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Ibaloy Day honors doctrine of native title

COWBOY SKILL A Benguet-born cowboy displays his roping skill as part of weekend lessons on Ibaloy culture during the monthlong Ibaloy Festival in Baguio City. EV ESPIRITU/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

The sound of gongs competed with music from marching bands alongside 22 flower-bedecked floats in this year’s Panagbenga (Baguio Flower Festival) parade on Sunday.

Posted: February 25th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Cops arrest ‘Snow White, 7 dwarves’


“Snow White” and the “seven dwarves” ended up behind bars just shortly after midnight Tuesday after the leader of the robbery group, whom the police arrested earlier, confessed that they were plotting to rob a pawnshop in Quezon City.

Posted: January 22nd, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Benguet frost welcomed by visitors, hated by tillers

FROST has blanketed sections of Atok town in Benguet province once again, but it’s a seasonal phenomenon for which most vegetable farmers are prepared. Atok and other upland towns become far colder than Baguio City between December to February each year. GLADYS MAXIMO/CONTRIBUTOR

Old-timers in this city and tourists welcome the steady drop in temperature as it provides them with their closest version of winter in a tropical country.

Posted: January 6th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Frost in Benguet won’t affect vegetable supply – DA

Frost has blanketed sections of Atok town in Benguet once again, but it’s a seasonal phenomenon that most vegetable farmers are prepared for. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO / GLADYS MAXIMO

The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Sunday allayed fears that the freezing of vegetables in Benguet would affect Metro Manila’s vegetable supply.

Posted: January 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Frost descends on Benguet farms

FROST has blanketed sections of Atok town in Benguet province once again, but it’s a seasonal phenomenon for which most vegetable farmers are prepared. Atok and other upland towns become far colder than Baguio City between December to February each year. GLADYS MAXIMO/CONTRIBUTOR

A blanket of frost covered some of this town’s farms on Thursday but local officials allayed fears that this would have an impact on the supply and prices of vegetables in Benguet province.

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

Vegetable farmers slam new Benguet traffic plan


LA TRINIDAD, Benguet—Vegetable farmers in Benguet are protesting a new traffic plan and a La Trinidad town government directive to close a vegetable loading area that would hurt the shipment of vegetables to Metro Manila markets.

Mayor Edna Tabanda gave farmers and truck owners until Dec. 31 to use a lot near the La Trinidad vegetable trading post for loading and unloading vegetables. The land would be leased to a developer, she said.

The lot was closed on Jan. 1, but Tabanda allowed the farmers to use it until Jan. 10 to give them time to find a new loading area.

The new policies were designed to ease traffic flow in the town and prepare new routes for trucks once the new trading facility, called the Agri Pinoy Center, opens in two years.

The town government also banned all trucks, including those that ferry vegetables, from using the main road traversing the La Trinidad Valley that links the Halsema Highway to Baguio City.

The trucks have been blamed for daily traffic congestion in the town, officials said, and are now required to use a bypass road. The ban took effect on Dec. 20.

Many trucks using the town’s roads are owned by farmers who bring their produce to the trading post here every day, and by buyers who bring the produce to Metro Manila and other provinces.

Tabanda’s decisions have outraged farmers from different Benguet towns, who petitioned La Trinidad officials to keep their temporary loading area open to traders and truckers until the government completes the new vegetable trading facility.

December and the early weeks of January are the peak vegetable season for farmers when they harvest and sell their crops. Benguet supplies 90 percent of Metro Manila’s daily salad vegetable demand. Many go to direct buyers like grocery stores and high-end restaurants.

Posted: January 2nd, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Baguio bans firecrackers, neighboring town OK’s it

‘KWITIS’ (SKYROCKETS) FOR SALE  Kwitis, among the most popular pyrotechnic products that revelers use to greet the New Year, are displayed on Paulate Street in Guinobatan, Albay, awaiting buyers.  NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

Firecracker stalls were put up on Monday along Marcos Highway in Tuba town, Benguet, spoiling the summer capital’s campaign to end firecracker injuries, at least in the mountain resort city.

Posted: December 31st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Miner killed in Benguet mine mishap

tuba, benguet map

A miner of Philex Mining Corp. died in an accidental discharge of mud beneath the Padcal mine in Tuba town, Benguet, three days before Christmas, prompting company officials to review safety protocols.

Posted: December 28th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

P28-M worth of marijuana seized in Benguet


Anti-narcotic agents seized about P28-million worth of marijuana from 62 plantations in Benguet, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency said Wednesday.

Posted: November 6th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

3 more years seen in bid to make tailings pond safe

A WORKER of Philex Mining Corp. keeps watch over the tailings pond, which was repaired after it leaked in August 2012 and spilled mine waste down Benguet waterways. EV ESPIRITU/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

It would take two to three more years to stabilize the tailings pond of Philex Mining Corp., which breached and caused last year’s environmental accident in Benguet province, a company official said.

Posted: November 1st, 2013 in Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Pupils’ workbooks promote cultures of Pangasinan, Benguet


Rizza Mae Andres, a Grade 2 pupil of Bobon Elementary School, is excited that she has another book she can call her own. She would read it at home, write and draw on it, and color the pictures, just like what she did in Grade 1.

Posted: September 17th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Benguet veggie prices stable despite ‘Labuyo’

Typhoon “Labuyo” spared vegetable farms in the Cordillera as it crossed the region early this week, making prices of upland vegetables stable at the trading post here, an official in this Benguet capital said.

Posted: August 15th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Benguet tops development index; Sulu is last


Residents of Benguet province may take a bow. Benguet was named the best province in terms of human development in the Philippine Human Development Report (PHDR) that was launched on Monday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Pasig City.

Posted: July 30th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

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