LEANDER C. DOMINGO, TMT

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IN earlier times, the Ifugaos in the Cordillera did not celebrate the coming of the New Year. They do so now. The Christian religion, particularly Catholicism, has flourished in the Philippines since the Spanish colonialists arrived in 1521. But in Northern Luzon, particularly in what is now Ifugao province, where…

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The “House of Inabel” by Magdalena Gamayo was launched in the town of Pinili in Ilocos Norte recently to preserve and strengthen the Ilocano weaving tradition called “pinagabel” in the local dialect. Dr. Joven Cuanang, one of the founders of the House of Inabel, said Gamayo is a National Commission…

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BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya: In an effort to boost corn production, the provincial government here is distributing P3 million worth of corn seeds and fertilizers to farmers producing below four metric tons per hectare, according to the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA). Alexander Domingo, OPA chief, said that among the…

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THE municipal government of Asipulo in Ifugao province has banned firecrackers as part of its campaign for a safe New Year celebration. In a memorandum, Mayor Armando Domilod directed all business owners in the town to refrain from selling any kind of firecracker and instead become part of the campaign…

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THE Benguet Federation of Small-Scale Miners (BFSSM) is seeking a fair mining law, expressing disappointment over the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) stringent requirements designed to “abolish” their industry In a petition submitted to Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate, the 20,000-strong BFSSM called on the lawmaker to…

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TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan: Motorcycle-riding men gunned down on Saturday morning their sixth victim in the city since October, according to police authorities. Police identified the victim as Renato Beran of Barangay Bangag, Solano town, who was shot around 10 a.m. along Bassig Street, Ugac Sur here. Beran reportedly came from…

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IN a wildlife rescue and reservation center, Australian miner OceanaGold planted its one millionth tree, capping a campaign that seemed to reflect the company’s determination to be in the vanguard of fighting climate change. OceanaGold Philippines Environment Manager Jason Magdaong said the tree called Mayapis (Shorea palosapis) was planted at…

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SOME 175 government officials allegedly linked to drugs in Cagayan province have surrendered to police authorities since the launch of the government’s intensified anti-drug campaign in July that resulted in the surrender of 3,000 individuals allegedly involved in drugs. Senior Supt. Amorsolo Dela Cruz, Cagayan provincial director, said that of…

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THE National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has implemented the necessary preparations and taken precautions to minimize the impact of severe tropical storm “Nina” on its transmission operations and facilities. Lilibeth Gaydowen, NGCP Northern Luzon Public Relations chief, said the preparations included ensuring the reliability of their communications equipment.…

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BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya: The provincial government gave recognition to seven centenarians who also received P100,000 cash incentive each. The centenarians this year are Elizabeth Baingan of San Nicolas, Bayombong; Segundo Bay-An of Belance, Dupax del Norte; Marcelina Velasco of Ibung, Villaverde; Benito Duntogan of Nansiakan, Kayapa; Macaria Sagun of Masoc,…

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