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Thursday, October 15, 2020

LOOK: MUP Bohol Miss Pauline Amelincks proudly wears Igorot-inspired ensemble

Photo Courtesy || Aces & Queens

MUP Benguet Update: Miss Universe Philippine Bohol Pauline Amelincks wears Igorot-inspired ensemble by designer Erjohn Dela Serna.
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Cordillera - The first batch of Miss Universe Philippines (MUP) candidates has arrived in La Trinidad, Benguet on Thursday morning, October 15, 2020. 

As part of their pre-pageant photoshoot for the event, the candidates kicked-off their activities with a photo shoot showcasing some Benguet some of Benguet products including the best tasting strawberry of La Trinidad. 

The 21 MUP candidates also took photo shoot at Mount Costa garden located in Puguis, La Trinidad.

Before their scheduled activities, the candidates had undergone triage in Wangal. 

According to Philippine Information Agency, the candidates tested negative of the Corona virus before being allowed to travel and join the Miss Universe events in Cordillera.

Baguio and Benguet were confirmed earlier as the hosts of the Miss Universe Philippines 2020 until the coronation night set on October 25. 

The said MUP events in Cordillera was an initiative of Benguet caretaker and ACT Partylist Rep. Eric Go Yap as a way to promote the tourism industry of the province of Benguet.


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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Baguio and Benguet to host Miss Universe Philippines 2020

Photo Courtesy || Alecs Oncal/Rappler

Cordillera - More than fifty candidates of the Miss Universe Philippines are scheduled to visit Baguio City and Benguet Province this October 15 and 16, 2020.

This was announced by Benguet Governor Melchor Diclas on October 6, during the Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force of Covid-19 meeting.

READ ALSO: Two Cordillerans among official candidates for Miss Universe Philippines 2020

Diclas said that the candidates will be having a photoshoot in various famous tourist spots in La Trinidad, such as the strawberry fields, Mt. Costa including the provincial capitol. 

Diclas added that the said photoshoot event aims to promote the province and help the economic growth of Benguet. 

The candidates are also scheduled to visit some parts of Baguio City and a cultural show will be performed on the night of October 16.

READ ALSO: Benguet to host first ever Miss Universe Philippines?

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has been coordinated accordingly to ensure that health protocols are being followed, according to Diclas. 

The said visit of the Filipina beauties to the province is an initiative of Benguet caretaker and ACT Partylist Rep. Eric Go Yap.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Proud Igorota from Benguet graduates from University of Macau

Photo Courtesy || Jeaselle Bilag
Cordillera - Proud of her roots, a young Igorota from Cordillera wear an Igorot traditional attire from the Ibaloi tribe on a her graduation photo shoot. 

READ ALSO: SLU and UC among Best Law Schools in the country in 2019

Jeaselle Bilag posted on her Facebook account photos of her graduation and message that says:, "It's one thing to wear a toga and graduate from the University of Macau, yet it's another to wear "Divet" an Igorot traditional attire from ibaloi tribe and show beyond doubt that we, from the north, keep aspiring for knowledge, education, to be informed, and later to inform and educate."

READ ALSO: University of the Cordilleras (UC) ranked 1st best criminology school in PH in 2019

The University of Macau (UM) is a public research university in Macau. 
UM is ranked in the 301-350 bracket in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2021, with a global ranking of No. 9 in International Outlook. 

No 37 in the THE Asia University Rankings, No 60 in the THE Asia-Pacific University Rankings, according to Wikipedia. 

The University of Macau ranks second in the Portuguese-speaking world.

source || Jeaselle Bilag FB || Wikipedia
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Benguet State University gets three stars in world university ranking

Cordillera - The Benguet State University (BSU) located in the municipality of La Trinidad got a three star ratings in the QS Star World University Rankings. 

According to the latest post from BSU IRO Facebook page, the university is qualified for 4 stars, however it needs to increase the presence of international students by at least 1%. 

A three star university is nationally well recognized, and may have also begun to attract international recognition. 

The institution with three stars maintains a reputable level of research and its graduates are attractive to employers. 


QS Stars is a rating system that provides a detailed look at an institution, enabling students to identify which universities are the best in the specific topics that they care about, like program strength, facilities, graduate employability, social responsibility, inclusiveness and more. 

Universities are evaluated in dozens of indicators across at least eight categories. 

After the assessment, universities are awarded with an overall Star result which ranges from 0 to 5+ Stars, depending on the number of points achieved through the evaluation, according to QS World website. 

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Landlord in La Trinidad waives rental fee of his tenants affected by community quarantine

Photo Courtesy || La Trinidad Guide FB
Cordillera - A landlord in La Trinidad decided to waive the rental fee of his boarders or tenants who were affected  by Enhanced Community Quarantine that was imposed by the government in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 
In a post from La Trinidad Guide Facebook page, Mr. Keith Damogo of Pico, La Trinidad, the landlord, feel pity for his tenants who would not be able to go to work during a whole month quarantine, so he decided to waived their rental fee for a month. 

"Kas anu pi piman dagita boarders nu handa apan agubla. Uray nka ibaga jay boarders ta libre da daytoy nga bulan kaasi da met... nka ibaga ta saan da madanagan pagbayad da. (How about those boarders if they can't go to work. Please tell the boarders that their rental fee for this month will be free. Tell them not to worry about their rental fee.") Mr. Damogo said in a messenger chat.

Meanwhile, netizens admired and praised Mr. Keith Damogo's kindness to his tenants wishing him that he will be blessed a thousand folds because of his good deed. 

"A real act of love in this time of crisis! May your tribe increase! God richly bless you sir, and your family," one netizen said.

Another one commented, " A big relief to your tenants. Enormous blessings in return. Salute you for your huge heart".

"Good samaritan, wish ko naway ganyan din landlord namin. Sana all." one netizen wrote. 
The COVID-19 has significantly affected thousands of workers because their places of work have been closed. These includes retail workers, service providers, construction workers, security agencies and employees of many businesses who were not given pay because they didn't go to work.

However, in these most trying times, Samaritan and good kindhearted people exist and help in any way they can to other people like Mr. Damogo. 

Kudos to you sir and may your tribe increase.
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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Cherry Blossoms in Atok, Benguet expected to start blooming in March and April this year

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Cordillera - After four years of waiting, the Sakura trees or Cherry Blossoms in Atok, Benguet may soon begin to bloom in March and April this year. 

Philip John Haight, caretaker of the Sakura park located in Paoay, Atok, Benguet said in a local TV station that the Sakura trees will start to bloom after the first rain of this year. 

Sakura trees tend to bloom in March or April but it could depend on the rain. 

According to Haight, if the rains come early, it is expected that Sakura should start blooming flowers already.
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34 Sakura trees were planted in Atok, Benguet in 2016 which were given to the province of Benguet by the Japanese government of Kochi prefecture as a sign of friendship.

Haight clarifies that the news published on some social media websites that the Sakura trees are in full bloom were incorrect. 

Visitors should not expect to see Sakura trees in full bloom as of this moment however, the Cosmos Flower Farms and the vegetable gardens are something they should not miss.


Photo Courtesy || Don Frank Hernandez

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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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Monday, October 7, 2019

WATCH: Miss Millenial Benguet Roxanne Bastian shows the beauty of Benguet with actor Ryan Agoncillo



Cordillera: Eat Bulaga's Miss Millennial 2019 contestant Roxanne Bastian traveled to the province of Benguet together with Dabarkads Ryan Agoncillo.

Roxanne showed some of the must-see tourist destinations in Benguet in today's episode of the noon time show Eat Bulaga.
Photo Courtesy || Eat Bulaga FB
These the are top Benguet tourist destination featured in the show:

- Winaca Eco Cultural Village, Tublay, Benguet
- Narda's Handwoven, Tublay, Benguet
- Strawberry Farm, La Trinidad Benguet
- Bahong Flower Farm, La Trinidad, Benguet
- Mount Kalugong, La Trinidad, Benguet
- Cowboy Town, La Trinidad, Benguet
- Riverview Waterpark, Tuba, Benguet
- Asisn RD. Woodcraft, Tuba, Benguet
- Colors of Stobosa, La Trinidad, Benguet

Roxanne is an Igorota to represent the province of Benguet in this year Miss Millennial Philippines 2019.

Photo Courtesy || Roxanne Bastian FB
Miss Millennial Philippines is an annual beauty pageant for beautiful, talented and intelligent female beauty queens who will represent their hometown in a competition.

The pageant places great emphasis on the culture of the provinces and cities from which candidates came from.

The candidates are tasked to provide visual tour of must-see tourists destinations, local delicacies, and promote the world-renowned Filipino hospitality.

The pageant's aim is to promote the Philippines as a beautiful country to visit.

Video courtesy: Eat Bulaga YT
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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

70-year old Lola from Benguet reunited with relatives after 50 years of separation

Cordillera - Anita Licwasen received the greatest Christmas gift she had ever wished for in her entire life - to be reunited with her family. She will never forget the joy, happiness and the fulfillment of her longings that she had this holiday season of the year.

Anita Licwasen  was reunited with her family in Bakun, Benguet after 50 long years of being separated with her siblings.
From her story,  she left her hometown  at the age of ten to work as a vegetable seller in Hilltop, Baguio City. At the age of 17, she was recruited to work as a household employee in Casa Espanol in Quezon City, Manila. Her kind employer offered her free housing and allowed her to put up a small sari-sari store near the area. She also worked as a baker for the Francie's Food Industry. She was given the name Evelyn Garcia by her recruiter back then. 

During those long years of working in Manila, lola Anita was able to save some of her earnings but lost them all when she suffered a stroke in 2010. Due to her condition, lola Anita was bedridden and can no longer work. Back then, she only relied from the children of her previous employer and good Samaritans in her neighborhood to provide for her basic needs. 

The plight of Lola Anita caught the attention of the netizens on Social Media when her information was posted by Mr. Eloy David and became viral with almost 890 shares. The post later caught the attention of her relatives in Bakun and also the Bakun-MDRRMC. 

Photo Courtesy || Eloy David
According to Bakun-MDRRMC's post, they immediately contacted Mr. David and arranged a plan to go to Quezon City to bring lola Anita home  to her family in Bakun before Christmas Day. 

"When we arrived at her quarters, she immediately opened her door, her brother immediately introduced himself and communicated our purpose to bring her home. Tears immediately fell down her lonely eyes. We asked her whey only now that she informed her relatives that she is alive, she emotionally answered that she doesn't have the courage to face her relatives because of what she have done. She asked for forgiveness to which his brother immediately replied that she doesn't need to ask for forgiveness because her only mistake was her failure to immediately inform them of her whereabouts. What they missed were the opportunities and time the they could have share together. Her brother instead thanked her of her decision to come home, it's never too late to bond with her relatives,"  Bakun-MDRRMC wrote.

Indeed, it was a joyous Christmas and will be a happy New Year for lola Anita and her family!
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Saturday, April 15, 2017

DA Secretary Manny Piñol visits John and Kenny Strawberry farm in Balili Mankayan, Benguet

If you thought that only in La - Trinidad, Benguet is the source of strawberries in the country, think again because there is a farm about a hundred of kilometers north of the Philippines which is gaining popularity for its modern methods of farming strawberries.

During the holy week, Department of Agriculture secretary Manny Piñol visited the John and Kenny strawberry farm located in sitio Cada of Barangay Balili in Mankayan and learned interesting stories about the farm.


Here is an excerpt from DA Sec. Piñol's article found on his FB page.

In the mountainous village of Sitio Cada, Brgy Balili, Mangkayan, Benguet, two young men in their early 30s are running one of the most modern and successful strawberry farms in the country.
In fact, the John Kenny Strawberry Farm owned by young farmer Kenny Ching and his father, Francisco, and managed by Kenny's cousin, Marvin Marcos, was chosen as a Gawad Saka Awardee for Outstanding Agricultural Endeavour in 2012.
The maintenance manager of the farm, Mervin Leonsanda, also in his early 40s, is a Davaoeño who married an Igorot lass and has stayed in Benguet for good.
Unlike other strawberry farms, the John Kenny Strawberries are grown not in the open fields but in elevated plots held by long plastic receptacles supported by metal frames.
Irrigation and fertilisation are done by the Drip System where plastic water tubes with perforations run through the whole elevated plots.
The technique has allowed the young agri-preneurs to grow more strawberries in a small area of only 1.5 hectares which produces about 15 tons of the Festival Variety of strawberry.
The plastic roofing of the greenhouse has also protected the farm from inclement weather and heavy rains which usually devastate strawberry farms in the open fields.
At a per kilo price of P100 at farm gate, the farm makes a gross income of P1.5-million monthly.
"We could not keep up with the demand," said Kenny.
The project is so successful that investors have enticed the young men to partner with them and start a similar strawberry farm in other parts of the country.
The two young men, however, have their hands full in the John Kenny Farm.
When I visited the John Kenny Farm on Good Friday, Kenny said he only had one complaint against government and that is the very slow processing of their papers for the importation of good strawberry seeds.
"Strawberries will only give good yield on its first year. After that, you will notice the deterioration in the quality of its fruits and the volume of production," he said.
The variety that the farm uses, the Festival Variety, comes from Florida in the U.S. and it is their preferred variety because of its longer shelf life of 3 days.
"Other strawberry varieties could not be displayed in the shelf for over one day. The Festival Variety could withstand long hauls and remain fresh for up to 3 days," he said.
In response to his complaint, I assured Kenny that the processing of their import documents by the Bureau of Plant Industry would be fast tracked, just like the other documents now being processed by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.
I also informed him that loan funds are available for young farmers like him who would like to start a venture in agriculture.
With John Kenny Farms' success and the increasing profitability of farming in the Philippines, it will not be a surprise if a few years from now, young agriculture and fisheries graduates would rather start their own farms than seek employment.
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