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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Cordilleran General appointed as the new commandant to cadets of the Philippine Military Academy

Cordillera - The Armed Forces of the Philippines (PMA) has appointed new top officials for the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) following the death of Cadet Fourth Class Darwin Dormitorio due to hazing. 

AFP Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Noel Clement made an announcement on September 26 the appointment of Brigadier General Romeo Brawner Jr. as the new commandant of cadets of the Philippine Military Academy. 

Brig. Gen. Brawner Jr. is the son of the late and former Baguio and La Trinidad Regional Trial Court Judge and Commission on Election Commissioner, Justice Romeo Brawner Sr.

Brawner is a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA)  "MAKATAO" Class of 1989. 

He finished his elementary and secondary education at the Special Education Center and University of the Philippines (UP) College Baguio High School.

In 2013, he was awarded as one of the country's Most Outstanding Philippine soldier. 

The Baguio born soldier was pulled out of his assignment as the commander of Army's 103rd Brigade in Marawi City to become the new commandant replacing Brigadier General Bartoleme Bacarro.

As the new commandant of cadets, Brawner has declared war against hazing after the fatal death of a freshman cadet.

"As the new commandant of cadets, let me proclaim this: I am declaring a war on hazing. And I expect everyone under my jurisdiction, especially the Cadet Corps to tow the line," Brawner said. 

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Brawner said that it is now time to change the mindset of some cadets regarding the culture of hazing instead, replace it by a culture of peace and culture of understanding. 

Brawner reminded all officers and cadets with a stern warning.

"If you are not willing to wage a war against hazing, then you better leave. There is no place for you in this organization and I mean business," Gen. Brawner added. 

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Photo Courtesy || Baeshora Aim Ace
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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Igorot BJMP officer appointed by Pres. Duterte to clean up BuCor


Cordillera - Armed with his two samurai swords and a machine pistol, the new Bureau of Correction (BuCOr) chief in the name of Gerald Bantag is ready to clean up New Bilibid Prison as ordered by President Duterte. 

On September 20, Bantag took over the Bureau of Correction to start his new role as chief replacing the incompetent former BuCor chief Nicanor Faeldon.

Newly appointed Gen. Bantag is an Igorot BJMP officer who is a member of Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) class of 1996.

President Duterte have a good reason of appointing Bantag as BuCor chief considering Bantag knows how to follow orders. Bantag is also a strict and one strike policy man.

On August 11, 2016, an explosion happened inside an office at the Paranaque City jail when Bantag was then the jail warden. The explosion killed 10 Chinese detainees who had been charged with drug trafficking.

READ ALSO: Cordilleran Police Chief Supt. Empiso is the new head of PNP Special Action Force (SAF)

With his new role as chief, Bantag promise to fulfill his mandate to clean up the BuCor with all kinds of drugs and corruption. 

Bantag said in an interview that he will not shave his beard as long as BuCor is not cleaned with all the mess. 

"Ito yung tanda na hanggat nandito and balbas na ito, hindi pa naayos ang BuCor. Pag natanggal ko na ito, okay na." BuCor chief Bantag said.
Bantag said, he would behead with his Samurai sword NBP guards who allowed inmates to bring into the jail prohibited materials and substances.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

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

Photo Courtesy || Tabuk Life
Cordillera - A tricycle driver in Kalinga was lauded for his honesty when he returned a long brown envelope containing the cheques amounting to P2.1 million to the police station.

Limuel Dumallis, 22-year-old tricycle driver noticed a long brown envelope inside his tricycle. Without any hesitation, he took it and immediately went to Bulanao Police Sub Station 1 for its immediate return to the owner. 

Dumallis who had been a trike driver for three years received admiration for his honesty in social media. 

READ ALSO: Airport cleaner from Abra returns Php430,000 he found at Ninoy Aquino International Airport

"Haan ko ammu nu sino makinbagi, basta nakitak lang dita ket innak inbati jay Police Station ta baka alaen ti sabali diyay ket nagbannugan da pinam" ( I don't know the owner, I just took it and turned it over to the Police Station because I'm worried someone might take it and the owner worked hard for it).

Dumallis is the proud father of a 3-year-old girl. Despite being a trike driver earning not enough income, he still believes that aside from honesty, the value of hard work is also important in life. 
He is encouraging his fellow trike drivers to always do the right thing whenever passengers forget something inside their tricycle.
Source || Tabuk Life
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Monday, September 23, 2019

Cordilleran undefeated boxer Carl Jammes wins vacant PBF bantamweight title

Photo Courtesy || Carl Jammes Martin FB
Cordillera - Cordilleran youngest boxing champion Carl Jammes "Wonder Boy" Martin remains undefeated when he defeated Benezer Alolod of Polomolok on Friday, September 21 at the city hall grounds in Mandaluyong City. 

Martin proved to be too much for the Mindanaoan fighter when he delivered power punches to the body and the head that caused the later to get TKO'd in the 7th round. 

The 20-year old Martin from the province of Ifugao has maintained his zero defeat and 14 victories with all 13 wins coming  by way of knockouts. 

The hard-punching Martin had been training under his new coach and former world champion Gerry Penalosa. 

Martin was recently cited by the Ring Magazine as one of five Filipino prospects under the category "Keep An Eye On" and once compared to senator Manny Pacquiao because of his explosiveness and being a left-handed puncher. 

Martin now filled the vacant PBF bantamweight title. 

In 2018, he retained his World Boxing Organization Oriental Youth bantamweight and World Boxing Association Asia bantamweight titles. 

Watch Martin latest fight below

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Food vlogger Erwan Eussaff tasted some of the best Igorot delicacies and "THEY'RE SO GOOD"

Photo Courtesy || Erwan Eussaff YT Channel
Cordillera - In his road trip to Northern Luzon with his new Chevrolet Trailblazer Phoenix to discover and experience the places, dishes, traditions, food vlogger Erwan Eussaff stopped over at the Igorot Chef Restaurant at Magsaysay Avenue, Baguio City to try out the finest of Igorot delicacies. 
In his new released YouTube video, Eussaff tasted the popular Igorot meal, the pinuneg or blood sausage and pinikpikan. 

"You could tell that this is really a heartwarming dish when it's cold at night, and it's so good, Eussaff said after tasting the blood sausage. 

Watch Erwan Eussaff Video below

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Monday, September 16, 2019

BSU graduate tops September 2019 Librarian Licensure Exam

Cordillera - A graduate of Benguet State University (BSU) in La Trinidad topped the list of passers who took the September 2019 librarian board exam on Monday by the Philippine Regulation Commission (PRC). 

Daniel Soriano Balbin Jr., a graduate of the said university topped the licensure exam garnering a rating of 89.75 percent.

From the University of Sto. Tomas, Allyna Macabulos Bermudez placed the second with a rating of 89.30 percent followed by Saint Louis University graduate Geraldine Danason Hernandez with a rating of 89.05 percent.

At least 565 out of 1,024 passed the Librarian Licensure Examination given early this month, announced by PRC.

The examination was conducted in different cities of the country including Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Tacloban and Tuguegarao.

Other graduates on the top ten list are as follows:

Top 4 - Ryan Ace Orino Gamutan (88.05) - University of Mindanao-Davao City
Top 5 - Gerard Paul Sto Domingo Pascual (88.85) - University of the Philippines-Diliman
Top 6 - Samuel Macalanda Pepito (88.80) - University of the Philippines-Diliman
Top 6 - Bea Marie Paras Quijano (88.80) - Baliuag University (Baliuag College)
Top 7 - Princess Anne Diminsil Balajadia (88.70) - University of the Philippines-Diliman
Top 7 - Fe Karen Musni Lamorena (88.70) - University of the Philippines-Diliman
Top 8 - Lady Charm Pascua Balisnomo (88.40) - University of the Philippines-Diliman
Top 9 - Jasmine Guhit Martinez (88.30) - University of the Philippines-Diliman
Top 10 - Kryztalhyn Mae Javillonar Ramos (88.15) - University of the Philippines.
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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Filipino actress Marian Rivera-Dantes wearing attire using Cordilleran Indigenous fabric


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PH famous Teen Star Daniel Padilla wears Igorot handwoven fabric
Photo Courtesy || KathNiel KDLovies
Cordillera - It can not be denied that Cordillera's Handwoven products called 'inabel' are gaining popularity among top celebrities in the country. 

Last night, Abs Cbn stars showcased their best outfit on the red carpet. 

Favorite TV love team Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernado walked the red carpet with Daniel wearing his chosen Sagada fabric suit while Kathryn in her fuchsia gown.

It was a head turning for the couple with their style. Fans gave an extensive look at their favorite stars.
Photo Courtesy || Abs Cbn

People of the Cordillera are so appreciative on Daniel's selection of the Igorot fabric as it boosts the enthusiasm of the weaver to produce more. 

This will  promote the Cordilleran handwoven products not only in the Philippines but also worldwide. 

Handwoven products from Cordillera are known for their quality as these are made from natural materials and produced by local weavers who had gained expertise over many years. 


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Friday, September 13, 2019

Young student from Ifugao awarded Most Outstanding Delegate in UN conference event

Photo Courtesy || Michah Dayag Salvador FB
Cordillera - When a young accountancy student was awarded the most outstanding delegate in a recently concluded Asia Youth International Model United Nations 2019 (AYIMUN) event held at Putrajaya International Convention Center in Malaysia, she was very happy and honored to had the award. 



The student was Michach Dayag Salvador, a student of Ifugao State University in Lagawe. 

Salvador, who hails from Kiangan was one of the 98 lucky delegates who was selected among 35214 applicants.

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Salvador said in a local TV interview that the AYIMUN conference helped her gain insights about the world and enable her to acquire knowledge that she can apply in her local community to help the youth .

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Asia Youth International Model United Nations (AYIMUN) is an annual conference where young leaders from all over the world sit together in an assembly called Meeting Session and each of them will act as diplomats of the country they were assigned to. 
Photo Courtesy || Michah Dayag Salvador
Salvador was assigned to become the diplomat of Denmark and given the Myanmar Rohingya Crisis to tackle. 

READ ALSO: The Banaue Rice Terraces was built by the Ifugaos of Cordillera, NOT by the Chinese

AYIMUN 2019 with a theme Human Security in a Globalized World was participated by 1518 delegates from 85 countries from all over the world. 
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Saturday, September 7, 2019

Cordillera Chamber Singers wins 2 golds in Indonesia's Penabur International Choir Festival 2019

Photo Courtesy || Jayson Manuel L Osong FB
Cordillera - The Cordillerans once again proved to be the champion in a singing competition after taking home 2 gold medals at a recently concluded choir competition held this week in Indonesia. 

According to Jayson Manuel L Osong, the Cordillera Chamber Singers (CSS) from the Cordillera flaunted their singing prowess in an astounding performance that earns them two gold medals out of the nods of the fastidious judges in the two competition categories of the Penabur International Choir Festival (PICF) held last September 3 - 7 in Indonesia.

CSS amasses gold medal and emerges the category champion among other hopefuls in the Folklore Category while it clinches another gold medal in the Mixed Chamber Category. 

"It paid off our sacrifices," said CSS president Bethany Magno, adding: "Gathering the members to rehearsals, financial strains and booking flight a day before the contest have hurdled the group."

Photo Courtesy || Jayson Manuel L Osong FB

PICF is a singing competition that highlights the growing phenomenon with the hope to foster and enrich both traditional and contemporary choral music to the international community.


It is held once in two years participated by 152 different choir groups and with over 3,000 individuals from around the world.
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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

High School student from Abra wins 3rd place at 5th World Robot Games in Thailand

Photo Courtesy || Abra Province FB
Cordillera - A young student and robot enthusiast from Abra won 3rd place in the recently concluded 5th World Robot Games on August 28-31, 2019 held in Thailand. 

Meljon "MJ" Reyes Viste, 16, a native of Bangued, Abra brought home medal after winning 3rd place in the Rugby Robot Games category. 

Viste is the first Abreno member of the Philippine Robotics Team who won an award.

The World Robot Games is an international robotics competition held annually that focuses on promoting and encouraging the use of robotics and artificial intelligence at home. 

READ ALSO:  Airport cleaner from Abra returns Php430,000 he found at Ninoy Aquino International Airport

Participating teams are challenged not only against each other in the games but also to encourage them to innovate and create robots according to each category.

Countries that participated in the event included the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Taiwan, Malaysia and more.

READ ALSO: Students in Abra use coconut husk as an alternative emergency headgear during earthquake

The games included Sumo Robot, Line Tracing, Search and Rescue MINI, Robot Rugby, Innovative and many more.

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Monday, September 2, 2019

Igorota Roxanne Baeyens wins 1st Runner-Up at Miss Tourism and Culture Universe

Photo Courtesy || Roxanne Baeyens

Cordillera - Igorota Roxanne Baeyens won the 1st Runner-Up title at the recently concluded 2019 Miss Tourism and Culture Universe held in Yangon, Myanmar on August 31, 2019.

The Igorota-Belgian beauty queen, a native from Besao, Mountain province also bagged the Miss Popularity award. 

Baeyens also made it to the Top 5 of the national costume competition where she showcased a classic Filipino  superheroine Darna attire.

The 22-year old Baeyens was also crowned Face of Tourism Philippines 2019 during the coronation last April 7 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

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Sunday, September 1, 2019

Cordilleran marathoner James Tellias successfully finishes most difficult trail run in France

Photo Courtesy || James Tellias
Cordillera - A Cordilleran ultra-runner had successfully  made it to the finish line at the recently concluded UTMB (Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc) held in Chamonix, France on August 26 - September 1.

James Tellias, a native marathoner from Sagada, Mountain Province made it to the finish line just an hour and half before the cutoff time. 

Tellias is the 1249th runner who cross the finish line. There are around 2543 runners who joined the race.

The UTMB is a mountain trail-running event participated by elite trail-runners from all over the world. 

Each year, the elite runners find themselves and a race that is widely considered as one of the most difficult races in the world.

Each participant will have to draw from their strength and push their mental and physical limits in order to cross the finishing line.

A homegrown athlete, Tellias was the only representative of the Philippines in the trail event. 

In 2016, 36-year old Tellias became the first Filipino runner to finish and place third in the 100 km race during the Borneo Ultra Trail Marathon International Event held in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.
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