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Thursday, August 17, 2023

Cordilleran Contortionist Wins Gold Medal in World Championships of Performing Arts 2023

Photo Courtesy || Jason Ivan Imbal Sobremonte

Cordillera - A proud Cordilleran Mr. Jason Ivan Imbal Sobremonte has won a gold medal during the 2023 World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) held at Anaheim, California, U.S.A on July 28 - August 6, 2023. 

Sobremonte who hails from Tuba, Benguet, achieved the title of champion in the Contortion Flexibility and Contortion Advanced Division. This accomplishment came following his attainment of a gold medal in the dance category, a silver medal in the Contortion Advanced division, and a bronze medal in the Contortion Open category.

Sobremonte, a Mining Engineer at Philex Mining Corporation was recognized as a multi-medalist in the said event dubbed as "Talent Olympics" participated by talented individuals from 70 different countries. 

"Felling incredibly blessed and humbled to be recognized a a multi-medalist in the World Championships of Performing Arts -WCOPA 2023. Grateful for all the prayers, financial and moral support, and amazing opportunities that led to this achievement," Sobremonte said in a post.

Sobremonte was among the Filipino artists who represented the Philippines in this prestigious competition. 

Once more, the Philippines has clinched the title of Grand Champion in the esteemed international competition, marking a triumphant return after a six-year interval. The nation has proudly garnered a remarkable sum of 362 medals.


Monday, August 14, 2023

Cordilleran MMA legend Eduard Folayang set for ONE return against Amir Khan

Eduard Folayang vs Amir Khan II

Cordillera - Eduard "Landslide" Folayang, the former holder of the ONE lightweight world title twice, is gearing up for a long-awaited comeback to the ONE Championship Circle next month. 

His return is set to be a compelling showdown as he faces off once again against Amir Khan at the ONE Fight Night 14 event: Stamp vs. Ham. This event is scheduled to unfold on September 30 within the confines of the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Their history traces back to 2018 when "Landslide" triumphed over the Singaporean contender, Amir Khan, in a dominant five-round match, securing his second ONE lightweight world championship in his storied career.

Eager anticipation is evident in Folayang's words, "I am filled with immense excitement as I anticipate the rematch with Amir Khan on September 30th." 

"This fight holds deeper significance than just a contest within the Circle. It symbolizes redemption, a chance to rewrite my narrative, and an opportunity to embark on an exhilarating new chapter in my journey.", he added.

Much transformation has taken place since Folayang's initial bout with Khan. Notably, he will now sport the banner of Lions Nation MMA, the fight team he established in June. His corner boasts the expertise of two accomplished coaches: Gibran Langbayan, a multi-medaled Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, and Don-Don Colas, a seasoned striking coach.

Folayang's path to this juncture has been marked by challenges, yet he asserts, "I've harnessed strength from adversity, and I'm poised to display the fruits of my labor. I am primed to seize this moment and validate that setbacks are merely setups for resounding comebacks."

The veteran fighter's previous match took place in December 2022, resulting in a loss to Brazil's Edson Marques at the Mall of Asia Arena. Notably, he departed from Team Lakay in March 2023.

The Folayang-Khan clash is part of a formidable fight card, with the spotlight on the bout between two-sport World Champion Stamp Fairtex and the dynamic Ham Seo Hee, contending for the ONE Interim Atomweight World Championship.


Cordilleran among topnotchers in the August 2023 Psychologists Licensure Examination

Photo Courtesy || UC
Cordillera - Maricris Payagen Lad-ey Neyney from the University of the Cordilleras (UC) emerges among the topnotchers in the just concluded August 2023 Psychologists Licensure Examination. 

Maricris achieved a remarkable 85.05 percent rating claiming the 7th spots among the topnotchers. 

Currently serving as the chief of the Human Resource Development Office at Benguet State University (BSU), Maricris has not only illuminated her personal path but also become a shining inspiration to aspiring psychologists.

READ ALSO: Benguet State University (BSU) is Top University in Cordillera and North Luzon

Maricris' achievement is a testament to her unwavering commitment and relentless pursuit of excellence but also reflects the quality of education imparted by the University of the Cordilleras.

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced that 339 out of 468 passed the Psychologists Licensure Examination given by the Board of Psychology in N. C. R., Cebu, Davao, Legazpi, Pampanga and Rosales this August 2023.


Saturday, August 12, 2023

Film by Cordilleran director receives grants from Singapore International Film Festival

Photo Courtesy || SGIFF

Cordillera - Firm by Cordilleran director Raphael Eblaham is among the selected documentaries and short films from Southeast Asian countries like Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, and Singapore to receives grants from the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) Film Fund. 

The SGIFF Film Fund consists of the Tan Ean Kiam Foundation-SGIFF Southeast Asian Documentary Grant (SEA-DOC) and the SGIFF Southeast Asian Short Film Grant (SEA-SHORTS).

The grants is given to support filmmakers who has compelling stories to tell and contribute to the development of Southeast Asian cinema.

In 2023, the committee responsible for selection has designated three projects in the production stage, each being granted S$30,000 in monetary support. 

Additionally, a post-production project will be bestowed with a grant totaling S$20,000. Through the provision of the SEA-DOC grant, the Tan Ean Kiam Foundation aspires to offer backing to documentary filmmakers from Southeast Asia, enabling them to persist in capturing narratives that hold distinct significance within the region.

Here is the list of films who will received grants from SGIFF:

VOX HUMANA by Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan (Philippines)

TERMITE LIFE by Chonchanok Thanatteepwong (Thailand)

CHILDREN'S DAY by by Giselle Lin (Singapore)

THE STORYTELLERS by Taufiqurrahman Kifu (Indonesia)

The selection committee cited for the film Vox Humana, “The emotional weight of Indigenous presence on the Philippine Islands is meticulously composed in Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan’s latest imagination, where visual styles rarely used in framing Indigenous bodies are employed as an expression of resistance. Complex themes of modernity, authority, and ecological collapse, lodged within the story dynamics of a jaded zoologist and a Feral Man accused of murders, unravels patiently in the hands of an ingenious filmmaker brimming with compassion.”


Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Unbeaten Igorot fighter to face Tanzanian Duge in a 10-round battle

Photo Courtesy || Carl James Martin

Cordillera - Unbeaten prospect Carl Jammes "Wonder Boy" Martin is gearing up for a pivotal moment in his boxing journey as he readies to face off against Oscar Duge of Tanzania in a compelling 10-round bantamweight clash at Mandaluyong Sports Complex on August 19.

The 24-year-old Igorot boxing star hailing from Lagawe, Ifugao, is emerging from an eight-month hiatus with a keen understanding of the immense significance this fight carries for his future aspirations of becoming a world champion someday.

Martin expressed, "My next fight is incredibly crucial," during Tuesday's Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum held at Rizal Memorial Sports Complex. 

His dedicated training is backed by his father, Abel, and brother, Japeth, who also serve as his trainers, demonstrating their meticulous approach to both preparing for the bout and analyzing potential in-ring adjustments.

Having amassed an impressive record of 21 wins, all of which were punctuated by 17 knockouts (with 10 of them occurring within the first three rounds), the young southpaw pugilist has recuperated fully from a rib injury, positioning himself to give his best in this upcoming showdown.

Former world champion Gerry Penalosa and Sean Gibbons from MP Promotions stand as pillars of support in Martin's corner. If his strategy pans out, Martin envisions the possibility of receiving advanced training in the United States under Gibbons' guidance.

On the opposing side, Duge, hailing from Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania, will enter the ring with a record of 11 wins, 5 losses, and 2 draws. Although he stands at 5'3", nearly three inches shorter than his Filipino adversary, the 26-year-old Tanzanian fighter brings a formidable challenge. While Duge has tasted defeat on five occasions, his record is untainted by knockouts, a feat Martin's team aims to change.

"We're aiming for the first knockout against him," asserted Japeth, who himself has a background in boxing. "But we're also prepared for a prolonged battle."

As fight night approaches, the anticipation builds, and both fighters, Martin and Duge, are set to engage in a clash that could potentially shape the trajectory of their respective boxing careers.


Benguet State University (BSU) is Top University in Cordillera and North Luzon

Cordillera - Benguet State University (BSU) has solidified its position as a prominent educational institution by maintaining its rank at No. 32 in the Philippines in the latest July 2023 edition of the Ranking Web of Universities. 

This achievement comes on the heels of the university's unchanging status from the January 2023 edition.

Notably, BSU has emerged as the foremost university in the North Luzon region, encompassing Regions 1, 2, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). 

As it retains its top CAR ranking, BSU has overtaken Pangasinan State University and Isabela State University, which have slipped to the second and third spots, respectively, from their prior top positions.

The Ranking Web of University, crafted by the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), the renowned Spanish public research institution, serves as a key indicator of a university's global performance and visibility. 

By evaluating factors such as web content impact, top cited researches, and excellence in top cited papers, the ranking underscores BSU's continued commitment to academic excellence and prominence on the international stage.


Monday, August 7, 2023

Igorot man in Canada braves chilling snow wearing just underwear and bahag

Photo Courtesy || Canadian Pinoy

Cordillera - In a hilarious display of winter bravery, an intrepid Igorot man in Canada has left locals in stitches as he tackled the snowy streets wearing nothing but his trusty bahag. 

In a viral Facebook post, amassing almost 1000 shares, showcased the fearless man scraping snow outside his house, seemingly impervious to the chilly weather. 

While most folks would bundle up like snow-suited marshmallows, this frosty crusader opted for a minimalist ensemble: his undies and a traditional Igorot bahag.

Netizens marveled at his unconventional approach to snow removal, with one commenter jesting, "I can't even last 5 seconds outside on a snowy day!" Another chimed in, raising suspicions of a staged spectacle, "C'mon folks, it's just a quick camera click! No way he shoveled seriously in that outfit."

Whether a legit snow warrior or a master of winter pranks, this bold Igorot man has proven that when it comes to dealing with the white stuff, he's undeniably a cut above the rest – and a source of endless amusement for those who dared to double-tap their screens.


The Wonders Woven in Wire: The Inspiring Story of Lito Malaggay, the Igorot "Barot Man"

Photo Courtesy || Lito Malaggay

Cordillera - In a world where artistry knows no bounds, one man's remarkable journey has unfolded, leaving a trail of inspiration and ingenuity. 

Meet Lito Malaggay, fondly known as the "Barot Man" or the "Wire Man," a visionary Igorot artist who has transformed humble wires into extraordinary sculptures, trophies, and a plethora of artistic wonders.

Lito's journey is not just about his artistic prowess but also about his resilience, determination, and unyielding spirit to provide a better life for his family. 

Hailing from the picturesque town in Mountain Province, Lito's life took him on a winding path from the uplands to the bustling city of Baguio. 

As a young man, he faced the daunting challenges of being a new resident, struggling to make ends meet and sustain his family's needs.

It was amidst these struggles that fate led Lito to his first job as a lineman's assistant during the electrification of barangays in home province. 

Little did he know that this role would be the catalyst for his true calling. While supporting more skilled workers and carrying heavy wires, Lito's nimble fingers and innate creativity found their outlet. 

He began crafting intricate wire artworks during his free moments, a talent that bloomed amidst the sparks and currents of electrification.

After the electrification project came to a close, Lito found himself at a crossroads. The need to support his growing family compelled him to seek employment at the Easter School Weaving Center. 

Here, he embarked on a new journey of learning, honing his skills in tailoring and weaving. He skillfully intertwined native woven patterns into bags, purses, and other items, a true embodiment of Cordilleran heritage.

Yet, destiny had more in store for Lito. A quiet realization dawned upon him that his talents could become a beacon of hope, steering his family away from poverty's grasp. 

With courage in his heart, he decided to take the bold step of becoming an entrepreneur, armed with his wire artworks and the determination to succeed.

The road to success was not paved with petals for Lito. Starting without a showroom, he displayed his creations beneath the Abanao Street overpass and the streets of Magsaysay.

Months passed, and the city government's ordinance silenced these public showcases, but Lito's spirit remained undeterred.

He knocked on doors, both figuratively and literally, visiting private and government offices to showcase his works. Rejections and dismissals could not shake his resolve. Slowly but surely, his dedication bore fruit. 

Corporate and individual customers began to take notice, recognizing the distinctive charm of his wire artworks. Orders flowed in, especially during special events and occasions, as his creations became sought-after tokens of appreciation.

Malaggay's story is a testament to the power of perseverance and the unwavering belief in one's abilities. 

He transformed adversity into opportunity, using his talents to weave a brighter future for his family. His journey reminds us that innovation knows no bounds, and true artistry lies in the ability to shape beauty from the simplest of materials.


Sunday, August 6, 2023

Kalinga soldier won 2 silvers and 1 bronze medal in world singing competition in America

Photo Courtesy || Sergeant Sessy Lou Bucalen-Salazar

Cordillera - Sergeant Sessy Lou Bucalen-Salazar from Kalinga has emerged as a true singing sensation, conquering the international stage and bringing honor to the Philippines with her remarkable talent. 

In the recently-concluded World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA) held in Anaheim, California,  Salazar won 2 silver medals and a bronze medal.

Sergeant Salazar, a member of the 5th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army based in Camp Melchor F Dela Cruz, Upi, Gamu, Isabela, was chosen to represent the Philippines in the prestigious competition after successfully passing two rigorous auditions. 

The dedicated army personnel, with nine years of active duty, has been serving as the lead vocalist of the 5ID Band, captivating audiences not only with her military discipline but also with her powerful voice.

Before her triumph on the international stage, Salazar showcased her vocal prowess by representing her province in the local singing competition "Tawag ng Tanghalan" back in 2021. 

Her remarkable talent and passion for singing earned her the opportunity to compete against performers from various parts of the world, including the USA, Canada, Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, Asia, and South Africa.

WCOPA, often dubbed the Official "Talent Olympics" for aspiring performers and entertainers, proved to be the perfect platform for Sergeant Salazar to display her extraordinary talent to a global audience. Her achievements not only highlight her musical brilliance but also exemplify the dedication and commitment of the Philippines' armed forces in pursuing their passions and excelling beyond the call of duty.

Salazar's success in WCOPA is not only a testament to her vocal abilities but also an inspiration to aspiring artists and military personnel, proving that passion and dedication know no boundaries.


From Highland Farmer to Humility Battalion Commander: CDT 1CL JAKE P. MATIW Inspiring Journey

Photo Courtesy || Philippine Military Academy Facebook

Cordillera - CDT 1CL Jake Pel-ey Matiw's journey from a highland farmer in Bontoc, Mountain Province, to the Humility Battalion Commander of the Cadet Corps Armed Forces of the Philippines is a true testament to the power of dreams and determination. 

Despite never imagining himself as a soldier, his deep desire to provide a better life for his family became his greatest blessing.

Leaving his household behind, Matiw embraced his calling and embarked on a career that would take him to greater heights. 

With unwavering pride for his roots, he joined the profession of arms, aiming to bring honor to the people he left behind in his native highlands.

Now, as a leader in the armed forces, he encourages aspiring youth to follow their hearts and join the Long Gray Line. 

Matiw's advice is simple yet profound – to humble themselves, dedicate their efforts to the Lord, and witness the incredible voyage that may unfold before them.

His inspiring journey reminds us that greatness can come from the most unexpected places, and when we pursue our passions with humility and dedication, we can achieve feats beyond our imagination. 

CDT 1CL Jake Pel-ey Matiw's story serves as an inspiration to the youth, proving that with faith and hard work, one can make a difference and touch the lives of many.


Friday, August 4, 2023

WATCH: Team Lakay's Carlo Buminaang demolished Iranian foe in just 52 seconds

Photo Courtesy || Team Lakay, ONE Championship

Cordillera - Carlo Von Bumina-ang, a rising star from Team Lakay, made a jaw-dropping debut at ONE Friday Nights 27 in Bangkok, Thailand, by swiftly knocking out his opponent in less than a minute. 

The Baguio-born fighter wasted no time, exhibiting no mercy as he pummeled Reza Saedi of Iran with a relentless barrage of power shots right from the opening bell.

In a dazzling display of skill and tenacity, Bumina-ang delivered a booming left straight that sent Saedi reeling. 

Smelling blood, he continued his assault with a flurry of straights, uppercuts, and knees, leaving the Iranian fighter defenseless. 

Referee Herb Dean had no choice but to stop the fight just 52 seconds into the bout, saving Saedi from further punishment.

An elated Bumina-ang expressed his gratitude, saying, "This feels so good. It's my first time here, and the people are so nice. I'm so happy I got the KO win." 

His teammate Carlos Alvarez, who remains unbeaten in Friday Fights, was in his corner, further solidifying Team Lakay's dominance.

With Bumina-ang, Alvarez, and the continuously rising Jhanlo Mark Sangiao, the future of Team Lakay appears to be in excellent hands, promising more thrilling performances and victories in the world of mixed martial arts.


LOOK: Pinoy Artist transforms Apo Whang-od into a Stunning Young Lady

Photo Courtesy || Vogue and lowcostedit

Cordillera - In the vast world of art and technology, there are creators who can turn the ordinary into something extraordinary. 

One such artist is the Filipino digital wizard known as "lowcostedit" on TikTok and Facebook. 

His recent masterpiece has taken the internet by storm, as he ingeniously transformed the iconic 106-year-old Filipino tattooist, Apo Whang-od, into a stunning young woman, leaving everyone in awe.

With the perfect blend of artistic talent and cutting-edge technology, lowcostedit worked his magic on Whang-od's old-age photo, skillfully eliminating all signs of aging. 

Wrinkles vanished, blackheads disappeared, and her once-fading colors returned with vibrant life. The result was a breathtaking, youthful beauty that no one could have imagined.

Apo Whang-od, a living legend from Kalinga, is celebrated as the oldest traditional tattooist in the Philippines. 

Her expertise lies in the ancient art of 'batok,' a unique hand-tapping technique using lemon tree thorns and charcoal soot. 

Her fame reached new heights when she was featured in Vogue magazine, an American fashion and lifestyle publication.


Thursday, August 3, 2023

WATCH: Foreigner tries momma for the first time and he nearly couldn't get up

Photo Courtesy || Fearless and Far YT

Cordillera - In a zany quest for authentic Igorot experiences, Mike, a curious foreigner, embarked on an unforgettable journey to Sagada, Philippines. Eager to embrace local traditions, he bravely decided to try "momma" or betel nut chewing, an age-old custom of the Cordillerans.

Excitedly, with the helped of his new friends, Mike chomped down on the momma, unaware of the impending hilarity that would unfold. As the powdered lime called 'apog', tobacco, and betel nut concoction met his taste buds, his eyes widened with astonishment. Suddenly, he felt an eruption of heat, causing him to sweat profusely, turning him into a human fountain.

His attempts to maintain composure were futile, as his body jittered like a hyperactive kid on a sugar rush. Mike's heart danced the cha-cha inside his chest, while his mind wondered if he had inadvertently plugged into an electric socket.

In his video blog, Mike recounted this bizarre experience, leaving his viewers in stitches. He described the locals' meticulous process of preparing momma, carefully wrapping it with a 'gawed' leaf, which he hilariously mistook for an origami masterclass gone wrong.

As he regained his senses, Mike couldn't help but laugh at his misadventure. Despite the whirlwind of sensations, he applauded the cordial Cordillerans for preserving their unique culture through this age-old tradition. However, he did issue a friendly warning to future adventurers, advising them to approach momma with caution unless they're eager to become the next comedy sensation.


Wednesday, August 2, 2023

LOOK: Proud Igorot Raised Philippine Flag at Canada's Oldest National Park

Photo Courtesy || Seph Telino Organo

Cordillera - A Cordilleran man proudly raised the Philippine flag on top of a rock at Canada's Banff National Park.

In a Facebook post, Seph Telino Organo paid tribute to his heritage saying, "A celebration of my heritage: Being able to represent my tribe in a land that opened its arms to welcome and let me express myself".

Mr. Organo is seen wearing a bahag which is a traditional loincloth usually worn by Igorot ethnic group in the northern part of the Philippines. He is also wearing a traditional Igorot handmade vest.

Banff National Park is Canada's oldest national park, established in 1885 as Rocky Mountains Park. Located in Alberta's Rocky Mountains, 110–180 kilometres (68–112 mi) west of Calgary, Banff encompasses 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 sq mi) of mountainous terrain, with many glaciers and ice fields, dense coniferous forest, and alpine landscapes.  


Philippine Coast Guard to hire 4,000 personnel, salary P37,000 - P51-000 per month

PCG Hiring for 2023

Cordillera - The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has approved the recruitment of 4,000 uniformed personnel for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in the current fiscal year. 

This recommendation was favorably endorsed by Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Jaime Bautista, with the strategic objective of bolstering the PCG's manpower and enhancing its capacity in maritime governance.

The ongoing nationwide recruitment process is expected to be concluded by the end of the year, resulting in a total of 30,430 personnel. 

This significant increase in manpower will reinforce the strength of the PCG and contribute to establishing a more robust coast guard organization.

The newly recruited personnel will be assigned to various PCG Stations and Substations, specifically addressing the current shortage of personnel in coastal municipalities. 

This deployment will substantially enhance the PCG's capability to effectively carry out its essential role in maritime governance across the Philippine archipelago.

Minimum qualifications for a PCG officer include: a four-year college degree, a professional civil service eligibility, and a passing mark at the PCG Aptitude Battery Test (ABT) for commissionship.

The entry level salary for a commissioned officer with a rank of Ensign is ₱ 51,000.

Meanwhile, applicants for PCG enlisted personnel shall have atleast 72 completed units or a 6-month Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) course certificate as a proof of skill or expertise in a field of practice. He / She also needs to pass the PCG ABT for enlistment.

The entry level salary for an enlisted personnel with a rank of Apprentice is ₱ 37,000.

The PCG plays a critical role in safeguarding lives and property at sea, enforcing maritime law, protecting the marine environment, and asserting our maritime jurisdiction. 

Adding these personnel will significantly contribute to the ongoing success of these efforts.

source || PCG and DBM (


From Underprivileged Student to Successful Doctor: A Teacher's Act of Kindness Changes a Life Forever

Photo Courtesy || Angeline Marcelle Pawid

Cordillera - In the annals of teaching, there are moments that leave an indelible mark on the hearts of educators. For one teacher, that moment came during the examinations when she witnessed an incident that touched her deeply and forever changed her perspective on education and the resilience of the human spirit.

Mrs. Angeline Marcelle Pawid, an experienced and dedicated teacher in Cordillera, was going about her usual business, preparing her class records during the examination period. Little did she know that her life was about to intersect with that of a determined and courageous student. As she glanced up from her work, she saw a young boy desperately trying to negotiate with the school treasurer to allow him to take the exams despite his inability to pay the miscellaneous fees.

The treasurer explained that school policy required all students to clear their obligations before sitting for the final exams. It was a rule that aimed to foster a sense of responsibility and accountability among the students. But as the student, with tears in his eyes, returned home to fetch his "piggy bank," Mrs. Pawid couldn't help but feel the weight of injustice and the stark contrast between the haves and have-nots in society.

Unable to contain her emotions, Mrs. Pawid stepped outside the faculty to regain her composure. As she reflected on the incident, her heart swelled with admiration for the young boy's determination to pursue his education despite facing financial hardships. It was at that moment she resolved to make a difference in his life.

"I went out the faculty to avoid that incident but I was out crying saying to myself, why are there kids who have the money, yet they didn't like to go to school and here comes a student abandoned by his father and still trying to finish his studies," Mrs. Pawid wrote.

She approached the student and offered to shoulder his miscellaneous fees, ensuring that he could take the exams and continue his education. This simple act of kindness would be the turning point in the young boy's life and would sow the seeds for a remarkable journey of success and perseverance.

True to her belief in him, the student, whose name we withhold for privacy, blossomed academically. In his fourth year of high school, he demonstrated extraordinary talent and dedication, topping the National Achievement Test (NAT) examinations and emerging victorious in various academic competitions.

With Mrs. Pawid's unwavering support, he also secured a scholarship for college, setting his sights on becoming a doctor. The Campus Bayani award recognized his outstanding achievements, opening even more doors to a brighter future. Today, that once financially challenged student is pursuing his dreams in college with a full scholarship, all thanks to the compassionate teacher who saw his potential.

Mrs. Pawid's story doesn't end with this one student; she has touched the lives of countless others throughout her teaching career. As she reflects on her journey, she humbly acknowledges the difference she has made in shaping the lives of her students.

"I know, I have helped a lot of students go there way, and now I say, I am a fulfilled teacher, Mrs. Pawid said. Thanks to my students who never forget me as their teacher," she added.

In a world where education is often taken for granted, this heartwarming tale reminds us of the power of empathy, compassion, and the impact a single act of kindness can have on a young life. Mrs. Pawid's dedication and the young student's perseverance are a shining example of the transformative power of education and the importance of supporting every child's dreams.

As for that ambitious young boy, his future is bright, and he is now a doctor—a testament to the potential that lies within each student when nurtured with love and encouragement. Together, they have proven that no obstacle is insurmountable when hearts unite to create a brighter and more promising tomorrow.


Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Family in Mt. Province Builds Stunning Two-Story House on Solid Rock Foundation

Cordillera - In the picturesque town in Mt. Province, a family has crafted a remarkable two-story house perched upon a sturdy rock, just above a tranquil river. 

This awe-inspiring architectural feat showcases the advantages of building upon a solid foundation. 

While many structures are erected on soil or weak ground, this family's decision to construct their home on a rock brings numerous benefits.

The first advantage lies in stability and durability. The unyielding rock foundation ensures the house can withstand natural forces like earthquakes and floods, providing unmatched safety and peace of mind for the family. 

Additionally, the elevated location grants stunning panoramic views, connecting the household with nature's beauty.

The house exemplifies environmental consciousness, as it requires minimal excavation and disruption to the landscape. Furthermore, the inherent energy efficiency of the rock keeps the interior cooler during scorching summers and acts as a thermal buffer during colder months.

The family's bold choice inspires architects and homeowners alike, showcasing the significance of a rock-solid foundation in constructing resilient, eco-friendly, and aesthetically pleasing homes that harmonize with their surroundings.


Young Igorot bodybuilder from Sagada wins 2nd place in Men's Physique Junior Division-Batanghipe Classic

Photo Courtesy || Aeron Kerby Baniaga

Cordillera - Igorot Bodybuilder from Mountain Province, Aeron Kerby Baniaga, made his mark in the fitness world by securing an impressive 2nd Place in the Men's Physique Junior Division at the Batanghipe Classic held in Palacio De Manila on June 25, 2023. 

Hailing from Sagada, Mountain Province, Aeron's dedication and strength were showcased alongside other exceptional athletes from across the Philippines.

After the competition, Aeron took to his Facebook account to express gratitude and determination. He said, "The right time will come for me to get that Gold too! I may have ended up a 2nd placer during the competition, but I am still grateful to have joined those strong athletes on stage. The heartwarming commendations from our best coaches and professional athletes in the Fitness industry are more than enough motivation."

Aeron extended his appreciation to his supporters, including his family, friends, coaches, and all those who have silently supported and cheered for him throughout his journey. 

With his hard work and perseverance, he continues to inspire others in the fitness community.


Sunday, July 30, 2023

Benguet's Culinary Prodigy Wins Gold at the WorldSkills ASEAN Competition 2023

Photo Courtesy || Allen Gacweng

Cordillera - In a heartwarming triumph, Mr. Allen Gacweng, hailing from the scenic town of Mankayan, Benguet, has soared to new heights, capturing the prestigious Medallion for Excellence at the esteemed WorldSkills ASEAN Competition 2023 held in Singapore. 

Proudly representing the Philippines, Allen showcased his exceptional talent in the culinary arts, competing against 10 other skilled contenders from various ASEAN countries.

Allen's journey to success began as a dedicated scholar at the TESDA-Cordillera State Institute of Technical Education (CSITE) Main Campus, where he honed his skills in cooking. 

His unwavering commitment to excellence shone through during the Philippine National Skills Competition, where he secured the coveted Gold medal in Cooking, propelling him to the grand stage of the WorldSkills ASEAN Competition.

Undoubtedly, this remarkable achievement would not have been possible without the unwavering support and guidance of the esteemed culinary expert, Chef Mary Kristine Iris C. Pasion, whose mentorship played a crucial role in Allen's stellar performance.


Friday, July 28, 2023

10 sons of Mt. Province graduated from Philippine Merchant Marine Academy MADASIKLAN CLASS of 2023

Photo Courtesy || Trishia Rose Antonio

Cordillera - On July 20, 2023, a group of 10 accomplished Igorots from Mountain Province achieved a significant milestone as they successfully completed their studies and training at the prestigious Philippine Merchant Marine Academy (PMMA). 

Below are the names of the graduates:

1. AWISAN, Ron Angelo- BAUKO, Mountain Province 

2. GUMAWI, Jetjet- BAUKO, Mountain Province 

3. CHENGAY, Jan Burkmar- BONTOC, Mountain Province 

4. FORARAO, Wilson- BONTOC, Mountain Province 

5. ANTONIO, Tristan Paolo- SABANGAN, Mountain Province 

6. FARCANAO, Daren Kurt- SADANGA, Mountain Province

7. ANNOYAN, Ben- SAGADA, Mountain Province

8. DAILAY, Yalaid- SAGADA, Mountain Province 

9. DUMANOG, Benito- SAGADA, Mountain Province 
10. KOLLIN, Khen- SAGADA, Mountain Province 

These cadets are among the 224 graduates of the PMMA 'MADASIKLAN' Class of 2023 who satisfactorily hurdled their training to become a merchant marines, naval and coast guard officers.

The 'MADASIKLAN' Class of 2023, an acronym representing 'MAgiting na may DAngal at SImbolo ng Kawal ng karagatAN,' consists of a total of 224 midshipmen set to graduate. 

Among them, 97 belong to the Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation (BSMT) program, while 127 are pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering (BSMarE) degree.

The commencement ceremony took place on July 20, 2023, at the Grandstand of the PMMA Complex in San Narciso, Zambales. The esteemed guest of honor for the event was President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.


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