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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

How can OFW win Condominium, Toyota Vios and Gift Certificate worth Php200,000 for FREE

Manila - Have you heard of the new program by the Department of Tourism which allows Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) including expats to win amazing prizes such as 7-Million worth of condo unit, a brand new car,  Php200,000 worth of gift certificates and a chance to win a trip to top tourist destinations in the country?

The Department of Tourism just launched its Bring Home A Friend (BHAF) program, which aims to give Filipinos working and residing abroad rewards and incentives when they invite their foreign friends to come and visit the country. 

The DOT said, it will give overseas Filipinos opportunity to participate in a raffle draw that  can have them the chance to win attractive prizes. 

"In order to entice Overseas Filipinos to participate in the program, we will appeal to their sense of nationalism and love of country while providing them the chance to win attractive prizes in the raffle draws for the Sponsoring Overseas Filipinos and their Invitees/Foreign friends," DOT said.

The program has already been started last October 2017 and will run up to April 2018. 

For interested participants, just access the BHAF official website, go to the mechanic tab and follow the instructions given. 

Winners will be selected through electronic raffle draw from the electronic randomizer housed at the DOT IT Department to be witnessed by DTI and DOT. 

The grand raffle draw will be held in April 2018.

Winners in the grand raffle draw will be notified by the DOT through email and SMS. List of winners will also be posted on DOT website and social media accounts.

For more information about this program, please visit the official website of BHAF at


Monday, December 18, 2017

New attraction in Botanical Garden: 5-feet tall elephant statues from Thailand

Philippines-Thailand Friendship Garden - Elephant statue. Photo Courtesy: PIA Cordillera
Baguio City - The local government of Baguio city under the leadership of Mayor Mauricio Domogan and the Ambassador of The Kingdom of Thailand to the Philippines, H.E. Thanatip Upatising finally opened the elephant statues during the official hand-over ceremony at the Botanical Garden on December 18th.

The sculpture which was donated by the Thai government and designed by Thai sculptures shows an elephant family with four members. The construction that was started in July this year was originally composed of three elephants but it was changed to four.

Thai elephant is the official national symbol of the Kingdom of Thailand. Elephants are animals known for their power and strength which symbolizes endurance, prosperity and good luck. In Thailand, elephants have been an important figure in their culture for centuries. 

In the blockbuster film "Ong Bak" of Thailand, elephant plays an important role in the movie. 

Called The Philippine-Thailand Friendship Garden, the five feet tall elephant sculpture symbolizes the good bilateral relation between the Philippines and Thailand. The design of the garden emphasizes the elements of a close family relationship in which Filipinos and Thais can call themselves brothers.

A stroll in this serene place in the heart of Botanical Garden will bring one to appreciate the long-lasting friendship between the Philippines and Thailand. 


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Jollibee Foods Corporation to open its first store in Tabuk, Kalinga

Cordillera - Philippine biggest fast food chain Jollibee Food Corporation announced today the opening of its new store on February 18, next year in Tabuk City, Kalinga.

During the flag raising ceremony at the City Hall, Franklin Papala of North Luzon Ultimate Foods Corporation said that a local recruitment activity (LRA) is scheduled today at the Public Employment Service Office to hire 200 potential service crew. 

He said that the LRA will also orient interested applicants of their expected work and compensation. 

He revealed that service crew are paid P290.00 daily or 36.25 per hour for a maximum of eight-hour working schedule.

Papala said that as part of their selection criteria, service crew should at least be high school graduate or college undergraduate. He said that the store sets no age qualification as long as the applicant is flexible, can work for long hours, willing to work in shifts, competent and honest.

He also mentioned the possibility that additional store managers will come from the newly-selected service crew themselves.

Papala told that the first batch of service crew and store managers hired by Staff  Search Asia Service Cooperative in July 2016 who already underwent training at Jollibee Roxas and Tuguegarao City branch and Manila respectively will still be interviewed, oriented and trained.

The two-storey Jollibee Tabuk which is a company-owned and not a franchise of any Jollibee will rise in Bulanao operating from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM to feature a drive thru, catering and party, dine in-take out and big order.

(By Darwin S. Serion/CIO) via Tabuk City Kalinga FB page.


Friday, December 8, 2017

No Dengvaxia vaccine recipient in Cordillera - DOH-CAR

Cordillera - Parents, students and concerned citizens in the Cordillera region has nothing to worry about the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine as the Department of Health Cordillera Administrative Region (DOH-CAR) said it has not conducted mass vaccination to children with Dengvaxia.

Dr. Alexie Marrero, DOH-CAR Medical Officer IV expressed confidence the region will not be faced with problems because it has not conduct mass vaccination among the students due to low incidence of dengue in the region.

The mass vaccination program by the Department of Health only qualifies those regions with the higher incidence of dengue, according to Dr. Marrero.

The Department of Health has created a task force to manage problems caused by the controversial Dengvaxia vaccines which recently been found out to be harmful if given to  those without a history of dengue. 

On November 29, Sanofi Pasteur, the pharmaceutical company that manufacture the vaccines admitted that Dengvaxia is not recommended for people who have no prior dengue infection. Otherwise, they may develop more severe forms of dengue after the cycle of vaccines shots runs its course, according to PhilStar.

Meanwhile, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III yesterday said, they are demanding the refund of the P3.5 billion spent by the Philippine government for the purchase of Dengvaxia vaccine to be used to "cover the hospitalization and medical treatment for all children who might have severe dengue".

Duque III also said PhilHealth is ready to cover the expenses of any child who may have been hospitalized for severe dengue. Under PhilHealth's Medical Case Program, dengue case rate can cover up to P16,000 which includes hospitalization and doctor's fee.

"We will continue to be vigilant in monitoring our children for any adverse event following immunization and will strengthen the readiness of our public hospitals in attending to any severe dengue cases that my occur," Duque said.

Photo: AFP pic

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

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

Bogo City PSupt. Allatog received recognition during  the "SUKOD" program 2017 (SUgbo KOntra Droga) Top Performing City Police Station of Cebu. Photo Credit || Bogo Police Station FB page.

Cordillera - Bogo City's Police Office headed by Supt, Byron Filog Allatog was given recognition as the top performing police office in Cebu during the annual Sugbo Kontra Droga (Sukod)
 ceremony conducted by the Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Office (CPADAO) on Monday.

It can be recalled that 39-year-old Allatog gained international popularity after a US-based newspaper The Washington Post lauded him and his office for making Bogo City drug free without any single man, woman or child killed. 

Byron Filog Allatog is an Igorot from Bontoc, Mountain Province who graduated from the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) class 2001. He is the current chief of police of Bogo City - a small municipality in the island of Cebu.

Prior to serving in Bogo City, Allatog has been a chief of police from different towns and provinces in the country such as in Tawi-tawi, Abra and Benguet.

Allatog also made waves as contingent in the United Nations Peacekeeping Efforts as member of the UN-Close Security and Protection Officer of the UN Police Commissioner and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Timor Leste.
He has taken numerous trainings and courses  in policing from different high-level police agencies like the Criminal Investigation and Detective Development Courses by the PNP Detective Schools, Supervisory Management and Criminal Investigation Course from the US Department of Justice, Police Intelligence Officers Course by the PNP Intelligence Training Group and FBI National Academy Session 265 from the Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI).

The Cebu Oversight Committee on Illegal Drugs declared Bogo City drug-free making the city the first to have all his barangays free from illegal drugs.

The City's Anti Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) declared three cities in Cebu province winner in which Bogo City at the second place while Naga City declared the champion. 

Bogo City received cash reward of 150,000 pesos. 


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

RICO - Rice and Corn Mix: New nutritious staple food for Filipinos

RICO - Rice and Corn Mix Staple Food. Photo Credit || PhilMaize

(Featured Post) - The Philippine Center for Diabetes Education Foundation said that at least six million Filipinos nationwide have been diagnosed to have diabetes - a major health problem among Filipinos that can result to other serious health problems like cardiovascular diseases, kidney damage and infections.

The foundation warned that the figure could double to twelve million by 2040 if  nothing can be done to stop the increasing prevalence of the illness. 

To help combat this problem, the Department of Agriculture through the cooperation of both government and private sectors introduced a new staple food being developed as a healthy alternative to the plain white rice - this is called RICO or Rice and Corn Mix. 

DA Sec Manny Piñol highlighted some of the benefits of eating RICO aside from helping the country not to depend on other countries for its food supply.  

"With the increasing number of Filipinos afflicted with Diabetes, health conscious people have started looking at both the White and Yellow Corn as options ['because of its low Glycemic Index content and high in Beta Carotene']," Piñol wrote. 

Research found out that too much rice in one's diet could led to an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes thus medical practitioners recommend consuming staple food that has a lower Glycemic Index. 

According to Piñol, the new product which is a mixture of Rice and Corn will be available for the public in major supermarkets like SM, Robinsons, Rustans, PureGold and others. It will be sold in 2-kilo packs in which buyers have the choice to select different RICO mixtures (100% Corn; 75% Corn-25% Rice Mixture; 50%-50% Rice-Cord Mix or 25% Rice-75% Corn.

" A Memorandum of Agreement between the Department of Agriculture, the National Food Authority, the PhilMaize Foundation and representatives of supermarkets... Under the MoA, the DA will finance PhilMaize so it could produce RICO Staple while the NFA will help in marketing by offering it for sale through its outlets in Metro Manila and nearby areas," Piñol wrote.


Monday, November 27, 2017

Two BSU students in Top 10 of Teachers' board exam for Elementary

Cordillera - Two graduates of Benguet State University (BSU) La Trinidad made it to the Top Ten passers in the September 2017 Licensure Examination for Teachers by the Philippine Regulation Commission (PRC).

The Commission and the Board for Professional Teachers (BPT) has announced on November 27 (Monday) that a total of 21,198 elementary teachers out of 80,509 examinees (27.78%) passed the the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) held on September 24, 2017 in various testing nationwide.

The new licensed elementary school teachers from BSU who made it to the Top ten are 9th placer Abraham Millan Angala (86.60%) and 10th placer Beverlyn Canuto Diplat (86.40%).

Forty- one examiness were listed as Top Ten passers in the LET-Elementary topped by Mary Clarence Gepes Madero of West Visayas State University - La Paz (88.80 %) followed by four students who landed second place with a rating of 88.60%. 


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Biggest Bendian Dance of Benguet attempts Guinness World Record

The grand Bendian Dance performed by some 1,500 students targets Guinness World Record. Photo Courtesy || Darwin Pitlongay.

Cordillera, - Some 1,500 students participated in the traditional Benguet dance  in an attempt to set
a Guinness World Record for the largest and longest Bendian Dance ever held during the celebration of the Adivay Festival 2017 at the Wangal Stadium in La Trinidad Benguet.

The Bendian Dance, some called it Bendayan or Bindiyan is a circle dance that is long known as a dance to celebrate the arrival of successful headhunters. It is a part of every Benguet festivity with the circles slowly giving way to other formations and interpretations.  The circular movements of the dance symbolizes unity and harmony among the people of Benguet.

11th and 12th - grader students of the Benguet National High School performed the dance. 

In this year's celebration of the Adivay Festival and Benguet Foundation Day, the Bendian Dance has taken a new face as thousand of participants converged at the Wangal Stadium for the first time.

The local government of Benguet plans to enter the said event in the Guinnes Book of World Records as the longest and largest Bendian Dance Circle.

The Kaikottikali dance of India currently holds the largest line dance which involved around 5,211 dancers performed to an audience of over 55,000 people.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Up to 100 Mbps Free Wi-Fi now open to the public at Benguet Capitol

Cordillera, - Where can you access free Wi-Fi in Benguet?

Students, employees, entrepreneurs, tourists and residents can now connect to the internet while visiting the Benguet Capitol as the provincial government of Benguet launched its free Wi-Fi connection inside and outside the capitol building on November 21. 

Ten Wi-Fi hotspots were strategically placed throughout the capitol. The access points allow internet users to have free access to the internet for 30 minutes at fast speed reaching up to 100 Megabyte per second . Up to more than 2,000 users can simultaneously do internet browsing for free.

The launching of the free wireless internet service powered by Smart and PLDT is the first in Benguet. 

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Benguet Governor Crescensio Pacalso said the free internet connection would benefit the people of the province specially  students doing their research and people who conduct their businesses online. 

The Free Wi-Fi is a project of the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) that aims to provide free internet access to every municipalities and cities nationwide. Its goal is the make internet access available for all Filipinos to accelerate economic, social and educational opportunities. 


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Discovery World Corporation to build world-class hotel in La Trinidad, Benguet

Cordillera, - Property firm Discovery World Corporation (DWC) is raising funds to finance the construction of two new hotels, one in Palawan and another in La Trinidad, Benguet.

BusinessWorld reports that Discovery World has signed a subscription agreement with International Finance Corp. (IFC) to get funding for the projects for as much as Php650 million "to meet the growing demand for hospitality infrastructure in the Philippines.

The leisure property developer said, the accumulated funds will be used for the planned building of two hotels to be located in Palawan and in Benguet.

La Trinidad is a growing tourism spot in the country, known for its sweet strawberry and variety of fresh vegetables coming from different municipalities of Benguet. Discovery World has seen this spot in the north as another perfect area for its hotel and resort business to grow.

This will be the first time for DWC to invest in Benguet, expanding its foothold from the Visayas Region into the northern region.

Discovery World develops, operates and manages hotels and resorts in the Philippines. The company also develops, invests in, owns, constructs and operates hotels, resorts condominium, buildings and other tourist-related structures. It currently operates the Discovery Shores, Club Paradise and Discovery Fleet.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Team Lakay has new world champion - Stephen Loman wins title shot at Brave Combat Federation

Photo Credit: Mark Sangiao Fb page.
Baguio City - The games is not over yet for Baguio's most decorated MMA team - Team Lakay as Stephen Loman brings home the glory as the first Bantamweight world Champion in the recently concluded event last November 17 in the Kingdom of Bahrain dubbed Brave 9: The Kingdom of Champions. 

In showcase of skills, dedication and power, "The Sniper" Loman defeated his opponent, Gurdashan Mangat in the first round via TKO sealing his new record as the First Brave Bantamweight Champion. 

Loman is the first Asian who compete in Brave Combat Federation, the largest mixed martial arts promotion in Bahrain that started September 2016 by Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa. 

"The Sniper" has now added another win in his professional career. One of his winning fights was when he defeated one of the sparring partners of Conor McGregor, Frans Mlambo in the same Brave Combat Federation promotion last year


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Cordillera now the safest place in the country - Crime rate hits all time low

Cordillera - The Police Regional Office - Cordillera Plans and Operations Division has presented report on the average monthly crime index rate of Cordillera that has decreased compared to last year making Cordillera one of the safest place in the Philippines. 

In the police report, the average monthly  crime rate decreased by 36.72 percent with only eight incidents per 100,000 population compared to last year with 19 incidents per 100,000 population.

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Police Regional Office - Cordillera Plans and Operations Division head Superintendent Homer Penecilla said that "the number of incidents in the region did not only decrease, but the solution of these cases had also increased".

Mauricio Domogan, Regional Peace and Order Council and Regional Development Council Chairman regards the decrease of crimes to the successful effort and teamwork of the Philippine National Police Cordillera (PNP), Philippine Armed Forces (AFP) together with the cooperation of the people in the community who work closely with authorities in maintaining peace and order in the region. 

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Domogan also said that this marvelous accomplishment will serve as motivation and inspiration to all concerned citizens living in the region to keep working with the authorities especially the police and the Armed forces to continue improving the peace and order situation.

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source || Sunstar Baguio

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Russian transport companies want to build light metro rail for Baguio and La Trinidad

Cordillera, - Are Baguio City and La Trinidad going to have their first metro rail?

Well, according to Palace spokesperson Harry Roque , Russia is eyeing transportation and energy deals with the Philippines and that there are Russian companies wanting to invest in transportation projects for Baguio and La Trinidad. 

"Putin said that the bilateral relationship between the Philippines and Russia is positive and constructive. Russians would like to do trade with the Philippines. There are Russian companies wanting to invest in transportation, including a subway, and he even made particular mention on the interest to build a light metro rail for Baguio and La Trinidad," said Harry Roque on The Manila Times.

Roque, however, had not given further details about the plan and said agreements would be signed during the 31st ASEAN summit in Manila.

The said project is an alternative mode of public transportation to ease traffic and address pollution problem in Baguio City and La Trinidad, and also boost tourism and economic activity that will surely benefit many residents.

It can be recalled that the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the University of the Philippines - National Center for Transportation Studies (UP-NCTS) with the partnership of The Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC) completed the feasibility study on the deployment of a locally made mass transportation system technology called Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) system designed for Baguio City and La Trinidad. 

The project is capable of ferrying about 720 passengers in a 5.2 kilometer railway from Baguio to La Trinidad through the Balili River, according to the feasibility study conducted by DOST.

The estimated cost for the proposed AGT system is Php1.348 billion including six 120 seat coaches valued at Php66 million per coach, the cost of the elevated track valued at Php1.122 billion and four stations worth Php 160 million.

The projected annual revenue if the AGT is fully operational would start at Php 86.6 billion and would grow up to P159 billion for a 10-year period. 


Friday, November 10, 2017

Martin Nguyen shows compassion to Edward Folayang after KO, sends a heartfelt message and calls him a brother

Nguyen worried and holds Folayang's hand. Photo Credit || ONE Championship

Baguio City - It was a shocking night to the Filipino fans especially to the Cordillerans seeing their champion knocked out cold inside the octagon.
Last night bout between two champions Martin Nguyen and Eduard Folayang proved sports favors only one and that Nguyen deserves the victory. It was a good fight for both of them showcasing the bests of their boxing power and skill though Folayang got caught with a surprised right hand counter hook from Nguyen after delivering his spinning heel kick in the second round.

But Nguyen's reaction after Folayang laid on the canvas shows the true color of a champion. He didn't go for an immediate celebration like most winners do but Nguyen immediately rushed and knelled down beside Folayang to make sure he was okay. 

Nguyen tried to lift Folayang's head to make sure he was okay but the ringside doctor and the referees move him away. Video from One Championship's FB page showed Nguyen went to the other side and holds Folayang's hand like a true friend.

In the post fight interview, Nguyen admitted he doesn't want to see Eduard in that kind of situation because they were good friends.

"Look, honestly, it really hurt. I never ever, ever want to see someone I like, or some I know go through that... I just couldn't help but have little hard feeling for Eduard when he got knocked out." Martin said.

He also sends a heartfelt message to the Filipino champ and wish him to recover well and come back stronger.

"Eduard, I still love you like a brother, I hope you're fine and I hope and you come back stronger. I'm still your number one fan.

The November 10th One Championship bout in Manila has caused many Filipino fans both happy and sad.

For the Cordilleran fans and Team Lakay, it was a victory 3 - 0. Kevin Belingon, Jushua Pacio and Gina Iniong got the victory on their side, while Eduard Folayang and undefeated Danny Kingad suffered loss.


Thursday, November 9, 2017

The fight is on: Cordilleran fighters VS the World at ONE Championship: Legends of the World

Photo Credit: One Championship
Baguio City - A night of Legends is set for tonight's  boxing match as two world reigning title holders will collide inside the octagon, one to defend and one to capture at One Championship:Legends of the World.

ONE lightweight champion Eduard "The Landslide" Folayang will defend his title against featherweight champion Martin "The Situ-Asian" Nguyen.

Martin Nguyen is hungry for another world title and dared to challenge the Igorot martial arts superstar Eduard Folayang of Team Lakay for the ONE Lightweight World Championship in the main event of ONE: Legend of the World tonight a the Mall of Asia Arena.

But the Igorot champion is ready and motivated to defend not only his name as the tiltleholder but also his division.

"Papasukin yung division ko, so as much as possible, you are not only defending your name but also your division," Folayang said in an interview.

The much awaited MMA bout will also feature three other fighters from the Cordillera under Team Lakay.

Co-main events will also feature Danny "King" Kingad who will be challenging One Championship flyweight king Adriano Moraes from Brazil.

22-year-old Kingad is a professional MMA fighter with and unbeaten record and dreams to become a world champion someday.

"This has been my dream for such a long time. All the opponents I have faced have brought me to this moment. All my experience has led me to this. Every athlete dreams of becoming a world champion, and now I have the opportunity." Kingad said.

Another exciting Igorot fighters lined up for the One Championship event are Kevin "The Silencer" Belingon, who will go head-to-head with Kevin Chung for the Bantamweight division and Joshua Pacio vs Roy Doliquez.

Also in the undercard is the only Igorota fighter on the lists Gina Iniong who will be fighting Priscilla Lumban of Indonesia.


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Baguio City included in the lists of UNESCO designated Creative Cities in 2017

Cordillera - Baguio City, the summer capital of the Philippines has been named a UNESCO Creative City for its leadership in craft and folk arts using technology. 

This designation affirms that the city is an international hub for craft and folks arts innovation and inspiration. It shows the world that Baguio is an international hotspot in arts and craft aside from being one of the famous tourist spots in the country. 

The city now joins 64 cities from 44 countries that have been designated as UNESCO Creative Cities working together towards "placing creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their development plans at the local level and co-operating actively at the international level," according to the website.

Some of the known advocates of cultural arts and craft in the city are Baguio Arts Guild, Bencab Museum, Museo Kordillera, Garden Theater, Ili-Likha, Maryknoll Pitak, Vocas, Pasa Kalye,  Easter Weaving Center, Narda's traditional weaving and Asin Village Woodcarving,

Baguio City is now the 5th Southeast Asia city that make it to the exclusive group joining Phuket, Thailand, Pakalongan and Badung in Indonesia and the city state of Singapore. 

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) is a UNESCO project that started in 2004 aims in promoting cooperation among cities to promote creative industries, strengthen participation in cultural life, and integrate into sustainable urban development policies.

As of this moment, there are already a total of 180 members of the Creative Cities Network from 72 countries around the world. 


Sunday, October 29, 2017

Fil-am YouTuber Wil Dasovich tries famous Igorot bacon "ETAG" of Sagada

Wil Dasovich bites etag: Photo: Screen-grab | Abs Cbn
Cordillera,- Filipino-American vlogger Wil Dasovich visited Sagada and tried the famous Igorot native dish called "etag"  in the new released episode of Kuya Kim's Matanglawin show of Abs Cbn.

Dasovich has learned a lot of things in the making of etag, starting from the preparation of the meat, salting, smoking and of course the eating.

He also tries the etag pizza which is a modern twist of the etag as an additional toppings to the pizza.

"Etag" or "Innasin" to the kankanaey and "kinuday" to the Ibaloi is basically a salted pork or smoked bacon which is regarded as part of the Cordilleran culture of preserving meat food. It is initially prepared by salting the freshly sliced slab of pork and then curing it through either sun-drying or smoking.

Sun-drying and smoking require a minimum amount of time to achieve the desired texture of the etag, usually around three to four hours until the meat is fully dehydrated.

The method of preserving meat done by the Igorots is a unique way of storing meat food in order to last longer.

In the show, Dasovich also visited the hanging coffins, one of the top tourist destinations in Sagada and learn the way Igorot ancestor bury their dead.

Watch the episode below:



Friday, October 27, 2017

Memorial Wall in honor to fallen Cordilleran cops and soldiers mulled

Cordillera - The city council of Baguio is proposing a plan to build a memorial wall in Burnham Park to honor  the brave soldiers and policemen who sacrifice their lives for Marawi and other parts of the country. 

An ordinance filled by Councilor Edgar Avilla this week aims to commemorate the "service rendered by members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) whose roots are in the City of Baguio and the Cordillera region who have been killed in action (KIA) in the war against terrorism in Mindanao and other parts of the country."

"The time is now ripe for the city to pay homage to the Igorots who were killed in action by installing a memorial wall with the names of the deceased inscribed in the memorial wall, and a bust depicting combat shoes to emphasize that our soldiers and policemen died literally with their boots on," Avilla said. 

Inscribed in the memorial walls are eight names of Cordilleran warriors who passed away serving their duty to protect the country. They are: 

  • Police Chief Inspector Fredie Manuel Solar - Baguio City ( Solar was the first casualty in the war in Marawi).
  • Corporal Benito Serrano - Conner, Apayao
  • Private First Class Gener Tinangag - Barlig, Mountain Province
  • Police Officer 3 Alexis Mangaldan - Bangued, Abra
  • PO1 Moises Kimayong Jr. - Lagawe, Ifugao
  • Corporal Nelson Wailan - Tabuk, Kalinga
  • PO2 Daniel Tegwa - Bauko, Mountain Province
  • PFC Jethro Estacio - Banaue, Ifugao

The proposed memorial wall will be in black granite with benches and flower beds around it to add serenity and solemnity to the memorial, Avilla described. 

Earlier this year, a monument was built at Lepanto National High School ground in Mankayan to honor the fallen Special Action Force (SAF) who were killed in a botched operation in Maguindanao. 

source | PNA

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Cordilleran soldiers sought-after in Mindanao because "they are full of courage and they don't complain" - PCO Asec. Banaag

Photo Courtesy || Armed Forces of the Philippines

Baguio City - Presidential Communication Operation Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Marie Banaag recognized the gallantry of Cordilleran soldiers in liberating Marawi City in the hands of the Maute insurgents.
In a radio interview, Banaag expressed gratitude to the soldiers who fought until the end to liberate Marawi.

"We are grateful to our fellow Igorots who did not leave Marawi and fought until the end to help the liberation of Marawi," Banaag said.

She also said that both Cordillerans and non-Cordillerans are talking about the bravery of the Igorots and they want them in Mindanao because of their attitude.

"They want Cordillerans in Mindanao because they don't complain and they are always full of courage. Every time I am in Mindanao, I always see officials who are Cordillerans and the non-Cordillerans talking about the bravery of the Igorots. Everything about my being a Cordilleran, goes out to them," Banaag added.
General MacArthur once said, "Many desperate acts of courage and heroism have fallen under my observation on many fields of battle in many parts of the world. I have seen forlorn hopes become realities. I have seen last-ditch stands and innumerable acts of personal heroism that defy description, but for sheer breathtaking and heart stopping desperation, I have never known the equal of those Igorots riding the tanks. Gentlemen, when you tell the story stand in tribute to those gallant Igorots."

READ ALSO: Memorial Wall in honor to fallen Cordilleran cops and soldiers mulled

Banaag works in Malacanang as the Communications Assistant Secretary of the present Duterte Administration. Part of her work is to hold media press briefing for the President when Secretary Martin Andanar and Spokesperson Ernesto Abella are not available.

Earlier, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Eduardo Año also expressed his gratitude and lauded the Cordilleran warriors  of their bravery. Most of the concluding fights against the terrorists were fought by them who belongs to the Special Operation Command and the Scout Ranger Company. 


source | PNA

Sunday, October 22, 2017

AFP chief of staff Eduardo Año commends brave Cordilleran warriors in Marawi

Photo Courtesy || General Eduardo Ano / Wikipedia
Cordillera - No less than the Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Eduardo Año praises the soldiers from Cordillera who were part of the assault team that targets the Maute leaders leading to eventual liberation of Marawi City.

In his own words, Año recognized the ultimate sacrifice of the Cordilleran warriors during the final battle to neutralize Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute.

"The Philippine Government will forever be grateful to the Cordillera Warriors who gave the ultimate sacrifice and who were part of the striking force that finally killed the Isis inspired leaders Maute and Hapilon," Año said.

The final push towards the liberation of Marawi presented great challenge to Filipino soldiers specially to the Cordilleran Warriors because of the enemy's firm to protect their last stronghold. This leads to the loss of many of the Cordilleran soldiers.

"We are saddened with the loss of our brave soldiers specially our Cordillera Warriors belonging to the Special Operation Command and the Scout Ranger Company who led the daily assault against the Isis leaders and eventually liberated Marawi," General Año said.

Año also extends condolences and to the families of the soldiers and express gratitude for their service to the country.

"To the relatives of the Cordillera Warriors, we extend our sincerest condolences, thanks and gratitude for their service to the country of these brave Cordilleran Warriors. Rest assured that the country will always treat them as our heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice to attain peace for the people of Marawi," Año added.
The government has listed 155 soldiers including policemen who were killed in Marawi while almost a thousand casualties from the side of the terrorist group Maute.
The Cordilleran Warriors of Marawi. Photo Credit: Harley Palangchao FB page

source | sunstar baguio
photo | davao today


SM Foundation now accepting College Scholarship 2019 | Apply Online

Baguio City - The SM Foundation, the advocacy arm of the SM Group of companies, is now accepting application for the SM College Scholarship Program for school year 2019 - 2020.

The SM College Schoolarship Program is open for students from Benguet, NCR, Albay, Batangas,  Bulacan, Cagayan, Camarines Sur, Cavite, Isabela, Laguna, Nueva Ecija, Palawan, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Quezon, Rizal, Tarlac, Zambales.

For Visayas and Mindanao, the areas covered are Capiz, Cebu, Iloilo, Leyte, Negros Occidental, Agusan del Norte, Davao del Sur, Misamis Oriental, South Cotobato, Zamboanga del Sur.


Interested students can now apply via online by going to SM website here

Register your valid email and password and you will be directed to page where you will fill-in necessary information in order to be qualified.


The SM College Scholarship Program is open to fourth year public high school students who have a weighted average of at least 88% by the second or third grading period and the family must earning an annual income of PHP150,000 at most.

Successful scholarship grantees from Benguet and other areas can enroll in any of SM partners namely Saint Louis University, University of the Cordilleras and University of the Philippines-Baguio campus. A full tuition, monthly allowance, part-time job opportunities during school break and also exclusive job offers with the SM group upon graduation.

Click HERE to see complete list of SM partner schools.

a. BS in Computer Science
b. BS in Information Technology
c. BS in Electronics and Communications Engineering/ BS In Electronics Engineering
d. BS in Computer Engineering
e. BS in Civil Engineering
f. BS in Electrical Engineering
g. BS in Mechanical Engineering
h. BS in Elementary Education
i. BS in Secondary Education major in Biology, Chemistry, General Sciences, Physics, Mathematics, English
j. BS in Accountancy
k. BS in Accounting Information Systems
l. BS in Internal Auditing
m. BS in Management Accounting

The SM College Scholarship Program started with the vision of SM patriarch Henry Sy, Sr. to send one child from a less fortunate family to college. After graduation and upon employment, this could send one sibling to school and this help provide a better future for the family.

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