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Monday, December 30, 2019

Benguet cops celebrate Christmas by helping vegetable farmer harvest crops

Photo Courtesy || Benguet Provincial Mobile Force Company
Cordillera - Celebrating Christmas hasn't not always been doing the usual way of going for caroling, partying and giving gifts. 

These good police officers from Benguet celebrates Christmas in a very special way by going to a carrot farm to help the farmers harvest their crops. 

In a Facebook post by Benguet Provincial Mobile Force Company, a group of police officers is seen in a carrot farm carrying loads of carrots and transporting them to an elf truck.

READ ALSO: Abra Police officers act of kindness help struggling woman harvest 'palay' in her field

The post said, "Be a blessing this Christmas, in a rather special way. Because we came upon the time to gather.."

Photo Courtesy || Benguet Provincial Mobile Force Company
Imagine how happy the farmers felt when they saw many Santa Clauses landed on their farm and granted their wish that their carrots would be harvested on time to catch up with the good price of carrot at the trading post.

Of course, many netizen were amazed of the good deed this cops were shown to the farmers. 

"Nice to have a helpful and kind hearted police officers.. snap salute to all of you. May your tribe increase," one netizen shared.

READ ALSO: Brave Policemen of Kalinga risk their own lives to save a family lost at NPA ambush point

Indeed, Police officers always continue to make positive impact in the community from keeping the residents safe to small acts of service. 

The good deed of these PNP officers are worth to be commended and recognized. They go above and beyond their duties to become real-life superheroes for the community. 

Kudos to these policemen of Benguet. 

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Son of a miner from Sabangan, Mt. Province promoted One-Star PNP General

Photo Courtesy || Montanyosa Unity
Cordillera - Cordillerans will have another reason to be proud of as another police officer was promoted to chief superintendent which is one of the highest ranks in the Philippine National Police that is equivalent to brigadier general in the military.

Dennis Lingat Basngi, a son of former miner of Sabangan, Mt. Province joined the ranks of high ranking police and military generals after being promoted one-star PNP General on June 29, 2017.

PCSupt. Basngi was popularly known in his PNP alias as "Bangis" meaning 'ferocious' for his commitment and vigorous leadership in the field of law enforcement.

He was a member of the Philippine Military Academy "Maringal" Class of 1988 and was the sparring mate of former PNP Police Director Dela Rosa during his cadetship. 

Before joining the PMA, Basngi took his high school diploma at San Alfonso High School in Sabangan then graduated engineering at Saint Louis University in Baguio city. 

PCSupt. Basngi holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration. He received numerous awards and commendations from the Military and Police. 

He also went to Thailand and Timor Leste and acquired courses related to the police service.

The new Igorot PNP General spent his early career in the police force by volunteering in conflict-stricken parts of Mindanao. 

His excellence in the service made him the top pick to join the elite PNP SAF Special Action Force which is headed by a fellow Igorot Benjamin M. Lusad of Mt. Province.

Basngi's notable accomplishments include leading the police operation during the Zamboanga Seige in September 2013.

He was awarded the 'Medalya ng Kagitingan' for his impressive work in leading city's police office until its liberation from the armed group. 

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Sunday, December 29, 2019

Mayor Magalong orders arrest of those who indiscriminately throw garbage in Baguio City

Cordillera - In order to keep Baguio from becoming city of garbage rather than city of pines, Mayor Benjamin Magalong ordered the city police to arrest those undisciplined people who just indiscriminately throw their garbage anywhere.

Recently, social media have been flooded with photos of thrash left over Baguio parks and other top tourist destinations in the city amid the information drive campaign informing tourists and local visitors to observe proper disposal of trash. 

"Our city is overwhelmed with trash this holiday season, hence, I am asking for your cooperation," the city mayor said in a statement.

On December 28, 2019, The Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) had launched an aggressive anti-littering campaign to apprehend those who were caught for not properly disposing of their trash.

READ: We Love Baguio as Much as you do: A Friendly Message To Tourists Visiting Baguio

Immediately after the campaign has been launched, the BCPO has reported they have arrested fourteen individuals who violated, eight of them were local residents while six were tourists, according to BCPO city director PCol Allen Rae Co.
Violators were issued citation tickets to pay their fines with some of them opting to render community service. 
The record from the Department of Public Works and Highways showed the city was flocked by incoming tourists passing through Kennon Road and Marcos Highway.
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Thursday, December 26, 2019

Baguio-La Trinidad Jeepney driver offers free ride on Christmas Day

Photo Courtesy || Jay Son Luks
Cordillera - This jeepney driver plying Baguio-Tomay route is giving away his best gifts to commuters on Christmas Day. He is offering free rides.

Facebook user Jay Son Luks shared a now-viral photos of a Jeepney with plate number AYK 692 that is offering passengers free ride on Christmas Day. 

Jay Son wrote in his Facebook post thanking the unnamed driver who offered free ride to them.

"Flex ko lang sinakyan namin. FREE RIDE!!! Salamat boss idol amo driver. Sana ay maganda ang buong taong byahe mo.

Photo Courtesy || Jay Son Luks
He shared that he was overwhelmed and awed by the drivers' Christmas present because he know how hard being a jeepney driver is. 

"I am a driver and my father has been a jeepney driver for more than 3 decades so alam ko ung hirap ng jeepney driver.  So giving free rides to all commuters is really a deed worth to be praised," Jay Son said. 

Although he was not able to take a photo of the driver, Jay Son posted and wished the driver good luck and his jeepney to be in good condition for a longer time. 

Of course, Netizens absolutely loved the driver's present.

One netizen wrote: "Wow so nice. That's the true meaning of Christmas. God bless you more this coming years."

Another praised the driver because he knew how hard it is for a jeepney driver to earn a living yet this driver managed to offer a ride for free. 

"God bless Manong. Kahit kapaskuhan ay nagawa mo na bumiyahe para lamang mabigyan ang aguinaldo ang ating mga kababayan. Merry Christmas," Mer Vie said.

Have you experienced getting a free on Christmas day? Share it in the comment box below or in our Facebook page. 

Share this post to all your friends. Let's give recognition to this generous driver.
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TPLEX Sison-Rosario now open, cuts travel time by up to 30 minutes to Baguio City

Cordillera - Good news for those travelers looking to reach Baguio for a shorter period of time. The Sison-Rosario segment of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway or TPLEX has been opened to motorists since December 24, 2019. 

DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar on Monday, December 23, 2019 conducted an inspection of the said segment and directed the opening to travelers the next day. 

"Considering that Baguio is a go-to holiday destination, we opened the segment to provide ease to our tourists who want to experience the beauty of the City of Pines. While significantly cutting their travel time, we also want to ensure that the expressway is in its utmost quality for their safety," Villar said. 

According to Villar, the opening of the Sison-Rosario segment would cut the travel time to Baguio by up to 30 minutes as well as ease the traffic bottleneck along Manila North Road towards Kennon Road. 

He added that the newly opened segment of the expressway will be free of charge to the motorists.

"Wala munang bayad and Sison to Rosario Segment ng TPLEX. Munting regalo natin ito sa ating mga kababayan na uuwi sa kani-kanilang mga pamilya," Villar added. 
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Wednesday, December 25, 2019

WOW! Lola from Ifugao can still read the Bible without wearing eyeglasses

Photo Courtesy || Josie Zynbak
Cordillera - Our vision normally weakens as we age. When we reach our 60s, our eyesight begins to deteriorate and it can be difficult to read or see small objects. So we need the aid of reading glasses.

But this Lola from Ifugao can still read her Bible even without wearing eyeglasses. 
Read her story below and learn her secrets.

Her name is Bugan Datong and she is known as the Oldest Woman in Gohang, Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines. Every morning she wakes up early and sits in front of her house. With her naked eyes, she reads her Bible from morning until evening. Most of the time she reads orally that you can hear what she is reading. Her eyes and her Bible can only rest when she eats her meals and during the night time when she's sleep. According to her, it is her joy and pleasure to read he Bible every day. She had been doing this for five years from now. Her neighbors always see her reading her book.
In front of her house is a public passage way. Passers by especially those whose first time to see her were surprise upon looking at her reading her book without wearing eyeglasses. That even while they were walking they kept looking back at her saying with one another: "Look, that Old Woman knew how to read! Her eyes can see the letters and the words clearly!" Some of them stopped walking and paused for a while to hear if she reads the words correctly. When they proved that this Old Woman read it correctly, they smiled at her and expressed their praise and appreciation to her. They said to her in a joke: " Bless us grandma that we may also live a long life like you." We rarely see an old aged like you reading with her naked eyes." Then she smiled at them and replied positively.
Indeed, she never wore eyeglasses ever since she was young up to present. She used to read the English Bible, "King James Version." Recently her nephew and niece donated  a Bible translated in "Ifugao Version" which she is using now. This Old Woman is a widow with six (6) children. She is kind and generous. Her husband, Bacnis Hinnayyop passed away on December 2008.
 Moreover, she only finished grade IV but she also memorized some of her favorite Christian Songs even without looking at the a copy or "Codigo." Her memory is as strong as her vision as well. Furthermore, she knew how to dance the "Ifugao Native Dance" but can't do this time for she is physically weak due to her age. Above everything, her hidden secret is very simple. Ever since she was still strong she was very industrious. She worked hard in the rice fields and in the mountains. She only ate food from her own plants and meats from her own fowls which she raised at home. In short, her foods through out her whole life were all Organic.
Many people believed that these Organic Foods are the major factors why she lived a long life with a strong vision which is true. Christians are also aware that it was all her blessing from God Yahweh in heaven which is also true. Hence, her Hidden Secret is now revealed.

source || Josie Zynbak 
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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

How to Join the Philippine Elite Special Action Force (SAF) commando

Cordillera - The Philippine Special Action Force or SAF is the elite unit of the Philippine National Police (PNP) who are responsible for securing the country from any internal and outside threats. 

As designated by the PNP, the SAF can conduct numerous mission including training, commando type unconventional warfare, search and rescue operations, counter-terrorism operation, civil disturbance management, operate rapid deployment force and many more. 

To become a SAF trooper, one must meet the following qualifications:

1. A Filipino citizen.
2. A person with Good Moral Character.
3. Physically and mentally fit.
4. Must have Eligibility, either of the following:
 - PNP Entrance Exam (NAPOLCOM)
 - Career Civil Professional
 - RA 1080 (Bar and Board Examination)
 - RA6506 (Board of Criminologist)
 - PD 907 (CS Eligibility for College Honor Graduate)
5 Must not have been Dishonorably Discharge from Military employment or dismissed for a cause from civilian position in the government.
6. Must not have been convicted of final judgement of an offense or crime involving Moral Turpitude.
7. Must be 5.4 height for male and 5.2 for female.
8. Must weight not more or less five kilograms from the standard weight corresponding to his/her height, age and sex.
9. Must not be less than 21 years old and not more than 30 years old.   

The Philippine National Police made an announcement on August that they are recruiting 5,000 troopers for the elite Special Action Force in compliance with President Duterte's order to create at least five more battalions of police commandos. 

There are currently around 7,000 SAF troopers in the country who are tasked to respond to crisis situations and counter insurgency operations. 

A new recruit SAF trooper  is expected to receive a salary of P36,000 a month plus allowances.
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Monday, December 23, 2019

Lolo from Benguet finally found lost 14K cash collection for Death Aid

Photo Courtesy || Bombo Radyo Baguio
Cordillera - A collector of death aid from Madaymen, Kibungan, Benguet was very grateful to those who have expressed a desire to help him recover the lost P14,000 money he had collected for death aid.

On Tuesday, Mr. Candido Baniaga, the death aid collector finally recovered his lost cash after Bombo Radyo Baguio posted an announcement on Monday.

Yesterday, an information was posted by Bombo Radyo Baguio on its Facebook page to inform the public about a lost P14,000 cash and 10 dollars of Mr. Baniaga.

"This old man is a death aid collector. He travels everyday to collect but accidentally lost the money he collected. Fourteen thousand pesos (14K) and 10 pieces of dollar and a listing of credits today... if may you find it please inform," the post read. 

His desire of helping the people in his community had driven him to take responsibility of being a death aid collector and admitted that due to his old age, he sometimes forget where he keep his things. 

Lolo Baniaga was surprised at the full support of the people who expressed their willingness to help him and said that these people has GOLDEN HEARTS, according to Bombo Radyo Baguio.
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Baguio cab driver Bhong Balisong returns P60,000 cash of a retired Police Officer, gets city commendation

Photo Courtesy || Bhong Balisong
Cordillera - An honest taxi driver returned a misplaced bundle of cash, P60,000 to be exact to a passenger who accidentally left it inside his taxi on 9 December 2019.

The driver, Bhong Balisong, recounted that he found the bundle of cash left in his taxi after dropping off his passenger.

Instead of keeping the money for himself, Balisong immediately posted at the Baguio Sumbungan Forum Facebook page to inform about the cash left in his taxi.

The owner Mark Madalang - a retired police officer contacted him and they arranged to meet at Bombo Radyo Station to claim the money as well as praise Mr. Balisong of his honesty live on air. 

According to Balisong, he was never interested in keeping the money because he knew it was owned by somebody and they work hard to earn it. 

He said his conscience cannot bear to feed his family with the money he had not worked for.

READ ALSO: Honest Kalinga tricycle driver returns cheques amounting to P2.1 M

On Monday, the City Government of Baguio passed a resolution commending Bhong Balisong for his exemplary act of honesty and uprightness in returning the cash to the rightful owner. 

"Mr. Balisong's act of honesty and uprightness elevates the status of taxi drivers in the City of Baguio and is worthy of commendation, praise and emulation by all taxi drivers as well as the constituents of the City of Pines," part of the resolution read.

READ ALSO: What do tourists say about taxi drivers in Baguio City

"Taxi drivers in the City of Baguio are known for their honesty particularly in returning exact change without demanding additional charges from passengers." the resolution added.

READ ALSO: Lolo from Benguet finally found lost 14K cash collection for Death Aid

source || Bombo Radyo Baguio, Sanguniang Panglusod - Baguio 
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Sunday, December 22, 2019

Ayala, no plans for acquisition and development in the town of Sagada.

Cordillera - Ayala Land Inc. has tweeted on December 23, 2019 clarifying the reports circulating online that the company is planning to acquire and develop private property in the town of Sagada. 
"In line with the news currently circulating online, we would like to keep the public well informed", the tweet said. 

An accompanying photo post reads, "We would like to inform the public that Ayala Land Inc. has no plan of acquisitions and development in the town of Sagada."

The tweet comes after a news circulated that Ayala group of companies is planning to develop a 20-hectare private property owned by a local family into a massive recreation sites.

A petition has also been created by Sagada residents opposing the plan. 
"We firmly oppose the entry of Ayala or anybody who would dispossess us of our ancestral heritage. This is our patrimony and must remain so for generations, this is a statement upholding Sagada customary laws that our land is not for sale, lease, and mortgage, patenting to outside private and corporate entities," the petition read.

READ ALSO: Netizens united to protect Sagada from Ayala planning to build recreation sites
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Netizens united to protect Sagada from Ayala planning to build recreation sites

Photo Courtesy || Naks PH
Cordillera - Social media netizens have voiced out their opposition of a Manila-based corporation to develop a 20-hectare private property in Sagada into a massive tourism sites. 

In a Facebook post campaign #NoToAyalaInSagada by a Facebook page Naks PH which reached almost 1 million shares with 600 comments, many netizens have commented they are with the people of Sagada in opposing this big corporation setting foot in their town. 

This comes after Sagada Mayor James Pooten confirmed a report that Ayala group of companies is planning to develop a 20-hectare private property owned by a local family into a massive recreation site. 

In a comment, concerned netizens reminded iSagada of the possible bad effect of the plan with regards to the environment because big establishment will just destroy the natural beauty of Sagada.

One netizen wrote, "Keep Sagada from becoming another Baguio. Sagada now is described as having the atmosphere of Baguio back in the 1960s. Baguio was more attractive in the 1960s. Too much commercial tourism will kill Sagada's mystique".

Another one commented, "A big NO! I hope that Sagada, regardless of their booming tourism would greatly consider preserving whatever is left of the natural resources. Honestly, considering Sagada's condition right now, it's already becoming "suffocating". It's actually one of my favorite run to places and that the people of Sagada will resist whatever big companies has to offer." 

The campaign which is now trending online had strong message to iSagada not to allow any outsiders from taking their lands in exchange for a small return, but have a big detrimental effect to the environment.

"Enough of the cutting of trees and destroying our precious land in the Cordilleras by this capitalist who only care about profits. Sagada can survive without this big corporations. Sagada has thriving and sustainable tourism. Tourists and visitors come to Sagada because of the beautiful people and amazing places." the campaign post read. 

Many netizens stated that they are not in favor of any kind of big establishments to be built in the town because this will just destroy the natural beauty of their town. 

In order to protect Sagada from these rich businessmen and oligarchs, a petition has been made by residents. 

"We firmly oppose the entry of Ayala or anybody who would dispossess us of our ancestral heritage. This is our patrimony and must remain so for generations, this is a statement upholding Sagada customary laws that our land is not for sale, lease, and mortgage, patenting to outside private and corporate entities." the petition read.

Petitioners claimed that Sagada has been blessed with a spectacular landscape and source of life, pride for the people, and the envy of visitors who come form adventure, employment and relaxation, Sunstar reported.

"Rich businessmen and oligarchs, showbiz personalities, have expressed interest to buy, lease or control our land. We have a long historical tradition of fighting for our communal and ancestral lands. We have denied entry of Cellophil, Philcarbon, big mining corporate interests. Now once more dark clouds hover above community, posting danger not only to local businesses but to Sagada's overall social governance by giving way to outside moneyed interests while to eventually pushing local political leaders to margins," the petition added.

source || Naks PH, Sunstar.
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Filipino MMA star Danny Kingad motivated for World Title match in 2020

Photo Courtesy || Team Lakay
Cordillera - One of the best Filipino Mixed Martial Artist Danny Kingad is eyeing for a World Title shot this coming year 2020. To fulfill his dream, he has to beat every tough opponents on the way and win every single match. 
For Kingad, achieving that goal could not be as challenging as the first time he campaigned for the world title in the previous year. 

Joining the World Grand Prix and facing top-caliber athletes in the likes of Senzo Ikeda, Reece McLaren and Demetrious Johnson have been a great test of his ability to go for another challenge. 

In his interview with ONE Championship, Kingad admits joining the World Grand Prix have helped him learned to improve some of his weakness. 

"I learned a lot, I was against top-caliber athletes who were able to make me realize some of my weakness, which I continuously work on to improve. Every bout is different, with each of them having strengths in various disciplines of martial arts, so I had to work on my all-ground game in order to be prepared for anyone I had to face," Kingad said.

Asked about what he had to say about his performance in 2019, the Igorot fighter said he was satisfied with his performance especially when he faced DJ who is considered one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighter of all time. 

"I am very much satisfied with my performance, and I'm really happy to have competed against such talented athletes. Like I said, not everyone can get a chance to compete against an in-his-prime DJ, but I was able to go toe-to-toe with him and push him for three rounds," Kingad shared. 

It was a dream-come-true for Kingad facing Johnson in the final of ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix. Before, he "was just playing against him as a character in a video game but then he actually faced him in a real fight inside the cage.
Right after their fight in October, Johnson admitted that Kingad was the toughest fighter he had ever faced in the World Grand Prix. 

"Danny Kingad was tough, I knew his grappling was strong, I had to try to finish him, Johnson said. 

For Kingad, year 2020 is another year for him to show how much he had grown. 

As ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sidyothong said, "Danny will be king of the division in the future. There's no doubt in my mind that he will be a world champion one day".
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Saturday, December 21, 2019

Still Undefeated: Ifugao boxer Carl James Martin WINS again via TKO

Carl James "Wonder Boy" Martin is still undefeated
Photo courtesy || Alvin S. Go/Rappler
Cordillera - Ifugao's youngest and undefeated boxer Carl James "The Wonder Boy" Martin was victorious yet again as he floored his opponent via technical knockout on Saturday at the Manila Arena.

The 20-year old Martin was able to keep his undefeated record when he defeated challenger Philip Luis Cuerdo via TKO in the 3rd round for the Philippine Boxing Federation Bantamweight crown.

Martin as expected delivers exciting fight as he unloaded powerful punches to Cuerdo through out the contest.

It was in the 3rd round that Martin caught Cuerdo with a powerful left hook that sent him to the canvas. 

Cuerdo was able to recover, but the younger Martin's hunger to finish the fight took the shaky Cuerdo with series of punches to the body and head. 

The fight was halted when the Cuerdo's coach came to stop to prevent further damage.

Martin, from Lagawe, Ifugao has never been defeated in his 15 bouts, with 14 wins came via knockouts.

Martin is currently reigns as the World Boxing Organization Oriental Youth bantamweight champion which he won on April 2018 by beating Hashimu Zuberi of Tanzania.

In 2017, he took the Interim World Boxing Council and Asian Boxing Council Continental bantamweight crown by defeating Artid Bamrunguea of Thailand via TKO.

His recent fight prior to facing Cuerdo was in June 10, 2019 when he beat another Thai fighter Yuttichai Wannawong. 

Congratulations  Carl James Martin of Ifugao.

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Visiting museums or art galleries may help people live longer, according to a new study.

Cordillera - A new study from University College London (UCL) have found out that people who are engaged in arts-related activities every few months of more could help them live longer. 
The researchers discovered that those who engaged in arts more frequently at least every few months had a 31% lower risk of dying early than those who did not. The study also showed that going to the theater or museum once or twice a year was linked with a 14% lower risk of dying, according to article published in the BMJ Journal.

The reason, according to the study why their is a link between "arts engagement" and living long can be credited to socioeconomic differences between those who go to museums, art galleries, and theaters, and those who do not. Although wealth only accounted 9 percent as the reason, social and civic engagement, and mobility also played a role. 

Daisy Fancourt, author of the study told that these leisure and pleasure activities that people don't think as a health related activity do support good health and longetivity.

She said that engaging with the arts can help in lowering stress and build creativity that allows people to adapt to changing circumstances. 
"We also thought that a greater sense of purpose could play a role. If this study is added to the larger of evidence, we are getting an increasingly rich picture on how arts can benefit health and it's not about one single outcome. It can have wide ranging benefits and support healthier lives live longer." Fancourt added.

In an editorial published by the World Health Organization said that both receptive participation, like visiting a museum, and active participation, like singing in a choir, had health benefits.

Based from this study, the WHO said that everyone should have the chance to take part in cultural activities.
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Friday, December 20, 2019

WOW!: Kalinga's "Sissiwit" song hits nearly 2 Million views on YouTube

Photo Courtesy || Hilair Wacdangan
Cordillera - Believe it or not, Kalinga's "Sissiwit" became the most popular song among Cordillerans in 2019. In fact, it's the first Cordillera song that reaches nearly 2 million views on YouTube (1.8 million views as of this writing).

Uploaded 2 years ago by Simple Tone, Kalinga YouTube channel, "Sissiwit" has been the number one song in the Cordilleras.

If the Koreans have the "Gangnam Style", the Cordillerans have the "Sissiwit". Its popularity is phenomenal. It's the most requested song at concerts, wedding occasions and community gatherings, among others. It also an ongoing viral post on Facebook today.

Like any other viral video, "Sissiwit" has reached  many Cordilleran OFWs abroad and it become a song of inspiration to them. 

It also inspired many YouTubers and song composers to create their own cover song out of it including the most popular Ilocano singer and composer The Four-Decade Dou.

The "Sissiwit" is a Kalinga word that means bird. The song was originally composed and sung by Hilair Wacdagan of Tanudan, Kalinga. 

The cheerful and lively melody of the song make it well-liked and perfect accompaniment for any traditional Cordillera dances.

There's even a trending "Sissiwit Challenge" on Facebook inviting anyone to post their "Sissiwit dance".

The song would continue to be the most-played Cordilleran music this coming year 2020. "Sissiwit" is an inescapable cultural phenomenon which serves as an introduction to Cordilleran culture and talent among Filipinos and around the world.

Original songwriter Wacdagan could not believe his composition could reach this milestone.

"Agyamanak unay ti adu adu nga suporta yu kakabsat ken kakailyan iti Cordillera, nakatataba po ng puso, haan ko namnamaen nga aglatak toy kanta tayo nga isut mangted ti ragragsak tayu tunggal ada okasyon nga isut maysa ah kararagsakan nga maisalsala tayo," Wacdagan said in his Facebook post.

The popularity of the song could diminish in the next 2 - 3 years, like most songs, however, it leaves us the mark in our musical mind that for sure whenever we listen to it, we'll definitely get up to sing and dance.
Sissiwit Lyrics

Awad tun dinukmaak
Un kaay-ayumak
Intarok ta ammaak
Sissiwit un naatap

Nu kad nu oggoman yo
Tukkayan na ima yu
Isunga ammaan yu
Satu un sissiwit ko


Chorus:

Sissiwit ko, o sissiwit ko
Nu lumawa ak, buburrun ko
Sumulag nu oggoman yu
Ta sakon di nampaamo

Immoy ko binisita
Igaw di sukbut na
Nangitlog si duwa
Maam-ammaan siya

Nu pion yu maam-ammo
Mampakada kayo
Tapnu maoggomman yu
Sa un sissiwit ko

Chorus:

Sissiwit ko, o sissiwit ko
Nu lumawa ak, buburrun ko
Sumulag nu oggoman yu
Ta sakon di nampaamo


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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Congratulations Mt. Province for being recognized as one of the 2019 National ADAC Performance Award

Photo Courtesy || Mt. Province PIO
Cordillera - The local government of Mountain Province has been recognized by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) as one of the 2019 National Anti-Drug Abuse Council (ADAC) Performance Awardee in the recently concluded ADAC Performance Audit. 

For its exemplary efforts and strong support of the government's national anti-drug program, Mt. Province had been conferred this year the 2019 ADAC Ideal Performance Award. 

According to the Mt. Province PIO, the province was the only provincial ADAC in Cordillera region that achieved the 2019 ADAC national awards alongside with the municipality of Barlig and Bauko, Mt. Province and the municipality of Tineg, Abra. 

READ ALSO:  US travel magazine lists Apo Whang-od among 10 Filipinos transforming the nation through sustainable tourism

The National ADAC Performance Award recognizes Local Governments exemplary efforts in complementing the national government's efforts in eradicating the country from illegal drugs.

"The national government's recognition to our exemplary efforts in the performance of our duties shows the province's very strong support to the current administration's efforts in curbing and ending the proliferation of illegal drugs. Let us continue all the good which we have started," Mt. Province Governor Bonifacio C. Lacwasan, Jr. said. 

READ ALSO: Benguet awarded Most Competitive Province in Cordillera in 2019

Based of the 2019 ADAC Performance Audit results, Mt. Province garnered Ideal score of 100 points.
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President Duterte awards, gives cash incentives to 2019 Southeast Asian Games Filipino medalists

Photo Courtesy || PTV News
Cordillera - Filipino medalists had an abundance of gifts this Christmas season as all of them received awards and cash incentives from President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. 

Pres. Duterte personally leads the ceremonial turnover of checks to all the 2019 Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) Filipino medalists today (18 December 2019) at the Malacañan Palace Hall.

Accompanied by House Speaker and appointed chair of the Philippine Southeast Asia Games Alan Peter Cayetano, Duterte confered the "Order of Lapu-Lapu" with Rank of Kamagi medal to the national team. 

Around 600 medalists of the SEAG who are "deserving of merit and recognition" met with Pres. Duterte to receive their cash reward.

A cash incentives amounting to P300,000 (for Gold medalist), P150,000 (for Silver medalist) and P60,000 (for Bronze medalist) were also given to all the winners as stipulated in Republic Act 10699. 

On top of that, another additional cash incentives coming from the President himself will be received  by the winners; P250,000 each for gold medalist, P150,000 each for silver and P100,000 for bronze medalists.

After the turnover ceremony the president said in his speech  that he was very proud of the achievement of the Filipino athletes. 

"I am deeply honored to be in the presence of our athlete who have emerged victorious in the recently concluded 30th Southeast Asian Games held in our country. Your triumph showcases the athleticism and sporting prowess of our people to our neighbor in Southeast Asia," Duterte said. 

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Cordilleran Captain awarded 'Distinguised Conduct Star' medal by President Duterte

Cordillera - A Cordilleran Captain was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Star by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during the 84th Anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at the Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on December 17, 2019.

Captain Rico Tagure led the successful rescue of a British man and his Filipina wife who were abducted by ASG  last month. 

"Distinguished Conduct Star is awarded for acts of conspicuous courage and gallantry in action in the face of armed enemies while serving as Company Commander of 4th Special Forces Company, 2nd Special Forces "Sabertooth" Battalion, Special Forces Regiment (Airborne), Philippine Army during the successful conduct of Combat Search and Rescue Operation of the kidnap victims British national Alan Hyron and his Filipina wife Wilma Hyron from 23 to 25 November 2019 in the municipalities of Parang and Indanan, Sulu", his citation read.

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Troops of the 2nd Special Forces Battalion of the Philippine Army headed by Cpt. Rico Tagure caught up with the ASG while conducting search and rescue operation.

The troops engaged in a 10-minute gun battle with the enemy leading to the freeing of the abducted couple.

The Distinguished Conduct Star is the second highest military award in the Philippine Army, preceded in precedence only by the Medal of Valor. 

The medal is awarded to a person who, while serving in any capacity with the AFP, distinguishes themselves by an extraordinary act of heroism; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an armed enemy. 

READ ALSO: Lt. Col. Herbert D. Dilag - The Cordilleran warrior who received the highest award in the AFP for bravery.

The act or acts of heroism must have been so notable and have involved risk of life so extraordinary as to set the individual apart from his or her comrades. The award is made by the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. - wikipedia.

This year's 84th Anniversary of the AFP focuses on the theme, "Protecting the People, Securing the State'. Among the highlights of the event include the inspection of the newly acquired assets and the awarding of honors to several distinguished military personnel
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Monday, December 16, 2019

Baguio city unveils calendar of activities for Panagbenga 2020

Cordillera - The city government of Baguio unveils the month-long activities for the annual celebration of the Panagbenga Flower Festival on Monday morning (16 December 2019).

With the theme "Blooming Through the Years," the 25th Panagbenga Festival or Baguio Flower Festival 2020 was formally launched by Mayor Benjie Magalong, together with Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan, and the Baguio Flower Festival Foundation, Inc during the flag raising ceremony at the Baguio City Hall grounds. 

The more than one-month-long Panagbenga festival is crammed with so may activities that residents, local and international tourists can participate to fully enjoy one of Cordilleras famous annual festival.

Starting on February 1, the grand opening will feature the usual opening parade and street dancing starting from Panagbenga Park to DILG to Session Rd., Magsaysay, Harrison, and to Athletic Bowl.

There will be a cultural dance competition from different cultural groups in the region that was scheduled on the 22nd February at the Melvin Jones Grandstand. 

The Panagbenga Grand Street Parade is on the 29th so make sure you come early to stand on the best spot to watch the performance. 

The Grand Float Parade is happening on March 1, 2020 following the route from DILG to Magsaysay Road to Harrison to Melvin Jones Grand Stand. 

Mayor Benjie Magalong delivered an inspiring message during the launching of Panagbenga Festival on Monday. 

"Ang Panagbenga ay natatanging selebrasyon ng makulay na buhay dito sa Baguio at sa Cordillera na ating ibinabahagi ng taas-noo sa buong mundo," Mayor Magalong said. 
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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Benguet awarded Most Competitive Province in Cordillera in 2019

Cordillera - The province of Benguet emerged as the most competitive province in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), based on the four pillars of index that gauged performance in Economic dynamism, Government Efficiency, Infrastructure and Resiliency. 

According to the 2019 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) released by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) website, Benguet ranked 10 most competitive province in the country with a score of 39.3493.

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

The annual undertaking of the NCC aims to look at the competitiveness ranking among local government units with the participation of various government agencies, such as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

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

The awarding ceremony was held on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at the Holiday Inn Baguio Centre. 

Congratulations Benguet Province.

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