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Wednesday, July 20, 2022

LOOK: iKalinga graduate receives bouquet of 1,000 peso bill worth P75,000 during graduation

Photo Courtesy || Xeena Apil

Cordillera - A student from Tabuk, Kalinga was surprised when she received a money bouquet and garland during her graduation day.

Xeena Amirey Dapasen Apil was surprised by her mother and elder sisters with a bouquet and garland of 1,000 peso bill worth P75,000. 

READ ALSO: Daughter of Kalinga Top 1 in BS Marine Transportation at PMMA.

Her parents decided to gave her a cash present after succesfully finishing her Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management with a general weighted average of 92 percent and two gold sports award at the Cagayan State University (CSU).

A photo of Xeena holding her well-organized money-bouquet had gone viral in the online community.


Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Igorot from Benguet wins Mr. World Universe International 2022 1st Runner-up

Photo Courtesy || Kenneth Jhayve Baustista

Cordillera - Proud Igorot Kenneth Jhayve Bautista proved that Igorot looks can shine on the international stage after finishing 1st runner-up in the recently concluded Mr. & Ms. World Universe International 2022 held a the SKY HOA Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on July 16.

The young Bautista who hails from Ucab, Itogon, Benguet was also named Best in Interview during the competition. 

Kenneth Jhayve Bautista is a member of Keep Going Baguio, a community organization or support group pushing for greater mental health awareness and the welfare of people living with mental disorders.

Kenneth is also a volunteer of Hawak Kamay Pilipinas, a disaster and calamity volunteer group.

He is an alumnus of St. Louis High School of Antamok, Inc., Batch 2014. In his four years of stay in SLHSAI, he had been an active member of the Dance Troupe and the Sons and Daughters of Migrants.

Kenneth had been joining a number of pageants locally and internationally, to name a few, Mr. Itogon, Mr. Continental Philippines, and Mr. Teen International.

Bautista is also an aspiring young actor. He appeared in the local film Salidummay by Cordilleran film maker Dexter Macaraeg. 


Igorot General Bantag to remain as BuCor chief under Marcos administration

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Cordillera - Igorot General Gerald Bantag will stay as the chief of the Bureau of Correction under the administration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

This was announced by DOJ Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla after his meeting with General Bantag.

In 2019, President Duterte appointed Gen. Bantag as BuCor chief replacing Nicanor Faeldon.

Duterte handpicked Gen. Bantag as Director of the bureau because of his vast experience in BJMP.

“But in the meantime, gusto ko siya kasi nagtatapon ng granada daw. Gusto ko ngang magkuha ng santo wala naman, ganun rin. Magkuha ng military, wala. Dito ka sa talagang may experience sa BJMP (In the meantime, I want him in because I heard, he throws grenade. I was looking for a saint but I couldn’t find anyone. I searched the military but none [qualified]. So (I) picked the one with experience in BJMP).

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.

In his 4-year term as BuCor Chief, Bantag has implemented major improvement of the penitentiary which includes the demolition of the makeshift quarter of inmates in the New Bilibid Prison (NPB) and the reduction of drugs being produced in the NPB.


Monday, July 18, 2022

BSU opens Criminology, Elementary Educ course in Kapangan, Benguet

Photo Courtesy || LGU-Kapangan

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

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

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


Sir Edgar Wong Sapigao

Phone Number: 09209483907

Messenger: Edgar Wong Sapigao



Ma'am Cherrelene A. Comom 

Contact Number: 09303523201

Messenger: Cherrelene Comom


Sunday, July 17, 2022

WATCH: Baguio, La Trinidad scenes in new TV5's movieserye "Suntok sa Buwan"

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Cordillera - The summer capital of the Philippines Baguio city once again be featured in TV screen as a new movie series is set to be premiered today (July 18, 2022) by TV5 network. 

Multi-awarded actor Aga Muhlach together with Gawad Urian Best Actor Elijah Canlas, Maris Racal, among others are the stars of the network's first movieserye entitled "Suntok sa Buwan".

Muhlach said, he was happy that the movie was shot in Baguio because the city is close to his heart. 

In the serye, Muhlach is plays Jimmy Boy, a retired boxer who now works as a taxi driver in Baguio and is the father of young boxer named Dos. 

While acting as his son's coach, Jimmy gets involved with a criminal group, and is later arrested and jailed. There, he reveals to his son that he has been diagnosed with cancer.

Suntok Sa Buwan will be the first movie series to air on Philippine television once it airs on TV5. 

Produced by award-winning tandem Antoinette Jadaone and Dan Villegas, the serye is directed by Geo Lomuntad and co-produced by Project 8 Projects and Cignal Entertainment. 

The movie serye’ will be aired starting this July 18 on TV5 at 7:15 PM.


Saturday, July 16, 2022

Igorot PMA cadet from Benguet fought tooth and nail in pursuit of his dreams

Photo Courtesy || PMA Facebook page

Cordillera - From being a timid young civilian, Cadet 1CL JHONRICK L AWAKAN fought tooth and nail in pursuit of his dream of becoming a military officer. 

Entering the Philippine Military Academy molded him into an extraordinary individual who set the example to the people around him. 

Through determination and hard work, he is calling all aspirants to unleash the great warriors within them in conquering new frontiers. 

Take the PMA challenge and be a steward of courage, integrity and loyalty!

source || PMA Facebook Page


Proud iKalinga determined to become Military Pilot, takes the PMA Challenge

Photo Courtesy || PMA

Cordillera - "No matter how hard it is or impossible it is, never lose sight of your goal". This inspiring quote is from Cadet 1CL John Rozz Oggang who took the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Challenge to become a military pilot of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

1CL Oggang, who traces his roots to Tinglayan, Kalinga knew the financial hardship of going to a pilot school, but he is determined and inspired.

He left his college degree course of BS in Mechatronics Engineering and enrolled in the PMA to become a pilot.

Being the athlete that he is, he takes on new frontiers to learn, grow and develop his skills. 

Conquering challenges in the field of service with courage, integrity and loyalty, he encourages the youth to step up, take risks and dare to take the PMA challenge.


5 sons of Sagada, Mt. Province graduated from PMMA Masidlayag Class 2022

Photo Courtesy || PMMA

Cordillera - Five proud Igorots from Mountain Province successfully finished their studies and training at the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy (PMMA) on July 7, 2022.

These cadets are among the 114 graduates of the PMMA Masidlayag Class of 2022 who satisfactorily hurdled their training to become a merchant marines, naval and coast guard officers.

Drazen James Yodong - Sagada,Mountain Province

Oliver Egsaen Domanog - Sagada,Mountain Province 

Clayton Aclopen - Sagada, Mountain Province

Blake Baniaga Aclopen - Sagada,Mountain Province

Frenzel Somebang - Sagada, Mountain Province

READ ALSO:  Farmer's daughter from Mt. Province is Top 1 in BS Marine Transportation class of PMMA

‘MASIDLAYAG’ Class 2022 stands for ‘Mandaragat ng Silanganan na may Dangal Upang Maglayag at Gumabay sa Inang Bayan’.

PHILIPPINE Navy Flag Officer In Command Vice Admiral Adeluis Bordado witnessed the 199th Commencement Exercises for the ‘MASIDLAYAG’ Class 2022 of the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy Saturday at the PMMA Complex.


Baguio offers FREE BUS RIDES to tourists starting July 15, 2022

Photo Courtesy || PIO-Baguio

Cordillera - The city government of Baguio has started offering free rides to tourists with the revival of the Hop On, Hop Off (HoHo) bus that allow tourists to visit major spots in the city.

The Public Information Office of Baguio announced that the HoHo bus will be offering unlimited free rides to tourists with approved VISITA Quick Response Travel Permits (QTP) during Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

The HoHo bus will depart from Baguio Convention Center (BCC) to Botanical Garden as the first stop; the Mansion House as the second stop; the Mines View Park will be the third stop and then back to Wright Park as fourth stop via Gibraltar Road to decongest traffic and finally exits via South Drive to the drop off point at Governor Pack Road where tourists may walk around the central business district as well as visit Burnham Park.  

There will be a waiting time 15 to 20 minutes for each stop but if the tourists want to stay longer, they can catch the next HoHo bus in 30 minutes.

Each passenger will get a bus pass which shall be surrendered when claiming back their vehicle parked at the Baguio Convention Center. A P25 fee will be imposed for every lost bus pass.

There are only two HoHo busses to operate with 30 minutes interval time per trip. The first trip leaves BBC at 8:30 in the morning while the last trip is scheduled at 6:20 in the afternoon departing from Wright Park to Gov. Pack Road drop off point.

The city government wished the revival of the HoHo bus would decongest the terrible traffic situation in the city. 


Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Cordilleran cop from Baguio to represent PH in 2022 World Police and Fire Games in Netherlands

Photo Courtesy || PSSg Miguel Carranza
Cordillera - A proud Cordilleran cop from Baguio City is set to bring honor not only to the organization to which he belongs but also to the land of his birth. 

Police Staff Sergeant Miguel Carranza was included in the more than 200-man Philippine National Police team that will compete in the more than 60 athletic events at the 2022 World Police and Fire Games (WPFG) to be held in Rotterdam, Netherlands, from July 22 to July 31.

PSSG Carranza is currently assigned to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Cordillera.

PSSg Carranza is expected to compete in two individual events - half marathon and 10 -kilometers cross country against Top Athletes from more than 70 countries including the police and fire departments.

It can be recalled that in 2017, PSSg Carranza was the first active member of the PNP to participate and successfully completed the 166-kilometer Ultra Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB).

The WPFG is a biennial and an Olympic-style competition that includes active and retired police and firefighters around the world.


Igorot hottie to represent Benguet in Hari ng Pilipinas 2022 male pageant

Photo Courtesy || Kevin Claud Dela Cruz

Cordillera - A proud Igorot, Mr. Kevin Claud Dela Cruz Beray was officially chosen to represent Benguet province in the upcoming Hari ng Pilipinas 2022 which will be held in Ormoc City in October. 

20-year old Beray traces his roots to Bokod, Benguet but currently resides in La Trinidad, Benguet.

Beray is a student of Saint Louis University (SLU) taking up Bachelor of Arts in Political Science course. 

As a proud iBenguet, he wishes to champion Benguet's eco-tourism and culture on the national stage.

"It is evident that our province has a huge potential for eco-tourism. We just need the right mechanism and a medium to promote our cause. As the province's humble ambassador, I want to use the HNP stage as my medium to promote Benguet's Eco-Tourism and advocate for cultural preservation. [I want that] it is not only the natural aesthetics of Benguet to be known but also its people and its culture. After all, we are "the rose of the northern mountains" for a reason," Beray stated during the interview via PIO-Benguet.

Beray is calling his kakailyans specially the Benguet people to support him towards getting the most coveted Hari ng Pilipinas' crown.

"I am humbly appealing to all our kakailyans. To know that my people are with me in this quest is more than enough to fuel my passion and light up my path toward the crown. I am earnestly asking for your support. Viva Benguet," Beray said as he hopes to get the support of iBenguet.

It can be recalled that Arthur Soriano Jr., the first Igorot to join the Hari ng Pilipinas pagent in 2021 was awarded as Hari ng Pilipinas 2021 Datu Matikas. 

The Hari ng Pilipinas is a national male pageant that aims in discovering, developing, and advancing Filipino men on the world stage.


Full Rehabilitation of Kennon Road among priority projects of Marcos Admin

Cordillera - The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has identified Kennon road as among the priority public-private partnership (PPP) projects for implementation under the administration of Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.

Over the weekend, the Marcos admin has bared numerous PPP projects that will be implemented including new Cebu and Nueva Ecija Expressway.

According the DPWH, a total of Php12.45 Billion will be allocated for the Rehabilitation/Reconstruction/Improvement, Operation and Maintenance of Kennon Road, one of the major route to Baguio City and Benguet Province.

Meanwhile, Benguet Congressman Eric Yap was thanked Marcos for the inclusion of Benguet major road in his priority projects.

“We thank our President Bongbong Marcos for heeding our call to prioritize Benguet, particularly the rehabilitation of Kennon Road. Hindi tayo binobola noong sinabi niya noong kampanya na he will help our province," said Yap in a statement.

"This upcoming project will spur growth, it will boost our tourism activities in Benguet, it will provide jobs, it will create economic opportunities, more than the safe passage of people traversing the Kennon Road. Maraming salamat Mahal na Pangulo,” he added.


Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Farmer's daughter from Mt. Province is Top 1 in BS Marine Transportation class of PMMA

Photo Courtesy || Daisy Rose Gubia-on

Cordillera - A proud Cordilleran who hails from Mt. Province graduated top of her class in Bachelor of Science Marine Transportation of the Philippine Marine Merchant Academy held on July 7, 2022. 

Ensign Daisy Rose Gubia-on, 26-year old was able to secure the Top 1 spot of the graduating cadets of "MASIDLAYAG" class of 2022. 

Photo Courtesy || Daisy Rose Gubia-on

Gubia-on also received the Vice President Saber Award, Discipline and Leadership Training, and the Best in Thesis Award. She will be joining the Philippine Navy.

The Philippine Merchant Marine Academy “Masidlayag” Class of 2022 has opened its commencement rites to the parents and loved ones of the Graduating class.

The graduation was a momentous event both for the cadets and PMMA as it opened its gates to those who wanted to witness the start of the journey of cadets to professional life. 


Monday, July 4, 2022

Kalinga's Scenic Bulo Lake to be featured in a new Netflix film

Photo Courtesy || Christopher Ng.
Cordillera - Largest subscription-based streaming service Netflix is set to stream a new film that features Kalinga province.

The City Tourism of Tabuk has said Mavx Production has chosen the scenic Bulo Lake to shoot a new film because of its picturesque scenery and lush grassland.

Mavx Road Manager Tricia Ladiao traveled to Tabuk City to conduct a site inspection and logistic validation. Together with Romero Salas and Edward Blanco, they discovered that Bulo is the perfect location for their film.

According to Ladiao, the film will feature Ms. Kylie Padilla and Mr. Gerald Anderson. Albeit it has no working title yet, she revealed that one of the protagonists is originally sojourn in Kalinga who went to meet his/her partner in the Netherlands.

The production team will start recording scenes in the city in the coming months. Once completed, the film will be shown in movie theaters nationwide and on Netflix next year.

Netflix is still the leading premium streaming service, with over 200 million worldwide subscribers. 

It offers thousands of movies and TV shows to binge watch, including its always growing list of original films and series, including Stranger Things, The Witcher, Bridgerton, and many more.


Sunday, July 3, 2022

Cordilleran works as US Marine H-1 Aviation Electronics Technical Instructor

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Cordillera - A proud Cordilleran from Abra province is a member of the United States Marine Corps. 

Isaac Isaiah Millare Kear who hails from Bangued, Abra has been serving the United States of America for 5 years now. 

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Kear is a US Marine Corps Sergeant E-5 and an H-1 Aviation Electronics Technical Instructor of the US Marine Corps.


Igorota PH Coast Guard appointed scholar to United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA)

Igorot soldier working in US Marine Cops received 1st Marine Aircraft Wing's Sailor of the year

He received numerous awards and titles as follows:

2016 - 2017: US Marine Corps Private First class

2018: US Marine Corps Lance Corporal

2019: US Marine Corps Corporal

2020 - Present: US Marine Corps Sergeant.

source ||


Saturday, July 2, 2022

Biggest Trees in Cordillera located - DENR-Cordillera

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Cordillera - Among biggest trees in the region have been located.

Through the Search for the Biggest Trees launched by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-CAR, the biggest coniferous and broadleaved trees were found. 

The measurement is based on diameter at breast height (DBH) which is the standard for measuring trees.

Based on the entries, the biggest of the coniferous species was a Benguet pine tree found at Gueday, Cayapas, Baculongan Norte, Buguias, Benguet. It has a circumference of 454 centimeters (cm) and a height of 30.8 meters. The entry was submitted by a Jona Cabaling. 

The second biggest is also Benguet pine tree situated at Mt. Mapao, Agawa, Besao, Mt. Province. It has a circumference of 437 cm and a height of 15.24 m. 

The third biggest is another Benguet pine tree found at Moling, Cayapas, Baculongan Sur, also in Buguias, Benguet.

Of the broadleaved species entries, the biggest were found in Danglas, Abra. 

A dao tree was found the biggest. It is situated at Mt. Sedir in Nagaparan, Danglas, Abra. It has a circumference of 2,000 cm and a height of 35 m. The entry was submitted by Norriel Montejo, Dominique Acnam, Redentor Tauro, Danny Blanes, and Randy Bernal.

On the second place is a dao tree with a circumference of 1,400 cm and a height of 30 m; while the third place is a pasakla tree with a circumference of 1,400 and a height of 27 m. 

Cabaling and Montejo received P25,000 each for their winning entries.


LOOK: Philippine Air Force welcomes its new Commander in Chief with helicopters FLYBY

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Cordillera - The Philippine Air Force conducted  helicopter flyby     as part of the welcome remarks of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to the new commander in Chief President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. at the National Museum in Manila on June 30, 2022. 

The 205th Tactical Helicopter Wing, with its S-70i Blackhawk Helicopters, led the AFP's Rotary Fleet during the Inauguration Ceremony Flyby of the 17th President of the Republic of the Philippines.

Also joined the flyby is the PAF ATAK T-129 and AW109 attack helicopter from the 18th Attack Squadron "Falcons" and AH-1 Cobra Attack helicopter from the 20th Attack Squadron "Firebirds" of the 15th Strike Wing.

On July 1, 2022, President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. graces the 75th anniversary of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) at Clark Air Base in Mabalacat City, Pampanga on July 1, 2022.

During the celebration, the Commander-in-Chief, assisted by PAF Commanding General Lieutenant General Connor Anthony Canlas, Sr., administers the presentation of awards to PAF units and personnel who showcased exemplary performance in military service.  

This year’s anniversary carries the theme, ‘Patuloy sa Paglipad Tungo sa Mas Matatag at Maaasahang Hukbong Himpapawid para sa Diyos, Bayan at Pilipino.’


She got her first teaching job, thanks to kind Baguio cop, sir Say-eo

Photo Courtesy || Angel Taruc Sta Maria-Merez

Cordillera - A lucky teacher shared her experience on social media on how she got her first teaching job. She was extremely grateful for the help of a Baguio cop sir Say-eo who gave him cash for a taxi ride so she can arrive to her job interview on time. 

Below is the story shared by Angel Taruc Sta Maria-Merez.

Few minutes back it's unfortunate that I forgot my wallet coz I was in hurry for a job interview, I just noticed it while on my way riding on Libreng Sakay. Sabi ko, okay lang yan kase sa libreng sakay din naman ako sasakay mamaya pauwi. Suddenly, pagbaba ko nagtanong ako sa isang pulis man his last name is Sir SAY-EO I asked him kung saan yung school na pupuntahan ko (I mentioned the school), pero sabi nya malayo pa raw yun, I need to ride in a taxi but paano wala akong wallet! But Sir SAY-EO gave me a hundred pesos. I was overwhelmed and thankful, really! He insisted it so I had no choice but to accept his offer since nagmamadali talaga ako. To make the long story short, I came to the school on time and had my demo and interview and after that the school principal introduced me to the owner of the school and they ask me to prepare requirements such as pag-ibig, sss, etc.

Tunay na napakabuti ng Diyos at masasabi kong napaka swerte ko ngayong araw. Today, I finally got my first teaching job!

At dahil wala akong pang taxi naglakad lang ako hanggang sa makita ko ulit yung pulis na nagbigay sakin ng pera at natuwa sya at nag thank you pa nung sinoli ko yung sukli. HAHAHA jivaa, sya pa nag-thank you. (Jk. Saludo ako sa'yo Sir, maraming salamat po!) So ayun, nag abang na ulit ako ng libreng sakay.


Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Who is the Funny Green Soldier of Baguio City

Photo Courtesy || & Tito Noel Official

Cordillera - You've probably seen this guy on the internet or seen him performing along Session Road making everybody smile and granting people's wish for a selfie. 

He is Jhonwel Reyes, a street performer who goes by the name 'Green Soldier' of Baguio City. 

But how exactly Jhonwel Reyes became so popular that his performance has become a hit among tourists visiting Baguio?

It all started way back in 2014, when he decided to relocate from Valenzuela City to Baguio where he started his mime performance. 

People began to love him with his Green Soldier costumes while posing cute and playing antics with his audience.

Video-sharing platform TikTok has played a major role on his popularity as many users enjoy watching and sharing his videos. 

Reyes never thought that he would become famous on social media. His only aim is to make people happy.

He admitted that his income as a street performer is enough to sustain the financial needs of his family.

Reyes used to be a construction worker, janitor, factory worker, pedicab driver and service crew. 

"Nagkaroon ng maraming trabaho at iba't ibang mapapasukan, na nagbago ang buhay hanggang sa narating ko na nga po itong pagiging mime dito sa Baguio City," said Reyes.

He also admitted that being a street performer is not an easy job. If people like him, they will give tips.

"Dito sa pagma-mime, hindi naman lahat ay gusto ako. Hindi lahat ay okey", he shared. 

For Reyes, the ups and downs of being a street performer has taught him a lesson to become stronger and get closer to God. 

"Patuloy po tayong gumawa ng kabutihan sa ating kapwa para mas lalo po tayong gabayan ng ating Ama," Reyes said. 


Saturday, June 25, 2022

WATCH: Ifugao boxer crowned The New Featherweight King of Asia

Photo Courtesy || Asian Boxing Council

Cordillera - A proud Cordilleran boxer was crowned the New Featherweight King of Asia by the WBC Asian Boxing Council after defeating Attanon Kunlawong of Thailand on June 25, 2022. 

KJ "The Ipugo" Natuplag who hails from Ifugao province and trained under Highland Boxing Gym improved his professional boxing record to nine wins since turning pro in 2015. 

In his latest fight against Kunlawong, he delivered a sensational second round TKO, courtesy to his powerful left hook to the jaw of his opponent.

Natuplag didn't expect the power of his punch could end in a knockout because he suffered a lot of punches from Kunlawong in the first round. 

He thanked all the individuals and groups that helped him during the training. 

Natuplag currently works as a fitness and boxing trainer in Dubai.

Congratulations Mr. Natuplag for the win. The whole Cordillera is very proud of you.


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