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Friday, December 23, 2016

Endangered Philippine eagle hawk rescued in Wangal, La Trinidad

Cordillera - A man from Benguet rescued a Philippine eagle hawk he found at a barangay hall in Wangal, La Trinidad. 

The Philippine eagle hawk is an endangered species that can be found only in the Philippines. 

The eagle hawk was very weak when a resident Marcelo Carpio from the said barangay found it. The eagle sustained many severe injuries mostly from its head. 

Mr. Carpio immediately turned over it to the authorities of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in La Trinidad. 

According to the DENR, the eagle hawk will be brought to Benguet State University (BSU) for treatment and will be released to Sto. Tomas Forest Reserve after  it recover. 

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15 houses in Poblacion, Mankayan engulfed by flames, allegedly caused by phone charger

Cordillera - Firefighters reported around 15 residential houses including several business establishment were engulfed by flames in  central town of Mankayan, Benguet, Thursday night.

The fire was reported to have started around 7:00 pm and the fire was later put out around 10:30.

Due to the heavy fire, neighboring fire departments from Cervantes and Bugias, and some water delivery trucks have join in to assist to control the fire from burning more houses.

No one was killed or in serious situation but only minor injuries were reported. Owners and residents of the burned houses has seek a temporary shelter at the municipal hall and in some nearby religious buildings.

A phone charger has been allegedly pointed out as the thing that caused the fire.

Photo of the fire was captured and posted by sir Tirso Gunadan Baday in his FB account.


Only in Baguio: Motorists get free lunch for wearing seat belts

The department of Transportation (DOTr) Cordillera has took a different approach in encouraging motorists to keep their seat belts fastened. 

Instead of punishing them with a fine of P1,000 to P5,000, they give them a free lunch for wearing their seat belts.

According to Atty. Jose Eduardo Natividad, Regional Director of DOTR, traffic enforcers usually stops motorists to check for traffic violation, but this time they flagged down motorist to remind them of the importance of wearing seat belts as well as give them a free lunch, abs cbn news reports

"Whenever motorist see traffic enforcers, they think they're just there to catch violators but in reality they want them to learn." Natividad added.

Many motorist were happy and praised the idea of the DOTr and they are hoping this initiative will set as example to traffic violators. 


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Baguio students discover biofuel derived from taro (Gabi) that can fuel cars

Photo Courtesy || John Cyril Paco
Cordillera - Six students from Saint Louis University (SLU) in the city of Baguio have discovered a cleaner and eco-friendly alternative to petroleum that can fuel cars - this is from taro or locally known as 'gabi'.

The students are Joji Takeoka, John Cyril Paco, Gregory Jones Ochoada, John Paul Galong, and Keanu Verzosa, all students of the said university.

Last October, their invention dubbed as "BIO-GAB" (taken from the word Biofuel and Gabi) won the Business and Idea Development Award (BIDA) given by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce.

Taro (scientific name: Colocasia esculenta) also known as 'gabi' in the Philippines is rich in substances needed in the creation of bioethanol. This plant can grow in almost any type of soil, and highly resistant to floods and drought.

The oil from the taro took the students two weeks to ferment then extract it to process until it become efficient to fuel cars. They tested their invention in a spare engine similar to that of jeepneys and found that it is as effective as other petroleum products commonly used in cars.

According to Ochoada, one of the researchers, taro is rich in carbohydrates and glucose which is the main source bio-ethanol needed to run a car.

"Wild taro is abundant yet inedible crop which is rich in carbohydrates and glucose which are needed to make bio-ethanol. Bio-ethanol is a type of clean fuel that can be used in cars. We tested it in a spare engine similar to that of jeepneys to prevent risk. Fortunately, it worked. The testing center also agreed that it is feasible for engines," Ochoada told Rappler.

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Paco, another member of the group, is hoping that their invention will create a better and safer world to live in and provide jobs to Filipinos.

"We believe that Bio-Gab will potentially revolutionize the industry by providing a product that will minimize the carbon monoxide emission of burning fuel. We also wanted to give back to the community, at the same time by providing jobs in the country, especially in the local areas where poverty and pollution is rampant," Paco said.

Bio- gab is efficient and eco-friendly and it was tested and found out to be effective as other petroleum products commonly found in cars.

The students who invented the bio-gab are planning to secure a patent for their biofuel invention.


Monday, December 19, 2016

Police Cordillera awarded the best Regional Law Enforcers in the entire country

Police Regional Office Cordillera has again proven its competence after bagging two awards of being the Best Regional Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (RLECC) in Luzon and in the National Level during the Command Conference at Camp Crame last Friday.

The award was received by Cordillera Police Regional Director Chief Superintendent Elmo Francisc Oco Sarona from the NALECC Chairman and PNP Chief, Police Director General Ronald De La Rosa.

The award is a result of the concerted effort of all the members of the RLECC. They work hard with dedication for the successful conduct of impact programs, projects and activities for the period from July 15, 2015 to July 15, 2016 that contributed immensely to the attainment of the NALECC’s goals and objectives.

The RLECC is composed of different government agencies and partners from the private sector with a role of formulating law enforcement policies that are currently being implemented, providing inputs and recommendations and enabling the passage of important legislations affecting the country's peace and order, its economy and environment.

Moreover, PRO-COR has garnered a high percentage accomplishment of 171%, exemplary surpassing the target in accounting drug personalities during the implementation of Campaign Plan: Double Barrel Alpha for the period October 26 to December 7, 2016. This significantly contributing to the attainment of a drug0free Philippines.


Friday, December 16, 2016

La-Trinidad will be smoke-free starting January 2017

Cordillera - The local government of La-Trinidad will soon implement the Smoke-Free Ordinance that hopes to get tobacco smokers out from public places January 2017.

The Smoke-Free Ordinance No. 8-2018 aims to regulates, smoking, selling, distribution and advertisement of tobacco products and impose penalties for violators.

The said ordinance prohibits smoking at any designated smoke-free areas and establishment, prohibits selling, giving or distributing tobacco products to minor, prohibits distributing and advertising tobacco products in school, public playground or any other facility frequented by minors or within one hundred meters from any point of the perimeter and prohibits buying tobacco from minors.

Penalties will be strictly imposed to the violators of the said ordinance.

Meanwhile, the religious sectors of La-Trinidad expressed their support to the ordinance and committed to help the government in promoting it through spiritual reforms.

Ibaloi doctor awarded by President Duterte as among the 2016 Outstanding Young Men and Women

Cordillera - A proud Ibaloi, Dr. Ryan Guinaran was awarded among the 2016 Outstanding Men and Women of the Philippines by President Rodrigo Duterte at the Malacanang Palace on December 12.

Dr. Ryan C. Guinaran, a young doctor and an Ibaloi from Kabayan, Benguet was awarded one of the TOYM 2016 by the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Philippines for his volunteering work and advocating the welfare of the indigenous people of Cordillera.

Dr. Guinaran, 29, was born in La Trinidad, Benguet. He was a consistent academic, community service and leadership awardee during this schooling years and was active Pahinungod volunteer. He pursued his medical degree at the UP College of Medicine and graduated in 2002.

In his volunteering work and countless medical mission, he was exposed to the plight of the Indigenous people of the cordillera. Seeing the great problem in his very own region, he decided to stay and offer his medical expertise in his hometown Kabayan and had declined the attractive job offers abroad.

RELATED: Mountain Province opens up scholarship program for Medical Doctors

Dr, Guinaran was also an advocate in the regaining of the Ibaloi culture and identity. He spearheaded the Ibaloi "Cultural Renaisance" which aims revive the Ibaloi culture such as Ibaloi poetry, music, arts and folklore.

Dr, Guinaran deserved this years award and the Ibaloi and Cordilleran people are very proud of him. He is a fine example of a life dedicated to a mission to make a difference in the life of his kababayan in the Cordillera.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Mountain Province opens up scholarship program for Medical Doctors

Bontoc, Mountain Province - The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Bontoc has enacted an ordinance establishing the Mountain Province Doctors Scholarship Program which aims to address the shortage of medical doctors in the provincial government -run hospital, the Philippine Information Agency reports.

According to the report,"the provincial government shall shoulder the actual cost of the grantee's tuition fees inclusive of laboratory fees but not exceed P50,000. The tuition fee shall be directly paid to the school where the grantee is enrolled.

Included in the scholarship program are book allowance of P10,000 per semester, uniform allowance of P4,000 per year, monthly living allowance of P10,000 for five months on each semester which include lodging and transportation expenses.

Requirements for interested applicants are the following:

1. Must be fresh enrollees to the medical course.
2. Must have passed the National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) having at least an average or 80%.
3. Must be a native of Mountain Province.
4. Must be phisically and mentally fit and in good moral character.
5. Must not be more than 35 years of age upon admission.
6. Parent's annual income must not be more than P360,000.
7. He must passed the required interview.

Interested applicants are required to submit transcript or record, birth certificate, certified copy of NMAT rating, income tax return of parents or his/her own tax return for the two immediate preceding years. Submit also at leats two certificates of good moral character from the parish priest, Baraga Chairman or any respected elder in the community.

After funishing all the necessary application papers and require documents, applicants can submit them to the Office of the Provincial Governor which will be transmitted to the Committee of Assesment.

- Philippine Information Agency.


Grade 10 student stabbed 60 times in Baguio City

Cordillera Region - Authorities are now in a manhunt to capture the suspects in the brutal killing of a young student in Baguio City.

The victim was a Grade 10 student of the Pines City National High School (PCNHS) who sustained 60 stabs on the different parts of his body after he was robbed.

The incident happened along Labsan Street, Kayang Extension early Tuesday morning when the victim was on his way to school.

Authorities said three unidentified knife-wielding suspects allegedly took the victim's cellphone, tablet and cash worth P200.

Police investigators showed the victim was stabbed 40 times on his neck using an ice pick and 20 times on the different parts of the body.

The victim was rushed to the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) but was declared dead on arrival due to heavy blood loss.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

3 Universities in the Cordillera are top performing in criminology exam

Three universities in the Cordillera were among the top performing schools in the recently concluded criminology licensure exams given last October 2016.

These are the University of the Cordilleras (UC) which ranked the first with a percentage passing rate of 95.16%, King's College of the Philippines - Benguet (KCP) ranked 3rd with a passing rate of 88.57% and Ifugao State University - Lamut (IFSU) ranked 4th with a percentage passing rate of 83.33%.

Meanwhile Tarlac State University and Data Center College in Laog city filled the 2nd and 5th ranked respectively.

The October 2016 Criminology licensure exams administered by the Philippine Regulation Commission (PRC) Board of Criminology resulted in having 10,901 passed out of the 34,768 who took the exam.

Christine Joy Almaro Capalar filled the 1st spot of the top 10 passers with a rating of 91.55% followed by Genzy Pastolero in the 2nd spot who got a rating of 90.85%. Both of them graduate from Sultan Kudarat in Mindanao.

The complete list of passers can be viewed HERE

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Cordilleran fighter Banario won an impressive victory at the ONE: Age of Domination

Honorio Banario once again bring back the honor and glory to the world, as he showcased an impressive victory at the ONE Championship: Age of Domination on Dec. 2.

Banario fought the best he could in the cage against his Indian opponent Rajinder Meena forcing the latter to tap out in two minutes.

The 27-year old Cordilleran cage warrior from the Team Lakay displayed power and fighting skills in the cage that made his opponent less impressive.

The fight finished with under two minutes remaining in the first round after Banario took the chance to caught Meena locked in the left armbar.

Honorio Banario improves his win by 11-6.

Watch the full fight here.

video courtesy: MMA Union of Warriors' Youtube channel.


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

How to Watch One Championship: Age of Domination Online on Dec. 2.

One Championship headlined "Age of Domination" is coming fast toward December 2 (Friday) this week. The event will feature two title fights in the name of One Heavyweight King Brandon " The Truth" Vera and One Bantamweight King Bibiano "Flash" Fernandes.

But what we Cordillerans are awaiting to see in this event is One Champion Honorio "The Rock" Banario and some members of the Team Lakay who hails from the Cordillera.

Banario is set to face Indian figther Rajinder Singh Meena.

How to watch the event Livestream.

The official website on ONE FC is showing the fight livestream starting at 6.55 pm Manila time. You can purchase the HD livestream from the website for only US$9.99 including service charges.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

What to Expect in the Upcoming Panagbenga Festival in February 2017

Two months from now and the most colorful and exiting festival in Baguio City will kick off. The Panagbenga Festival, locally translated from Booming Flowers Festival which is celebrated every year during the month of February. 

The festival is a grandeur event where you can see colorful and blooming flower parade and the display of different varieties of flower which originally planted in Baguio and some part of Cordillera.

So if you are a flower- lover, this is definitely the festival you should never miss. The Panagbenga events are the must-see for all tourist who are looking for a family-oriented festival to attend. 

Panagbenga Festival 2017 Schedule of Activities

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Student from the University of the Cordilleras among the top 10 LET Board Passers.

The recent announcement of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) has a total of more than 54,700 passers from the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) conducted on September 25th, 2016 in different test centers in the country.

The PRC announced that there were 23,378 out of the 77,466  who passed the exam in the elementary level while there were about 31,334 from the 92,745 secondary examinees.

The University of the Cordilleras (UC)is among the universities who has a students included in the top 10.

Shayne Klarisse Buduan Eclarin of The University of the Cordilleras along with three other teachers are in top 4 with an average score of 87.40.

LOOK: Names of Elementary Successful Examinees. Click HERE to view PDF.

LOOK: Name of Secondary Successful Examinees. Click HERE to view PDF


Friday, November 25, 2016

BREAKING NEWS: 4 Injured in road accident in Tuba, Benguet

Cordillera - 4 people in Tuba Benguet are currently being treated at a hospital after a car crash accident happened yesterday at around 8 pm.

According to report from local radio station, the accident happened at Camp 6, Tuba Benguet.

The victims were identified as Chariza Segundo, 11-year-old, Marvin Segundo, 18-year-old, Lydia Segundo, 52-year-old and a woman from Pangasinan identified as Regina Aguilar, 22-year-old.

Authorities advised motorist to be extra careful when traversing the Halsema Highway which is known for its sharp curves and drop offs especially this rainy season.


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Cordilleran fighter Banario readies for Dec. 2 One Championship showdown in Manila

Cordillera- Igorot pride One Championship featherweight champion Honorio "The Rock" Banario (10-6) is ready to step up in the cage on December 2 at ONE: Age of Domination which will take place at the state-of-the-art Mall of Asia Arena in Manila.

The 27-year-old Banario will go face to face with Rajinder "Knockout" Sing Meena of India in a three-round undercard bout.

The fight will be one of the most anticipated on the ONE: Age of Domination card by many boxing fans in the Cordillera.

The Igorot fighter said he is a "hundred percent ready" and this week he is wrapping up his training and preparing for his trip to Manila.

" I never stop training. I train all year round. Whether I have an upcoming fight of not, I'm always prepared. The martial artists are always in search of perfection of their craft. I can't wait to go back inside the cage and show the world how much better I have gotten." Banario said.

Banario is really eager to finish the fight in his favor. He knows very well that he has to train well and get back to the winning side.

The fight with Meena would be a challenging fight for Banario. Singh Meena has won eight victories all by submissions and knockouts.

So this coming December 2, the world will witness once again the pride of the Cordillera fight for honor and glory.

ONE: Age of Domination is one of the most exciting fight card in Manila this year-end.
Close Ad XBanario’s opponent, Singh Meena, is expected to give him another stiff challenge. Singh Meena has eight victories on his fight resume, but more impressively, all of his victories have come by exciting finish which includes five submissions and three knockouts.

Baguio Athletic Bowl Soon to Become a World-Class Sport Facility

Cordillera - The city government of Baguio is now working on to making one of the known landmark in the city, the Baguio Athletic Bowl to a world-class sport  facility.

The agency that was tasked to study the project is now finalizing the details and it said that the proposed plan could cost around P4.3 billion.

City Mayor Mauricio Domogan said the project will be undertaken under the public-private partnership (PPP) after all the requirements have been finalized.

Under the Term of Reference dated September 2012 the city council of Baguio approved the development of the following facilities to be of international standards:

- reconstruction of the grandstand to accommodate 4,000 - 5,000 seats
- reconstruction of  indoor swimming pool
- reconstruction of  tennis court, table tennis and basketball court
- building of indoor simulation golf range, convention rooms, restaurants and sports-related shops.

The proposed project also includes construction of lightning system for night games and bleachers that can accommodate 3,000 people.

It can be recalled that the City Council ordered the City Building and Architecture Office (CBAO) to submit the development plan as the legislative body  expressed fear that budget  will go to waste if not used.

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3 Miners die from gas poisoning in Ucab Itogon Benguet

Cordillera - Three miners die from gas poisoning in a mine tunnel in Fatima Ucab, Itogon, Benguet, a local radio network said. 

The three miners were identified as Rosalino Ap-it Narciza, 54-year-old, Santiago Falikao Banganan, 32-year-old and Barry Rimando Api-it, 36-year-old.

According to the report, Narcisa went to his private mining tunnel but he never came back. His brother Api-it noticed that Narcisa was missing so he followed him but he also has not returned. Bangan followed the two missing friends but he was reported missing. 

A rescue operation was conducted by local authorities and residence of Ucab to recover the bodies of the three miners. 


Monday, November 21, 2016

Baguio City - Chosen as one of the Place to Host Miss Universe 2017

Baguio City, dubbed as the Summer Capital of the Philippines will be among the places that was chosen to be visited by Miss Universe participants next year.

According to the Philippine Information Agency or PIA Cordillera Chapter, Hotel and Restaurant Association of Baguio (HRAB) president De Leon said that "at least 30 candidates from various countries will come to the city before the coronation night on January 30, 2017". But the exact date to when the Miss Universe candidate will visit the city is 'yet to be determined', according to De Leon.

Among the recommended tourist sites for the participants to tour are the Mansion, the Country Club and Camp John Hay including the Philippine Military Academy.

The Department of trade (DOT) put an estimates of about more than $10 million for the Philippine government to disbursed in hosting the Miss Universe however, the cost will be shouldered by SM owner Henry Sy and Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada. 

Having one of the most prestigious beauty contest in the Planet hosted in the city will definitely bring Baguio and the Cordillera region in the top list of international destination for tourist. 

Baguio city is known to be a cold city with its low temperature. Visitors both local and international will enjoy the many enjoyable and exciting activities that the city and nearby town can offer.  

Cordilleran Fighter Mark Stephen Loman wins at PXC 55 in Guam

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In a showcase of power, stamina and dedication to the sport, one cordilleran warrior has proved once again the warrior blood of a true cordilleran. 

Mark Stephen Loman defeated his opponent Mark Abelardo by a unanimous decision in the bantamweight division at the the fully packed university of Guam club house. 

Loman has added 1 win to his already 7 wins in his previews fight. He currently has 2 losses in his fighting career. He is under the bantamweight division and been training in the famous Lakay team.

Two weeks ago it was the most talked fight of Eduard Folayang who has defeated Shinya Aoki of Japan.

Here a the fight history of Mark Stephen Loman recorded by

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