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SUV in Binay convoy falls into ravine in Ifugao; 3 hurt

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Vice President Jejomar Binay. FILE PHOTO

At least three people were injured after the convoy of Vice President Jejomar Binay plunged into a ravine while traversing a road in Banaue, Ifugao province before noon Friday.

Posted: March 14th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Bamboo seen as boost to Ifugao carvers

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IFUGAO carvers (from left) Roldan Dulnuan Pait, Nestor Anabon and David Namalmag show off the products they carved from bamboo, a new material that they hope will turn around the local woodcarving industry. RICHARD BALONGLONG

Ifugao wood carvers who have settled in Tuba town in Benguet province have started an industry that for years have been catering to local and foreign tourists visiting Baguio City.

Posted: November 6th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

82 ‘bul-ul’ bring local beliefs to exhibit

ARTIST Kawayan de Guia and the 82 bul-ul bound for a Singapore exhibition. RICHARD BALONGLONG/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

It was an eerie sendoff party held here on Monday.

Posted: September 27th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Ifugao rejects plan to build roads to terraces

AN IFUGAO farmer inspects one of his newly watered rice paddies at the rice terraces of Batad in Banaue, Ifugao. RICHARD BALONGLONG/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

The provincial government of Ifugao has asked the Department of Tourism (DOT) to stop building a road that leads to its most picturesque cluster of rice terraces in Banaue town.

Posted: August 4th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Tall order: Protecting Luzon’s tallest peak

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MOUNT PULAG’S summit draws tourists each year because of its beautiful sunrise. Government recently picked it for an improved conservation and management plan. ELMER KRISTIAN DAUIGOY/ CONTRIBUTOR

Mount Pulag, one of the most biologically diverse areas in the country, is getting a new conservation and management plan, courtesy of the ecotourism industry which profits from the much-visited destination in Benguet.

Posted: July 23rd, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

A new plan to revive famous Ifugao terraces

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INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / EV ESPIRITU

European tourists, who negotiated the steep pathways leading to the Batad rice terraces in Banaue, Ifugao, on April 28 found little of the scarring that marred the picturesque, amphitheater-like relic.

Posted: May 28th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Ifugao ‘muyong’ seen answer to Philippine water shortage

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THE ENGINEERING and environmental science devised by ancient Ifugaos to carve out the rice terraces is evidenced by their sustainability. Some of the terraces were eroded last year by a storm, but Ifugao folk and volunteers have rebuilt them. RICHARD BALONGLONG/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

A solution to the looming water shortage appears to have already been available several decades ago, right before our eyes.

Posted: March 20th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Ifugao exempted from log ban

BANAUE carvers have been granted a new lease for their livelihood, after Malacañang exempted woodlots in Ifugao’s rice terracing community from the national log ban. EV ESPIRITU/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

Malacañang has exempted Ifugao’s rice terrace woodlots, called “muyong,” from the coverage of a nationwide log ban, which President Aquino imposed through an executive order in 2011, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said on Tuesday.

Posted: February 15th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Ifugao native games for good harvest

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BOYS join the native river games as part of the community’s celebration of a good harvest in Hungduan town in Ifugao. EV ESPIRITU

Residents of Hungduan town in Ifugao wore their G-strings and ritual garbs and went to the nearest river to join several native games to express gratitude for a good harvest this year.

Posted: September 5th, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Who will fight for the rights of indigenous peoples?

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IFUGAO MEN, using spears adorned by leaves of a plant called ‘dongla,’ perform the ritual ‘tagtag’ to drive away rats and pests in their farms in Asipulo town in Ifugao. EV ESPIRITU

An anecdote goes about a man and his first encounter with ancestral land titles in Baguio City. Acquiring land in Baguio is complicated, owing to a colonial American city charter that puts all alienable lands in the townsite up for auction.

Posted: August 14th, 2012 in Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Cordillerans ponder on autonomy

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REPRESENTATIVES from Ifugao gather in Baguio City for the 25th founding anniversary of the Cordillera Administrative Region on July 15. The region, composed of six provinces and Baguio, is a product of the peace agreement forged by the government with slain rebel priest Conrado Balweg after the 1986 Edsa Revolution. EV ESPIRITU

This is a 25-year-old story so worn out from constant retelling that it begs for a proper ending.

Posted: July 17th, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

In IP villages, schools without walls bloom

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ELDERS in Ifugao are the bearers and keepers of culture that is passed on to the younger generation through songs, dances, chants and rituals. RICHARD BALONGLONG

Before an audience composed mostly of academicians, Kalinga elder Alonzo Saclag showed and explained that there is an appropriate song, gong-based music and dance for each festivity or activity in his community.

Posted: July 4th, 2012 in Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

P80,000 haircut ritual marks boys’ passage to manhood

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Teachers of 9-year-old Eroz TomLaz Cortez and his 7-year-old brother, D’Artagnan, asked their parents if this was finally the year they would get their haircut.

Posted: June 12th, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

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