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Offer B&B services to Pulag hikers, farmers told

PULAG BUSINESS The preservation of Mount Pulag has relied on the support of mountaineers and trekkers, as much as in the community's efforts to protect its remaining forests and animal life. A local group has urged Pulag communities to offer bed and breakfast for trekkers who climb to the summit. Housing them in the villages may unburden the summit of campers. EZRA ESPIRITU/ CONTRIBUTOR

Instead of expanding their farms into the forests, vegetable growers in Benguet province should venture into bed-and-breakfast services for tourists visiting their communities within the Mt. Pulag National Park, an environmental advocate said.

Posted: December 16th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Baguio boy’s experiment shows banana peel absorbs metals

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Robert Nelson Leung, 11, recently placed fresh banana peels in a container filled with water taken from the community of Balatoc in Itogon town in Benguet province, host to many of the country’s oldest mines.

Posted: December 15th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Giant ‘parul’ is about community honor

STAR OF BETHLEHEM No other place in the Philippines makes giant Christmas lanterns like the City of San Fernando in Pampanga province. Local craftsmen make replicas of the Star of Bethlehem that, as the Bible story goes, guided the Three Wise Men in their search for the Child Jesus. TONETTE OREJAS

Why would 10 villages in the City of San Fernando in Pampanga province spend at least P600,000 each to build a giant lantern when government subsidy amounts to only P170,000 each and the top prize is only P130,000 in this year’s 106th Ligligan Parul (Giant Lantern Festival)?

Posted: December 10th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Vigan on list of ‘New7Wonders Cities’

WORLD WONDER The heritage city of Vigan in Ilocos Sur province, known for its Spanish-era mansions and cobblestone streets, braces for more tourists after its inclusion in the New7Wonders Cities of the world. RICHARD BALONGLONG/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

The mood was festive in this heritage city in Ilocos Sur province from Sunday night to Monday dawn as local officials mingled with residents to await its fate in the race for the New7Wonders Cities of the world.

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

Woman dies after consuming mussels; 8 others in hospital


A woman died, while eight other residents of Bolinao town in Pangasinan province, were treated at a hospital on Wednesday (Dec. 3) and Thursday (Dec. 4), after consuming mussels.

Posted: December 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »