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Showing posts with label Mountain Province. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mountain Province. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

BDO Network Bank opens branch in Bontoc, Mt. Province

Photo Courtesy || Municipality of Bontoc

Cordillera - Residents and business owners in Mountain Province and nearby provinces no longer need to travel long hours just to do their banking activities as Banco De Oro (BDO) Network Bank recently opened  a branch in the town of Bontoc. 

The new Network Bank branch is the 96th branch that was opened in Northern Luzon.

Photo Courtesy || Municipality of Bontoc

Mayor Jerome “Chagsen” Tudlong, Jr., who attended the blessing highlighted the positive impact it will have on the local community and commended the BDO Network Bank for its commitment to supporting economic growth and development in the municipality and province as a whole. 

Further, Mayor Tudlong emphasized the convenience and accessibility that the bank's presence brings to residents not only of Bontoc but also its neighboring municipalities and provinces. 

Photo Courtesy || Municipality of Bontoc

The opening and blessing of the new branch were conducted on March 20, 2024. 

BDO provides banking solutions to clients through combination of physical and digital banking services in the branches like ATM services for cash withdrawal, Balance Inquiry, Send Money, Pay Bills, Cash Card Reload.


Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Igorota beauty queen Roxanne Baeyens wins Gold in Covid-Craze Challenge of Miss Philippine Earth

Photo Courtesy || Roxie Baeyens
Cordillera - Miss Philippines Earth has kicked off with the competition despite the pandemic through live streaming on Miss Philippines Earth official Facebook page. 

Candidates including Igorota beauty queen Roxanne Baeyens were all in charm as they participated in the long gown competition, fitness, form and poised completion, beach wear competition, and sports wear competition, which are all done virtually.

The Igorota-Belgian beauty queen, a native from Besao, Mountain province has won a Gold Medal for the Covid-Craze Challenge. 

She also won a Bronze Medal for Resorts wear and Miss Hana Shampoo's Top ten, according to Cornerstone Entertainment Inc. 

Watch Miss Philippines Earth Virtual Pre-pageant activities in its official Facebook page 


Thursday, January 16, 2020

LOOK: Condom Vending Machine now available in Bontoc, 2 pesos only for 1 pack

Photo Courtesy || Bontoc Municipality FB
Cordillera - In an effort to help people engaging in sexual activity avoid and prevent the transmission of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and HIV-AIDS, the Department of Health (DOH) has installed a vending machine in the municipality of Bontoc. 

People of Bontoc can now use the machine to avail of the condoms for their protection at a very low price of only 2 pesos per pack. 

All they have to do is insert two new one peso coins and get one box containing three pieces of condoms with two different flavors, vanilla and chocolate.

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

The Municipal Health Office on Bontoc made the announcement today January 16 through the Municipality of Bontoc Facebook Page. 

In 2019, the Philippines has been ranked as the country with the fastest growing number of HIV cases in the world, according to the Joint United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS).

READ ALSO: Bontoc municipality bags highest award for good governance in 2018

Intervention efforts have been implemented by the Department of Health to stop the spread of HIV which includes giving affordable condoms to Filipinos. 

Using condom is one ABC methods to avoid and prevent someone from getting infected with HIV and AIDS. 

ABC stands for Abstinence, Being faithful or loyal to your partner and Correct and consistent use of condom.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Senator Villar 'Kadem-ayan' is now adopted daughter of Bauko Mt. Province

Photo Courtesy || PIA
Cordillera - Senator Cynthia Aguilar Villar is now an adopted daughter of Bauko Mountain Province. She was conferred the name "Kadem-ayan", a kankanaey term for a renowned woman who is rich materially, caring, generous and loving. 

Through Resolution no. 2019-045 passed by the Sangguniang Bayan of Bauko, Villar is now officially declared as adopted daughter of the town. 
The resolution highlights Villar for her dedication and generosity in helping the Filipino people through her foundations and programs. 

"She is called the 'Mrs. Hanapbuhay' due to her dedication and generosity to serve the needy through her Villar Foundation, Sagip OFW and other programs. Adopting Senator Cynthia Villar as daughter of Bauko to open stronger ties and linkages from her world to her new home," the resolution reads.

Villar was officially welcomed into the community of Bauko during the celebration of the 13th Begnas di Bauko on March 13.

Villar graciously received the title bestowed to her By Bauko Mayor Abraham Akilit together with Sangguniang Bayan officials and stakeholders. 

Mayor Akilit encouraged his constituents to emulate Villar's principles in doing things. 
"Livelihood program is the brainchild of the senator. Whenever she has the chance to think, she thinks and sees the things as business, the value that we, Baukonians should inherit from her in order to survive." Akilit said. 

source || Sunstar Baguio


Monday, November 19, 2018

Proud Igorot from Mt. Province receives two prestigious award from the University of Florida

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Cordillera - A Fulbright from Bontoc, Mountain Province was given two prestigious awards by the University of Florida (UF), according to

Mark Preston S. Lopez, was awarded the International Student Certificate of Excellence of the College of Education and was also conferred the University of Florida International Center Alec Courtelis Award during the International Students' Week awarding ceremony held on November 14, 2018 at the President's Ballroom, Emerson Alumni Hall in UF. 

Lopez was also given a scholarship worth $1,500 dollar, a plague and a certificate.

Earlier in September, he was chosen as one of the recipients of the International Student Certificate of Excellence of the College of Education (COE) following the nomination from his academic advisor and professors for his outstanding academic achievement, commitment to service and leadership that are not only integral to the success of the College but more importantly to his achievement as a student and scholar. 

In April 2018, Lopez won the best paper award on the COE research symposium for his study on the implementation of the national language policy on mother tongue-based multilingual education in Mountain Province.

"I had never imagined that I would realized such achievements. When I came to UF, my goal was to obtain my doctoral degree which is an enormous challenge by and of itself, and return to the Philippines and continue serving the country." Lopez told when he asked about the recognition. 

"At some point, I realized that I wanted to do more than just focus on my academics, so I emerged out of my shell and explored the vast opportunities waiting to be embraced and conquered," he added.

According to, Lopez is currently working towards completing his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, major in ESOL/Bilingual Education in December 2019. He is obtaining support form a Fulbright Graduate Scholarship through the Philippine-American Education Foundation (PAEF), a UF assistantship and a partial funding grant for the Commission on Higher Education, Philippines.

source ||

Monday, October 22, 2018

WATCH: Locals discover bubbles of mud full of natural gas in Paracelis, Mountain Province

Photo Courtesy: KMJS-GMA
Cordillera - A previously unnoticed natural wonder in a remote town in Mountain Province has ignited hopes of a new energy source for the region. 

Local residents stumbled upon a small fountain of mud that emits methane gas, suggesting the presence of a potential natural gas reservoir.

In a captivating video footage released by KMJS - GMA, the bubbling mud can be seen vigorously surging from the earth's depths. Significantly, the mud displays the ability to ignite, most likely due to the methane gas it contains. 

A science teacher in the village conducted a test to prove if methane gas really existed from the bubbling mud. 

A local science teacher took the initiative to investigate this phenomenon and enlisted her students in conducting an experiment to confirm the presence of methane gas.

Using a simple setup, the team placed a funnel above the mud fountain and connected it to a cellophane bag to capture the gas. After a short duration, the bag was filled with gas. 

Connecting the bag to a hose, the team successfully employed the gas to cook an egg, conclusively demonstrating the existence of methane in the bubbling mud.

The Department of Energy has corroborated this discovery through a similar study, underscoring the potential of the bubbling mud as a viable natural gas source for cooking. 

This revelation gains significance as the nation seeks alternative energy resources, especially with the impending depletion of the Malampaya gas field by 2024.

As Mountain Province emerges as a prospective energy provider, further comprehensive studies are anticipated, which could yield substantial benefits not only for the local community but also for the entire Philippines.

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