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Showing posts with label Ifugao. Show all posts

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.


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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.

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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:

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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

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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

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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. 


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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.


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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.

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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. 

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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.



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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

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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

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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.

READ ALSO: How an Igorot soldier Lt.Col. Ruben Guinolbay became a hero of Lamitan

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

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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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Wednesday, December 25, 2019

WOW! Lola from Ifugao can still read the Bible without wearing eyeglasses

Photo Courtesy || Josie Zynbak
Cordillera - Our vision normally weakens as we age. When we reach our 60s, our eyesight begins to deteriorate and it can be difficult to read or see small objects. So we need the aid of reading glasses.

But this Lola from Ifugao can still read her Bible even without wearing eyeglasses. 
Read her story below and learn her secrets.

Her name is Bugan Datong and she is known as the Oldest Woman in Gohang, Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines. Every morning she wakes up early and sits in front of her house. With her naked eyes, she reads her Bible from morning until evening. Most of the time she reads orally that you can hear what she is reading. Her eyes and her Bible can only rest when she eats her meals and during the night time when she's sleep. According to her, it is her joy and pleasure to read he Bible every day. She had been doing this for five years from now. Her neighbors always see her reading her book.
In front of her house is a public passage way. Passers by especially those whose first time to see her were surprise upon looking at her reading her book without wearing eyeglasses. That even while they were walking they kept looking back at her saying with one another: "Look, that Old Woman knew how to read! Her eyes can see the letters and the words clearly!" Some of them stopped walking and paused for a while to hear if she reads the words correctly. When they proved that this Old Woman read it correctly, they smiled at her and expressed their praise and appreciation to her. They said to her in a joke: " Bless us grandma that we may also live a long life like you." We rarely see an old aged like you reading with her naked eyes." Then she smiled at them and replied positively.
Indeed, she never wore eyeglasses ever since she was young up to present. She used to read the English Bible, "King James Version." Recently her nephew and niece donated  a Bible translated in "Ifugao Version" which she is using now. This Old Woman is a widow with six (6) children. She is kind and generous. Her husband, Bacnis Hinnayyop passed away on December 2008.
 Moreover, she only finished grade IV but she also memorized some of her favorite Christian Songs even without looking at the a copy or "Codigo." Her memory is as strong as her vision as well. Furthermore, she knew how to dance the "Ifugao Native Dance" but can't do this time for she is physically weak due to her age. Above everything, her hidden secret is very simple. Ever since she was still strong she was very industrious. She worked hard in the rice fields and in the mountains. She only ate food from her own plants and meats from her own fowls which she raised at home. In short, her foods through out her whole life were all Organic.
Many people believed that these Organic Foods are the major factors why she lived a long life with a strong vision which is true. Christians are also aware that it was all her blessing from God Yahweh in heaven which is also true. Hence, her Hidden Secret is now revealed.

source || Josie Zynbak 
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Saturday, December 21, 2019

Still Undefeated: Ifugao boxer Carl James Martin WINS again via TKO

Carl James "Wonder Boy" Martin is still undefeated
Photo courtesy || Alvin S. Go/Rappler
Cordillera - Ifugao's youngest and undefeated boxer Carl James "The Wonder Boy" Martin was victorious yet again as he floored his opponent via technical knockout on Saturday at the Manila Arena.

The 20-year old Martin was able to keep his undefeated record when he defeated challenger Philip Luis Cuerdo via TKO in the 3rd round for the Philippine Boxing Federation Bantamweight crown.

Martin as expected delivers exciting fight as he unloaded powerful punches to Cuerdo through out the contest.

It was in the 3rd round that Martin caught Cuerdo with a powerful left hook that sent him to the canvas. 

Cuerdo was able to recover, but the younger Martin's hunger to finish the fight took the shaky Cuerdo with series of punches to the body and head. 

The fight was halted when the Cuerdo's coach came to stop to prevent further damage.

Martin, from Lagawe, Ifugao has never been defeated in his 15 bouts, with 14 wins came via knockouts.

Martin is currently reigns as the World Boxing Organization Oriental Youth bantamweight champion which he won on April 2018 by beating Hashimu Zuberi of Tanzania.

In 2017, he took the Interim World Boxing Council and Asian Boxing Council Continental bantamweight crown by defeating Artid Bamrunguea of Thailand via TKO.

His recent fight prior to facing Cuerdo was in June 10, 2019 when he beat another Thai fighter Yuttichai Wannawong. 

Congratulations  Carl James Martin of Ifugao.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Meet Rambo - Batad's friendliest and intelligent four-legged tour guide

Photo Courtesy || Department of Tourism
Cordillera - Are you planning to take a vacation or a trip to the most beautiful place in Cordillera, the majestic rice terraces of Batad in Ifugao? There is a chance you'll meet Rambo, the four-legged intelligent dog standing by waiting for you and ready to tour you around.
At Batad rice terraces, Rambo is known for helping tourists by becoming a tour guide. Rambo knows well about the top spots in Batad and he can guide tourists go to these places. 

The trusty canine will walk you through centuries-old terraces, passing by traditional huts where you can catch stories of folklore from friendly locals, according to the Department of Tourism. 

In fact, Rambo became the town's unofficial cultural ambassador for helping in the preservation of Ifugao old traditions. 

Ramon Vinaled, the master of Rambo and the owner and manager of Ramon Homestay said that Rambo learned to guide tourist since he was still young.

"When Rambo was still young, he goes with me anywhere I go, he learned from there. Then later, without me, he goes with the other tour guide until he knows what to do, he just follow," Ramon Vinaled said.
Rambo is very friendly like the locals too. When he sees guest walking around, he goes and accompany them towards their destination. Along the way, Rambo waits patiently for the guests to rest and always stayed with them.

The 10-year-old Rambo can be found at the drop off point in Batad.

You can ask Rambo to guide you for free, but don't forget to give him the best treats he deserves.
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Monday, October 7, 2019

Ifugao runner Maria Cecilia Kiswa - The first female to finish grueling 160-Kilometer race in Quezon

Photo Courtesy || Sandugo FB
Cordillera - Maria Cecilia Kiswa was among the top finishers in the recently concluded local running competition Sandugo Pacific Coast Ultra 100 held at General Nakar in Quezon last October 4 - 6.

Kiswa from Ifugao province was the first female champion to finish the 160K distance for the Sandugo Pacific Coast Ultra 100, 3rd Edition. 

Prior to participating in the Sandugo PCU this year, Kiswa maintained her winning streak in every racing competition making her one of the best female runners in the country. 

The 3rd Edition of the Sandugo Pacific Coast Ultra 100 took runners in a 100 mile footrace at the coastal town of General Nakar in the Province of Quezon. 

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The Ultra trail running event's course passes through rolling hills, lush green forests, placid rivers and the town's pristine shoreline facing the Pacific Ocean. 

There are other Cordillerans who joined the race and emerged as top finishers.

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Mankayan native Jovencio Luspian finished second in the male category of the 160-kilometer race.

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Friday, September 13, 2019

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


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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

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

Photo Courtesy || Lonely Planet
Cordillera - A new video released by Lonely Planet - a popular travel guide book publisher has been criticized heavily by Filipino netizens when it described that the Banaue Rice Terraces were built by the Chinese. 
The famed Banaue Rice Terraces located in the Northern Luzon was dubbed as the "Eight Wonder of the World. 

According the Lonely Planet video, it noted that the rice terraces were "first built around 2,000 years ago by the Chinese."

A screenshot of the video at 0.50 mark clearly shows the texts over the video that says "These mud-walled rice terraces were first built around 2,000 years ago by the Chinese."

Many netizens who have watched the video were quick to correct the erroneous description via social media. 

An Instagram user named Jose Ruperto Martir posted in his account, "Dear @lonelyplanet, the Banaue Rice Terraces were built by the Filipino indigenous people, not by the Chinese."

Photo Courtesy || Jose Ruperto Martir
"The Banaue Rice Terraces was built by the Filipino natives, particularly Igorots. China did not invade Philippines in the past nor did they build any infrastructures in our country. Until recently," one Facebook user commented. 
The video was later taken down by Lonely Planet.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) published in its website, the Banaue Rice Terraces are "priceless contribution of Philippine ancestors to humanity, Built 2000 years ago and passed of from generation to generation..." by the Ifugao people living in the area.

The rice terraces is located in the province of Ifugao, and it is one of the country's Natural Cultural Treasures.
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