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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Baguio's Proposed New Public Market to accommodate 4,000 vendors and 2 parking spaces

Photo Courtesy || Public Information Office - Baguio
Update: The Technical Working Group (TWG) assigned for the development of the Baguio public market has said that the proposed modernized market will be a 5-storey building with 2 parking spaces in the basement.

The new market will also be able to house 4,000 vendors that are equitably distributed in four sections; the wet section, the fruit and vegetables section, the dry section and other merchandized section, according to Baguio Public Information website.

The TWD has estimated that the project would cost 6 billion pesos and the development will be undertaken in four phases in a 3-year period.

Funding for the project would come either through a bank loan, a joint venture, turnkey or a partnership with local cooperatives, the website added.

Cordillera - Baguio city residents and market vendors will have a reason to be proud off if the city government will pursue a massive development plan of the public market to become one of the most modernized markets in Southeast Asia. 

According to the official website of Baguio City, a total of P6 Billion is now needed to fund the said development plan. 

The development plan includes modernizing the Magsaysay complex by building a 5 storey main market building with a basement parking area that can accommodate 635 slots. 

READ ALSO: Baguio City to house the Philippines' first STATE OF THE ART Integrated Command Center

Even the crowded Hilltop and Kayang offices will also be improved. There will be road links that connect the opposite sides of the market and elevated pathways so that people can walk comfortably.
Photo Courtesy || Public Information Office - Baguio City

Photo Courtesy || Public Information Office - Baguio City
A conceptual development plan has already been created and will be used  by the members of the technical working group (TWG) as a basis for a feasibility study but will first undertake further consultations, public hearings with concerned stakeholders and scoping sessions.

Magalong praised the group of young architects who came up with the beautiful design that will now serve as the basis for feasibility study for the project.

READ ALSO: Baguio City as wedding capital of the Philippines 

Lawmakers are encouraging the city to fast track the development of the public market to keep up with other first class cities in the country. 

Watch the new planned Baguio City public market below:


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. 

READ ALSO: Cordilleran Marathon Queen Christabel Martes among Filipinos who dominated the Laguna Phuket run

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.

READ ALSO: Cordilleran marathoner James Tellias successfully finishes most difficult trail run in France

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Video courtesy: Eat Bulaga YT

Sunday, October 6, 2019

6 individuals awarded for their noble and selfless love rescuing French family trapped in an ambush site in Abra

Photo Courtesy || Pnp Cordillera
Cordillera - The Philippine National Police (PNP) presented awards and decorations to deserving PNP units and personnel for their outstanding achievements and performances in the police service during the 118th Police Service Anniversary with the theme "Pinaghusay na Serbisyo, Alay sa Sambayanang Pilipino" at the PROCOR Headquarters, Camp Major Bado Dangwa, La Trinidad Benguet.

Six police and army personnel were awarded Special Individual Awards for their noble and selfless love shown when they rescued a French family trapped along the road of barangay Gacab, Malibcong, Abra on August 21, 2019. 

READ ALSO: Cordilleran soldiers sought-after in Mindanao because "they are full of courage and they don't complain"

The awardees are PEMS Edwin B. Gubiangan, PCMS Marion A Gacayan, PCpl Larry M Puguon, PCpl Leo F. Marrero, Sgt Charles D del Rosario and PFC Jay-r P. Valaquio.

On August 21, at midnight, cops from Balbalan MPS and two members of the 24IB, 7ID Philippine Army conducted a risky operation to rescue tourists who were trapped along Kalinga-Abra road which is known to be an ambush point of the NPA. 

The family survived the horrendous night with the help of the police and soldiers who sacrificed their lives even though they knew the area was at a focal point of the NPA's ambush.

PNP Chief Police General Oscar David Albayalde congratulated all the awardees for their remarkable performance of duties. 

"Your good work, dedication to duty and your deep commitment to the ideals of service, honor, and justice are the best tributes you can render to our forebears," Albayalde said.

READ ALSO: Cordilleran soldier Pvt. Louis Dulawan promoted PSG Officer donned by President Duterte

The PNP Chief also acknowledged Cordilleran cops for being tagged as the 'Most Disciplined Cops' in the country. 

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) in their recent reports listed Police Cordillera are the country's most disciplined law enforcers.

RELATED STORY: Brave Policemen of Kalinga risk their own lives to save a family lost at NPA ambush point


Thursday, October 3, 2019

First Cable Car System in the country to be built in La-Union, Baguio and Benguet

Cordillera - In an effort to ease the worsening traffic situation in the city of Pines, the Department of Transportation proposed to the city of government of Baguio a cable car system that would run from Pugo, La Union to Baguio. 

Mayor Benjamin Magalong said that DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade offered the city to enter into a memorandum of agreement to pursue the proposed cable car system during an Executive-Legislative meeting on Sept. 23.

The cable car system would the be the first in the country and would greatly ease the traffic congestion in the city of Baguio.

A conceptual design for the proposed project will be first provided to the city for review prior to going into a final agreement, according to Baguio City official website.

WOW NEWS: Baguio City: Ranked 4th Most Improved City in the Philippines in 2019

This week, the city council has approved a resolution that authorize city mayor Benjamin B. Magalong to enter into a memorandum of agreement with the DOTr for the conduct of study on the development of a cable car system.

The said cable car will interconnect ajoining municipalities such as La Union Tublay, Sablan, Itogon and La Trinidad.

In addition to the cable car system, DOTr also offered the city of Baguio the construction its first monorail system which will operate from La Trinidad, Benguet to Baguio.

WATCH: The New Burnham Park propose plan

The monorail project with an estimated cost of over P5 Billion pesos would run from the provincial capital to SM City Baguio passing through the central business district. 

Photo Courtesy ||

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Cordilleran General appointed as the new commandant to cadets of the Philippine Military Academy

Cordillera - The Armed Forces of the Philippines (PMA) has appointed new top officials for the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) following the death of Cadet Fourth Class Darwin Dormitorio due to hazing. 

AFP Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Noel Clement made an announcement on September 26 the appointment of Brigadier General Romeo Brawner Jr. as the new commandant of cadets of the Philippine Military Academy. 

Brig. Gen. Brawner Jr. 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.

Brawner is a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA)  "MAKATAO" Class of 1989. 

He finished his elementary and secondary education at the Special Education Center and University of the Philippines (UP) College Baguio High School.

In 2013, he was awarded as one of the country's Most Outstanding Philippine soldier. 

The Baguio born soldier was pulled out of his assignment as the commander of Army's 103rd Brigade in Marawi City to become the new commandant replacing Brigadier General Bartoleme Bacarro.

As the new commandant of cadets, Brawner has declared war against hazing after the fatal death of a freshman cadet.

"As the new commandant of cadets, let me proclaim this: I am declaring a war on hazing. And I expect everyone under my jurisdiction, especially the Cadet Corps to tow the line," Brawner said. 

READ ALSO: Battle-tested Igorot Police Officer from Besao promoted the highest rank of PNPA class 1998

Brawner said that it is now time to change the mindset of some cadets regarding the culture of hazing instead, replace it by a culture of peace and culture of understanding. 

Brawner reminded all officers and cadets with a stern warning.

"If you are not willing to wage a war against hazing, then you better leave. There is no place for you in this organization and I mean business," Gen. Brawner added. 

WATCH: The Super Cops of Cordillera.

Photo Courtesy || Baeshora Aim Ace

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Igorot BJMP officer appointed by Pres. Duterte to clean up BuCor

Cordillera - Armed with his two samurai swords and a machine pistol, the new Bureau of Correction (BuCOr) chief in the name of Gerald Bantag is ready to clean up New Bilibid Prison as ordered by President Duterte. 

On September 20, Bantag took over the Bureau of Correction to start his new role as chief replacing the incompetent former BuCor chief Nicanor Faeldon.

Newly appointed Gen. Bantag is an Igorot BJMP officer who is a member of Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) class of 1996.

President Duterte have a good reason of appointing Bantag as BuCor chief considering Bantag knows how to follow orders. Bantag is also a strict and one strike policy man.

On August 11, 2016, an explosion happened inside an office at the Paranaque City jail when Bantag was then the jail warden. The explosion killed 10 Chinese detainees who had been charged with drug trafficking.

READ ALSO: Cordilleran Police Chief Supt. Empiso is the new head of PNP Special Action Force (SAF)

With his new role as chief, Bantag promise to fulfill his mandate to clean up the BuCor with all kinds of drugs and corruption. 

Bantag said in an interview that he will not shave his beard as long as BuCor is not cleaned with all the mess. 

"Ito yung tanda na hanggat nandito and balbas na ito, hindi pa naayos ang BuCor. Pag natanggal ko na ito, okay na." BuCor chief Bantag said.
Bantag said, he would behead with his Samurai sword NBP guards who allowed inmates to bring into the jail prohibited materials and substances.

RELATED: Cordilleran General appointed as the new commandant to cadets of the Philippine Military Academy

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Honest Kalinga tricycle driver returns cheques amounting to P2.1 M

Photo Courtesy || Tabuk Life
Cordillera - A tricycle driver in Kalinga was lauded for his honesty when he returned a long brown envelope containing the cheques amounting to P2.1 million to the police station.

Limuel Dumallis, 22-year-old tricycle driver noticed a long brown envelope inside his tricycle. Without any hesitation, he took it and immediately went to Bulanao Police Sub Station 1 for its immediate return to the owner. 

Dumallis who had been a trike driver for three years received admiration for his honesty in social media. 

READ ALSO: Airport cleaner from Abra returns Php430,000 he found at Ninoy Aquino International Airport

"Haan ko ammu nu sino makinbagi, basta nakitak lang dita ket innak inbati jay Police Station ta baka alaen ti sabali diyay ket nagbannugan da pinam" ( I don't know the owner, I just took it and turned it over to the Police Station because I'm worried someone might take it and the owner worked hard for it).

Dumallis is the proud father of a 3-year-old girl. Despite being a trike driver earning not enough income, he still believes that aside from honesty, the value of hard work is also important in life. 
He is encouraging his fellow trike drivers to always do the right thing whenever passengers forget something inside their tricycle.
Source || Tabuk Life

Monday, September 23, 2019

Cordilleran undefeated boxer Carl Jammes wins vacant PBF bantamweight title

Photo Courtesy || Carl Jammes Martin FB
Cordillera - Cordilleran youngest boxing champion Carl Jammes "Wonder Boy" Martin remains undefeated when he defeated Benezer Alolod of Polomolok on Friday, September 21 at the city hall grounds in Mandaluyong City. 

Martin proved to be too much for the Mindanaoan fighter when he delivered power punches to the body and the head that caused the later to get TKO'd in the 7th round. 

The 20-year old Martin from the province of Ifugao has maintained his zero defeat and 14 victories with all 13 wins coming  by way of knockouts. 

The hard-punching Martin had been training under his new coach and former world champion Gerry Penalosa. 

Martin was recently cited by the Ring Magazine as one of five Filipino prospects under the category "Keep An Eye On" and once compared to senator Manny Pacquiao because of his explosiveness and being a left-handed puncher. 

Martin now filled the vacant PBF bantamweight title. 

In 2018, he retained his World Boxing Organization Oriental Youth bantamweight and World Boxing Association Asia bantamweight titles. 

Watch Martin latest fight below


Thursday, September 19, 2019

Food vlogger Erwan Eussaff tasted some of the best Igorot delicacies and "THEY'RE SO GOOD"

Photo Courtesy || Erwan Eussaff YT Channel
Cordillera - In his road trip to Northern Luzon with his new Chevrolet Trailblazer Phoenix to discover and experience the places, dishes, traditions, food vlogger Erwan Eussaff stopped over at the Igorot Chef Restaurant at Magsaysay Avenue, Baguio City to try out the finest of Igorot delicacies. 
In his new released YouTube video, Eussaff tasted the popular Igorot meal, the pinuneg or blood sausage and pinikpikan. 

"You could tell that this is really a heartwarming dish when it's cold at night, and it's so good, Eussaff said after tasting the blood sausage. 

Watch Erwan Eussaff Video below


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