UCCP bishop, human rights defender laid to rest

BAGUIO CITY — Bishop Emeritus Juan Marigza of the United Church of Christ of the Philippines (UCCP), a vocal critic of dictator Ferdinand Marcos and staunch human rights defender, was laid to rest on September 12 in his hometown Aringay, in La Union province.

NDFP to study Bishop’s proposed framework on local talks

BAGUIO CITY — The head of the NDFP negotiating panel expressed their openness to study the proposal made by the head of the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP) of how to utilize the local peace talks to advance the over-all peace negotiations.

Gov’t troops, NPA clash in Ilocos Sur

VIGAN CITY — Government troops figured in a 30-minute clash with New People’s Army guerrillas just before noon of September 8 in the town of Gregorio Del Pilar in Ilocos Sur.

14 killed in Kalinga road mishap

TABUK CITY, Kalinga — Fourteen passengers, most of them senior citizens, were killed and 25 others were injured when the brakes of the jeepney they were riding on failed and they fell into an 80-meter ravine in Barangay Dao-angan at Balbalan town here in Kalinga on Tuesday afternoon, September 11.

Ibalois used plants to mummify

BAGUIO CITY — Guava is known to be a rich source of vitamin C and a potent antiseptic. Patani on the other hand is rich in protein. But what is not known to many, extracts from these plants were also among those used for mummification in ancient Cordillera.

First Chinese Mid-Autumn Fest set on Sept 22

BAGUIO CITY — The Baguio Filipino-Chinese Community and the Baguio Museum will hold the 1st Baguio Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival on Sept. 22, 5-9 p.m. at the Baguio Museum, Gov. Pack Road.

Poetry: Manong*

Nandirito na naman
Ang Habagat
Ang pagbugso’y marahas
Nilulunod ang malawak
Na katihan
Ng paghahanap

Editorial: Faces of disaster

Disaster is briefly defined as a calamity, or a catastrophe, even described as a misfortune. And it seems to be happening too often in the Filipino life nowadays. Here north of the country, Benguet Province farmers were just recovering from too much inundation from almost three months of rain and then Typhoon Ompong rages thru. When farmers have recovered from a devastation like this on their own, it is said to be due to the resilience of the people or simply the ability to bounce back.