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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.

All That Fits: Surface James Balao

A few days from this writing (September 11) we are already counting 10 years since the abduction of Cordillera activist James Balao on September 17, 2008. We are also counting 10 years of injustice for James, his family, his clan, the Cordillera communities he served and his organisation, the Cordillera Peoples Alliance, of which he was a pioneer.

Weekly Reflections: Bishop Juan A. Marigza, a good pastor and a true prophet of...

Many of his children in the faith would fondly call him “Papa Bishop”, but I would like to remember him as a good pastor and a true prophet of God. The entire ecumenical world is deeply mourning the passing on of Bishop Emeritus Juan A. Marigza last September 6, 2018 at the age of 89. He had been in the Christian ministry for the past 61 years! But it is not just the long years he had been in the ministry that matters, but the kind of life that he lived to the full as a faithful servant of God.

Cagayan Gov, nagmura sa harap ng kapitolyo

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan — “Kung magnanakaw ako magnanakaw tayong lahat!” Ito ang mga salitang binigkas ni Cagayan Provincial Governor Manuel Mamba sa harap ng mga empleyado ng Provincial Capitol noong ika-3 ng September, Lunes dito sa gitna ng flag ceremony.

Cordis, TMK train groups on emergency preparedness

TABUK CITY, Kalinga — Members of peoples organizations in Kalinga province were trained to identify the disaster risks in their communities and draw up plans to mitigate these in a disaster preparedness workshop by the Cordillerra Disaster Response and Development Services (CorDis RDS) and its provincial partner Timpuyog dagiti Mannalon ti Kalinga (TMK) on August 11 to 12 here in the City.

As The Bamboos Sway: Safe from the Chaos of the Outside World

Yesterday I sat by a cluster of fountains. The main center spout spurted at least 10 feet high, reaching for the midmorning clouds dotting the azure skies. The rest, a dozen of them, swayed with equal reach of at least five feet around the center. Altogether, they were a wonderful sight to behold apart from the tiny rainbows that broke the sunrays to the colors that they are. Moreover, the thunderous splashing from each spout produced a musical cadence that harmonized into a magical choir that stirred my very soul.

Baguio engineer, students bags national invention awards

BAGUIO CITY — A Baguio engineer and seven students of the Saint Louis University (SLU) topped the 2018 National Invention Contest and Exhibits (NICE) at the Le Pavillon Metropolitan Park in Pasay City that was held from August 14 to 16.

Statements: On Prof. Gill Boehringer

“The detention and imminent deportation of Professor Gill Boehringer to Australia proves yet again President Rodrigo Duterte’s intent to silence the voices of international human rights defenders for the Philippines”, said George Kotsakis, Chairperson of Migrante Australia.

Weekly Reflections: Ate Henie: a servant of God and of the People

Many would call her Ate Henie, but she is more than an Ate to my wife Pearl and I; she is a mother to us in many ways than one. I was still a young seminary student at Union Theological Seminary (UTS) when I first met her. She was then serving as a Kindergarten Teacher in an early childhood school on campus.

Diaries from the Field: First field work experience in a remote village

By ROD ASURIN www.nordis.net On the second project visit of the Cordillera Disaster Responds and Development Services (CorDis RDS) in Oling, a far-flung village of Itogon,...

Commentary: Beyond politics: The Social Functions of Protest

On the 23rd, Monday, Typhoon Jocie, who had been dumping bodies of rains in Luzon (especially Central and Northern Luzon) over the weekend made a needed exit. Perhaps used clothes have been piling in every house corner; spin dryers have become a gift and laundry shops confused about having to go to work and peeking at the prospect of profits. It was also on the 23rd that what was already expected to be an eventful day in national politics became even more striking when Gloria Arroyo, who over a decade ago said Hello to Garci, said Hello (even with the audio system off) to the seat of the House Speaker.

Diaries from the field: How my village copes with the loss of a loved...

Losing a loved one is always painful, and my village recognizes this pain. A death in the village takes the whole community to celebrate the life and mourn the departure of one villager. People can skip happy gatherings like weddings but not gatherings for difficult times.

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ILOCOS REGION

Church leads HR day commemoration in Pangasinan

The Promotion for Church People’s Response led the commemoration of the International Human Righths Day in Pangasinan with a mass and forum that tackled the people’s moral and spiritual responsibility to expose and act against social injustice.

CORDILLERA REGION

DPWH not part of planning for RTF-ELCAC road projects

The Cordillera regional office of the DPWH said they were not part of the planning for the road projects that the anti-insurgency task force is insisting on them to implement.

CAGAYAN VALLEY REGION

Nueva Vizcaya stands by checkpoints, barricade against OceanaGold

The local government and people of Nueva Vizcaya would continue the checkpoints and barricade against OceanoGold despite the DILG’s order to dismantle them.