The Commission on Elections-Cordillera is expecting nearly a million voters to cast their votes during the May 9 polls in the entire region.
INDIGENOUS RACE -- Ifugao tribesmen in their native attire participate in a friendly downhill wooden bicycle race from the main viewpoint to the town center during the Imbayah Festival in Banaue on April 27. The crowd drawing event showcased Filipino ingenuity and resourcefulness during the time of their great ancestors, who carved the world famous Ifugao Rice Terraces more than 2,000 years ago. -- Harley Palangchao
Election and politics in Baguio and Benguet remain ever peaceful and gentle as the culture of peace reigns supreme, while election-related incidents marred the campaign trails in some parts of the Cordillera.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development has confirmed that one of its employees has taken around P4.826 million in social pension funds.
Mountain Province Provincial Election Supervisor Elenita Julia Capuyan clarified Friday there was no attempt on her part to disobey the Commission on Elections in relation to the vacant elective post for governor in the province.
A team from the Commission on Audit has recommended for the non-government organization collecting tourism and green fees in Kabayan, Benguet to stop collecting these fees from tourists for lack of authority.
LIBERATION DAY RITES -- Surviving members of the “elite group” of heroes from USAFIP-NL namely Robert Tiban Bellasi, Raymundo Gadgad, Esteban Suelte Esco, Gabriel Igme, Marciano Miles and Eduardo Peralta (seated center, 2nd row) who fought side by side with American Forces to libe-rate Baguio from Japanese invasion during World War II pose with other war veterans from foreign wars and the sons and daughters of World War II veterans. With them during the 71st Liberation Day rites on April 27 at the Veterans Park were Mayor Mauricio Domogan, Rep. Nicasio Aliping Jr., and VFP national president Col. Bonifacio de Gracia. -- Bong Cayabyab
BALLOTS FOR BENGUET -- Sealed official voters ballots for Benguet and Baguio were delivered and officially received on April 29 by the local office of the Commission of Elections several days before the May 9 elections. A total of 252,000 official ballots were shipped to different secured hubs in the two localities.
-- Ofelia Empian
FOREST DISASTER -- Pine stands along the Baguio-Nueva Vizcaya Road in Bokod, Benguet are razed by forest fires aggravated by the dry spell. The public is encouraged to help the government in its fire prevention drive by establishing forest lines and by discouraging smoking and burning, as these could ignite fire, especially with the arid environment. -- Harley Palangchao
CPR SAVES LIFE -- Personnel and senior officials of the Department of Health-Cordillera join the nationwide mass cardiopulmonary resuscitation that aims to impart to the public that CPR is not only for medical practitioners and paramedics but a must-know for all people. It is a life-saving skill anyone can do during emergencies while medical help is coming. The event was organized by the Philippine Heart Association Inc. and Philippine College of Cardiology, in collaboration with DOH, Philippine National Red Cross, and American Heart Association. -- Diana Palangchao
CELEBRATING RICH CULTURE -- Villagers from the 18 barangays of Banaue, Ifugao showcase their rich cultural heritage, tradition, and way of life during this year’s “Imbayah Festival.” Visitors from different parts of the country and abroad were inspired at how the Ifugaos preserve the culture that was passed on to them by their ancestors. -- Harley Palangchao
TOP BAGUIO TAXPAYERS -- The city government recognizes Baguio’s top real property and business taxpayers for their their support to the economic growth of the city, which translates to better and effective delivery of government services to the more than 400,000 people and visitors in this mountain resort. -- Bong Cayabyab
VICTORIOUS -- Highland Boxing Gym’s prized fighter Rey Loreto emerged victorious in the 4th round of his match with Japanese Koji Itagaki in their 10-round bout in Hiroshima, Japan. With Loreto is assistant trainer Eric Santig. -- Brico Santig