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Our Lady of Piat: Centerpiece of Cagayan’s gifts to Christianity

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CALVARY HILLS IN CAGAYAN    One of the landmarks of Cagayan province is the Stations of the Cross on Calvary Hills in Iguig town. MELVIN GASCON/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

Street vendor Federina Taguba was all smiles as she greeted a group of pilgrims who had alighted from a rented van to visit the Basilica Minore de Nuestra Señora de Piat (Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Piat).

Posted: April 17th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

PCSO game used as ‘jueteng’ front

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The operations of a numbers game sanctioned by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) have become a front for the illegal numbers game “jueteng,” sources from the police and bet collectors told the Inquirer.

Posted: April 1st, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Community thrives on Palaui’s bounty

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ECOTOURISM GEM This white sand and coral beach is among the attractions of Palaui Island off Santa Ana town in Cagayan province. EDWIN BACASMAS

On the northeastern edge of Luzon mainland, Palaui, a seahorse-shaped island, along with the unique islets that surround it, is gaining worldwide attention for its pristine natural beauty and idyllic tropical landscape.

Posted: March 26th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Imports force Nueva Vizcaya, Ecija onion growers to sell low

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Red and white onions are again flooding the northern Luzon markets, reaching the mountain city of Baguio. But freshly harvested onions have been competing with imports, leaving onion growers far poorer than when they started planting.  EV ESPIRITU/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

Unregulated onion imports and opportunistic middlemen force farmers to sell their produce at very low prices following harvests, onion growers have complained.

Posted: March 24th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

‘Colorum’ buses filling void in Cagayan alarm LTO

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DRIVERS of GV Florida Transport Inc. wait at the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board for the thorough inspection of their bus units following a deadly accident in Bontoc town, Mt. Province, involving a GV Florida bus. MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has expressed alarm over the rising number of buses illegally plying the Cagayan Valley-Metro Manila route in the wake of the suspension of trips of GV Florida Transport Inc., one of the region’s biggest bus companies.

Posted: March 1st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Cagayan car traders cry foul: What seizure?

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Port Irene in Cagayan Freeport Sta. Ana, Cagayan.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

A group of car importers based at Port Irene in Cagayan province protested on Saturday statements made by the Bureau of Customs which they said portrayed them as car smugglers.

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Black sand mining continues at night

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In this photo taken on May 3, 2013, Catholic priest Sammy Rosimo showing fine black sand at an abandoned magnetite or black sand mine site along the coast of Caoayan town, Ilocos Sur. AFP

At first glance, the processing plants that dot coastal communities in Cagayan province show no sign of activity, backing local officials’ claim that black sand mining has stopped.

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

Rebels attack Cagayan black sand mines

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INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The New People’s Army (NPA) has taken responsibility for the Jan. 13 burning of vessels, heavy equipment and machinery belonging to a Chinese company that is conducting black sand mining operations along the Cagayan River.

Posted: February 16th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Cagayan folk question P5B breakwater cost

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IS THIS WORTH P5.1B? The breakwater at Port Irene in Cagayan province, with a jack-stone layer on top of a “pile of rocks,” protects only the warehouses and vessels used in the used-car and black-sand industries, according to local residents. MELVIN GASCON/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

When construction began for the breakwater at Port Irene in the fishing village of Casambalangan in Santa Ana, Cagayan, residents felt no excitement about the new infrastructure project in their neighborhood. But when news broke last week that the project was worth P5.101 billion in taxpayer money, their jaws dropped.

Posted: February 13th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Mine firm accused of shortchanging tribe

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IN THIS file photo, workers at OceanaGold Philippines Inc.’s gold-copper project in Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya province, undergo routine security checks before entering the mining site in the village of Didipio. MELVIN GASCON/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

Members of the Ifugao community in Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya, have assailed the alleged betrayal and deceit by an Australian mining company, which is operating a gold-copper mining project there, for the firm’s refusal to pay more for their lands.

Posted: February 12th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Florida’s hits, misses along road to success

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Since the past decade, the pink buses of GV Florida Transport Inc., with their distinct floral body marks, have been busy carrying passengers to and from Metro Manila and three regions in northern Luzon: Cagayan Valley, the Ilocos and the Cordillera.

Posted: February 12th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Gov’t men absent in used car case

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A SECURITY guard patrols Port Irene in Sta. Ana town, Cagayan province, on board a tricycle. It is in this port where ships carrying imported used cars dock. RICHARD BALONGLONG/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

Government lawyers were a no-show in Friday’s hearing to defend the government’s position to enforce a ban on the importation of used vehicles.

Posted: February 8th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Car importer sues gov’t over ban

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An importer of used vehicles at the Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport (CSEZFP) in Santa Ana town, Cagayan province, sued officials of various government agencies last month over the stoppage of the processing of newly arrived cars, the Inquirer learned on Monday.

Posted: February 3rd, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

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