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Sunday, July 19, 2020

Army installs Cordilleran soldier from Abra as the new Battalion Commander of 3IB

Photo Courtesy || Jay Jay Tayamen via FB
Cordillera - The 7th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army has installed a new Battalion Commander for the 3rd Infantry Battalion (3IB) during a ceremony conducted on 15 July 2020. 

Taking over the new Battalion commander is a Cordilleran from Abra, Lieutenant Colonel Juvenal Mark T. Tayamen. 

Lt. Col. Tayamen is the son of the long time DWCB teacher and Grade School Department Principal, Mrs. Myrna Tayamen of Bangued, Abra, according to

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The Change of Command Ceremony which was held via Tele-Conference was presided by Major General Alfredo V. Rosario Jr. PA, the Commander of 7ID, and was witnessed by other senior officers of the said Army command. 

"Both of you added another feather in your crowns. Congratulations for your achievement. May you achieve more success in whatever life brings," said General Rosario Jr. during the Change of Command Ceremony. 
"I wish you luck in your new assignment as you move up in the ladder of your career," Rosario added. 

The 3IB is a unit of the 7ID that is based in Davao City, and is under the operational control of the Joint Task Force Agila (10th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army).

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Abra LGUs buy vegetables from farmers, distributes to residents affected by community quarantine

Photo Courtesy || Abra.Gov
Cordillera - Knowing the health benefits of vegetables, how it can keep the body's immune system  and make it ready in fighting infections and viruses, the local government of Abra has bought vegetables from local farmers and distributed them to residents affected by the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine. 
According to Gov. Joy Valera Bernos, vegetables are better options to be given to residents rather than canned goods and instant noodles. 

She also said that by buying produce from the farmers, the LGU can help dispose their vegetables because they were not allowed to leave the province due to the Enhanced Community Quarantine. 

Among the vegetables purchased by the Abra LGUs are chilies, tomatoes, and eggplants.

Eating vegetables can provide many health benefits like vitamin C which was found to be beneficial against various groups of infections including bacteria and viruses.

People who eat more vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Vegetables provide nutrients vital for health and maintenance of the human body.

On Tuesday, Senator Pangilinan reminded local government units to support the farmers in the country when purchasing relief operation items for their constituents. 

Pangilinan said that "for supplies for its feeding programs such as rice, fruits, vegetables, and other agricultural products, local government units, in coordination with the Department of Agriculture and other concerned agencies may directly deal with farmers and fisherfolk".

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Miss Boliney Charlyn Dulawen crowned Miss Abra 2020

Photo Courtesy || Miss Charlyn Dulawen
Cordillera - Boliney candidate Miss Charlyn Dulawen was crowned Miss Abra during the recently concluded Search for Miss Abra 2020 last night (March 7, 2020).
Dulawan bested 27 candidates from the 27 different municipalities of Abra.

Meanwhile, Angela May Respicio of Bangued Abra was crowned the 1st runner up winner; Franch Therez J. Nelson of Lacub was the 2nd runner up; Wynne Gaebrielle B. Cabanilla of Pidigan was the third runner up while Khanaica Jade P. Pe Benito of Tubo was the 4th runner up. 

The Search for Miss Abra 2020 is among the activities lined up for the province celebration of the annual Kawayan Festival.
Congratulations to all the winners, organizers, handlers, families and sponsors for the success of this year's Search for Miss Abra 2020. 


Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Four provinces in Cordillera pass good financial housekeeping standards

Cordillera - Four provinces in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) passed the good financial housekeeping (GFH) standards for the year 2019 as announced by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

In the official list released on January 31, 2020, Abra, Apayao, Benguet and Mountain Province in CAR were among the passers of the GFH standards. 

In the city Category, Baguio city made it to the list and for the municipal category, 22 municipalities of Abra were included. 

All of the local government unit and the provincial government passed the qualification based on COA's audit and compliant to the full disclosure policy (FDP) by posting requirements in three conspicuous places for the last two preceding quarters and compliance with the FDP on the FDP portal for the last two preceding quarters.

Passing the GFH standard will have a bearing in the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) awards. It it the number one criteria in selecting the winner for the SGLG award. 

According to PNA only 89 percent of the total LGUs in the country have passed the GFH. There were total of 1,706 LGUs throughout the country that were assessed, of which only 1,522 have passed.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

PNP-Abra PPO bags BGen. Rafael T. Crame Balangay Award 2020

Photo Courtesy || Abra PPO
Cordillera - The Abra Police Provincial Office (PPO) bagged the 2nd BGen. Rafael T. Crame Balangay Award during the Flag Raising Ceremony, on February 17, 2020 (Monday) at Camp Crame in Quezon City. 

PCol. Alfredo K. Dangani, who heads the Abra PPO personally received the award for being one of the outstanding PPOs in the country. 

A Balangay Trophy and a grand prize amounting to Php 400,000 from the Public Safety Savings and Loan Association Inc (PSSLAI) which is the exclusive savings and loan association of the Philippine National Police (PNP) were received  by PCol. Dangani.

The Abra PPO was recently recognized as the Best Police Provincial Office in the entire country due to its relentless campaign against major problems in the province and its strengthened partnership and collaboration with various stakeholders in the community. 

The annual BGen. Rafael T. Crame Balangay Awards is given to deserving PPOs, City Police Offices, Municipal Police Stations who passed the following criteria; 

- Unit performance rating
- Remarkable Improvements in the index and non-index crimes
- Crime solution efficiency and crime clearance efficiency
- Significant accomplishments in the execution of the enhanced managing police operations
- Internal driven operations
- Internal Cleansing against illegal drugs
- Practice Adherence to community service-oriented policing
- Recovery and wellness program. 

Congratulations Abra PPO!

Monday, February 17, 2020

Access Road to Abra's famous Kaparkan Falls is ongoing - DPWH

Photo Courtesy || DPWH || Daniel's Eco Travel
Cordillera - The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has announced the ongoing construction of an access road going to the famous Kaparkan Falls in Tineg, Abra. 

DPWH secretary Mark Villar announced that the construction of the 11-kilometer Alimusgan-Bai-Caganayan Access Road has been the priority project of the DPWH Abra District Engineering Office that started in 2018. READ ALSO: Apao Rolling Hills: The Most Majestic Hills in Abra

Tourists and visitors who wanted to visit the Kaparkan Falls can now experience safe and pleasant travel by passing through this fully paved road.

"The constructions of the 11-kilometer Alimusgan-Bai-Caganayan Access Road is among the priority projects of DPWH Abra District Engineering Office to ensure safe and pleasant experience for visitors of the high terraced falls in Barangay Caganayan," Villar said.

READ ALSO: Abra Police Provincial Office recognized as Best Police Provincial Office in the entire country

The construction of the said road would not only benefit tourists but also the local businesses in the area especially agriculture. 

"More than the boost in tourism, the construction of Alimusgan-Bai-Caganayan Access Road aims to improve mobility and transfer of goods and services in the agricultural municipality of Tineg, Abra, Villar added. 

Cost of the project according to DPWH report is more than P82 million.

source || DPWH

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Duterte appoints Abrenean Lucas Bersamin as GSIS chairperson

Photo Courtesy || SC
Cordillera - Former Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin has been appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as the new Chairperson of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS). 

In a press release by Malacañang on Friday (February 14, 2020), Duterte has approved the nomination of Mr. Bersamin to chair the GSIS and as a member of the Board of Trustees. 

"We are confident that Mr. Bersamin would serve the GSIS with the same dedication and integrity he demonstrated in his many years of government service," Malacañang Palace spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement. 

Mr. Bersamin has a sterling record of public service capped by a 10-year service in the Supreme Court where he assumed the position of Chief Justice in 2018. 

The 70-year old Bersamin is a native of Bangued, Abra, a brother of former Abra congressman Luis P. Bersamin. 

He finished law at the University of the East in 1973, and placed 9th in the Bar Examinations of the same year. 

He served as a trial court judge and appellate court magistrate before being appointed to the Supreme Court in 2009. He also served as a presiding judge of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 96 in 1986. 

Bersamin was a recipient of the Judicial Excellence Award for the Best Decision both in Civil Law and Criminal Law. 

Congratulations Mr. Lucas P. Bersamin. 

Abra Police Provincial Office recognized as Best Police Provincial Office in the entire country

Photo Courtesy || Abra PPO FB
Cordillera - The Abra Police Provincial Office has been recognized as the Best Police Provincial Office in the whole of Philippines after bagging the 2nd Brigadier General Rafael T. Crame Balangay Awards for this year. 

The Balangay Awards is given to deserving Police Provincial Offices/City Police Offices, Municipality Police Stations and City Police Stations as recognition of their exceptional and outstanding significant accomplishment and contributions in the police force.

According to the Abra PPO Facebook Page, the award was garnered by the office due to its relentless campaign against major problems in the province and its strengthened partnership and collaboration with various stakeholders in the community, surpassing all other police provincial office in the entire country. 

It added that the office's best practice KADABRA and Tongtongan (CMD) were among the peculiar strategies that let it stand out over other police offices in the country. 

READ ALSO: Duterte appoints Abrenean Lucas Bersamin as GSIS chairperson

"This award is our response to the demands of the community for an enhanced and improved police services rendered to our People and the result of the collaborative efforts and strengthened police-community partnership towards establishing a community that is safer, more progressive and conducive to live, work and do business," Abra Provincial Director, PCOL Alfredo K. Dangani said in a statement. 

The award is set to be conferred to the Abra PPO through PCOL Dangani in the awarding ceremony to be held during the flag raising ceremony on February 17, 2020 at Camp PBGen Crame. 

Congratulations Abra Police Provincial Office. 

Monday, February 10, 2020

Apao Rolling Hills: The Most Majestic Hills in Abra

Photo Courtesy || LGU Tineg, Abra
Cordillera - One of the most picturesque travel destinations in Cordillera is the Apao Rolling Hills located in Apao, Tineg in the province of Abra. 
Such 360 degrees of pure majestic view of the wave-like hills with no large trees but plain brown and green grasses in the rainy seasons provides relaxing atmosphere for travelers who wanted to feel the cool and fresh air.

The sea of clouds can also be seen in the early morning.

To reach Apao paradise hills, you have to travel an hour and half from the provincial capital of Bangued. 

The road is not fully concreted yet but any type of vehicles can pass. 

Before reaching this place, you will have to cross the city of Tayum and pass the third longest bridge in the entire Philippines, the Don Mariano Marcos Bridge in the town of Dolores and San Juan. 

From there, you can also get to the Kaparpakan Falls, which is one the top tourist destination in Abra.

Going to the Apao Hills, you need to register at the Municipal Hall and get some advice from local tourism officials. 

Apao Hills has becoming a national attraction lately and many local tourists have come to visit this place in past few months. 
Fill your eyes with the beautiful landscape but don't leave any garbage to maintain the cleanliness and natural beauty of the place.

The local government of Tineg advised visitors to practice CAYGO (Clean As You Go) when visiting Apao Rolling Hills. 

As much as possible, take you garbage with you when you go home.

Offenders caught throwing their garbage will be penalized in accordance with the Municipal Ordinance No. 08 Series of 2017 also known as Ecological Solid Waste Management System of the Municipality of Tineg, Tineg LGU said in a statement.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Abra farmer makes a fortune from vegetable farming

Photo Courtesy || Agribusiness YT
Cordillera - From being an insurance salesman turned to a very successful farmer, Arnel Molina has shown that with dedication and hardwork, anything is possible!

Arnel started out in being an salesman from an insurance company and later decided to quit so he can pursue his passion for the business in farming according to Agribusiness. 

He said that working as a salesman was also an advantage for him and his business because he learned so many things of how selling works. 

Quitting his job as a salesman turned into the starting point of his very successful business. From producing all kinds of produce, free range chickens, pigs and more, Arnel does not let a single go to waste but instead turns it to something he can use for his farm. 

Whenever the market is low for a certain kind of produce or is about to spoil, he usually uses it as a source of feed for his black pigs or chickens.

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Arnel was asked if he considers himself as successful as he is, he said "yes" and how he can provide for what his kids need or want, going out to eat without having to worry of how much he could pay, being able to buy a car, and more.

Arnel was also asked for some tips for those who are aspiring to be like him or planning to start their own business. He said that dedication and hard will get you where you want to be in your business. 

He said that you also need to study the "market" and have a plan for your business to become successful, and patience. 

Arnel said that patience is an important value to have because just like him, he patiently waited 3 months for his investments to pay back including the salaries he pays out to those who work for him. 

He treats and respect his workers just like his own brothers and sisters and give them bonuses. 

These are things that made Arnel who is now, a successful businessman.

source || agribusiness

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Young Taekwondo athlete from Abra bags Gold Medal in Singapore

Photo Courtesy || Guessteen Merile A. Aznar
Cordillera - A young taekwondo athlete from Abra bagged Gold Medal at the 7th Daedo Taekwondo Open Championships 2019 which was recently held in Singapore on 7 -8 December last year. 
Guessteen Merile A. Aznar won the gold in the Senior Division-female 67kg, besting other athletes from Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand and Vietnam. 

The 7th Daedo Taekwondo Open Championships is sanctioned by the Singapore Taekwondo Federation and  organized by J H Kim Taekwondo Institute (Bukit Timah) and managed by Han Academy Pte. Ltd.
Photo Courtesy || Guessteen Merile A. Aznar
The objective of this year's edition is to promote youth development and to support high performance in Singapore. 

Taekwondo is a martial art that originated from Korea and it is the world's most widely practice martial arts. 

It is an Olympic sport that teaches artistic discipline, self-defense and a way of life. 

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Abra kids win National Music Competition for Young Artist in Pasay City

Photo Courtesy || Chicho Cannaoay
Cordillera - Young performing artists from the province of Abra won the National Music Competition for Young Artist (NAMCYA) in Pasay City on December 1, 2019.

School kids from the Liwang Elementary School in Malibcong, Abra performed the traditional music of Cordillera "SONGA UD LIWANG" using indigenous musical instruments made up of bamboo and gongs of the Tinguian tribe, according to

The kids were trained by Judy Ann Alunday through SDO Abra.

The NAMCYA is a foundation that seeks to discover major music talents from all over the Philippines.

Watch their performance below. 

Founded in 1973, NAMCYA goal is to encourage young artist who excel in music composition and performance to preserve, develop and promote Philippine music as an art and a handmade of cultural development. 

Through Presidential Proclamation No. 1173, NAMCYA declares the period between November 26 and December 12 as National Week for Young Artists.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

16-year-old student from Abra invents a robot that use AI to pick and sort garbage

Photo Courtesy || Liza Agoot /PNA 
Cordillera - A 10th grader student from Abra has developed a robot called 'enviro' robot that can pick and sort out garbage from canals and waterways.
Meljon Reyes Viste, a 16-year-old student wanted to make something that is useful to the environment. Because of his interest in robotics and Lego toys, he wanted to build a robot that performs useful works. 

"I want to do something that is useful. I am worried with the state of our environment that is why I improved what had been developed in the past," Viste said via PNA news website.

Viste said he came up with the idea of building a robot that can pick up and sort out trash after they were required by their school to do a research and and propose possible solutions to problems in the province.

Viste approached that challenge just like any other good inventor. He built his robot using parts of an old electric wheelchair which he retrieved from scrap in a waste facility. 

His robot uses a conveyor that will pick up trash and a sensor that determines which type of trash whether metal or plastic. Then it  segregates the metal from plastic in  separate containers.
Viste said that he will improve the version of his enviro robot and plan to bring it on the upcoming robot competition in Australia in the third week of October. 

Last August, Viste brought home a medal after winning 3rd place in the 5th World Robot Games held in Thailand. 

source || Liza Agoot / PNA


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. 

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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.


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Abranean Lucas Bersamin chosen as new Chief Justice by President Duterte

Photo Courtesy || Supreme Court of The Philippines & rappler
Cordillera - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has chosen Lucas Bersamin as the new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, according to a source from Malacanang on Wednesday. 

The news came after President Duterte said on Tuesday during the inauguration of the Bohol-Panglao International Airport,  that he has already chosen a new chief justice but did not reveal who he had chosen. 

The 69-year-old Bersamin is a native of Bangued, Abra, a brother of former Abra congressman Luis P. Bersamin.

Bersamin will replace Teresita Leonardo-De Castro who retired on October as the Chief Justice. 

Prior to his new appointment, Bersamin served as a trial court judge and appellate court magistrate before being appointed to the Supreme Court in 2009. He also served as a presiding judge of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 96 in 1986.

He was also appointed by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to the High Court in 2009. 

Read Also: Abranean assumes new role as Man of the Philippines-UEA 2018

Bersamin studied law at the University of the East in 1973 and place top 9th in the Bar Examinations of the same year.

He was a recipient of the Judicial Excellence Award for Best Decision both in Civil Law and Criminal Law.


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Miss Philippines Dona Marie Balaoro from Cordillera wins 1st Runner Up in Miss Lumiere International World 2018

Photo Courtesy: Abra Province FB
Cordillera - A young beauty queen from Abra was crowned 1st Runner Up in the recently concluded Miss Lumiere International World 2018 which was held in Johor Bahru, Malaysia on November 10.

Donna Marie Jan Saludez Balaoro, 25-year-old, who represented the Philippines in the pageant was crowned 1st runner up in the contest. 

Balaoro lives in Trece Martires, Cavite but a native of Barangay Patucanay, Bangued Abra, according to a post from Abra Province official Facebook page. 

Although she wasn't lucky to get the most coveted crown, Balaoro was very proud that she was able to represent her country in the beauty pageant. 

"I am proud to represent my country and to tell the world that I am adopted and raised by a member of the LGBTQIA community - a lesbian. I was raised by my 'amma' to be strong, faithful woman," Balaoro said during an interview. 
Photo Courtesy: Abra Province

The beauty queen from Abra studied at the Lyceum of the Philippines University and graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Science Major in International Travel Tourism Management.


Mis Belgium Olivia Talaronek was crowned Miss Lumiere International World 2018. Other winners were Sri Langka - 2nd runner-up; Zambia, - 3rd runner-up and India - 4th runner-up. 

Miss Lumiere International world is a beauty pageant for luminous woman who cultivates a core peace and self awareness. It develops women to rest confidently in their own original essence  so that they can appreciate the gifts and beauty of others without the sense that they diminish her in some way. 


Saturday, November 10, 2018

Abranean assumes new role as Man of the Philippines-UEA 2018

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Cordillera - Abra native Phiem Alcade has taken a new role as Man of the Philippines-UAE 2018 according to

2018Alcalde said that he is excited to assume role as the new Man of the Philippines-UAE after the resignation of Ian Giron, who was the original title holder, due to conflicts in his work schedule.

Alcalde was first runner-up in the pageant held in Dubai in September but will now represent the Filipino community in the UAE in the grand pageant of Man of the Philippines in Manila in late November.

The 25 years old Alcalde and a native of Abra impressed the judges during the September finals when he chose to represent his home province with his native Abra attire in the creative national costume category.

Having  mixed emotions in taking on the title, “I feel overwhelmed and pressured at the same time because I need to prepare physically and mentally, with just a few weeks to go,” Alcalde said while talking with

“Having the crown means greater responsibilities so I need to push myself to be better than the Phiem who was first runner up,” he added.

Alcalde is working as a maintenance coordinator in Dubai, and said that he has lots of things to do in such a limited time but “I am preparing myself 200 percent now because I only have a limited time. I need to prepare my body and mentally because I’m still new to the pageant world and I will be competing against veterans in the field,” he said.

Alcalde is determined to continue to use his position as Man of the Philippines-UAE to promote healthy living among Filipino expatriates in the UAE win or lose.

“I plan to promote healthy living as I always do, but now I need to push harder because I will not only be reaching out to friends but to Filipinos in the UAE who are suffering from body shaming, which leads to depression. I want to promote healthy living for the body and mind,” he said

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