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Benguet town mayor uses seized gin as road disinfectant

Jun 13, 2020 - 1:48 PM

Gin smuggling has become rampant in Itogon town because of a months-long liquor ban. Its mayor comes up with a creative way to dispose of nearly a thousand bottles of confiscated gin.

CLEANUP. Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan leads the cleanup using confiscated gin. Photo from the Facebook page of Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan

La Trinidad vegetable trading post on lockdown after trucker, helpers positive for COVID-19

Jun 11, 2020 - 4:31 PM

La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda says new guidelines are needed 'to counter the vulnerability' of the site to 'contagion' after a vegetable trucker and two truck helpers tested positive for COVID-19

VEGETABLE 'BAGSAKAN'. The La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post in Benguet. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Second COVID-19 infection in Itogon another jail officer in Bilibid

Jun 04, 2020 - 9:28 PM

The Itogon mayor says the town's 2 confirmed infections most likely contracted the disease in their workplace, the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa

NOT SO DISINFECTED. File photo of Bureau of Corrections chief Gerald Bantag personally disinfecting the New Bilibid Prison on March 19, 2020. Photo from BuCor

Itogon's first COVID-19 patient a jail officer at NBP

May 29, 2020 - 10:21 PM

Mayor Victor Palangdan of Itogon town in Benguet says the patient most probably contracted the disease in the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa where he is assigned

Baguio and Benguet crimes drop during lockdown

May 09, 2020 - 7:45 AM

In the summer capital, the number of crimes during the enhanced community quarantine is three-fourths less than what was reported in the same period in 2019

EMPTY STREETS. The Baguio City government imposes total a lockdown every Sunday, which means the public market and all establishments are closed. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Group champions inclusive food supply chain during lockdown

Apr 25, 2020 - 4:27 PM

What started as an experimental run with farmers of Tublay, Benguet, resulted in the successful sourcing of over 200 tons of fresh produce direct from farmers and fisherfolk organizations

VEGETABLE PACKS. Residents help out in packaging vegetable packs in Tublay, Benguet. Photo by Jeffrey Sotero of Tublay LGU.

Is Baguio covered in Benguet’s extended lockdown? DILG says yes

Apr 25, 2020 - 9:02 AM

Residents are initially confused, thinking Baguio's administrative independence from the province also applies in a quarantine situation

CITY OF PINES ON LOCKDOWN. Baguio City police regulate the entry of people at the Baguio City Market as part of its physical distancing policy. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Metro Manila, other 'high-risk' Luzon areas to remain on lockdown

Apr 24, 2020 - 8:21 AM

The enhanced community quarantine will last until May 15 for these areas, says Malacañang

Tomas Morato, QC on March 17, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Benguet confirms first coronavirus cases in La Trinidad

Mar 30, 2020 - 3:57 PM

La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda orders a 2-day lockdown on the town. Vegetable traders are negotiating for an exemption to allow them to bring their produce to Manila.

This time, Mocha Uson 'transfers' a Benguet town to Baguio City

Mar 13, 2020 - 11:44 AM

Netizens are quick to catch the OWWA deputy administrator's gaffe

BAGUIO CITY in BENGUET. OWWA Deputy administrator Mocha Uson "transfers" Baguio City to Benguet town in an interview via Facebook live. Screengrab from Mocha Uson Blog

Forest fires razed nearly 900 hectares of land in Benguet

Feb 28, 2020 - 1:37 PM

Damage caused by the fires is estimated at over P2 million

FOREST FIRE. Fire in Tublay. Photo courtesy if BFP Tublay

Mt Pulag to be closed due to forest fire threat

Feb 24, 2020 - 6:34 PM

The announcement is triggered more by the forest fires that hit the town of Kabayan in Benguet instead of the threat of the novel coronavirus

FOREST FIRES. Fire at Sitio Tinuping. Photo courtesy of Kabayan, Benguet police

IN PHOTOS: Forest fires hit parts of Baguio and Benguet

Feb 22, 2020 - 10:52 PM

Lack of rains and easterly winds fan these fires, which hit mostly uninhabited areas

Fire in Tublay. Photo courtesy if BFP Tublay

House names non-Cordilleran as Benguet caretaker congressman

Jan 21, 2020 - 8:18 PM

The law requires that a special election be held after the death of Benguet Representative Nestor Fongwan Jr, and that's what residents call for

Photo from congress.gov.ph

Climbing Mount Pulag? Next chance for weekend booking is in March 2020

Jan 11, 2020 - 8:00 AM

For application for weekend schedules, trekkers have to line up at the Protected Area Management Office on the first day of the preceding month of target trek

WAITING. The Mt. Pulag Committee posts an advisory on January 2, 2020, on the queue for those climbing in February. Photo courtesy of the MPC

Shared on FB: Benguet praying grandpa finds lost ‘abuloy’ in time for Christmas Eve

Dec 24, 2019 - 9:17 PM

'He came to our church for prayer,' Jayson Pascual Tulabis of Benguet shares on Facebook

CANDIDO BANIAGA, a collector of donation for the dead in Benguet, comes to a local church for prayer after he lost his collection on December 23, 2019. The money is returned to him the next day. Photo courtesy of Jayson Tulabis

Real estate agent killed, daughter injured in Benguet shooting

Dec 23, 2019 - 12:53 PM

Lorna Simon Aquino is shot by an unidentified man, while her daughter Karen Aquino Santiago is wounded trying to shield her from the attacker

Benguet Representative Nestor Fongwan dies at 68

Dec 19, 2019 - 1:09 PM

(UPDATED) The congressman's remains will be brought to his home in Guadayan, Puguis, La Trinidad, says his son, Benguet Board Member Nestor 'Bobot' Fongwan Jr

Photo from House of Representatives website

Baguio preserves century-old Dominican Hill as arts and culture center

Dec 11, 2019 - 8:42 AM

It's been quite a ride for the site where artistic, religious, and naughty spirits are known to mingle

Rappler Gallery 2019 / SECTIONS / News / December / Dominican Hill Baguio City. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

After successful dry run, Baguio-bound Kennon Road will be open on weekends

Nov 26, 2019 - 8:28 PM

The window time – Friday 6 am until Monday 6 pm – is open only at one-way upward direction and for light vehicles weighing 5 tons and below, says the Inter-agency Task Group Kennon

Photo from Google Maps

Basilan sends Abu Sayyaf surrenderers to various cities to learn livelihood

Nov 13, 2019 - 9:58 PM

Hundreds of former Abu Sayyaf Group members will undergo an exposure tour in Quezon City, Bulacan, Baguio City, La Trinidad, Benguet, and Los Baños, Laguna

EXPOSURE TOUR. Hundreds of former Abu Sayyaf Group members will undergo an exposure tour in Quezon City, Bulacan, Baguio City, La Trinidad, Benguet, and Los Baños, Laguna. Photo from Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Baguio students challenge CHED-backed army 'info campaign' in schools

Nov 09, 2019 - 2:50 PM

A Commission on Higher Education regional memorandum endorses security forces' Sulat-Kamay information campaign inside universities in the Cordillera Administrative Region

PETITION. Student leaders of Cordillera appeal the CHED's regional office to revoke a memorandum that endorses an information drive by the police and army to be held inside schools. Photo courtesy of the NUSP-Cordillera

3 cousins die on their way to painting grandmother's tomb

Oct 30, 2019 - 6:09 PM

The boys were traveling from Kabayan, Benguet, to Busilac, Nueva Vizcaya

Bodies of 8 men found in Benguet ravine

Oct 15, 2019 - 6:15 PM

(UPDATED Police make the discovery in a 30-meter ravine in Sitio Poyopoy, Barangay Taloy Sur in Tuba town over two days of searching. So far, only one has been identified.

GRIM DISCOVERY. Another body of a male is discovered in Sitio Poyopoy in Tuba, Benguet, on October 16, 2019. Photo from Baguio 911

Knocked down post paralyzes traffic in segment of Marcos Highway

Sep 25, 2019 - 9:00 PM

(UPDATED) The road is a major artery to Baguio City

PARALYZED. Knocked down post paralyzes traffic segment of Marcos Highway. Photo by Tuba Municipal Police Station Benguet

Budget officer of Apayao town killed in car crash

Sep 05, 2019 - 6:17 PM

Aside from Reynaldo Bugnay Sr, budget officer of the municipality of Conner, two more persons are reported killed in motorcycle crashes in the Cordilleras the past few days

2 killed in Abra disco shootout

Aug 27, 2019 - 8:17 PM

The incident starts from an argument between a barangay captain, who wants to close the establishment, and the bar owner

Rescuers search for 2 missing teens in Benguet

Aug 15, 2019 - 3:07 PM

The motorcycle that the teenage boys rode on was found on the bank of a creek, say police

MISSING. The motorcycle used by two missing teenagers by the river. Photo from La Trinidad police

2 dead in northern Luzon due to incessant rains, winds

Aug 10, 2019 - 8:12 PM

(UPDATED) The separate incidents happen in Sta Cruz, Ilocos Sur, and in Tuba, Benguet

Benguet student builds special trap to manage coffee pests

Jul 06, 2019 - 10:24 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Since the coffee at the plantation was grown organically, pesticides were out of the question and considered impractical

Still no suspect in P15.6-million gold heist in Itogon

Jun 14, 2019 - 8:41 PM

Police say the suspects waited for the vehicle driven by Radito Quinto with escort Benny Canor early morning of June 10 at Sitio Bagingey, Poblacion, Itogon, Benguet

27 youth campers rushed to Benguet hospital due to severe diarrhea

May 30, 2019 - 9:21 PM

The campers reportedly ate champorado for their afternoon snack

ADMITTED. Twenty-seven youth campers have been admitted to the Benguet General Hospital after suffering severe diarrhea. File photo from Benguet province's website

Northern Blossom Flower Farm: Atok’s floral carpet

Apr 16, 2019 - 8:25 PM

How a humble cut flower farm in Atok, Benguet, is upping the local tourism landscape

Photo by Ivan Layugan/Rappler

Victory Liner set to demolish 80 houses in Marcoville

Apr 06, 2019 - 10:31 PM

Victory Liner is demanding the United Marcoville Barangay Residents Association to leave their premises

Kennon Road still closed to private vehicles this weekend, April 5-8, 2019

Apr 05, 2019 - 7:34 PM

The Office of Civil Defense in the Cordillera Administrative Region cancels the scheduled opening upon the recommendation of local authorities for safety reasons

LANDSLIDE-PRONE ROAD. Kennon Road has been often closed to traffic because of landslides. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Benguet town mayor receives death threats

Mar 20, 2019 - 1:56 PM

'Pera lang ang katapat ng buhay mo,' says a text message from an unknown number to reelectionist Mayor Ignacio Rivera of Tuba, Benguet

TUBA MAYOR. Mayor Ignacio Rivera of Tuba, Benguet reportedly received death threats. Photo from the Facebook page of TUBA-Municipal Government

Baguio pickpocket, missing since January, found dead

Mar 18, 2019 - 8:52 PM

The body of Joebert Pana Neri is identified on March 17 by his wife Girlie Micua Neri

Cordillera burning: Forest fires hit parts of mountain region

Feb 23, 2019 - 9:52 AM

Fires are reported in Itogon, La Trinidad, Baguio City, and Mount Pulag in Benguet, and in Sagada in Mountain Province

RESPONDERS. A chopper is dispatched to rescue people caught in the forest fire in Ampucao, Itogon, Benguet, on February 20, 2019. Sourced photo

5 killed in huge Benguet forest fire

Feb 20, 2019 - 9:50 PM

(UPDATED) The dead include 4 Philex Mines foresters and one resident

DOH records 508% increase in measles cases in Cordillera

Feb 08, 2019 - 9:45 PM

(UPDATED) The regional health office has monitored 79 measles cases in the region from January 1 to February 2 – more than 5 times what it recorded in the same period last year

Korean couple didn't poison Benguet schoolchildren – prosecutors

Jan 22, 2019 - 10:50 PM

Prosecutors say Lee In Suk and Tiehua Woom cannot be held responsible for the possible contamination of the candies they gave away

Image via Shutterstock

Forest-bathing: Your La Trinidad, Benguet weekend itinerary

Jan 13, 2019 - 1:30 PM

Experience verdure and hug a tree in La Trinidad—Baguio’s blooming neighbor

View of La Trinidad all the way from Mt. Yambew. All photos by Ian Layugan/Rappler

Low prices leave Benguet vegetables rotting

Jan 09, 2019 - 3:21 PM

Long lines of vegetable trucks wait to unload their produce – only to be told that the prices are too low

LA TRINIDAD Vegetable Trading Post. Rappler file photo

Hit-and-run driver kills teen in Benguet

Nov 21, 2018 - 10:39 AM

Police have asked the public to help them track down the jeepney driver behind the incident

GONE TOO SOON. Grade 10 student Jordan King Barlaan Peralta. Photo from the Facebook page of Jordan King Barlaan Peralta

Itogon braces for Typhoon Rosita, aims to prevent repeat of tragedy

Oct 29, 2018 - 10:07 PM

Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan orders preemptive evacuation, particularly in barangays previously hit by deadly landslides

ON ALERT. Officials hold a pre-disaster risk assessment meeting in Itogon, Benguet, on October 27, 2018, to prepare for Typhoon Rosita. Photo from Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan's Facebook page

DENR suspends operations vs small-scale mining in Itogon

Oct 13, 2018 - 9:02 AM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says he will meet with small-scale miners of Itogon, Benguet, to discuss their future

ITOGON LANDSLIDE. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu suspends operations in Itogon, Benguet. Photo of Roy Cimatu from Senate PRIB, Itogon background by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Retrieval operations end at Itogon landslide site

Sep 30, 2018 - 9:50 PM

A total of 94 people are confirmed dead in Itogon, Benguet, many of them from the massive landslide in Barangay Ucab

Day 2 see the continuing efforts of police and rescue teams in their search for the bodies buried by the landslide in Ucab, Itogon in Benguet. September 17, 2018. Photo Jire Carreon/Rappler

5 still missing in Itogon village as retrieval operations near endgame

Sep 29, 2018 - 6:28 PM

At least 86 people died in Itogon, Benguet, following the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)

ENDGAME. This photo shows fround zero of the landslide at Barangay Ucab in Itogon, Benguet. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Ifugao cries the loudest over Itogon landslide dead

Sep 28, 2018 - 8:38 PM

Most of the 59 who died in Ucab, Itogon, because of the huge mountainslide – including the 12 missing – from 12 days ago are from Ifugao province

FINDING THE DEAD. Police rescue teams find bodies buried by the landslide in Ucab, Itogon in Benguet. September 17, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

22 bodies left to be retrieved in Cordillera landslide sites

Sep 26, 2018 - 11:16 PM

The Police Regional Office – Cordillera says that as of Wednesday, September 26, they have only 22 bodies left to retrieve in Benguet, as well as two in Guisad Surong in Baguio

THE SEARCH CONTINUES. A backhoe works to move more ground as the search for the dead continues in Itogon. Photo courtesy of Itogon Police.