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Friday, December 29, 2023

College of Medicine in Benguet State University (BSU) now a reality

Photo courtesy || Congressman Eric Yap

Cordillera - Benguet State University (BSU) is now on its way of realizing the dream of establishing it College of Medicine after President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. signed into law House Bill No. 312 which seeks to establish College of Medicine at BSU.

The bill which is now a law (RA 11970) granted BSU to offer Doctor of Medicine program plus Integrated Liberal Arts and Medicine Program that aims to develop corps of professional physicians and help strengthen the country's healthcare system, as well as to respond to the human resources development of the Province of Benguet and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

"Ganap na pong batas ang panukala nating House Bill No. 312, na ngayon ay RA 11970. As a newly-appointed legislative caretaker in 2020, isa sa pinuntahan natin agad ang BSU. And we knew right there and then na kailangan magkaroon tayo ng College of Medicine - para mas maraming mabigyan ng pagkakataon makapag-aral, mas maraming scholarships, mas maraming opportunity para mai-angat ng kabataan ang standard of living ng kanyang pamilya", Benguet Congressman Eric Yap who authored the law wrote on a FB post.

Yap said the budget for the construction of College of Medicine building was also included in the 2024 National budget.

"We also made sure to lobby for funds for the construction of a College of Medicine building,  for next year, at aprubado na rin po at kasama na sa National budget ito," Yap said

"When I first talk about this idea openly, ang dami nagsabi na "masarap pakinggan pero mahirap magawa yan". Pero marami rin ang na-excite at nagpasalamat agad na naisip nating gawing panukala ito. Next year, we will welcome the very first batch of College of Medicine students in our very own Benguet State University," he added.


Thursday, December 7, 2023

2 Cordillerans are topnotchers in the September 2023 Licensure Examination for Teachers

Photo Courtesy || Febie Gel Laquiao Dagson & Vivian Balong-angey Posayen

Cordillera - In the recently concluded September 2023 Licensure Examination for Professional Teachers (L.E.P.T.), the Cordillera region proudly produced two outstanding students who secured coveted spots in the Top 10. 

Febie Gel Laquiao Dagson, an alumna of Kalinga State University, demonstrated exceptional knowledge and skills, earning the 8th spot among the Top Performing Examinees in the Elementary Level with an impressive rating of 93%. 

Similarly, Vivian Balong-angey Posayen, a graduate of Benguet State University, secured the 10th spot with a commendable rating of 92.60%.

The Professional Regulation Commission and the Board for Professional Teachers revealed that out of 23,782 elementary teacher passers, 16,716 were first-time takers, showcasing the success of new talents entering the teaching profession. 

For secondary teachers, 39,979 first-time passers highlighted the commitment of aspiring educators to contribute to the nation's educational landscape.

Benguet State University further distinguished itself as one of the Top Performing Schools, securing the 5th spot in the elementary level with an outstanding passing percentage of 96.08%. 

Additionally, Saint Louis University earned the 10th position in the secondary level, boasting a commendable passing percentage of 91.49%.

The accomplishments of Febie Gel Laquiao Dagson and Vivian Balong-angey Posayen, alongside the recognition of their alma maters, underscore the excellence and dedication of Cordilleran educators, contributing significantly to the advancement of education in the Philippines.


Monday, October 23, 2023

BSU Student Mikaella Esquejo is Top 10 in the Forester Licensure Examination 2023

Photo Courtesy || BSU

Cordillera - Benguet State University (BSU) Forestry graduate Miss Mikaella Gabrielle Allas Esquejo made it to the Top 10 in the list of successful passers during the recent October 2023 foresters licensure examination.

Ms. Esquejo, a graduate of BSU-College of Forestry secured a score of 89.85 percent in the exam which took place from October 17 to 18.

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced on Monday, Oct. 23, that out of 1,947 examinees, 1,076 successfully passed the examin.

Meanwhile, an examinee from Cebu Technological University-Argao, Miss Maricel Payusan Carreon achieved the top spot in the board exam results with an impressive score of 92.45 percent.

The 2nd and 3rd place were secured by Ethel Roe Yasto Ramirez, from the University of the Philippines Los Baños with a score of 91.85 in the second place followed by Joyce Capito Gomez from Central Mindanao University with a score of 90.85 percent in the third rank.


Saturday, September 30, 2023

Benguet State University (BSU) to open College of Medicine by next year

Photo Courtesy || BSU

College - With an initial budget of P40 million, Benguet State University (BSU) will commence construction of its College of Medicine facility next year. This was revealed during the 107th Foundation Anniversary celebration of BSU on September 25, 2023.

According to David Kilong of BSU General Service Office, an estimated budget amounting to P40 million will be used in the first phase of the project.

“The proposal to offer the Doctor of Medicine program at BSU is BSU’s response to the evident need for physicians who are grounded in primary health care and are willing to serve at community level,” said Dr. Samuel Poliden, Vice-President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) during the Groundbreaking ceremony held at Cabanao, Balili, La Trinidad, Benguet.

It can be recalled that the proposal to put up College of Medicine in the province of Benguet passed the Committee level in Congress last year. 

Thanks to Congressman Eric Yap's initiative, BSU is on the verge of establishing its very own College of Medicine, a groundbreaking development in Benguet Province. 

This new institution will serve as a beacon for aspiring medical students, alleviating the financial burdens associated with pursuing a medical education. 

Previously, students desiring to study medicine were compelled to seek admission at Saint Louis University and other neighboring universities, incurring additional expenses for housing, meals, and transportation. 

Now, with BSU's forthcoming College of Medicine, these obstacles will be considerably diminished, making the dream of becoming a doctor more attainable for local students.


Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Benguet State University (BSU) is Top University in Cordillera and North Luzon

Cordillera - Benguet State University (BSU) has solidified its position as a prominent educational institution by maintaining its rank at No. 32 in the Philippines in the latest July 2023 edition of the Ranking Web of Universities. 

This achievement comes on the heels of the university's unchanging status from the January 2023 edition.

Notably, BSU has emerged as the foremost university in the North Luzon region, encompassing Regions 1, 2, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). 

As it retains its top CAR ranking, BSU has overtaken Pangasinan State University and Isabela State University, which have slipped to the second and third spots, respectively, from their prior top positions.

The Ranking Web of University, crafted by the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), the renowned Spanish public research institution, serves as a key indicator of a university's global performance and visibility. 

By evaluating factors such as web content impact, top cited researches, and excellence in top cited papers, the ranking underscores BSU's continued commitment to academic excellence and prominence on the international stage.


Monday, July 18, 2022

BSU opens Criminology, Elementary Educ course in Kapangan, Benguet

Photo Courtesy || LGU-Kapangan

Cordillera - Students in the municipality of Kapangan and nearby municipalities may not need to go to La Trinidad or Baguio city to study Criminology and Elementary Education course as the Benguet State University (BSU) - Kapangan campus will be opening the said course in August this year.

The premier state university in Benguet proposed the opening of the two courses in line with the opening of the BSU-Kapangan campus within the Gov.Bado Dangwa Agro-Industrial School (GBDAIS) and the Kapangan Central National High School (KNHS).

The local government unit of Kapangan in its official Facebook page announced the opening of the BSU-Kapangan Campus and is inviting those interested students to contact the following:


Sir Edgar Wong Sapigao

Phone Number: 09209483907

Messenger: Edgar Wong Sapigao



Ma'am Cherrelene A. Comom 

Contact Number: 09303523201

Messenger: Cherrelene Comom


Thursday, November 18, 2021

Two BSU grads in top 10 in the November 2021 Agriculturist Licensure Examination

Cordillera - Two proud graduates from the Benguet State University (BSU) La Trinidad campus made it to the list of top 10 in the recently held November 2021 Agriculturist Licensure Exam.

Mr. Alladin Albindo Banez ranked top 4 with a rating of 85.17 percent and Ms. Rachelled Del Monte Baterna followed in the top 5 spot with a rating of 85.00 percent. 

The November 2021 Agriculturist board exam was conducted by the Board of Agriculture headed by its Chairman, Dr. Fortunato A. Battad and its members, Dr. Nora B. Inciong, Inv. Gonzalo O. Catan, Jr. and Mr. Vicente L. Domingo on November 9-11, 2021.

The ALE are conducted in different testing centers located in Metro Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Koronadal, Legaspi, Lucena, Pagadian, Pampanga, Rosales, Tacloban, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga.

According to Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), less than half or only 1,172 out of 3,927 takers passed this month's agriculturist licensure examination.

Ella Hazel Estrada of the Visayas State University - Baybay campus emerged as the batch's topnotcher with a score of 86 percent followed by John Carlos Boyles, who came from the same school with a score of 85.83 percent and Vivian Timple of the University of the Philippines-Los Baños with a score of 85.50 percent.S


Sunday, September 26, 2021

BSU to open up College of Medicine by 2023

BSU to open up College of Medicine by 2023

Cordillera - Benguet State University in La Trinidad Benguet will be opening College of Medicine in 2023.

BSU aims to open the college of medicine for Cordillerans who are interested to take up medicine.

It will be the first state university in the Cordilleras that will offer medicine course in the coming years.

BSU President, Dr. Felipe Comila confirmed that the fund  for this program will be derived from the 2022  supplemental budget of the university while other  needed documents are already  being prepared. 

He also said that the construction of the building for the college of medicine will be started soon.

The opening of the course in Medicine is to fulfill the ordinance of the province of Benguet to offer scholarship programs for students from the 13 municipalities who are qualified  for the program, Dr. Comila added.

Back then, Dr. Comila have already announced that this was one of his major plans- to help the people in the province, most especially those who can't afford the fees but are interested to become doctors.


Thursday, June 24, 2021

Young Igorota bags 2nd place at 1st Philippine Escrima Kali Arnis Federation Competition 2021

Photo Courtesy || Jeddahlyn B. Falyao

Cordillera - A young student from Benguet State University has placed 2nd during the 1st Philippine Escrima Kali Arnis Federation (PEKAF) Cultural Traditional Virtual Anyo Competition 2021.

Jeddahlyn B. Falyao of Bontoc and Sagada Mt. Province, a third year student of CTE-BPED at BSU competed in the double weapon women's category.

Meanwhile,  Mr. Leonard Balagot, also an alumna of BSU won first among 19 participants for the single weapon category for men while Mr. Jeff Ebanio a third-year student of CTE-BPED, won third place out of 20 participants. 

The BSU team was coached by Ms. Hannah G. Colas from the Institute of Human Kinetics. 

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The competition entitled, "Rebirth of the Rebellion Sports" was headed by Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri. Northern Luzon ranked second among nine participating regions including Davao region, Western Mindanao, NCR, Southern Luzon, Northern, and Central Mindanao, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, and Eastern Visayas.


WATCH: BSU to construct strawberry-shaped elevated walkway in fields

Photo Courtesy || Benguet State University

Cordillera - In a move to revived the local economy of Benguet which was hit by the pandemic, the management of the Benguet State University (BSU) is planning to build an elevated walkway and recreational park at the strawberry fields. 

In a video presentation released by the BSU, the proposed strawberry elevated walkway park will have an estimated total perimeter of 405 meters or just a regular size of an oval.

The strawberry elevated walkway park, will consist of 15 stalls that represent 13 the municipalities and the other two stalls which represent Baguio and Benguet.

From the ground the elevation would measures 2.5 meters with a total height of 6.2 meters for every stalls and 5.2 meters for the walkway section. 

Photo Courtesy || Benguet State University

The walkway post would measures 6-7 meters of interval for the whole walkway area.

The size of the halls and stalls would measures 3-6 meters that would be enough for tourists and locals especially PWDs using wheelchair to roam around the area and enjoy the view.

WATCH: BSU to construct strawberry-shaped elevated walkway in fields

The project aims to established a sustainable eco-friendly and user-friendly elevated walkway and recreational park. 

It also aims to promotes tourism, livelihood and local products of the province of Benguet.

Photo Courtesy || Benguet State University

The whole project would consist of strawberry picking booth, main building area, recreational park which is situated in the center and a spacious parking area that can accommodate any kind of transportation.


Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Benguet State University (BSU) to open accountancy, medical and law courses with low tuition fees

Benguet State University (BSU) to open accountancy, medical and law courses with low tuition fees           

Cordillera - Benguet State University (BSU) located in La Trinidad Benguet will soon open new courses such as accountancy, medical, and law. 

BSU new president Dr. Felipe S. Comila said that the opening of medical course in the university will be based on the current set up of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) and the University of the Philippines (UP). 

Like UP's medical students who go to PGH to practice medicine, the Benguet General Hospital will serve as the learning institution for BSU medical students. 

Dr. Comila also said that BSU-Buguias campus will soon open criminology course while the Bokod campus will open tourism-related courses to interested students. 

Dr. Comila added that the tuition fee for new courses to be opened will be lower compared to those courses offered by private universities like Saint Louis University, University of Baguio and University of the Cordilleras. 


Thursday, April 30, 2020

Cordilleran nurse in the U.K. wrote inspiring Message of Hope amidst Covid-19

Photo Courtesy || Dreena Daw-as & BSU Nursing Community
Cordillera - The suffering and pain of those who are sick with the coronavirus is unfathomable. 
This is what Mrs. Dreena Daw-as, a Cordilleran nurse working in the United Kingdom felt when she tended to the needs of patients suffering from the dreaded coronavirus that has killed thousands of people worldwide. 

As she personally witnessed many deaths in her career as a nurse, Daw- as was not able to hold back her tears when she thinks of Covid-19 patients who are going through a physically painful death alone with no loved ones around.

By this, she was inspired to write a message of hope for those who are suffering from this pandemic, that despite their condition, nurses around the world are there to tend to their needs and make them feel better. 

And most of all, they are there to be their friends giving them hope. 

Here is the full message of Mrs. Dreena Daw-as
Photo Courtesy || Benguet State University Nursing Community


Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Farmer's daughter from Sablan, Benguet lands top 6 in 2019 Agriculture Licensure Exam

Photo Courtesy || Chelle Charlden Cosme Carlos
Cordillera - A farmer's daughter from Sablan, Benguet was among the top 10 board passers in the recently concluded 2019 Agriculture Licensure Examinations conducted by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). 

21-year old Chelle Charlden Cosme Carlos, an alumnus of Benguet State University (BSU) in La Trinidad, Benguet landed in the top 6 with an 88.33 percent passing rate.

According to Chelle, she was a working student at BSU and despite her hectic schedule, she managed to find time to review for the board exam.

"Nagtratrabaho po ako noon sa BSU bilang isang researcher, so very hectic yung schedule. Kailangan ko po siyang isingit... half day na nagrereview tapos nagtratrabaho sa hapon," Chelle said via Abs Cbn Kapamilya.

Chelle comes from a family with a mother who is a housewife and a father who woks as a farm technician.

Photo Courtesy || Chelle Charlden Cosme Carlos
She shared that her parents are her inspiration for studying agriculture. 

Both her mom and her dad were very proud of her and praised her for being a good daughter and student. 

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"Chelle was an active student and she was very good academically and also in extracurricular activities. And she was a good student," her mother said. 

"We are proud of her. Sana, she will continue na maging ganun and she will pursue para sa kanyang kinabukasan. Ano man ang mangyari, ang gusto namin ay, she has to remain humble," Chelle's father said.

The PRC conducted the licensure exam on November 5 to 7 in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Lucena, Pagadian, Tacloban, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga.

There are a total of 5,538 out of 13,492 (41.05%) who passed the exams.

READ ALSO: 3 Cordillera students among National finalists for the 58th 10 Outstanding Students of the Philippines

Chelle advised the young generation to study agriculture.

"Kumakain tayo araw araw... so kailangan natin ng sustainable food everyday, healthy food. So, kailangan natin ang mga farmers, agriculturist and scientist. So I encouraged the younger generations to go into agriculture kasi maraming matututunan," Chelle said. 

Another Cordilleran who landed in the top 9 is Imee Gallawon Mutal from Ifugao. 

Mutal is an alumnus of Ifugao State University. She got an average passing rate of 87.67 percent.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Cordilleran Daniel S. Balbin Jr., magna cum laude of Benguet State university brain picked

Daniel S. Balbin, Jr. Magna cum laude of the
94th commencement exercise at Benguet State University.
Photo courtesy: BSU FB
La Trinidad - Daniel S. Balbin, Jr., a Bachelor of Library and Information Science student, graduated as the magna cum laude on the 94th commencement exercise of Benguet State University in La Trinidad, Benguet  on 19 June.

Balbin, Jr. was born and raised in Loakan, Baguio City tracing his roots from Ifugao and Pangasinan.

With the hope to inspire the youth and fellow Cordillerans, WowCordillera interviewed Daniel to share  a piece of his mind on how he became who he is today.

Like any other students he also struggled his way to making it through college yet tried hard to balance his lifestyle and schedule. 

He chose not to join activities that wouldn't enhance any competencies  he will be needing in the future. He chose to spend his time wisely. 

While he struggled having a bad handwriting making him not want to take notes in class, he trained himself to listen and developed his listening skill instead. 

"Honestly, listening to your instructors and professors is the key," he said.

Asked about his study habits that made him excel in his academics, "read a lot and read ahead...I just don't want to waste my time sitting in the classroom without gaining anything. so make the best out of lecture and class activity.... In short, listen well, read a lot and know yourselves," he answered.

The brilliant librarian Balbin Jr., advocates for developing a good reading culture among every Filipinos. 

He  envisions  a mobile library by bringing reading materials to the community giving an easier access to everyone and hoping that every barangay and purok  have their reading centers if possible. 

He also encourages parents to buy their young children radiation-free reading materials instead of gadgets that might harm their health.

Being raised in a family of Jehovah's Witnesses, Balbin, Jr. grew up loving reading as he had an easy access to reading materials like the Awake and Watchtower publications. 

As he recalled, he already knew how to read  and write before being sent to school for formal education because he had these magazines and brochures to practice with.  

"It is also where I gained a lot of knowledge not just about Jehovah God but also about the world..We also learned values, manners and right conduct according to Bible's principles," he added.

"You might think it is so hard to have a lot of restriction, but I learned to understand that these are protections. My religious principles dragged me away from vices and bad associations. You see! There are a lot of perks of being a Witness," he shared further.

Asked about his message to fellow youths and students, "My advice is do not just achieve higher because you want a Latin honor or a recognition. Do well in your studies so that all of your parents and your own sacrifices would not be wasted. It is useless graduating as an honor student if you never learned along the journey or process. Remember that we all go to school to learn and to become a useful member of the community. We do not go to school just to earn award and recognition,"

"This is for everyone. Either you already finished studying, or you are planning to study, or you are still studying. Do not just make your education nostalgic and memorable with those diplomas, yearbooks or graduation pictures. Make them last by keeping what you have learned forever. keeping them in your heart and using them to make the world become better." were his words of encouragement.

Picking from the brain of a smart and wise fellow Cordilleran is indeed worth it. Let's give heed to his encouragement and words of wisdom and keep on living the essence life.

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