BAGUIO CITY — Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael “Paeng” Mariano and his Undersecretary Sylvia Mallari are now officially Ykalinga or children or from Kalinga Province.
Columnist’s Note: I am relegating my column for this issue to my brother, Cesar Liporada. I share his thoughts about the passing away of our mother, Rosario Delima Liporada, 23 years ago. My mother hails from the remote mountains of San Fernando, Cebu. At a very young age, she would wake up at dawn and cook rice and viand over a fire of makeshift hearth. She would trek down the mountain trails carrying what she cooked to vend among jeepney drivers and passers-by at the center of the town. She would climb back through the trails at dusk, happy that her load are but the empty pots and jingling coins in her purse and with the determination to do more the following day.
The authors for the Baguio History reasearch are finalizing the book this year after a long long hiatus and I am very glad that it is. Following it always makes me go back in time and helps me recognize timelines, milestones and significant or special places in the town I grew up in.
Memories started to come back to me since the time I first met Rev. Bolocon at the Institute of Religion and Culture (IRC), where I worked as one of the staff for almost a decade while serving as pastor of churches in South Luzon.
MONTREAL, QUEBEC, Canada — Cordillerans in Montreal Quebec, Canada successfully staged their 7th Cordillera Day celebration last April 15.
THE NETHERLANDS — At last the sound of Kabunian gongs has reached the Netherlands!
For the past months, I witnessed and participated in the celebration of long life of our elderly in my village. Truly, it is a joy to see our elders happy and smiling when their lives are celebrated not only by their families but also by the whole community. After all, one of their ingredients in having long life is family and a good community.
The Cordillera peoples mass movement led by the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) unveils the heroes and martyrs’ marker on April 23, 2017 in Bugnay, Tinglayan, Kalinga despite the blatant moves of the Cordillera Peoples Liberation Army (CPLA) to sabotage the installation. Leaders of the community and relatives of the heroes namely, Macliing Dulag, Lumbaya Gayudan, and Pedro Dungoc Sr. stood their ground and constructed the long awaited monument to commemorate the three warriors.
In honor of a beloved friend, faithful revolutionary, and genuine servant of the Filipino people, I am accommodating in Bandillo this week the tribute of the NDFP to Leonardo “Ka Zola” Manahan. We were together in the youth and students movement, and at one time or another, as peace consultant, I have been in coordination with him relative to advancing the GRP-NDFP peace process.
The first part of the 2017 Cordillera Day commemoration is the unveiling of the marker dedicated to the heroes of the Chico River Struggle in the 1970s, such as Macliing Dulag, Lumbaya Gayudan and Pedro Dungoc, Sr. on April 23 at Sitio Iker, Tinglayan, Kalinga.
LUBUAGAN, Kalinga — In a village along the Chico river bank in Kalinga, villagers have a story they tell with high pride that highlights the crucial role of their women in the concrete development of their former subsistence economy.
Sarah is a pioneer of the Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA) and has dedicated most of her life to organizing indigenous communities for the protection of our ancestral lands and the environment against destructive projects, such as large mines and dams. She has also been delivering development services to marginalized communities not only in the Cordillera but the whole of Northern Luzon as a member of the Board of Directors of the Regional Development Center – Katinnulong dagiti Umili ti Amianan (RDC-Kaduami).