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Showing posts with label Ifugao. Show all posts
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Thursday, April 4, 2024

WATCH: Ifugao filmmaker produces the Best Wedding Video held in the Rice Fields of Batad

Photo Courtesy || Ihingyon TV

Cordillera - A wedding celebration in Cordillera recently captured the hearts of viewers worldwide, thanks to its breathtaking backdrop: the stunning Batad Rice Terraces in Ifugao. The video, posted on the Ihingyon TV Facebook page, has garnered over half a million views, 35,000 reactions, and almost 2,000 shares, making it a viral sensation.

The video's creator, who runs Ihingyon TV, expressed surprise at its popularity, stating, "When we uploaded the video, we never expected it to resonate with so many people." The wedding, a unique ceremony held amidst the rice fields of Batad, Banaue, Ifugao, marked a first for the area.

What sets this video apart are its stunning drone shots and cinematography. However, the journey to achieving such high-quality footage was not easy. The filmmaker initially faced challenges due to a lack of equipment, relying on borrowed DSLR cameras and his phone as a secondary camera.

Determined to pursue his passion for filmmaking, he used his first salary from Ihingyon TV to purchase a second-hand camera and drone. Despite the limited quality, he continued to save until he could afford an entry-level camera that produced acceptable videos.

For him, the key to success is contentment with what you have and appreciation for the blessings you receive. He believes that as long as you are content, God will provide for your needs. His dedication to his craft is evident in his recent viral video, a testament to his journey from humble beginnings to creating professional, stunning works of art.

This story reminds us that with passion, dedication, and perseverance, we can overcome any obstacle and achieve our dreams. So, let's stay focused, work hard, and never give up on our goals. Who knows? The next viral sensation could be just around the corner.


Saturday, December 30, 2023

LOOK: Ifugao Artist Christopher Atiwon Produces Stunning Artworks Using "Kititkit"

Cordillera - Christopher Atiwon, a Baguo-based artist with roots in the enchanting Ifugao province, hails from the land celebrated as the home of the country's finest wood carvers. 
Photo Courtesy || Christopher Atiwon

Renowned for his breathtaking wood artworks, Atiwon crafts masterpieces from various types of wood, each possessing a unique character – some smooth, others raw, all distinguished by intricate details.

Atiwon employs the distinctive "kitikit" method of wood carving, an ancient Ifugao tradition that adds a touch of cultural richness to his creations. 

His works, reminiscent of the sculptural mastery of the Greeks and Romans with marble, elevate wood to the realm of fine arts. 

The Metropolitan Museum of Fine Arts would find his pieces worthy of its prestigious collection.

Recognized as one of the Philippines' premier wood artists, Atiwon stands out for his exceptional skill, intelligence, and status as a beacon of inspiration for future generations. 

His legacy is etched in the grains of wood and the hearts of those captivated by his extraordinary craftsmanship.


Monday, December 18, 2023

WATCH: Igorot fighter Carl James Martin knocks out Thai foe in 6th round, captures WBO Global Super Bantamweight Title

Photo Courtesy || Carl James Martin

Cordillera - Cordilleran boxing sensation Carl James "The Wonder Boy" Martin won via TKO against Thai fighter Chaiwat Butkrathok in the 6th round at the Elorde Sports Complex in Parañaque City on December 18, 2023.

Winning the bout made the 24-year-old undefeated Cordilleran fighter from Lagawe, Ifugao the World Boxing Organization Global Superbantamweight Champion.

Martin is one of the country's rising boxing stars and believed by many boxing experts and fans to be the next Manny Pacquiao. 

He now hold the record of 23 wins, with 17 knockouts and no defeat. 

Meanwhile, Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquaio has revealed the news that Martin has been included in his MP Promotion.

"Welcome to the MP Promotions. We are happy and proud to announce the signing of Carl Jammes Martin to the MP Promotions", Pacquaio said.

Martin will now included to Pacquaio stable of fighters like super bantamweight champion Marlon Tapales, Jerwin Ancajas, Eumir Felix Marcial, Mark Magsayo, and among others.

For Martin's part, joining MP Promotion will definitely boost his career to be a world champion someday.

“This newest chapter in my career will truly boost my aim of becoming a future world champion that PBC in partnership with MP Promotions will be very proud of,” Martin said. 


Sunday, October 15, 2023

Cordilleran Metal Artist from Ifugao creates metal artworks from discarded materials

Photo Courtesy || Kelvi Galap

Cordillera - An innovative welder and metal artist named Kelvi Galap from Lagawe, Ifugao has captured the attention of locals and online audiences alike when he proved that creativity and patience can turn discarded items into lucrative art. 

Galap has masterfully transformed scraps and broken steel parts into an array of sculptures, designs, drawings, displays, and toys.

Galap's journey into the world of artistic metalwork began casually when he crafted a "budget size motorcycle" from discarded materials, inspired by a similar creation he had seen online. 

"I just saw on FB a motorcycle made from scrap that was uploaded by foreigners, then I made one too, then some people appreciated it when I posted it, so I made one more," he said.

The positive response from netizens sparked his interest, leading him to create more pieces. As interest grew, Galap decided to turn his passion into a business venture, focusing on producing unique and intricate metal sculptures.

His creations, ranging from intricate sculptures to smaller items, have been exhibited in various locations and have garnered significant attention online. Galap's artworks are not only visually appealing but also environmentally friendly, demonstrating the potential of repurposing discarded materials.

On his Facebook page, potential buyers can explore a wide range of Galap's creations, each telling a unique story and reflecting his dedication to his craft. 

The prices of his metal sculptures vary based on design and size, with pieces available from ₱200 to ₱50,000. Galap's smaller creations, priced at ₱200 to ₱600, have gained popularity in the local market, particularly in Baguio city.

For art enthusiasts and those interested in supporting Galap's work, his Facebook page serves as a platform to view and purchase his metal artworks.


Friday, September 1, 2023

Ifugao beauty queen Janah Rhyl Lumidao crowned Miss Baguio 2023

Photo Courtesy || Baguio PIO

Cordillera - Janah Rhyl Lumidao, a radiant 5'9" beauty hailing from Cababuyan, Hingyon, Ifugao, has captured the hearts of many as she was recently crowned Miss Baguio. 

At just 18 years old, she is currently pursuing her dreams with a Bachelor of Science in Tourism at the University of Baguio, where she's in her first year.

Notably, this talented young lady has achieved another remarkable feat, being crowned Miss Lafayette. 

Her unwavering dedication and charm have earned her the admiration of many.

We extend our warmest congratulations to Janah Rhyl Lumidao and wish her continued success as she sets her sights on the upcoming Miss Universe Philippines competition. 

May she continue to soar higher and shine on the international stage.


Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Proud Cordilleran LtGen. Brawner is the new Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Photo Courtesy || AFP

Cordilleran - Son of Ifugao LtGen Romeo Brawner Jr., a Marawi siege veteran has been named as the new Chief of the Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines as announced by the Presidential Communication Office on Wednesday.

LtGen Brawner will replace the outgoing Chief Maj.  Gen. Andes Centeno who will be appointed as the Presidential Adviser of the West Philippine Sea.

MGen. Brawner, who traces his roots to Kiangan, Ifugao 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.

LtGen Brawner is currently serving as Commanding General of the Philippine Army, which he assumed on December 10, 2021. He graduated number two (2) in the Philippine Military Academy “Makatao” Class of 1989 and has since served the military in various capacities for 34 years now.

Among his previous designations in the military were: Company Commander of the 6th Special Forces Company; Battalion Commander of the 2nd Special Forces Battalion; Operations Officer of the Special Forces Regiment (Airborne); Chief of Staff of the 6th Infantry “Kampilan” Division; Chief, Public Affairs of the Philippine Army; Spokesperson of the Armed Forces of the Philippines; Commander of the Civil-Military Operations Regiment; and, Brigade Commander of the 103rd Infantry Brigade during the aftermath of the Marawi Siege in 2017.

LtGen Brawner also previously served as the Commandant of the Cadets in the Philippine Military Academy, where he played an important role in the total eradication of hazing and maltreatment in the Cadet Corps. Later on, he served as the first Deputy Chief of Staff for Financial Management, J10, Armed Forces of the Philippines.

He also served as the Commander of the 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division, where he supervised the unit’s combat operations that resulted to the decisive neutralization of Jorge Madlos or “Ka Oris,” the Commander of the National Operations Command of the New People’s Army.

He exemplified the highest levels of excellence in his military schoolings, topping his classes in the Special Forces Operations Course, Intelligence Officer Course, and the AFP Comptrollership Course.

LtGen Brawner has acquired three (3) Master’s Degrees: Master’s in Information Management from the Ateneo de Manila University; Master’s in Business Administration from the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand and from the European School of Management, Oxford, United Kingdom; and, Master’s in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College (USAWC).

Among the numerous awards and recognitions he received were: The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS) in 2013 by the Metrobank Foundation and Rotary Club of Makati, and the Lapu-Lapu Award by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for his valuable contributions in the neutralization of Abu Dar, the last of the original leaders of the Maute-ISIS faction.

In March this year, LtGen Brawner was inducted into the US Army War College (UASWC) International Fellows Hall of Fame in recognition of his service at the highest command position in the Philippine Army. In that same visit, he was conferred the Legion of Merit – Degree of Commander in recognition of his exceptionally meritorious service as the Commanding General, Philippine Army, particularly in ensuring that the Philippine Army remains trained, ready, and postured for all missions.

source || PCO


Saturday, March 12, 2022

WATCH: Ifugao fighter Martin knocks out Baldonado, now the new WBA Asia Super Bantamweight Champion

Cordillera - Undefeated Cordilleran fighter from Ifugao, Carl James Martin stops Baldonado in the 11th round to remain as the PH super bantamweight champion and capture the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) Asia super bantamweight belt during their match up fight at the Elorde Sports Complex in Paranaque on March 12, 2022.

Although he got knockdown in the 2nd round by Baldonado, the Cordilleran fighter showed strong stamina and resilience to bounce back. 

Martin in the later rounds unloaded powerful combos and body shots to the already gassed out Baldonado. 

The referee stopped the fight to prevent further damage to Baldonado at 2:02 left in the 11th round.

Martin maintains his undefeated record of 19 wins with 16 coming by way of TKO.


Monday, July 19, 2021

11-year-old honest kid from Ifugao returns Php102,000 cash he found

Photo Courtesy || DepEd Ifugao

Cordillera - A five grader young student from Ifugao has returned a lost big amount of money to the rightful owner.

11-year-old Denard B. Uy-uyon, a learner of Panutbtuban Elementary School, Asipulo District in Ifugao immediately turned over a big cash in the amount of P102,450 to his teachers when he found it.

The teachers then contacted the rightful owner of to return the money. 

Meanwhile, netizens have expressed their admiration to Denard's simple act of honesty for returning something he doesn't own.

He could have kept the money and used it to buy things he wanted but he decided to turned over to his teachers to be given to the rightful owner. 

Denard's had been taught very well by his parents, relatives and teachers the value of honesty.

A netizen commented, " Every person should follow the honesty of this kid. He is very young but very honest. Unlike others, instead of working hard, they steal. That's why their kids become thieves."

"Wow good news!, That's an admirable kid. Rare are the kids who are honest nowadays. Good bless you a thousand folds," one netizen commented.

Indeed, Denard is one of the many Cordilleran kid who exemplify the Igorot culture of "Inayan". 

The "Inayan" culture among the Igorots signifies the fear to the Supreme Being. 

It helps prevent a person from doing things that are unpleasant and not good like consuming and owning something that does not belong to you.

Mabuhay ka Denard.


Tuesday, March 23, 2021

8-year old Ifugao girl operates backhoe like a pro

Photo Courtesy || Aubrey Ayan, Little Big Shots Philippines

Cordillera - If you think only professional backhoe operators with many years of training and experience can operate heavy equipment, you are wrong, until you watch this little girl maneuvering a backhoe like a pro. 

8-year old Aubrey Ayan from Hungduan, Ifugao is a fan of backhoe. 

Instead of playing with dolls like any other kids would do, Aubrey would prefer playing boy's toys that includes real heavy equipment.

READ ALSO: 12th Grader Igorot Boy Wins Top Award for 'Portable Electricity Generator' Invention

Inspired in full by his father, who was a construction worker, Aubrey really likes playing with heavy equipment. 

Her father said, after school Aubrey rides her bike and heads straight to the construction site where he work and asks him to play with the backhoe.

READ ALSO: Two boys in Sagada invented an improvised glass and bottle crusher received award

Aubrey's dream is to become an engineer in the future. 

Littles Big Shots Philippines featured Aubrey's expertise in operating a backhoe. 

Watch her below:


Monday, March 22, 2021

Igorota from Ifugao receives prestigious award for her kindness and generosity

Photo Courtesy || Asia Pacific Luminaire Awards

Cordillera - An Igorota businesswoman and philanthropist was awarded the "Woman of Influence: Outstanding Business Leader and Philanthropist of the Millennium" from the Asia Pacific Luminaire Awards last week. 

Irish Saint D. Salvio receives the award for her pure heart, strong faith, and noble purpose to help, give more and do more to uplift the lives of the people in the communities around her towards betterment and sustainable progress.

Read her story below:

In 2012, her personal scholarship program flourished when her duty as a hardworking business leader of a construction firm took her to a deprived community in Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya where she witnessed many children who couldn’t afford the demands of education. Thereby, she was challenged and motivated to establish her personal scholarship program as she was also a scholar during her college years as well as inspired by her late grandmother and mom who were both educators.  She has been determined to reach out and help more specifically the unfortunate children and students thru financial grants and provision of educational aids like smart phones, pocket WIFI's, laptops, and school supplies. As well, she adopted at least three secondary schools in their municipality wherein she pledged to continually sponsor the miscellaneous fees of the identified indigent grantees.  At present, she has more than   a thousand of scholars/grantees who are not only from her own municipality but also outside her province such as in Kalinga, Nueva Vizcaya, Baguio City, and Manila.

Amid the pandemic in 2020, she wholeheartedly provided almost three (3) million pesos out of her own pocket to aid various development projects and programs of local government and non-government offices in her own municipality. Besides, she helped many local farmers thru buying almost tons of their agricultural produce and donated it to the needy households during the past month-long lockdowns and crisis. Likewise, she has been actively organizing and sponsoring out-reach activities such as feeding program, free haircutting, gift-giving, and distribution of school supplies particularly for the marginalized sectors in far-flung communities. Additionally, she openhandedly provides medical assistance to indigent patients.

Last November 2020, Ms. Salvio, together with her bighearted family, donated relief packs and assistance worth one (1) million pesos for the victims of typhoon Ulysses in Cagayan. Further, as the Federated PTA President in Ifugao, she deposited P106, 000 from her own pocket to fund the proposed small projects of different district PTAs. 

Moreover, with the use of her personal resources, she has generously accomplished lots of road-opening and improvements especially of farm to market roads projects as proposed by concerned local leaders and individuals particularly in remote barangays across Lamut in order to pave ways for agricultural, tourism, and social development in said municipality. 

Indeed, more of her selfless services and deeds are worth recognizing but one thing is for sure; the municipality of Lamut, Ifugao or the Asia Pacific rather is greatly blessed to have MS. IRISH SAINT D. SALVIO who deserves most the prestigious award as “WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: OUTSTANDING BUSINESS LEADER AND PHILANTHROPIST OF THE MILLENNIUM” - By Asia Pacific Luminaire Awards


Monday, March 1, 2021

Inspiring TRUE STORY of PLT John Smith Binwag who topped the PH Scout Rangers Class 211-2020

Photo Courtesy || PLT John Smith Binwag

Cordillera - A proud Cordilleran from Ifugao tops the Philippine Scout Ranger Class 211-2020. 

PLT John Smith Binwag who traces his roots to Hingyon, Ifugao received a Scout Ranger Replica as Class Top 1 and also awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for earning the highest rating in academics. 

Read his Inspiring Story below:

I am 27 yrs old at present, I am the 7th among the 9 siblings of Mr. Manuel P Binwag, (native of Banaue, ifugao) and Mrs. Mary Atiwon Binwag+(native of Hingyon, Ifugao). We were raised in Lepanto Mankayan, Benguet since our father worked there as a miner and my mother as a housewife.
I graduated elementary at Marivic Elem School (2006-2007), Sapid, Mankayan, Benguet and graduated at Joaquin Smith National High School (2010-2011), Km. 4 Asin Road, Baguio city for secondary education. We moved to Baguio city last 2009 since my father was terminated from Lepanto mines.
After graduating in High School , I enrolled at the University of Baguio (academic year 2011) as a working student and took up BS Criminology, I study during the day and serve as campus security ( Marshals) during the night at the University in exchange for free tuition fee.
Despite the hardships of balancing things between time,duties, studies, rest and financial problems, I am proud that I was a consistent academic scholar during my stay in the university. I even became the Student Body Governor of UB Crim department in the Academic Year 2014-2015.
Despite all efforts, I failed to graduate criminology because i moved out in the university on April 15, 2015 since God blessed me with a better career after I passed the PNPA Entrance Examination. Luckily, I passed all  the rigors of selection process and landed as a PNPA cadet and became as part of SANSIKLAB CLASS Of 2019 ( Located at Camp. Gen. mariano N. Castañeda, Silang, Cavite).
After graduating in the academy last March 2019, we were commissioned as Police Lieutenants and were temporarily assigned at PNP NHQ, Camp Crame, Quezon City for orientations and seminars before deployment. 
However, among PNP members in our class, only 10 of us were given the chance to undergo Scout Ranger Training.
The ten of us reported to Camp Tecson, Bulacan on January 3, 2020 for Qualifying phase( it was a rigid screening process to test the mental stability, stamina, skill, and knowledge of a student to include markmanship, swimming, land navigation, map reading, Physical Fitness Tests and others that are in Military Terms to explain). After Qualifying Phase, only 5 of us made it to form part of the Scout Ranger Class 211 that opened on March 11, 2020.
Among the 232 qualified Ranger students who qualified to form part of SRC 211-20, only 206 had made it up to graduate on February 25, 2021 after  almost a year of rigorous training,  sleepless nights and sacrifice of blood. Our Test Mission in Jolo, Sulu lasted for nearly to months of raging war with the Abu Sayaf group from December 2020 to mid-week of January 2021.  Those who did not graduate were the ones who failed to overcome their fear, weaknesses and decided to quit a long the way.
AWARDS Received -Academics:
1. Mr. Intramurals  year-2010(Joaquin Smith National High School)
2. Dean's Lister academic year 2014-2015( SCJPS  UNIVERSITY OF BAGUIO)
3.Deans Lister for Academic Year 2018-2019 PNPA
3. Leadership Kampilan Awardee ( As 1st Captain PNPA Year 2019)
4. 4th Placer (PCAP-Oral Debate year 2013 at Cebu City)
5. Certificate of Commendation from Regiment Commander FSRR as Top 1 for SRC Class 211-2020
MOST Challenging Life Events:
1. We were nine siblings in the family, and we are stuck beyond poverty,   our distant relatives predicted us as future general problems of the society, nobody believed in us. I, accepted it as a challenge on how they look at us from below, that sooner or later, we will strive to fail all those malicious predictions to us, and that's what we slowly did.
2. Lack of Financial Support for Study- while i thank the government for free primary and secondary education, going to college is a harder choice to take specially if you have jobless parents who rather expect you go looking for earning rather than go learning in school. However, i promised my father that i will send my self  to college without him burdened for tuition fees. I entered the University of Baguio as a working student. Studies during the day and serve as campus security during the night. For i swore my self that i must sacrifice in order to achieve a brighter future, not for my own benefit but for the benefits of my soon to be children as well. Shall they not experience the life i had and a bright future be my gift for them.
3. Entering the academy, is a fulfillment of dream, however, surviving cadetship up to graduation is the realization of it. Living in a regimented way of life for 4 years is very challenging, a bit of carelessness to all aspects within the academy may lead to dismissal or separation specially surviving the rigors of academics. In order to survive, i did always remind my self that cadetship is my one way ticket for the realization of my dreams and this is the best shot to start for a carrier, and, that made me until i graduate.
Thoughts of Inspiration to all student, professionals, examinees, trainees and public:
PUT GOD first before anything.
-  Don't make excuses and start working for your dreams. Considering that we are all poor, we have two choices for survival, by asking or by earning, choose who you are... 
-Success in everything does not happen overnight or granted by fairy godmothers nor by the falling stars, it is built over time with your skill, knowledge, handwork and blood as the strongest foundation.
- Always have a plan,.. knowing utmost what you want to become will  answer all the succeeding questions on how things will be done it will serve as   compass to guide you in all your endeavors.
- Give your best in everything you do,. Specially that in every employment, credentials will speak in our behalf, either someone's gonna be hired or be fired.
-Mostly, keep a good health and stay alive, because a dead man  could no longer tell tales.
May God bless you after reading my story. I pray for everyone's safety this difficult time." - PLT John Smith Binwag

source ||  


Friday, February 12, 2021

WATCH: Ifugao undefeated boxer Carl James Martin knocks Tejones out in 5th round

Photo Courtesy || Carl James Martin
Cordilleran - Cordilleran boxing sensation Carl James "The Wonder Boy" Martin won via TKO against experienced fighter Joe Tejones in "Night of Champions XXII scheduled on February 20, 2021. 

Sponsored by the Elorde International Productions, the fight between Martin vs Tejones took place at the Biñan Football Stadium in Biñan City, Laguna.

The 21-year-old Martin who hails from Lagawe, Ifugao is one of the country's rising boxing stars and believed by many boxing experts and fans to be the next Manny Pacquiao. 

Martin currently holds the record of 16 wins (14 KOs) with no defeat. 

He is rated No.39 in the bantamweight rankings of the World Boxing Council (WBC).

Last year, Martin emerged victorious in his recent fight against experienced Richard Rosales during the Omega Pro Sports International boxing event on December 18, 2020.

The fight of Martin vs. Tejones will be telecasted via PTV channel on February 21 at 11 AM to 12 noon. 


Saturday, January 2, 2021

Hollywood films we didn't know were shot in Cordillera

Photo Courtesy || Marvel Studios
Cordillera - The Philippines, especially the Cordilleras is a perfect spot for shooting films. With its lush forests, picturesque scenery and tall mountains, the Cordillera is an inviting backdrop for international films like Hollywood.

Don't you know that a Hollywood film "The Year of Living Dangerously", starred by award-winning actor Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver was shot in Manila and Ifugao in the 80s?

Directed by Peter Weir, the film is a story of an Australian Journalist who went to Indonesia to report on the eventual ouster of its President. 

READ ALSO: Design for New NAIA terminal is inspired by Cordillera's Banaue Rice Terraces

The film was supposed to be shot in Indonesia but was denied permission. The crew moved their production in the Philippines but later halted after the film was perceived to be anti-islam by local Muslims in the country. You can notice the famous Banaue Rice Terraces in the background.

Two decades later, another Hollywood film, "The Avengers: Infinity war" was shot in Banawe, Ifugao. Produced by Marvel Studious, the film is a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. 

Premiered in April 2018, the last scene of the film featured the famous Batad Rice Terraces in Ifugao.

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

The Philippines Unit of the film, the Indochina Production confirmed that the areal scene was indeed shot in the Philippines.

In the scene, Thanos was seen sitting in a small hut gazing at a rice field in Batad which is home to best and well-preserved rice terraces in the Cordillera region.


Monday, December 21, 2020

WATCH: Ifugao Undefeated Fighter James Carl Martin Wins Against Rosales

Photo Courtesy || James Carl Martin

Cordillera - Ifugao boxing sensation and undefeated fighter Carl James "The Wonder Boy" Martin emerged victorious in his recent fight against experienced Richard Rosales during the Omega Pro Sports International boxing event on December 18, 2020.

The 21-year-old Martin, a native of Lagawe, Ifugao showcased his punching power and hand speed during the scheduled 10 rounds. 

READ ALSO:  Carl James "Wonder Boy" Martin delivers impressive knock out victory against Thai foe

The judges scored the bout 100/90 and 98/92 in favor of Martin which set his winning record to 16 wins with 14 coming via knockout.

The recent bout was the first fight for Martin this year. His last fight was on December 21, 2019 in Manila where he defeated Philip Luis Cuerdo via third-round technical knockout.


Thursday, December 17, 2020

Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan's film made it to the shortlist of an International Short Film Festival in France.

Photo Courtesy || Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan & FDCP
Cordillera - A film by Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan "Hilum" has made it to the International Competition Shortlist of the 43rd Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in France. 

Eblahan who traces his roots to Ifugao (father side) and Cebu (mother side) is the director of the film "Hilum" or "Remedy" about a dispassionate young woman who work as a professional 'mourner for hire' at funerals and wakes to earn a living.

Eblahan graduated Magna Cum Laude from DePaul University in Chicago, USA, where he took up Bachelor of Fine Arts in Movie and Television major in Directing. 

At the age of 22, Eblahan directed his very first film "Umbilical Cord to Heaven" or "Taling Pusod patungo sa Paraiso" which  had won the short film competition in the USA.

READ ALSO: How a high school graduate with no degree in film-making produces one of the top Igorot movies

The Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival is the biggest international film festival dedicated to short films and it is the second largest film festival held annually in France after Cannes.

RELATED:  Film by Igorot director Julius Lumiqued makes it to the final in CineMarya 2020

The festival is attended by professional film makers and directors from around the world. It is estimated that the festival has an attendance of over 160,000 attendees and 3,500 professionals. 

The festival will begin on January 29, 2021 and will end on February 6. 


Monday, December 14, 2020

Sagada cop returns money accidentally deposited in his GCASH account

Photo Courtesy || Ifugao PMFC & Ivan Lester Guibz Pagal

Cordillera - It could be an early Christmas bonus for this cop in Sagada after getting notified that a good amount of money was credited to his GCASH account. 

Patrolman Ivan Lester Guibz Pagal, assigned at Ifugao Provincial Mobile Force Company, accidentally received cash amounting to P13,000 in his GCash number. 

After being informed about the accidental deposit from the sender, he didn't hesitate to return it immediately.

According to Michael Madera Baring, sender of the said money, he accidentally send money to the Gcash account of Patrolman Pagal. 

He called Pagal if he could return the money, and without hesitation, the good cop returned it.

Baring thanked the Patrolman Pagal and commended him for having a good heart. 

"Maraming salamat po sa taong ito na nag sauli ng pera namin 13k di pa rin sya naging masama para kunin iyon tularan ka po sana sir ng maraming tao na may gintong puso godbless sayo sir sya po ay pulis dito sa ifugao merry Christmas and Happy New year," Baring said.

Patrolman Pagal is one of the many example of Cordillerans who exemplify the Igorot culture of "Inayan".

The "Inayan culture among the Cordillerans signifies the fear to the Supreme being.

It helps them not commit things that are unpleasant and undesirable like consuming and owning something that does not belong to them. 

Good job sir Pagal.


Monday, December 7, 2020

Ifugao Prestige Bench 'Hagabi' made world history as the most expensive Filipino artifact

Photo Courtesy || Philippine Star
Cordillera - This 13 foot-long "Ifugao Prestige Bench" known locally as 'hagabi' has made world history as the most expensive Filipino artifact. 

The hagabi of Ifugao was priced to a world record of $460,000 or equivalent to P22 million during a recent Leon Gallery Kingly treasure auction last November 28, 2020, according to Philippine Star.

This is so far the highest price paid for Philippine indigenous item as it surpassed previous world record of the 'bulul', another Ifugao artifact priced at $280,000. 

Hagabi is a traditional large ceremonial benches carved for wealthy Ifugao families as a symbol of wealth, power and prestige. 

The bench serves as a symbol of a prestigious "hagabi feast" in which the carving of the bench marks the beginning of the celebration. 

In the past, only the the wealthy called 'cadangyans' were allowed to have hagabi which to be used inside their home. 

Knowing the price of the hagabi during the action, one aficionado said: "It's a proud day for all of the Philippines to be recognized in the world of ethnic arts, this news will spread like wildfire in the international tribal arts collector community. They will go nuts."

source || Philippine Star & galenlowe


Tuesday, October 20, 2020

106 year old man from Ifugao could be the country's oldest COVID-19 survivor

Photo Courtesy || Jayvee O. Moltio via BGMC Facebook

Cordillera - Beating the odds, a 106-year-old patient who is a native of Aguinaldo, Ifugao and now a resident of Irisan, Baguio City, was recorded as the oldest COVID-19 survivor in the city and probably in the country after having a negative swab result today. He was admitted in the hospital for 13 days.

The daughter of the patient expressed her gratitude especially to the health care workers who took care of her father. “God made you as an instrument. I hope that my father would be an inspiration to all COVID-19 patients,” she added.

Present during the send-off were Dr. Ricardo B. Runez Jr., Medical Center Chief, Dr. Ray P. Suanding, Chief Medical Professional Staff, Dr. Thea Pamela T. Cajulao, Adult Infectious Disease Specialist, Dr. Ray P. Aswat, attending Cardiologist, Dr. Larry C. Haya Jr., Emergency Department Head, and Joselito M. Datud, Chief Nurse.

During the ceremony, Dr. Runez stated that, "the discharge of the patient is a testament to our adaptation to the pandemic and striving towards resilience in our everyday life. A tribute is given to our doctors and nurses and the rest of the health care team for their dedication to work as translated to the challenges that were battled and surpassed.”

On the other hand, Dr. Cajulao reiterated that COVID-19 should not be taken lightly because most cases are mild but the number of severe and critical cases is increasing especially among the vulnerable population including the elderly and those with co-morbidities. “Our patient is a living proof that COVID-19 can be beaten. Remember that prevention is better than cure, but in instances that we cannot prevent it, early detection, treatment and isolation can help decrease the risk for mortality” she added.

As of writing, the hospital has admitted a total of 338 COVID-19 cases, 259 of them have already recovered while 63 are still active cases. There were 16 deaths, three of whom were dead on arrival.

A dance number was performed by the Infectious Disease Nurses headed by their Nurse Supervisor Czarina T. Mendoza. The centenarian now serves as an epitome of a COVID fighter in the City of Baguio and the Cordillera Region. Despite all the difficulties during his admission, he was able to prove that age is just a number.  

source || Alberto T. Cuilan III via BGMC Facebook page


Friday, October 2, 2020

Troops from 45th IB commanded by Igorot Lt. Col. Guinolbay besieged enemy camp with over 30 enemies

Photo Courtesy || Lt. Col. Guinolbay

Cordillera - Troops from the 45th Infantry Battalion commanded by Igorot Lt. Col. Ruben Guinolbay besieged ASG camp in Barangay Maligay, Patikul, Sulu on 23 September 2020, according to 45IB Gallant Troopers Post. 

With the help and cooperation of local residents in the area who reported presence of more than 30 members of the ASG, the battalion headed by Lt. Col. Guinolbay immediately conducted an operation resulting in an intense firefight and killing of several members of the enemy.

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In a more than one hour intense gunfight between the government troops and the ASG, the enemy ran away leaving one of their dead comrades in the area. 

The ASG suffered heavy looses on their side as evidence by thick blood left out by their wounded in the battle area. 

The troops had also recovered some enemy equipment and apparatus in battle scene.

"Hindi nang-iiwan ng patay ang mga Abu Sayyaf, at sa tagal nating karanasan sa pakikipaglaban sa kanila, mataas ang antas ng kanilang pagiging mandirigma at pilit nilang dinadala ang kanilang kasamahang nasawi sa laban, Lt. Col Guinolbay said in a statement. 

The troop continues to hunt down remaining ASG members in the southern part of the country to provide peace in the community. 

The support and the cooperation of civilians in the community are the key to achieving lasting peace and order in Sulu. 

source || 45IB Galland Troopers


Monday, January 6, 2020

Tourists who visited Ifugao tried firsthand experience working in paddy field

Photo Courtesy || Elvis Dumaniw
Cordillera - It is likely that sinking the feet and hands in knee-deep mud in a rice field is probably not every tourist's idea of fun, and of course, it is certainly not what is included in their itinerary. 

But this group of tourists who visited Ifugao in  the Northern Philippines grabbed the unique opportunity to experience being a rice farmer for the day - and they enjoyed getting covered in mud. 

In a Facebook post uploaded by Elvis Dumawol, the tourists can be seen enjoying their first-hand experience working in a real paddy field. 
Photo Courtesy || Elvis Dumaliw
Their task was to pave the edge of the rice field with mud all by their bare feet and hands just as the local farmers are doing before the planting season.

Most Ifugao farmers would welcome visitors to come out in their field to find out what they are doing. For a bonus, they even allow those who are interested to get out and try to be a rice farmer for a day. 

Rice cultivation is not an everyday affair and it's a labor intensive work starting from preparing the fields, to planting the seedling, then sitting around while it grows and then another session of busy work at harvest time. 

Certainly, by the end of their experience, they will no doubt be muddy, but also have experienced one of the most fantastic and unforgettable moments when they visited Ifugao. 

Cordillera region is promoting Ago-tourism which encourages farm owners to create 'fun farm tourism' that involves creating agriculturally based activity like bringing tourists to a farm or ranch.

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