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Thursday, December 21, 2023

Exciting Opportunity for Nurses at Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC)

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Cordillera - In a bid to strengthen its commitment to excellent and compassionate medical services, Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) is actively seeking qualified and dedicated individuals to join its esteemed Nursing Service team.

Job Title: Nurse I (Nursing Service) - BGHMC

Position Type: Full-Time

Location: Baguio City, Philippines

Application Deadline: January 3, 2024, 5:00 PM

Position Summary:

We are thrilled to announce the opening of Twenty-Five (25) Nurse I positions, each offering an incredible opportunity to play a vital role in delivering patient-centered care, showcasing technical competencies, and contributing to the overall well-being of our patients.

Key Competencies:

Utilizes assessment skills to determine patient's problems and needs.

Develops and documents the plan of care based on patient's condition/needs.

Performs direct nursing care procedures, including bedside nursing, hygiene, pre and post-operative nursing care, admission, and discharge duties.

Monitors, records, and reports patient's symptoms, condition, and progress of treatment and therapy.

Administers medications following the golden rules.

Coordinates with other sections in the hospital regarding patient care.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Carry out the plan of care according to priority.

Provide safe and comprehensive care according to standards.

Complete requirements (scanned and in a single PDF format file) uploaded online before the deadline.

Minimum Qualification Standards:

Education: Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Experience: None Required

Training: None Required

Eligibility: RA 1080 (Nurse)

Organizational Competencies:

Effective Communication Skills

Effective Interpersonal Relations

Organizational Awareness and Commitment

Technical Competencies:

Patient-Centered Care

Diversity Management

Maternal and Newborn Care

Nursing Care

Operating Medical Machines, Equipment, and Tools

People Management

Application Process:

Qualified applicants are required to take Psychological and Technical Exams. The schedule will be sent through the applicants' email address. Only applications submitted during the application period and with complete requirements will be considered for evaluation. The Next in Rank policy is applicable for permanent/plantilla positions.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO):

BGHMC observes the policy on "Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)." All qualified applicants are welcome to apply regardless of gender, civil status, age, religion, regional background, restriction/inability, and/or length of service unless otherwise required.

BGHMC is a leading healthcare institution renowned for its unwavering dedication to providing top-notch medical care. We are inviting talented and passionate individuals to contribute to our mission and join the Nursing Service department.


Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Baguio, Cordillera students are top English speakers in the country

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Cordillera - The city of Baguio emerged as the top English-speaking and -listening city in the Philippines, according the 2023 English Proficiency Index released by the international education company EF Education First.

Baguio garnered a score of 619 which surpasses the high-scoring cities like Dumaguete and Davao.

Meanwhile the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) topped the English-speaking and -listening regions in the Philippines, surpassing the previous high-performing regions like Eastern Visayas and Davao.

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, chairman of the Senate Commitee on Basic Education commended Baguio and Cordillera region and the country should learn their best practices to boost learner's English proficiency.

"Congratulations to the learners and teachers in Baguio and CAR for their outstanding performance in the recent international assessments. There's a lot to learn from them to improve the performance of students in all parts of the country when it comes to English proficiency...," Senator Gatchalian said.

CAR stands out as one of the top-performing regions in the 2022 edition of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). 

Alongside the National Capital Region (NCR) and Region 4A, CAR boasts one of the highest proportions of students meeting the minimum proficiency in reading. 

The 2022 PISA outcomes indicate that two out of five students in CAR have attained at least the minimum proficiency level in reading.


Monday, December 18, 2023

WATCH: Igorot fighter Carl James Martin knocks out Thai foe in 6th round, captures WBO Global Super Bantamweight Title

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Cordillera - Cordilleran boxing sensation Carl James "The Wonder Boy" Martin won via TKO against Thai fighter Chaiwat Butkrathok in the 6th round at the Elorde Sports Complex in ParaƱaque City on December 18, 2023.

Winning the bout made the 24-year-old undefeated Cordilleran fighter from Lagawe, Ifugao the World Boxing Organization Global Superbantamweight Champion.

Martin is one of the country's rising boxing stars and believed by many boxing experts and fans to be the next Manny Pacquiao. 

He now hold the record of 23 wins, with 17 knockouts and no defeat. 

Meanwhile, Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquaio has revealed the news that Martin has been included in his MP Promotion.

"Welcome to the MP Promotions. We are happy and proud to announce the signing of Carl Jammes Martin to the MP Promotions", Pacquaio said.

Martin will now included to Pacquaio stable of fighters like super bantamweight champion Marlon Tapales, Jerwin Ancajas, Eumir Felix Marcial, Mark Magsayo, and among others.

For Martin's part, joining MP Promotion will definitely boost his career to be a world champion someday.

“This newest chapter in my career will truly boost my aim of becoming a future world champion that PBC in partnership with MP Promotions will be very proud of,” Martin said. 


Friday, December 15, 2023

Cordilleran Teacher from Apayao Tops Philippine Army CSC Class 761 - 2023

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Cordillera - Pvt. Carmencita Alberto, a native of Conner, Apayao, emerged as the leader of Philippine Army Class 761-2023 during their graduation ceremony at Camp Melchor F. Dela Cruz in Upi, Gamu, Isabela. 

With an impressive rating of 92.78, Alberto excelled in her class, showcasing unwavering focus and determination throughout the challenging six-month military training.

Despite entering a predominantly male-dominated domain, she distinguished herself through her passion for serving and defending the nation. 

In an interview, Alberto shared the difficulties she faced as a female participant but emphasized the importance of adaptability, cooperation, and empathy in overcoming challenges. 

She recounted moments when she contemplated giving up but drew strength from her commitment, family, and the support she received. "There were tough times, but I always reminded myself of the reasons to persevere—never give up, just keep fighting," reflected Alberto.

Furthermore, the education graduate expressed her desire for her achievement to inspire more women to join the military. "I hope this accomplishment inspires other women to step forward and become our allies in defending our country," she added. 

Alberto extended her gratitude to her constant sources of inspiration—her family, friends, relatives, and the Provincial Government of Apayao, which provided unwavering support to fulfill their dreams of public service.

"When you dream of becoming a soldier, you must prepare for it—not just physically and mentally, but in every aspect because the training is not easy. My parents are my inspiration to overcome all the challenges in the training school," concluded Alberto.


Thursday, December 14, 2023

Baguio City is Fastest Growing Economy in Cordillera, Followed by Kalinga

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Cordillera - In a remarkable economic surge, Baguio City has emerged as the frontrunner in the Cordillera Administrative Region's (CAR) thriving economy. 

The latest data reveals that in 2022, all provinces and Highly Urbanized Cities (HUCs) in CAR experienced growth, with Baguio City leading the pack with an impressive 11.3 percent growth rate. 

Following closely were Kalinga and Abra, boasting growth rates of 9.3 percent and 9.2 percent, respectively.

The economic landscape of CAR, with a total value of PHP 337.66 billion, witnessed Baguio City dominating with a substantial 45.9 percent share. 

Benguet and Kalinga secured the second and third spots with 23.3 percent and 8.0 percent shares, respectively.

Breaking down the economic sectors, the agriculture, forestry, and fishing sector in CAR reached PHP 28.12 billion, with Benguet leading with a substantial 44.5 percent share. 

In terms of industry, the region reported PHP 83.90 billion, and Baguio City emerged as a juggernaut, contributing 49.1 percent to the region's industrial output. 

The service sector, totaling PHP 225.64 billion, also saw Baguio City taking the lead with a commanding 50.0 percent share.

Looking ahead to 2023, the Provincial Product Accounts (PPA) compilation is set to encompass 82 provinces and 17 HUCs across 16 regions in the Philippines. 

These promising economic indicators highlight Baguio City's pivotal role in steering CAR's economic growth and position it as a key player in the national economic landscape.


Thursday, December 7, 2023

2 Cordillerans are topnotchers in the September 2023 Licensure Examination for Teachers

Photo Courtesy || Febie Gel Laquiao Dagson & Vivian Balong-angey Posayen

Cordillera - In the recently concluded September 2023 Licensure Examination for Professional Teachers (L.E.P.T.), the Cordillera region proudly produced two outstanding students who secured coveted spots in the Top 10. 

Febie Gel Laquiao Dagson, an alumna of Kalinga State University, demonstrated exceptional knowledge and skills, earning the 8th spot among the Top Performing Examinees in the Elementary Level with an impressive rating of 93%. 

Similarly, Vivian Balong-angey Posayen, a graduate of Benguet State University, secured the 10th spot with a commendable rating of 92.60%.

The Professional Regulation Commission and the Board for Professional Teachers revealed that out of 23,782 elementary teacher passers, 16,716 were first-time takers, showcasing the success of new talents entering the teaching profession. 

For secondary teachers, 39,979 first-time passers highlighted the commitment of aspiring educators to contribute to the nation's educational landscape.

Benguet State University further distinguished itself as one of the Top Performing Schools, securing the 5th spot in the elementary level with an outstanding passing percentage of 96.08%. 

Additionally, Saint Louis University earned the 10th position in the secondary level, boasting a commendable passing percentage of 91.49%.

The accomplishments of Febie Gel Laquiao Dagson and Vivian Balong-angey Posayen, alongside the recognition of their alma maters, underscore the excellence and dedication of Cordilleran educators, contributing significantly to the advancement of education in the Philippines.


Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Long Weekend Holiday: December 8 - 10, 2023 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)

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Cordillera - Thanks to Republic Act 10966, December 8 is now an annual special non-working holiday across the entire Philippines. 

This yearly celebration honors the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, recognized as the Principal Patroness of the Philippines. Back in 2017, then-President Rodrigo Duterte signed this special non-working holiday into law.

This legal move isn't just about a day off—it showcases the nation's dedication to preserving its religious roots and promoting unity, especially within its predominantly Catholic community.

Marked on December 8 every year, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception is a time to remember the belief in the Virgin Mary's immaculate conception, symbolizing her being conceived without original sin. 

Acknowledging the sacred nature of this event, the government designates it as a Special Non-Working Day, underscoring its significance in the lives of millions of Filipinos.

By declaring the Feast of the Immaculate Conception a Special Non-Working Day, the government provides Filipinos with a chance for profound spiritual contemplation and devotion.

This decision also reflects an awareness of the vital role religious observance plays in Filipino lives. It demonstrates a commitment to respecting and safeguarding the diverse cultural and religious traditions that define the nation.


62-year old Lola from Isabela Passed the 2023 Bar Exam on her first

Photo Courtesy || Supreme Court of the Philippines

Cordillera - When Bar Chair Ramon Paul Hernando announced the list of successful bar exam takers, it included a surprising individual among the 3,812 new lawyers out of the 10,791 who participated. Remarkably, a senior citizen, 62-year-old Rosula Domingo Calacala, was among the passers, achieving success on her first attempt.

Calacala, originally an accountant, embarked on her legal journey at the age of 58 at Northeastern College in Isabela. Despite starting late, she never received failing marks, with her lowest grade standing at 75.

Her path to becoming a lawyer was somewhat accidental. Encouraged by a relative, who was a law student, to enroll her children in law school, Calacala faced refusal from her older children. Undeterred, she decided to take on the challenge herself.

Initially, Calacala hadn't envisioned becoming a lawyer. She only learned about law as a course when a relative suggested enrolling her children. Facing criticism and comments about her age when she decided to pursue law at 58, she persevered, despite occasional mental lapses common in her senior years. This determination led her to secure her position as Bar passer #832 on the Supreme Court’s list.

Despite her upcoming retirement as a municipal government employee in Jones, Isabela, Calacala plans to practice law in her town, providing assistance to those in need.

For women of her age aspiring to pursue similar dreams, Calacala offers a simple message: “Just take the Bar, just take law school! You don’t know where [it will take you].” She emphasizes that if she can achieve it, others can too.

Scheduled to take her oath on December 22, alongside other 2023 Bar passers at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, Calacala's journey from having no law degree to obtaining professional legal certification took only five months.


Sunday, December 3, 2023

LOOK: Filipino Actor Dennis Trillo Spotted in Atok, Benguet

Photo Courtesy || PJ Haight

Cordillera - Renowned Filipino actor Dennis Trillo recently made an appearance in Atok, a well-known tourist spot in Benguet. 

A video posted by netizen PJ Haight on Facebook captured Dennis walking around a popular restaurant in the area, suggesting he might be involved in a movie or TV series shoot, given the presence of a camera crew.

Atok, Benguet, has become a favored location for TV and film productions due to its picturesque landscapes. 

Notable sites like Haight's Farm and the Northern Blossom Farm boast scenic backgrounds with beautiful flowers and gardens, making them ideal settings for cinematic storytelling. 

READ ALSO: New Romantic Netflix Film 'Love You Long Time' Showcases Baguio and Enchanting Atok, Benguet

The attention garnered by Atok from TV producers highlights the town's appeal as a visually stunning backdrop for entertainment projects. 

Dennis Trillo's presence adds an exciting element, leaving fans curious about the upcoming production set against Atok's captivating scenery.

Watch the video here:


WATCH: Genius Igorot guy cooks meal using motorcycle's exhaust

Photo Courtesy || Boy Bertod

Cordillera - Ever thought about having some fun with your motorcycle? Well, here's a quirky idea – why not use the exhaust pipe to cook your meal? Meet Boy Bertod from Cordillera, who's going to show you how to turn your exhaust pipe into a makeshift burner.

Boy Bertod seems to be having a blast with his unconventional cooking method. Armed with just a pan, a ladle, and his favorite ingredients (black beans and etag), he whips up a tasty dish without needing a traditional fire. The heat from the exhaust pipe is all he needs to get the job done.

If you're a fan of bacon (kiniing), you can try this too. Just clean the surface of the exhaust pipe, lay the bacon on top, start your motorcycle, rev it a bit until the pipe heats up – and in a few minutes, your bacon is ready to go.

Now, keep in mind that this cooking technique is more of an experiment for Boy Bertod. But it sparks the idea that in a pinch, you could use your motorcycle's exhaust to cook if you don't have any other options. Talk about a unique way to prepare a meal!


Thursday, November 30, 2023

LOOK: Pinoy artist creates P5000 bill inspired by Kalinga tattoo artist Apo Whang-od Oggay

Photo Courtesy || Michael Angelo Sarate

Cordillera - Filipino Artist Michael Angelo Sarate reveals on social media his P5000 paper bill art creation that was inspired by the legendary Kalinga tattoo artist Apo Whang-od Oggay. 

Sarate highlighted Apo Whang-od's remarkable accomplishments and contributions in the field of art.

"Taking inspiration from the recent masterpiece of Fashion Designer Mark Bumgarner, Michelle Dee’s evening gown, at the Miss Universe 2023, here’s another tribute to “a legendary Filipina who has become an icon, preserving the rich cultural heritage of indigenous tattoo art.”", he wrote. 

The P5000 bill is in plain black color to denote the color of Whang-od's tribal tattoo ink which is made up of charcoal and water. 

The portrait of Apo Whang-od in the front of the bill is taken from Vogue Philippines' cover in the April 2023 issue. 

At the back of the bill is the photo of Padjao rice terraces located in Buscalan, Tinglayan, Kalinga - the hometown of Whang-od. Buscalan became a popular tourist destination for adventurers and tattoo enthusiast coming from the different parts of the country and abroad. 

Along with the image of Buscalan, you can also see the Philippine serpent eagle (Spilornis holospilus) a kind of eagle endemic to the Philippines and can be found on most of the major islands of the country except Palawan.

Also visible in the design concept's back in the Apo Whang-od doing her art of tattooing and a tattoo pattern painted vertically on edge of the bill.

Michael Sarate is self-taught graphic designer and content creator promoting tourist destination based in Iloilo. 

He also created a Php2000 paper bill inspired by the late Miriam Defensor-Santiago.


Apayao student graduates magna cum laude at UP after 12 years in college

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Cordillera - Al Christian Agngarayngay, a native of Apayao, Philippines, overcame numerous obstacles to achieve academic success. Recently graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Studies from the University of the Philippines, Agngarayngay shared his inspiring story.

Hailing from a rural village, Al Christian's childhood was marked by happy memories, including riding a horse with his grandfather and reading books under a sturdy mango tree. Raised by his grandparents while his mother worked abroad, he faced the challenges of studying without electricity, using a gas lamp to continue his education.

Despite frequent school transfers, financial difficulties, and health issues, Al Christian's determination remained unwavering. Starting with a pre-med course at the University of Santo Tomas, he encountered setbacks but persisted in pursuing his passion for education. Transferring to FEU-NRMF Fairview due to health and financial challenges, he continued to prioritize his studies.

Ultimately, Al Christian's journey led him to the University of the Philippines, where he embraced the challenges of UP Diliman and earned a scholarship. Reflecting on his transformative experience, he emphasized the intellectual and academic maturity gained during his years on campus.

Now, as a Magna Cum Laude graduate, Al Christian Agngarayngay's story serves as a testament to the power of resilience, hard work, and the unwavering pursuit of education despite life's adversities.


Friday, November 10, 2023

Igorota lawyer from Sagada is 'Outstanding Professional of the Year' by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC)

Mary Inglay Capuyan-Fokno || Baguio Chronicle

Cordillera - Cordilleran lawyer Mary Inglay Capuyan-Fokno has been recognized as the 'Outstanding Professional of the Year' in social work by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) for her exceptional service to the community. 

The prestigious award, to be conferred to Atty. Inglay on Dec. 10 in Metro Manila, is the highest honor from the PRC and acknowledges professionals who have demonstrated integrity in their field.

Atty. Inglay's competence and integrity were highlighted by her active involvement in professional activities, contributions to the advancement of her profession, and fulfilling social responsibilities. 

She serves as a legal counsel for small-scale miners and juvenile delinquents, runs Cordillera Quest providing skills training for out-of-school youths, and operates Inglay Restaurant in La Trinidad, Benguet, which has supported calamity victims through food drives. 

READ ALSO: Cordilleran genius from Baguio becomes the youngest law graduate in the world, at age 18

Additionally, during the pandemic, she opened a feeding station at her restaurant.

This recognition follows her previous award as an Outstanding Social Worker in the Philippines by the Philippine Association of Social Workers, Inc. (PASWI) during its 75th Jubilee celebration in Manila City last September. 

READ ALSO: Former Ice Candy Vendor/Palamig Seller becomes a Judge of Atok-Tublay, Benguet

Atty. Inglay's dedication to social work and community service has made her a distinguished professional in her field.


Bontoc native Juliedan Vergara, CEO of own fashion enterprise Julie's Collection

Juliedan Vergara || Habing Katutubo

Cordillera - Juliedan Vergara, a native of Bontoc, Mt. Province, transformed her journey from a computer science graduate at Cordillera College Development College to becoming the CEO of her successful fashion enterprise, Julie's Creations. 

Her entrepreneurial spark ignited when she passionately supported her children's pageants and modeling careers, leading her to realize that her love for fashion could turn into a thriving business. Thus, Julie's Collection was born, evolving into Julie's Creations.

Officially launched in April 2021 at the City Travel Hotel in Baguio City, Julie's Creations reflects Juliedan's growing experience, expanding network, and deepening understanding of the fashion world. 

Beyond fashion, she also organizes events like Little Miss Benguet, Little Miss Cordillera, Urban Cowboy, and Cowgirl, and serves as a board member for Little Miss World Philippines. Juliedan embodies ambition, creativity, and dedication.

Julie's Creations, Juliedan's brainchild, stems from her dedication to her children's pageants and a growing wardrobe. 

Recognizing the potential in her collection, she transformed her passion into a thriving business, officially launching Julie's Creations in April 2021. Her vision evolved as she honed her craft, making waves in various fashion shows in Baguio, Manila, and even internationally.

Juliedan's creations, including ready-to-wear ethnic dresses and stylish jackets for all ages, have captivated both local and international markets. 

Notably, Julie's Creations marked a global presence with a spectacular photoshoot magazine event in Dubai. Her brand has graced prestigious fashion events like "Pride: A Decade of Fashion in Manila," "Metro Fashion Weekend," and a recent show at Porta Vaga Mall in Baguio City. 

With an eye on the future, Julie's Creations is set to shine at the upcoming Mabika Fashion show in Hong Kong this November.

Juliedan Vergara's impressive journey in the fashion world is marked by achievements and well-attended shows that establish Julie's Creations as a formidable brand. 

As the CEO, she has organized renowned pageants and expanded her influence as a board member for Little Miss World Philippines. Her ethnic dresses and stylish jackets have gained popularity locally and internationally, showcasing her dedication and passion for the world of fashion.

source || Habing Katutubo


Thursday, November 9, 2023

UC's Startup 'Para Po' to Represent Cordillera Region in Philippine StartUp Challenge 8 Grand Finals

Para Po

Cordillera - Team Enigma Co. from University of the Cordilleras composed of members Carl Justin Masedman, Ryzel Felizco, Synne Navalta, mentor Dana Salvador, and their Startup 'Para Po' will represent Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) at Cebu City on December 6, 2023 for the Grand Finals of the Philippine StartUp Challenge 8.

The team emerged as the overall champion besting 54 startup entries across the Cordillera Region during the recently concluded Philippine Startup Challenge 8 (PSC8) - Regional Pitching Competition.

Garnering a total score of 84.8%, their innovation “Para Po” was named the most viable startup idea among 54 entries submitted for this year’s PSC edition, according to DICT Cordillera.

“Para Po!" is a jeepney-centric mobile navigation app that will enable users to locate jeepney terminals, view routes, and access other public transportation information. The product aims to address the issues people encounter when commuting in a few clicks. 


Baguio city named one of the top destinations with the best scenic mountain views in Asia

Microsoft Travel

Cordillera - Baguio City, located in the northern part of the Philippines, has been named one of the top destinations with the best scenic mountain views in Asia, according to Microsoft Travel. This recognition comes as no surprise to those who have had the pleasure of visiting the city, often referred to as the "Summer Capital of the Philippines."

Baguio's inclusion in this prestigious list can be attributed to its stunning natural landscapes, which are a testament to the city's unique geography. Perched at an altitude of approximately 1,540 meters (5,050 feet) above sea level, Baguio City offers visitors a picturesque setting with panoramic views of the Cordillera Central mountain range.

One of the most iconic attractions in Baguio is the Mines View Park, which provides a sweeping vista of the surrounding mountains and the mining town of Itogon. The nearby Botanical Garden and Tam-awan Village further enhance the mountain experience with their beautiful gardens and traditional Cordillera architecture.

Baguio City's cool and refreshing climate, even during the hottest months of the year, make it a popular destination for both local and international tourists seeking respite from the lowland heat. Visitors can also enjoy the vibrant culture, rich history, and delectable local cuisine of the Cordillera region.

In addition to Baguio, Da Nang inVietnam, and Luang Prabang in Laos, have also been recognized for their spectacular mountain views, showcasing the incredible natural beauty that Asia has to offer. These three destinations undoubtedly stand out as must-visit places for anyone looking to experience the best in scenic mountain landscapes.

Baguio City in Cordillera region is one of the most popular tourist destination in Luzon.

Here are the list of Top Tourist Spots in Baguio City you can include in your Baguio travel itinerary.

Burnham Park

Session Road

Baguio Night Market

Baguio Cathedral

Baguio Museum

Baguio Botanical Garden

Igorot Stone Kingdom

Bell House

Camp John Hay

Tam-awan Village

Lourdes Grotto

Mines View Park

Diplomat Hotel

Mirador Heritage Park

Lion's Head Kennon Road

Baguio City Cathedral

The Mansion

Baguio City Market

Wright Park

Panagbenga Park


Thursday, November 2, 2023

Honest man returns large sum of money dispensed from Landbank ATM

Photo Courtesy || Magangat Paga

A sincere individual hailing from Baguio City, by the name of Mr. Magangat Paga, is reaching out to anyone who might be the rightful owner of a substantial sum of money left unclaimed in a Landbank ATM at Post Office Baguio.

Mr. Paga's account suggests that the ATM user, possibly a mother, attempted a withdrawal at the Landbank ATM located near the Post Office. 

However, due to a technical issue, the ATM took long time to dispense the money, prompting the user to cancel the transaction and leave without their funds.

"Mother na naka uniform na nagwidraw sa Landbank ATM at Post Office at hindi nakaantay kase nag logged yung ATM machine, kinancel at umalis agad, lumabas na po nawidraw mo", Mr. Paga wrote on social media.

Rather than keeping the money for himself, Mr. Paga chose to take a different path. He promptly headed to the nearest Traffic Enforcement Unit to report the unattended cash, hoping the rightful owner will come to get them.

Mr. Paga clarified that he had been waiting in line to use the Landbank ATM and noticed that the previous user had inadvertently left their money behind in the machine.

READ ALSO: Honest Baguio Taxi Driver Returns Lost Wallet with Cash and Cards to American Resident

"Makapal po Yan mesdame. buti magisa ko lng sa Isang machine at nagtataka ako bakit my lumabas na resibo sa kabila at yun nga my Pera lumabas," Paga added.

Fully aware that he was not the rightful owner of the money, Paga conscientiously reported the cash to the appropriate authorities, shared the information on his Facebook page, and also sent a text to the Baguio Public Information Office, seeking assistance in locating the owner. 

Mr. Paga had the option to keep the money for himself and feign ignorance, but instead, he made the admirable choice to act ethically and return the funds.


Monday, October 30, 2023

LOOK: The Sleeping Puppy of Tacadang, Kibungan, Benguet

Cordillera - Many people enjoy nature and its beauty. If you like beautiful views, you'll enjoy looking at things like mountains, forests, waterfalls, and more. 

But have you ever seen something that's both amazing and adorable? 

In Kibungan, Benguet, someone noticed something quite familiar and cute: a mountain that resembles a sleeping dog. 

A netizen posted in social media what caught her attention while having a hike in Tacadang, Kibungan - a mountain that bears an uncanny resemblance to a slumbering dog, both awe-inspiring and adorable in its unique form. 

As depicted in the photograph, a charming little puppy is peacefully enjoying a nap by the side of the road. The key, of course, is to refrain from disturbing the puppy and simply capture a photograph of this adorable moment.

The mountain resembling a puppy is just one of the numerous attractions awaiting you in Kibungan, Benguet. This town is renowned for its mountainous terrain, characterized by profound ravines, towering cliffs, and expansive plateaus. 

It is where the most scenic mountain ranges in Benguet is found, the "Crying Mountains of Kibungan" or some called it the "Switzerland of Benguet.


Cordilleran Doctor from Sagada wins SAS Doctor of the Year Award in the United Kingdom

Photo Courtesy || Dr. Karl Solang Balansay

Cordillera - A proud Cordillera doctor, Dr. Karl Jose Solang Balansay has been crowned winner of the SAS Doctor of the Year Award in England.

Dr, Solang, an Igorot who traces his roots to Sagada, Mt. Province received the award as a testament to his vast knowledge and empowering the nursing staff in knowledge and skills on how to manage patients.

“He treats all patients with respect, dignity and trust. He has been instrumental in leading the drive for parity of esteem between mental health and physical health and has shown a strong commitment to teaching and mentoring medical students," said Dame Clare Gerada, Medical Director of the NHS Practitioner Health Programme.

“His teaching methods are innovative and inventive and he constantly showcases his dedication to his field. He is an unerring source of support to all of his colleagues and goes above and beyond in his effort to support the service.” she added. 

Dr. Karl Jose Solang Balansay is employed at Cygnet Hospital Kewstoke, located on Beach Road, where mental health care services are offered to individuals of both genders. 

He spoke further about how it felt to receive the award: “I feel highly honoured that Cygnet and my colleagues have chosen me as the winner of this prestigious award.

"Without their support, tutelage and guidance I would not have come so far.

"Winning this award I feel extremely privileged and ecstatic to be recognised for the work and dedication that I have provided.

"I try every day to make a difference to the lives of those we support and winning this award filled me with pride. 

“For me, the best part of my job is seeing those who we have supported feel like they have a future and seeing the success that they have achieved in the community." 

The SAS Doctor of the Year category recognizes specialist doctors who demonstrate exceptional clinical skills, service development, teaching, research and leadership. 

source || Weston Mercury


Thursday, October 26, 2023

LOOK: First State-of-the-Art Convention Center Soon to Rise in Benguet

Photo Courtesy || Congressman Eric Yap

Benguet Province is poised to make a significant leap forward in its cultural and economic development with the upcoming establishment of a state-of-the-art convention center, as revealed by Benguet Congressman Eric Yap through an official announcement on his Facebook page.

The forthcoming Benguet Convention Center is slated to become a veritable showcase of the province's rich cultural heritage and natural beauty. It's envisioned as an iconic facility that will serve multiple purposes, including promoting the province, hosting major events, generating income for Benguet, and expanding social services and livelihood assistance programs for its residents.

In a dedicated effort to bring this visionary project to fruition, Congressman Eric Yap recently met with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) to collaboratively draft a comprehensive plan for the convention center, as well as the master plan for the entire site. 

This site will also encompass the Benguet Sports Complex and Oval, Benguet Aquatic Center, and the proposed Benguet Convention Center. The congressman expressed his commitment to securing the necessary funding for the project, with hopes of commencing construction in the coming year.

Convention centers offer a multitude of benefits to the communities they serve. These facilities are not only venues for hosting conferences, seminars, and trade shows, but also hubs for cultural events, performances, and social gatherings. They play a crucial role in attracting tourism and commerce, bolstering the local economy through increased tourism, job creation, and business opportunities. 

Convention centers provide a platform for networking and knowledge sharing, thereby fostering educational and economic growth. Moreover, they elevate the profile of the region, enhancing its reputation and making it a more attractive destination for visitors, which ultimately contributes to the overall prosperity of the area.

The Benguet Convention Center is set to be a game-changer for the province, positioning Benguet on the map as a vibrant and dynamic hub for culture, commerce, and community. With its potential to boost tourism, stimulate economic activity, and improve the quality of life for Benguet's residents, it represents a significant step toward a brighter future for the province.


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