagles are diurnal, which means they hunt, fly, build nests, participate in courtship activities and otherwise go about their business during daytime hours. They rest at night. Despite their large size, these eagles tend to be fast and agile in the air, which helps make them very successful hunters.

Philippine Eagles, like all top predators, play a very important role in their environment. They are what is known as an umbrella species. Just as several people can stand under one large umbrella and be protected from the rain, so too can many species of wildlife be protected by conserving one species like the Philippine Eagle. To protect the eagles, we must protect the monkeys and civets and other animals they need for food, the plants and animals that monkeys and civets feed on, and the trees that Philippine Eagles nest in, which helps protect the other animals that use these trees for food, shelter, and space. 

Conserving Philippine Eagles and their habitat automatically provides protection for all the other plants and animals that live there too.

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Six Cordillerans among Top Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) 2021

Photo Courtesy || PIA

Cordillera - The Top 10 Outstanding Student of the Philippines (TOSP) Foundation has announced the named its 30 finalist for this year's commendation and formation program, among them are six (6) students from the Cordilleran Administrative Region (CAR).

The six Cordillerans include Joven Wadwachan of Baguio Central University (BCU), Alladin Bañez of Benguet State University (BSU), Denmark Butic of Ifugao State University (IFSU), Edgar Christian Dirige of Saint Louis University (SLU), Austin Miguelle Ogad of Saint Louis University (SLU), and Von Ameri Escobar from Abra State Institute of Sciences and Technology.

READ ALSO: Five Cordillerans from PSHS - CAR Campus get scholarship grants from prestigious universities abroad

The TOSP finalists were recognized for their excellent academic performance and remarkable role in nation-building amid the challenges brought by the pandemic.

READ ALSO: BSU to open up College of Medicine by 2023

They were gathered for a three-day virtual program to strengthens their character as an individuals, develop and improve their values to become good leaders in the community, and reinforce their belief in themselves and their countrymen.


Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Igorot 'Super' Sayan wins 2 Gold Medals at 2021 Asian Traditional Wushu Online Competition

Photo Courtesy || PSC

Cordillera - Another Igorot Wushu practitioner bags medals at the recently concluded Traditional Wushu Competition held virtually on August 15 to October 4, 2021.

Thornton Quieney Lou Sayan who hails from La Trinidad, Benguet clinched two golds medals in the Nan Quan and Single Weapon event. 

Meanwhile, his fellow Cordilleran fellow practitioners Jones Inso and Daniel Parantac reaped 1 gold and 1 silver medals; and 2 silver medals respectively.

Multiple Southeast Asian Games champion Agatha Wong and Dave Degala also helped the team with 2 gold medals to Wong and 1 gold medal to Degala.

Overall, the Philippine Wushu Federation ranked 4th place with 6 gold and 6 silver medals during the said Wushu Competition held virtually. 


Sunday, October 24, 2021

Igorot Wushu champ clinched Gold Medal at 2021 Asian Traditional Wushu Online Competition

Photo Courtesy || PSC

Cordillera - 2019 SEA Games Silver Medalist Jones Inso won the gold medal in Taiji Weapon and silver medal on Tai Ji Quan during the 2021 Asian Tradition Wushu Online Competition held on August 15 to October 4, 2021.

Also wining medals in the competition is Seasoned Asian and Southeast Asian campaigner Daniel Parantac of Baguio City. Parantac won 2 silver medals in Tai Ji Quan and Taiji Weapon.

Photo Courtesy || PSC

Meanwhile, Filipina Wushu veteran Agatha Wong clinched to gold medals in Tai Ji Quan and Taiji Weapon. 

READ ALSO:  Kareel Hongitan - 1st Igorota to win 4 Gold Medals in 6th Southeast Asian Open Championship

Overall, the Philippine Wushu Federation ranked 4th place with 6 gold and 6 silver medals during the said Wushu Competition held virtually. 

READ ALSO: Cordilleran SEAG gold medalist Jason Baucas' Success Story

The 2021 Asian Traditional Wushu Competition was the first online wushu competition in the Asia region participated by different Wushu organizations in Asia including China, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, etc.


First Igorota graduate of Canada's Royal Military College promoted to higher rank.

Photo Courtesy || PMA

Cordillera - The Philippine Military Academy (PMA) administered the promotion and donning of ranks and oath taking of three (3) Foreign Service Academy (FSA) graduates: two (2) were from USA namely; 2LT ALDRIN M FELIPE PA and ENS DOREEN R LUMACAD PN and one (1) from Canada, ENS CARRIE FAITH B MAGANON PN on October 23, 2021.

Attended by some PMA organic personnel, the said event was presided by Chief of Staff, AFP, GEN JOSE S FAUSTINO JR PA and assisted by the Superintendent, LTGEN FERDINAND M CARTUJANO PAF. 

Ensign Magannon who hails from Sumadel, Tinglayan, Kalinga is the first Cordilleran and first PMA female cadet to have graduated from Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC).

ENS Magannon was among the chosen cadets by the Philippine Military Academy to study in RMCC.

READ ALSO: Carrie Faith B. Magannon: First Cordilleran woman to graduate at the Royal Military College of Canada

The Royal Military College of Canada is the military college of the Canadian Armed Forces which prepares officer cadets for a career in the profession of arms and continues the development of other Canadian Armed Forces members and civilians with an interest on defense issues.

The Philippine military Academy and its Facebook page expressed its sincere congratulations to the newly promoted officers and enlisted personnel.


Proudly Ifugao textile made it to ASEAN Tenun Fashion Week

Photo Courtesy || Sky Weavers

Cordillera - Ifugao-owned startup, Sky Weavers made its debut in the Tenun Fashion Week last October 15 - 17, 2021. 

Sky Weavers is a cultural enterprise which aims to elevate the Ifugao textile industry to the world stage and uplift the small communities of weavers across Ifugao.

Their collections of products include handmade scarves, masks, skirts, tops, and wraps designed for streetwear and office wear.

Photo Courtesy || Sky Weavers

TENUN, is the first fashion week dedicated completely to the handweaves of ASEAN. The events reimagines their continued relevance by exploring their use in today’s fashion. 

In the 2nd day poll of the voting for the Tenun's Peoples Choice Award, Sky Weavers made it to the Top 3. 

Polling is open until 30 November. The result of the People’s Choice Award as well as the TENUN Best Collection and the Lakumas Most Innovative Weaves Awards will be announced early December. 

To vote, just visit, click on the People’s Choice Award page, click on the vote button next to your choice. You will be asked to enter your name, email and country.

Other participants in the event from the Cordillera region is Narda’s Handwoven Arts and Crafts.


Friday, October 22, 2021

Igorot carvers behind 'Pearl Divers, 'Crystal Dragon', 'Lion Fountain' sculptures in biggest malls in Dubai

Photo Courtesy || Gideon Vicente

Cordillera- If you have been to some Big malls in Dubai and been fascinated with the artworks that you can't resist the urge to take photos of these artworks or have selfies with them, consider yourself lucky to have personally spotted your own countrymen's masterpieces.

So, which one of them, you might wonder. Then, try scanning your previous photos if you've been to the biggest mall in Dubai, the Dubai Mall, you must have captured the 'Pearl Divers'.

You must have also captured the 'Crystal Dragon' at the Mall of Emirates.

Another one at the IBN Batutta Mall is the great 'Lion Fountain'.

Photo Courtesy || Gideon Vicente

Oh, and  there's the 'African Head' on top of a Pyramid which can be found in Raffles, Dubai.

To build these ingenious carvings, they used Styrofoam, fiberglass, resin, 2k and acrylic paints.

But that's not all, there are more of these amazing handy works in different parts of Dubai Arab Emirates that can be added in your bucket list.

Did you know that these artworks which were carved with intense passion and hard work were all crafted by skilled artists from Cordillera?

Kudos to Igorot artist Mr. Gideon Vicente and company, the talent of the Igorots in the carving industry had been recognized in the Middle East.

Photo Courtesy || Gideon Vicente

Now that you know, you can identify yourself with these artists together with their crafts while appreciating those captured photos bringing back memories and can take pride that your brothers are taking the limelight internationally.

So there, you can have more activities to do when you go  for a mall hopping in Dubai or start adding it in your bucket list once travel restrictions are lifted.


Restaurant in Baguio offers free meal to hardworking BENECO linemen

Photo Courtesy || BELU

Cordillera - Netizens were quick to appreciate the generosity of the owner of this local eatery in Baguio city who offered free meal to BENECO MCOs doing meter maintenance. 

Beneco linemen Xaxon Allasiw and Claver Alam-am were in the area fixing and replacing defective meter when they went to have lunch at Emachouse Eatery. When they asked for their bill, the owner just handed this folded receipt with the message, "Laban Beneco Free". Xaxon and Claver were speechless, according to a post from Beneco Employees Labor Union.

Meanwhile, netizens shared their appreciations to the kind owner of the restaurant.

"Another better way to help those who are working hard for the good of the people, for our community. Others may say, its their Job. But what the linemen do beyond hours, rain or shine, is something not many can do especially in times of calamities. We thank our linemen and our fellow who are kind to help them in return," one netizens wrote. 

Another commented "Let us support this establishments who are kind enough to support our fight. So please keep on posting this establishments ta isu isuport ti legit MCOs isu manlng ti bingay tayu dyta ta ad ado pay tulungan da... God bless your kind heart".

Recently, hundreds of MCOs marched to the cooperative's main office to peacefully retake the headquarter which was illegally occupied by NEA-appointed general manager Ana Marie Rafael and supervisor Omar Mayo.


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