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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

Smokey Mountain, Ryan Cayabyab to hold benefit concert for WWF Philippines

Jun 23, 2020 - 4:43 PM

The group is set to perform during WWF Philippines' #Conservatunes on June 30

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

WATCH: Smokey Mountain members reunite for 'Bayanihan Musikahan' special

May 04, 2020 - 2:19 PM

The members perform 'Paraiso', 'Better World', and 'Da Coconut Nut' during the 'Taumbayan To The Rescue: A Special Bayanihan Musikahan Concert'

Smokey Mountain members reunite for ‘Bayanihan Musikahan’ fundraiser

Apr 24, 2020 - 6:02 PM

The members of the popular group are coming together to perform on May 3

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

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

LOOK: ONE Championship gives back in visit to Smokey Mountain

Jan 05, 2020 - 9:03 PM

ONE Championship provides brand-new clothing for underprivileged children

CHRISTMAS GIFTS. The youth of Young Focus flash their new ONE Championship shirts. Photo from LinkedIn/@colintywee

PH cyclists pedal to mountain bike sweep

Dec 02, 2019 - 11:17 AM

(UPDATED) James Derick Farr and Lea Denise Belgira complete a Philippine sweep of the 2019 SEA Games mountain bike downhill event

MUCH DESERVED. Cyclist James Derick Farr adds to the Philippines’ golden haul. Photo by Leigh Nald Cabildo/Rappler

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

Aussie researchers mount rescue bid for endangered pygmy possum

Nov 04, 2019 - 9:28 PM

The tiny mammal lives in alpine regions but less than 2,500 remain in the wild, according to estimates, with winter snowfall declines and warmer weather threatening extinction

MOUNTAIN PYGMY POSSUM. Efforts are afoot to begin moving Australia's only hibernating marsupial, the mountain pygmy possum, from its alpine habitat in an effort to save the critically endangered species from climate change, researchers say on November 4, 2019. File photo by UNSW/University of New South Wales/AFP

GoPro video reveals last moments of doomed Himalayan climbers

Jul 09, 2019 - 7:25 AM

An officer of the rescuing Indo-Tibetan Border Police says, the 'GoPro has proved to be like the black box of an aircraft giving an insight into the last few moments of the climbers'

In this handout photo taken and released by the Indo Tibetan Border Patrol (ITBP) on July 3, 2019, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel line up the bodies of mountaineers retrieved from Nanda Devi after landing in a helicopter in Pithoragarh in the Indian state of Uttarakhand on July 3, 2019. - Indian rescuers brought down on July 3 the bodies of four out of eight climbers killed in an avalanche almost six weeks ago on the country's second-highest mountain. The four Britons, two Americans, one Indian and one Australian went missing in the last week of May trying to summit a virgin peak on Nanda Devi in the Himalayas. (Photo by Handout / Indo Tibetan Border Patrol (ITBP) / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / INDO TIBETAN BORDER PATROL" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ---

Indian rescuers to airlift bodies back from Himalaya slope

Jun 24, 2019 - 4:11 PM

Indo-Tibetan Border Police spokesman Vivek Kumar Pandey says the bodies would be brought to the base camp from where they will attempt to airlift them down using special choppers

RESCUE TEAM. This handout photo released by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 13, 2019, shows members of the rescue team before their departure by land to the Nanda Devi East base camp, Handout photo by Indo Tibetan Border Police/AFP

Bodies of 7 climbers retrieved from Indian mountain

Jun 23, 2019 - 11:25 PM

Authorities say it took 5 hours to retrieve the bodies

India aborts mission to recover climbers' bodies on Nanda Devi

Jun 05, 2019 - 11:21 PM

An Air Force helicopter is hindered by turbulent winds, the risk of further avalanches, the bowl-shaped terrain, the high altitude, and the fact that there is only one possible approach route to the site

AERIAL VIEW. In this handout photo released by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police on June 3, 2019, rescued mountaineers look at a an aerial picture along with rescue personnel upon arriving to a Indo-Tibetan Border Police camp in Pithoragarh after being rescued following an avalanche while climbing the Nanda Devi in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand in India. AFP PHOTO / Indo-Tibetan Border Police

Climbers who died on Indian peak took path without permission

Jun 05, 2019 - 12:22 AM

'This mountain range is more difficult to scale than Mount Everest. They knowingly risked their lives after changing their plans without informing the authorities,' says an official involved in the operation

RESCUED. In this handout photo released by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police on June 3, 2019, rescued mountaineer Zachary Quain (R) and Mark Thomas (2R) arrive with rescue personnel to Indo-Tibetan Border Police camp in Pithoragarh after being rescued following an avalanche while climbing the Nanda Devi in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand in India. AFP PHOTO / Indo-Tibetan Border Police

Bodies spotted in search for missing climbers in India

Jun 03, 2019 - 10:59 PM

The search operation involving the helicopters and dozens of mountain rescuers has been hampered by poor weather and the remoteness of the area

RESCUED. In this handout photo released by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 3, 2019, rescued mountaineers (L-R) Zachary Quai, Ian Wade, Kate Armstrone and Mark Thomas speak with an ITBP personnel upon arriving to the ITBP camp in Pithoragarh after being rescued following an avalanche while climbing the Nanda Devi in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand in India. AFP PHOTO / Indo-Tibetan Border Police

4 rescued, 8 still missing on avalanche-hit Indian peak

Jun 02, 2019 - 7:53 PM

The 8 missing climbers are said to have scaled an unclimbed summit in the mountain range

Rivals no more? Daniel Padilla, James Reid star in ‘Doble Hataw’

May 24, 2019 - 6:03 PM

Pepsi and Mountain Dew bring together PH’s two biggest stars for their biggest project yet

Are you ready for a James Reid and Daniel Padilla collab?

May 21, 2019 - 5:30 PM

You read that right. Two of today’s biggest actors will be starring in a project together.

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

Nepal sending team to clean Mount Everest

Apr 12, 2019 - 10:20 AM

A 14-member team will be sent to Everest base camp from April 25 and aim to bring back 10,000 kilograms or 11 tons of trash

CLEAN-UP. File photo of taken on May 9, 2016, mountaineers walk from Camp 3 to Camp 4, as they push for the summit of Mount Everest. Photo by Nima Gyalzen Sherpa

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

Filipina mountaineer eyes Everest after Mt Apo conquest

Mar 05, 2019 - 6:20 PM

In preparation for her Everest expedition, Carla Tumaliuan regularly climbs, does crampons training, bouldering, running, and practices of her knot-tying skills

GREATER HEIGHTS. Carla Tumaliuan prepares for her Mount Everest climb after finishing Mount Apo in 6 hours. Photo from release

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

Refugee's book written on WhatsApp wins Australia's richest literary prize

Feb 01, 2019 - 10:58 AM

The imprisoned Behrouz Boochani, a Kurd journalist and filmmaker, says he wrote his book 'No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison' bit-by-bit using WhatsApp


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

Morocco eyes 'terror' link as it makes new arrests in hikers murder

Dec 20, 2018 - 8:27 PM

The killings spark fears of a hit to Morocco's crucial tourist sector as the kingdom's relative security has always been a major selling point

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

Nepal rescuers retrieve bodies of 9 climbers

Oct 14, 2018 - 3:32 PM

The freak snowstorm is the deadliest incident to hit Nepal's mountaineering industry since 18 people were killed at Mount Everest's base camp in 2015 in an avalanche triggered by a powerful earthquake

Snowstorm kills 9 climbers on Nepal peak

Oct 13, 2018 - 5:52 PM

A deadly snowstorm hits Mount Gurja as a South Korean 9-man team conducts a climbing expedition

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

Ateneo student dies after qualifying run for mountaineer group

Sep 21, 2018 - 1:35 PM

Graduating student Trisha Marie Yap collapses while completing a 6-kilometer run

RUN. A graduating student at the Ateneo de Manila University collapsed and died while on a test run for the school's mountaineering organization last September 19. Photo from Shutterstock

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