Mountain Province - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Mountain Province


Sagada council declines shooting permit of Joyce Bernal, Piolo Pascual for Duterte's SONA

Jul 06, 2020 - 12:03 PM

The council cites the municipal’s strict quarantine ordinance as their main reason for disallowing Bernal and Pascual's team to shoot

Mountain Province records 1st coronavirus case

Jun 16, 2020 - 7:33 PM

Mountain Province Governor Bonifacio Lacwasan Jr says that a man from Suquib, Besao, tested positive for the novel coronavirus

Mountain Province police apologize for flyers red-tagging people's orgs

Feb 19, 2020 - 6:31 PM

Police Major Jerry Haduca of the Mountain Province Police office extends the apology to members of people's organizations after a dialogue at the Sagada Municipal Hall also attended by local officials, military officers, and civic leaders

DIALOGUE. People's organizations, police, local officials, the military, and civic leaders hold a dialogue at the Sagada Municipal Hall on February 19, 2020. Photo from Innabuyog Facebook page

Sagada suspends eco-tourism activities due to coronavirus threat

Feb 13, 2020 - 3:24 PM

Mayor James Pooten says the suspension will be in effect indefinitely

Photo by Mia Gonzalez/Rappler

Missing French tourist found alive in Mountain Province ravine

Jan 23, 2020 - 2:54 PM

Local tour guides find 70-year-old Jacques Francioly emaciated at the bottom of a ravine more than a week after he was reported missing

Photos courtesy of Banlig police

Duterte says he threw drug lord into Mountain Province ravine, Manila Bay

Nov 28, 2019 - 7:20 PM

'Baka hindi 'nyo alam may tinapon ako diyan sa Manila Bay. Baka gusto 'nyo pati kayo,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells columnists who claim his drug war has not brought down enough drug lords

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the grand opening of the Acacia Hotel Davao in Davao City on November 22, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

11 injured as Mountain Province bridge collapses

Nov 20, 2019 - 5:24 PM

A cable snaps when all 11 victims, 10 of them men, walked together on the Fotyang bridge

Photo by Mountain Province DRMMO

Sagada mayor, residents tell tourists: 'Respect us'

Apr 15, 2019 - 7:22 PM

Sagada is at the forefront of limiting tourists in the area ever since 'That Thing Called Tadhana' hit theaters in 2014, creating a spike in tourist arrivals in the town

SAGADA'S RESPONSIBLE TOURISM. Photo composite. Images courtesy of the Sagada Responsible Tourism Facebook page

Butcher beheads fellow butcher in Bontoc

Apr 13, 2019 - 10:33 PM

A drinking spree between the two butchers turns gruesome

Image from Shutterstock

Cop dies in NPA encounter in Mountain Province

Apr 02, 2019 - 9:42 PM

Police Corporal Marlon Casil is killed in the Tadian encounter

PCpl Marlon Casil. Photo by Harley Palangchao

Mountain Province cop killed in encounter with NPA

Mar 29, 2019 - 6:34 PM

The encounter occurs as Philippine National Police chief Director Oscar Albayalde is in nearby Camp Dangwa in La Trinidad, Benguet, for a command conference

ENCOUNTER. Patrolman Wilfredo Padawil dies while being treated at the Luis Hora Memorial Hospital in Bauko, Mt. Province. Photo by Jonathan Tambol

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

Itogon miners fulfill promise to make town safer for Natonin folk

Dec 28, 2018 - 11:35 PM

The miners make good on a promise to blast the rocks remaining precariously on a slope, endangering people

Photos by Jake Gayog

Mayor issues new traffic ordinance to end 'Sagada Carmageddon'

Dec 27, 2018 - 6:26 PM

Parking will not be allowed in all major roads, sidewalks and other passages in Sagada from 6 am to 8:30 pm. This means, tourists are advised to walk or take public transport.

Photo by Dr Philip Del Carmen

Long weekend 'carmageddon' prompts calls for Sagada tourism regulation

Dec 06, 2018 - 4:15 PM

The Sagada tourism council, regional Department of Tourism representatives, and stakeholders have met to discuss the situation, especially with more visitors expected during the Christmas holidays

SAGADA SUNRISE. Tourists watch the sunrise at Sagada. Photo by Jungarcia888 from Wikimedia Commons

Fire ruins famous Sagada sunrise view

Nov 09, 2018 - 10:44 PM

All tours are temporarily prohibited at Kiltepan Peak – that spot made famous by the movie 'That Thing Called Tadhana'

RUINS. A huge fire on November 8, 2018, hits the two buildings behind the spot where dozens of tourists station themselves to watch the Kiltepan sunrise in Sagada, Mountain Province. Photo courtesy of Sagada LGU

Retrieval operations in DPWH building in Mountain Province terminated

Nov 08, 2018 - 10:53 PM

After three days of fruitless dig-and-search operations, the retrieval team decides to terminate its work

Rescue operations now on going at Brgy Banawel, Natonin. Photo from the Department of Public Works and Highways

2 more bodies retrieved from DPWH building identified

Nov 05, 2018 - 7:04 PM

Rains the past two days hamper retrieval operations in buried DPWH building in Mountain Province

Rescue operations now on going at Brgy Banawel, Natonin. Photo from the Department of Public Works and Highways

At least 12 bodies recovered from buried DPWH building

Nov 03, 2018 - 2:18 PM

More bodies are recovered at the landslide site in Natonin, Mountain Province, on Friday, November 2, bringing the total to 12

RETRIEVAL OPERATIONS. The second day of retrieval operations in Sitio Ha'rang, Banawel, Natonin, Mountain Province. Photo courtesy of the Natonin Municipal Police Station

3 more bodies recovered from DPWH Bldg in Mountain Province

Nov 01, 2018 - 10:03 PM

Twenty remain unaccounted for, according to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office

RETRIEVAL. Rescuers say 20 more persons are unaccounted for in a landslide that buried the DPWH building in Natonin, Mountain Province, on the second day of retrieval operation on November 1, 2018. All photos by Mau Victa/Rappler

Duterte urges Filipinos to follow 'virtuous example' of saints

Nov 01, 2018 - 12:17 PM

On All Saints' Day, President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to visit Benguet in relation to the deadly Mountain Province landslide

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte takes a solemn time to pay respects to the memories of his parents the late Governor Vicente and Soledad Duterte during his visit to their resting place at the Roman Catholic Public Cemetery in Davao City on November 4, 2017. Malacañan Photo

8 bodies recovered from DPWH building buried in landslide

Oct 31, 2018 - 12:22 PM

(UPDATED) The Mountain Province disaster risk reduction and management office says rescue operations would be tedious because the area had become isolated due to road cuts and landslides


4 dead as landslide buries DPWH office in Mountain Province

Oct 30, 2018 - 11:35 PM

About 30 evacuees as well as DPWH employees are in the building, and 4 persons are confirmed dead, says the mayor of Natonin town

No more leadership vacuum in Mountain Province

Oct 19, 2018 - 7:50 PM

Bonifacio Lacwasan Jr faces 5 challengers in his bid for governor of Mountain Province

FULL-TERM. Bonifacio C. Lacwasan, Jr faces 5 challengers for governor of Mountain Province. Photo from his Facebook page

Belgian tourist buried in Sagada

Oct 10, 2018 - 12:19 PM

Sagada officials say that the Belgian embassy in Manila conveyed its appreciation for the final rites given to its national, Rouben Marc

RIP. Belgian tourist Rouben Marc is buried in Sagada on October 9, 2018. Photo courtesy of Sagada LGU

LIST: Deadly landslides in the Philippines

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Almost all of these major disasters in the last two decades happened in the midst of heavy rain that loosened the soil in landslide-prone areas

LANDSLIDES. There have been many deadly landslides in the Philippines in recent years. Photos by Jire Carreon/Rappler and Querl Panilag

At least 59 dead in Philippines due to Typhoon Ompong

Sep 16, 2018 - 10:05 AM

(5th UPDATE) Most of the fatalities are in the Cordillera Administrative Region, which was badly hit by landslides

A massive landslide in Portal 07, Loacan, Itogon buried a number of bunkhouses killing 13 people. Forty more more remained missing. Photo courtesy of Lily Ann Rosal-Ullani

2 dead after pick-up truck plunges into ravine in Mt. Province

Sep 04, 2018 - 10:14 PM

Driver Charlie Domao-il and passenger Johnson Faroden are both killed when the pick-up truck falls into the ravine. Two other passengers are in critical condition.

Cordillera deals with landslides, damaged schools after heavy rains

Jul 24, 2018 - 9:32 PM

Classes resume but 22 schoolhouses were totally or partially destroyed in the region

Bontoc councilor's wife killed in road crash

Jul 19, 2018 - 4:03 PM

Luisa Caowa-ing Pelew, a teacher at Guina-ang Elementary School, is the wife of Bontoc Councilor John Pelew of Radyo Natin Bontoc

1 dead, 12 hurt in encounters with NPA in Cordillera

Jun 06, 2018 - 8:02 PM

Members of New People's Army launch June offensive in Northern Luzon

Nana with the father of slain SAF PO2 Henry Dion. Photo by Frank Cimatu/Rappler

Sagada council urges DOJ: Drop terror tag vs indigenous activists

May 02, 2018 - 1:09 PM

'The above-named individuals tagged in the list are personally known to this body and to the community of Sagada as common and law-abiding citizens,' says the Sagada Municipal Council

TERROR TAG 'WRONG'. The Department of Justice has a petition before the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 19 to have hundreds declared as terrorists. Rappler file photo

15 students caught with marijuana bricks in Mountain Province

Dec 06, 2017 - 9:29 PM

The students – including 4 minors, wo Filipino-Americans, and a Nigerian national – are caught at a checkpoint on their way back to Baguio City

CONTRABAND. Sabangan police are tipped off that the students – residents of La Union and Manila – are transporting marijuana on their way back to Baguio City. Photo courtesy of PDEA

Mountain Province town mayor stabbed in Isabela

Oct 11, 2017 - 11:43 AM

Paracelis town Mayor Avelino Amangyen had just left a bank in Santiago City when he was attacked by a group of men, police say

TOWN MAYOR. Paracelis Mayor Avelino Amangyen of Mountain Province is attacked by a group of men in Santiago City, Isabela. Photo from the Facebook page of Mayor Avelino Amangyen

WATCH: Keeping the organic coffee farming tradition in Sagada alive

Sep 13, 2017 - 2:49 PM

The Coffee Heritage Project is a simple movement that promotes a fruitful collaboration amongst partner farmers scientists soil specialists etymologists and any person who has the heart for uplifting the value of Philippine coffee

ORGANIC COFFEE. Organic arabica coffee cherries. Photo by Marti Bartolome
COFFEE FARMERS. Rich Watanabe with Sagada partner farmers. Photo by Marti Bartolome

PLANTING. Coffee Heritage Project planting, June 2017. Photo by Marti Bartolome
PROCESSING. Coffee grinding at the Coffee Heritage House. Photo by Marti Bartolome

Missing Korean hiker found alive after 11 days

Jun 21, 2017 - 9:23 AM

A Barlig town local finds Choi Sungkyu 56 in a thickly forested area in Latang village Mountain Province

RESCUED.Choi Sung Kyu, 56, is rescued in Sitio Sicling in Latang village. Photo courtesy of Barlig town police station

Korean hiker missing in Cordillera region

Jun 15, 2017 - 11:57 AM

Search and rescue teams are looking for Choi Sungkyu who was last seen in Barlig Mountain Province on June 9

SEARCH. Police coordinate with Korean Embassy officials in search of missing Korean hiker Choi Sungkyu. Photo from MPPPSC 11 Twitter page

Mt Province Rep Maximo Dalog dies

Jun 03, 2017 - 1:07 PM

Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr calls the late Mountain Province Representative Maximo Dalog a wise man and leader of the Cordilleran legislators

THE LAWMAKER. The late Mountain Province Representative Maximo Dalog was the chairperson of the House North Luzon growth quadrangle committee. Photo from the website of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process

Regional officials: Lawin left 15 dead in Cordillera

Oct 24, 2016 - 4:55 PM

Kalinga Apayao and Mountain Province are all under a state of calamity due to Super Typhoon Lawin Haima

AFTERMATH. Some barangays in Pinukpuk, Kalinga became inaccessible due to Super Typhoon Lawin (Haima), according to Kalinga Vice Governor James Edduba. Photo from Edduba's Facebook page

After heavy rains, Benguet, Mt Province roads closed

Jul 11, 2016 - 5:16 PM

‘Habagat’ rains after Typhoon Butchoy damage sections of two major roads while landslides hit Kennon Road

LANDSLIDE. Construction and softened soil due to continuous rains have caused landslides along Camp 8, Kennon Road, in Benguet. Unlike another road in the province, Kennon is still passable. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Comelec to hold special elections for Mt Province governor

Apr 23, 2016 - 5:50 PM

Poll officials will decide on the date of the special elections following the death of reelectionist Governor Leonard Mayaen an independent candidate running unopposed

SPECIAL ELECTIONS. Comelec chief Andres Bautista (right) with Cordillera Comelec Director Ederlino Tabinas (middle) and May Rachel Belmes, the Comelec officer for Abra.

Mountain Province governor dies of heart attack

Mar 31, 2016 - 4:30 PM

An independent candidate Leonard Mayaen was running unopposed for his 3rd term as governor this year

REELECTIONIST. Mountain Province Governor Leonard Mayaen dies of a heart attack on March 31, 2016. He was running for a 3rd term. Photo from Leonard Mayaen's Facebook page

How GMA-7 cornered 'Carrot Man'

Feb 28, 2016 - 1:52 AM

UPDATED Other TV networks have to make do with interviews with neighbors and relatives Or they can opt for so called copycats like Cabbage Man Sayote Man and Patatas Man

VIRAL PHOTO. The picture that launched thousands of likes. Photo from Edwina T. Bandong's Facebook page

5 iconic roads in the Philippines

Dec 23, 2015 - 10:00 AM

Going on a road trip? Tweet us your favorite spots along the road with OpenRoads

SCENIC HIGHWAY. Subic-Clark-Tarlac Highway offers a scenic drive. Photo by Henry Famuleras.

DENR Cordillera approves 7,000 land patents

Oct 23, 2015 - 8:38 AM

DENR CAR declares it was able to meet its target number of processed and issued land patents for 2015 under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program

Who is running in the Cordillera Administrative Region | 2016 Elections

Oct 11, 2015 - 1:00 AM

UPDATED Rappler s list of candidates for local positions in the Cordillera Administrative Region

Typhoon Ineng kills 26 in PH, now threatening Japan

Aug 24, 2015 - 3:33 PM

Goni hit parts of the northern Philippines hard over the weekend destroying nearly a thousand houses and forcing more than 12 000 people to flee officials say

FLOODED. Residents and motorists make their way through a flooded street due to heavy rains brought about by typhoon Goni (Ineng), in Candon City, Ilocos sur province, northern Philippines on August 24, 2015. AFP

16 dead in areas hit by Typhoon Ineng

Aug 23, 2015 - 11:38 PM

UPDATED The victims died in the provinces of Zambales Benguet Mountain Province and Ilocos Norte

MUDDY PATH. A worker cuts up a fallen tree while heavy equipment (in background) works to clear debris and soil after a mountainside eroded due to heavy rains brought about by Typhoon Goni, along Kennon Road, a main road leading into the Philippine city of Baguio on August 22, 2015. JJ Landingin/AFP

Landslides, bloated rivers leave 15 dead in Cordillera

Aug 23, 2015 - 5:50 PM

UPDATED 15 roads in the region are closed The province of Benguet is declared under a state of calamity

MUDDY PATH. A worker cuts up a fallen tree while heavy equipment (in background) works to clear debris and soil after a mountainside eroded due to heavy rains brought about by Typhoon Goni, along Kennon Road, a main road leading into the Philippine city of Baguio on August 22, 2015. JJ Landingin/AFP

10 killed as typhoon hits northern Philippines

Aug 22, 2015 - 4:12 PM

UPDATED NDRRMC says 10 were reported injured in the Mountain Province Ilocos Norte Ilocos Sur Batanes and Cagayan; while 3 are missing in La Union Ilocos Norte and Cagayan

DAMAGE TO INFRASTRUCTURE. Filipino villagers inspect a damaged road in the town of Bacarra, Ilocos Norte province, Philippines after Typhoon Ineng triggered deadly landslides and floods. EPA/Bernie Sipin Dela Cruz