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Long-time indigenous peoples' rights activist wins international award

May 20, 2019 - 6:07 PM

Joanna Cariño, a long-time champion for indigenous peoples' rights, is one of the many activists and human rights workers the Philippine government wants to tag as terrorists

Demystifying the age of the Ifugao Rice Terraces to decolonize history

Apr 14, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The way mainstream Filipino consciousness imagines the Ifugao in connection with the age of the terraces needs to change

IFUGAO RICE TERRACES. The Ifugao Rice Terraces are the products of a very rich and complex Ifugao culture that resisted the Spanish conquest for more than 200 years. All photos courtesy of the Ifugao Archaeological Project

Cop dies in NPA encounter in Mountain Province

Apr 02, 2019 - 9:42 PM

Police Corporal Marlon Casil is killed in the Tadian encounter

PCpl Marlon Casil. Photo by Harley Palangchao

Kennon Road temporarily reopened for test run this weekend

Mar 17, 2019 - 8:56 AM

The simulation aims to check if it is viable to permanently open Kennon Road to two-way vehicular traffic on weekends

TEMPORARY REOPENING. Kennon Road is temporarily reopened this weekend until 6 am on Monday, March 18, 2019, for a test run. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Number of teenage moms decreasing in Cordillera

Feb 27, 2019 - 10:03 PM

Non-governmental organizations are instrumental. The Forum for Family Planning and Development, for example, has joined forces with Benguet and Ifugao provinces for the campaign.

EDUCATING TEENS. Advocate Chi Vallido (in photo), along with Kevin de Vera of Forum for Family Planning and Development and Karen Gaqui of Dep-Ed Provincial Health Office, speak to teachers and students of Tublay School of Home on how to prevent teenage pregnancy. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

DOH records 508% increase in measles cases in Cordillera

Feb 08, 2019 - 9:45 PM

(UPDATED) The regional health office has monitored 79 measles cases in the region from January 1 to February 2 – more than 5 times what it recorded in the same period last year

Gov't will offer loans to Cordillera vegetable farmers – Piñol

Jan 10, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says farmers will be able to borrow up to P50,000, with interest

Mayor issues new traffic ordinance to end 'Sagada Carmageddon'

Dec 27, 2018 - 6:26 PM

Parking will not be allowed in all major roads, sidewalks and other passages in Sagada from 6 am to 8:30 pm. This means, tourists are advised to walk or take public transport.

Photo by Dr Philip Del Carmen

Roads closed due to Severe Tropical Storm Rosita

Oct 31, 2018 - 12:13 AM

Many roads and bridges are closed to traffic, especially in Mountain Province and Benguet

Dead young man found in Baguio finally identified

Oct 02, 2018 - 5:41 PM

The PNP-SOCO Cordillera says the victim was Arthur Loberiano of Tarlac

Dead young man found in Baguio finally identified. Photo from Roi Reyes in Facebook

Duterte declares state of calamity in CAR, Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon

Sep 27, 2018 - 7:05 PM

The proclamation is intended to hasten relief and rehabilitation efforts after Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is welcomed by members of his cabinet upon his arrival at the Cagayan Provincial Capitol in Tuguegarao City on September 16, 2018 for a situation briefing to discuss the disaster response measures on the aftermath of Typhoon 'Ompong.' KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Filipina tagged by gov't as 'terrorist' wins UN's highest environmental award

Sep 27, 2018 - 11:46 AM

Joan Carling joins French President Emmanuel Macron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as recipients of the 2018 Champions of the Earth award

'CHAMPION TO COMMUNITIES.' Joan Carling is among the recipients of the United Nations' 2018 'Champions of the Earth' award. Photo from Joan Carling's Facebook page

At least 95 dead due to Typhoon Ompong

Sep 21, 2018 - 11:36 AM

Most of the fatalities come from the Cordillera Administrative Region

SEARCH. Police and rescue teams search for individuals buried by the landslide in Ucab, Itogon in Benguet. File photo Jire Carreon/Rappler

Benguet rescuers, evacuees ask for 'momma' with relief goods

Sep 20, 2018 - 11:21 PM

Momma, a type of quid made from betel nut, areca leaf, lime powder and tobacco, is one of the insistent requests of evacuees and rescuers in Itogon

At least 81 killed by Typhoon Ompong

Sep 19, 2018 - 11:10 AM

Dozens remain missing in the Cordillera Administrative Region, which was heavily affected by landslides

SEARCH AND RESCUE. Rescuers retrieved a body buried from the landslide in the mining town of Itogon, Benguet on September 17, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

66 dead, 66 missing in Cordilleras after Typhoon Ompong – CRDRRMC

Sep 18, 2018 - 11:41 PM

Rescuers in Itogon, Benguet are searching for survivors of massive landslides that overran small-scale mining areas and destroyed bunkhouses and, in the worst case scenario, recovering the dead

Typhoon Ompong death toll rises to 74

Sep 18, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Majority of fatalities and the missing are in the Cordillera Administrative Region

LANDSLIDE. 5 bodies recovered from the Portal 070 Lower Gumok landslide in Ucab, Itogon. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

PNP: Typhoon Ompong death toll climbs to 66

Sep 17, 2018 - 11:42 AM

(UPDATED) The Philippine National Police says 52 remain missing, nearly all of them in the Cordillera Administrative Region

CASUALTIES. Bodies retrived from the landslide in Portal 070 Lower Gumok, Ucab, Itogon on September 16, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

At least 59 dead in Philippines due to Typhoon Ompong

Sep 16, 2018 - 10:05 AM

(5th UPDATE) Most of the fatalities are in the Cordillera Administrative Region, which was badly hit by landslides

A massive landslide in Portal 07, Loacan, Itogon buried a number of bunkhouses killing 13 people. Forty more more remained missing. Photo courtesy of Lily Ann Rosal-Ullani

Roads closed due to Typhoon Ompong

Sep 15, 2018 - 6:38 AM

(5th UPDATE) Many national roads and bridges are closed to traffic, especially in the Cagayan Valley, Cordillera, and Ilocos regions

DSWD sends response teams to regions for Typhoon Ompong

Sep 14, 2018 - 5:00 PM

These teams will help manage evacuation centers in areas most affected by Ompong (Mangkhut)

OMPONG PREPARATIONS. The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office in the Cordillera Administrative Region taps police to help deliver 1,000 family food packs. Photo from DSWD Region 2

3 dead in Benguet landslides

Aug 26, 2018 - 4:25 PM

A 27-year-old man and a couple, both farmers, are killed in two landslides on Saturday, August 25

DOTr dismisses two Cordillera officials

Aug 24, 2018 - 4:58 PM

Despite the dismissal order, Assistant Regional Director Datu Mohammad Abbas refuses to obey, saying only President Rodrigo Duterte can remove him from his post

Cordillera council wants power to go after publishers of erroneous textbooks

Aug 21, 2018 - 9:11 PM

While the Committee on Indigenous People's Concerns condemns the mistakes and misrepresentations, the Department of Education's Cordillera Education Program Supervisor, Ethielyn Taqued, says the books did not pass evaluations

Scholars who didn't take science courses owe P6.8M to PSHS

Aug 21, 2018 - 4:23 PM

The COA report says the students come from the Philippine Science High School campuses in Western Visayas and Cordillera Administrative Region

MONEY OWED. The COA says students from the Philippine Science High School who did not take science and technology courses in college owe the school some P6.8 million. Photo from Philippine Science High School

Police: 8 dead in Cordillera due to continuous rains

Aug 17, 2018 - 8:15 PM

Listed as missing by the Cordillera police is the barangay secretary of Bedbed, Mankayan, Benguet

LANDSLIDE. Monsoon rains the past week has triggered landslide in the Cordilleras. Photo by Kurt Linus, Lepanto Consolidated Mining Corporation

Expect expensive veggies: P28M in Cordillera vegetable damaged

Aug 17, 2018 - 8:05 PM

The heightened monsoon rains last weekend have damaged crops mostly in Mountain Province, Abra, and Baguio City

RAIN OR SHINE. Porters in Baguio City load vegetables onto dealers' trucks for delivery to lowland areas like Manila and nearby provinces. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Habagat claims 3 lives in Benguet

Aug 14, 2018 - 5:23 PM

The Cordillera remains at risk of landslides and flooding with torrential rains and wind raging for the past 4 days

2 dead, 3 injured in Cordillera during rainy weekend

Aug 13, 2018 - 6:13 PM

One person is confirmed drowned in Baguio City and Cordillera police report another death after an Isuzu Elf truck falls into a ravine in Kibungan, Benguet

PAGASA Baguio Synoptic Station recorded 249.2mm amount of rainfall in  Baguio City from August 11 to August 12, 2018 today acording to Office of Civil Defense Cordillera. Expect contonues rainfall according to OCD -CAR. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Cordillera deals with landslides, damaged schools after heavy rains

Jul 24, 2018 - 9:32 PM

Classes resume but 22 schoolhouses were totally or partially destroyed in the region

Some roads closed in Benguet, Ifugao due to heavy rains, landslides

Jul 18, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The Banaue-Hungduan-Benguet Boundary Road and Balbalan-Pinukpuk Road are closed due to the rain and landslides, while Kennon Road, Abra-Ilocos Road, Acop-Bakun Road were pre-emptively closed on July 17

Federalism is the spoiler of the Cordillera autonomy party

Jul 16, 2018 - 7:32 PM

Thirty-one years after the Cordillera Administrative Region was created, the region has not moved toward autonomy – and the Duterte government’s barnstorming of federalism may derail it once again

1 dead, 12 hurt in encounters with NPA in Cordillera

Jun 06, 2018 - 8:02 PM

Members of New People's Army launch June offensive in Northern Luzon

Nana with the father of slain SAF PO2 Henry Dion. Photo by Frank Cimatu/Rappler

Western Visayas, Calabarzon battle for 2nd spot as NCR pulls away in Palaro medal race

Apr 19, 2018 - 9:01 PM

Powerhouse Metro Manila virtually seals No. 1 with 42 gold medals heading into the final stretch

Powerhouse NCR tightens grip of top spot in Palarong Pambansa 2018

Apr 18, 2018 - 1:58 PM

Traditional favorite NCR stays on top with a 25-gold, 16-silver, 12-bronze medal haul

Baguio's Bea Mendoza claims 2 chess golds in Palarong Pambansa 2018

Apr 17, 2018 - 9:49 AM

Mendoza, a Grade 11 student, snatches golds in the individual and team in chess blitz for high school girls

DOUBLE GOLD. File photo of Bea Mendoza, a senior high school student of University of Baguio, who has won two gold medals so far in Day 2 of Palarong Pambansa. Photo from Rene Pascua/ubaguio.edu

Ifugao province pins Palarong Pambansa 2018 hopes on rhythmic gymnast

Apr 11, 2018 - 1:52 PM

Trisha Nayao wants to repeat her multi-medal performance in the Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association meet in the forthcoming Palarong Pambansa 2018

Fifteen year-old Trisha Nicole Canayan Nayao, a Grade 9 student of Don Bosco High School in Poblacion South, Lagawe, Ifugao, dominated the gymnastics event of the Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association (CARAA) 2018 Meet held in Abra last February.  source: DepEd Press Release

Baguio taxi fare hike too steep? Commuters launch online petition

Mar 30, 2018 - 12:31 PM

(UPDATED) The LTFRB in the Cordillera requires taxis to shell out for a global navigational satellite system, Wi-Fi, CCTV with continuous recording of the past 72 hours, dashboard camera, and online digital platforms

FARE HIKE. The flag-down rate of Baguio cabs remain at P35, but the per-kilometer rate has gone up since March 1, 2018. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Pimentel to Cordillerans: There'll be 2019 elections despite charter change efforts

Mar 16, 2018 - 5:25 PM

One of the contested issues in Baguio about federalism is its effect on the Cordillera Administrative Region's quest for autonomy

PUBLIC CONSULTATION. Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan (standing) proposes a return to the two-party system during the Senate hearing on constitutional revision in Baguio City, attended by (from left) Benigno Aquino IV, Panfilo Lacson, Francisc Pangilinan, Aquilino Pimentel III, and Nancy Binay at the University of Cordilleras on Friday, March 16, 2018. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Mt Pulag fire: Hikers face imprisonment, P18-M fine

Feb 14, 2018 - 6:13 PM

The hikers from Cebu will be charged for violating the Forest Code of the Philippines, says the DENR

 TORCHED. Mount Pulag is closed off from hikers for 6 months after a grassland fire. Bureau of Fire Protection photo

Cordillera gongs stolen in California

Feb 06, 2018 - 8:25 PM

The Oakland-based ACPA has been lending the gangsa to Filipino dance troupes in the area

Photo by Scott Louie

LOOK: Mount Pulag torched, portable burner found left behind

Jan 22, 2018 - 10:38 PM

Around 1.5 hectares of grassland was completely blackened by the fire

TORCHED. Mount Pulag has been closed off from hikers after a grassland fire. BFP photos

Baguio heritage site, trees to give way to Executive Secretary’s cottage

Dec 07, 2017 - 10:59 AM

The construction of the official cottage and extension office of the Executive Secretary in Baguio will begin next year

PLAN. The DENR plan shows the area to be covered by the planned official house of the Executive Secretary in Baguio. Photo by Frank Cimatu/Rappler

Motorcycle-riding teenagers die in Ifugao crash

Nov 18, 2017 - 7:45 AM

Police bring Christian Jacob dela Cruz and Guillermo Sayo to the hospital, but they are declared dead on arrival due to head injuries

Whang-od as a brand name

Oct 25, 2017 - 2:49 PM

'We can celebrate Apo Whang-od and her craft in a most honorable and respectable way, but not in a circus such as what we all have witnessed', a UP social anthropologist who studied Kalinga tattoos weighs in on the issue

Odette aftermath: Some national roads in Cordillera closed

Oct 13, 2017 - 3:34 PM

Sections of at least 5 national roads are closed due to minor landslides, says the DPWH in the Cordillera Administrative Region

LANDSLIDE. Minor landslides close some national roads to traffic in the Cordillera. Rappler file photo

Tribal war feared in Kalinga town over land dispute

Aug 30, 2017 - 3:00 PM

UPDATED Kalinga Governor James Edduba declare Tabuk City the town of Rizal and the provinces of Cagayan and Isabela as matagoan or the zones of life where no retaliations are allowed

Benguet passes code for reproductive and family health

Aug 26, 2017 - 8:30 AM

The Benguet Province Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Code consolidates long standing initiatives that the local government want the next administrations to continue

TRAILBLAZER. Local officials sign the Benguet Province Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Code on August 24, 2017. Benguet is said to be the first province to pass such ordinance. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Search on for driver buried with trucks in Ifugao landslide

Aug 09, 2017 - 1:17 PM

Days before this in Benguet in the same region a landslide also buried 6 vehicles parked in a lot

P2-M worth of agricultural damage in CAR after typhoons

Aug 05, 2017 - 3:44 PM

The provinces of Benguet and Ifugao suffer the most damage after being hit by Typhoons Gorio and Huaning

A farmer from the Cordillera Administrative Region carries some harvested crops. All photos by Mau Victa/Rappler