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Reliving ‘peace time,’ healing wounds of war

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A 1904 PHOTOGRAPH from the collection of the US National Archives shows Japanese laborers at work on a slope in Camp 3 in Benguet province during the construction of the Benguet Road.

For many, World War II is remembered for its pain, untold suffering and death. Elders would advise their children not to forget these so they can continue to learn from history and not repeat its mistakes.

Posted: April 9th, 2014 in Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Know your rights, book tells indigenous women

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People form a female symbol in celebration of International Women's Day at the Quirino Grandstand, Manila.  INQUIRER PHOTO/RAFFY LERMA

The United Nations has provided women with more than enough convenants to protect their rights.

Posted: March 9th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Baguio City bursts in colors

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THE EMBLEM of the 19-year-old Baguio Flower Festival is the sunflower and it is the most common symbol used by participants in every staging of the Panagbenga, including this year’s. EV ESPIRITU/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

Children mixed and matched their Cordillera traditional attire with colorful costumes and props like flags, giant petals, sunflowers and butterfly wings as they danced through downtown Baguio City on Saturday for the 19th staging of the Panagbenga, or the Baguio Flower Festival.

Posted: February 23rd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Panagbenga: Sustaining a Baguio tradition

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FLORAL FLOATS, like this one displayed in 2011, are among the attractions in the Panagbenga (Baguio Flower Festival), a major tourist-drawing event that Baguio City stages every February. RICHARD BALONGLONG

More than 18 years ago, visitors had no good reasons to go to Baguio City, the summer capital, in February. Some did for the sake of their children or relatives who studied at the Philippine Military Academy, the country’s premier military school.

Posted: February 19th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Before chop suey were ‘veggie kings’

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HIGHLAND GREENS FOR THE LOWLAND. Vegetables grown in Benguet are shipped to various markets in Metro Manila and other provinces no matter how bad the weather gets. Chinese migrants, who built Kennon Road during the American colonial rule, introduced vegetable-growing to Benguet farmers. Salad vegetables have become the province’s most lucrative commodity. EV ESPIRITU/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

After a long stint abroad either as overseas workers or migrants, among the first things Baguio City residents would seek when returning home to the summer capital is chop suey, a mixed vegetable dish the Chinese popularized.   Most visitors from Metro Manila and elsewhere would also not miss bringing home “gulay Baguio” after their [...]

Posted: February 4th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Filipino farmers need to be techno-savvy

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MAURICIO Sandico believes that a scientific approach to organic farming would boost farmers’ harvests and income. EV ESPIRITU

Filipino farmers, by and large, are hardworking and industrious. But in this globalization age when they have to compete with their counterparts in China and other countries, these traits are not enough.   Simply relying on conventional old practices, such as farming methods promoted by big agrochemical companies for decades, is not the way for [...]

Posted: January 21st, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Lowly ‘camote’ finds value as survivor’s crop

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The lowly camote (sweet potato), also considered the poor man’s staple, finds its value as survivor’s crop in these abnormal times of super typhoons and other disasters.

Posted: November 19th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

When death becomes less painful

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DAY OF THE DEAD In the tourist town of Sagada in Mt. Province, residents make bonfires, using “saleng” (pine resin wood), near the tombs of their loved ones as the sun sets on All Saints’ Day. Locals believe that the fire from burning saleng will provide light and warmth to the souls of their dead. Village folk in Sagada also perform the all-occasion ritual “senga” when a community member dies. RICHARD BALONGLONG

Walikan Tan-ang died a few years ago at the age of over 100, one of the oldest residents of Kibungan town in Benguet province. Having reached such age, the family and the community would not be grieving but celebrating a life well lived.

Posted: October 29th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Baguio doc leaves behind proofs of kindness

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DR. CHARLES CHENG during the celebration of Lunar New Year in Baguio in 2012. RICHARD BALONGLONG/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

A poor boy from the remote village of Patiakan in Quirino town in Ilocos Sur province said he owed his life to Dr. Charles Cheng.

Posted: October 3rd, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Skin as archive of history, culture, identity

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WHANG-UD, a 92-year-old Kalinga woman, is the oldest practitioner of traditional Kalinga tattooing, a skill she learned by observation. ANALYN V. SALVADOR-AMORES/CONTRIBUTOR

After much prodding, a university professor researching about tattoos got herself tattooed, enduring the pain from a lemon thorn dipped in charcoal, which a 92-year-old Kalinga woman, Whang-ud, used in leaving a permanent snake figure on her left shoulder.   Grimacing in pain, Analyn “Ikin” Salvador-Amores was able to endure the one-hour session somehow, thanks, [...]

Posted: September 10th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Cultural sensitivity to understand China

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FILIPINO-CHINESE have been active in fostering cooperation and understanding in Baguio City through the annual Spring Festival and other community projects. RICHARD BALONGLONG

Amid the Philippines’ territorial row with China, are there peaceful ways that all parties can explore to avert a full blown conflict? The answer may yet lie in understanding culture, local and foreign educators say.

Posted: July 3rd, 2013 in Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

SC overturns Comelec ruling on TV, radio political ads

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday stopped the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from enforcing its rules limiting political campaign advertisements that are broadcast by television and radio outfits on the run-up to the May 13 elections.

Posted: April 17th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

In Cordillera, resilience vs piracy

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A STALL at the Baguio public market sells copies of Cordillera movies and music videos for P130 per compact disc. RICHARD BALONGLONG/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

Sometime in the 1990s, Elsie Gawidan Maliones was peddling at her stall cassette tapes of originally recorded songs by Kankanaey and Ibaloy singers from Benguet.

Posted: March 12th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

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