Sep 11

Bauko Official Website Launched

By Charlyn June Fadchal Lidua

The Local Government Unit of Bauko now has online presence after the successful launch of the municipality’s official website. Information and related services of the municipality can be accessed on the World Wide Web at www.lgubauko.gov.ph.

This is the result of the plan of Bauko officials last June 2011 to come up with a website and promote the municipality’s tourism potentials, information on culture and industry and the municipal services. A website team was then organized and assigned to Hon. Ricky Samidan. Charlyn June F. Lidua was tasked to put into fruition a comprehensive website. In July 2011, the Sanguguniang Bayan passed a resolution adopting www.lgubauko.gov.ph as the official domain name of Bauko municipality’s website. On August 2011, a soft launching was done after final negotiations with the webhost provider, Bauko, finally went online.

Before the adoption of the official domain name, the website was first uploaded at a free-hosted Content Management System and went online in the later part of June 2011. During the trial period, comments and suggestions from several visitors were received by the website team and served as their basis for the development and enhancement of the website. At present, the team is still upgrading the website and feeding necessary data to satisfy the needs of their visitors.

The LGU believes that through this website, they could reach their client’s important needs and serve them better. From the website, visitors can now download forms for business permit, get information on places of interest (for tourists), know about Bauko’s rich culture and relevant data.

Jul 18

BBCOLIDERS Dancing The Years Away

By: Glo R. Abaeo
Email: twilight_glo@yahoo.com

Once upon a time, before dancing was considered public entertainment, it
was mostly done once in a blue moon when people can spare a few precious minutes

from the usual murk of intensive labor or round-the-clock house chores. Either
that or dancing can only be seen in the abodes of the rich during parties. But
that was a long, long time ago. Dancing these days are as normal as other
everyday chores or activities.

What is not very common though is a group known in the city calling
themselves BBColiders. Not that it is unusual if we see  groups performing
(through invitations) at parties, gatherings, and even festivals. But when you
look closely at them you will know why. This group is composed mostly of ladies
“gently matured by time”. And time has done no damage when it comes to their
dancing routines.
Their ages range from “mommy with matured children” to “young and new
grannies” to “granny to matured grandkids” to really “grannies in all sense of
the world”. The wonder of it all is when they gather to do a routine, they all
prance around the ballrooms and dance floors in their younger physical ages.
They are not grandmas anymore. The music shoots out, the dancefloors lights up and they are young once more.

Like most everything, there is always a story behind the creation of
BBColiders, that is to mean Baguio-Benguet Country Linedancers shortened to one word. They were once invited by Freda Zarate to attend a rodeo show in La Trinidad organized by the Los Caballeros, and they were to dance for the first time. This was in 2005 and the rodeo was part of the provincial festival called Adivay One of the ladies invited by Wallace Woolery was a retired registered nurse from Fresno, California by the name of Julia Pucay. Under a tent on the rough, unpaved ground of the “Swamp” area of the Benguet State University, Ms. Pucay led the ladies with the gentlemen of the Los Caballeros into linedancing with the hollering of country music at the background.

So started a itch that needs to be scratched. To this day the scratching
has not stopped. From that fateful day under the tent at the BSU Swamp area, a group was born. Ms. Pucay became the mentor to about 10 lovely ladies that started gathering every Friday to learn the basics of country linedancing, eventually the basics became more and more advanced. At present the home of the BBColiders is located at the barangay hall of barangay Central Guisad where they practice honing their craft. So who says people in their advanced ages cannot enjoy?

The secret of the groups staying power and “longevity” lie in the fact
that they love what they do and always have time for it. They believe in
entertainment “without pressures”, “without fees”, “without having to raise
funds” and the only purpose is to relax and set aside the jobs and
responsibilities for awhile. They have to clear the issue on “no fund raising”
though. They do not perform to make money for themselves or for others but when occasion calls that they help out, they bang each others doors, don their outfits and dance their contribution to the event. In fact they are ever so supportive of each other’s activity or events that they gather in a jiffy to
dance at a member’s party or their friends. The 10 original members are those that stayed true, others come and go as they will, and they have a lot of them too. Everybody they say are invited, they do not discriminate against younger members and inspite encourage it. All one needs to do is have the passion to dance and learn the routines, have a set or two of cowboy boots and hat and jeans and rugged shirts.

It is a feat to see these ladies etched in the memories of those they
have entertained. So Far they have performed at the Benguet Capitol for the
benguet day celebration, at the La Trinidad Municiapl Hall during the Balikbayan night celeb. Weddings saw them dance at the Supreme Hotel and other private venues. They were part of the BSU Foundation Day fund raising campaign. They also danced their way to the Sablan turn-over ceremony as well as in Itogon, Benguet. They awed the crowd of SM through the invitation of the Philippine Information Agency during Christmas gift-giving, at the Baguio Athletic Bowl in the occasion of the panagbenga festival Pony Boy’s day. They get invited yearly to the annual rodeo in Wangal reuniting with the Los Caballeros. The list go on, as long as the years they keep behind those young jiggling, dancing bodies. And they do not have plans yet of slowing down.

The members of the BBColiders include Ms. Julia Pucay, so far the oldest
of them and the mentor to all, Ms. Elsie Diaz, Ms. Myrna Sison, Ms. Esther
Fianza, Ms. Juanita Linda Cawed, Ms. Angelita sabado, Ms. Evelyn Masaway, Ms. Ofelia Mondiguing, Ms. Freda Zarate, Ms. Edith Aragon and Ms. Teresa Guron. The latter years saw the joining in of Ms. Brenda Satur, Ms. Juliet ventenilla, Ms. Cora Cuanso, Ms. Constancia Tadias and others.

Jun 06

TOUCHING BOTH EARTH AND SKY (PART 1 of SADANGA CHRONICLES)

By: Glo R. Abaeo

Lads from Betwagan, Sadanga pose with old wooden shields and spears after reenacting the old traditions.

I was standing above a ridge one time, my feet were grounded but I feel the skies. It was like freedom in an unexplainable way. Complete abandon of self that makes me want to dive from where I was to embrace the expanse of reddish land below. The valley and villages in miniature cupped in the enclave of my palms, and if only I could pluck them to keep, press them like flowers between book pages and preserve them like they are now to look at in the future, then I would. So I watch the valley and the villages instead, allowing the view to sink in and root itself in my thoughts. It may not be the same the next time around, yet I wish it will stay this way. With the trees hugging the rocks and the mountain facades, sweeping down to a village with terraced farms, a few dirty kitchen smokes evident from the distance reminding me of warm dinner with the village folks.

The wind running through my hair reminded me of another thing though. That encapsulating freedom I got from communing with the lowly beaten earth and the great powers of the illuminating sunset skies, that spells pride for me. Pride in the most unconventional way, uncommon with city folks like me. Pride to come back to a land that was once my Daddy’s play grounds. Pride to set foot and embrace a culture that stood the changes, pride to be part of a tribe that ate out of the sodden earth that they have fought for in history to protect. Here I was, in a land that I trace my roots from.

Sadanga is a place not so often visited. It sits on high ground above the mountains surrounded by other municipalities. The path to take was once a dirt road, the fine, dry dust following your trails when you go driving or walking by. Up, up you go to that lonely path and suddenly stop midway to a diversion road. One goes up to Sacasacan and the other downhill to Poblacion. Before choosing your way is an interesting spot right there, this place called Opucan, where a lone memorial stands. This is where Mother Basil Gekiere lies, the Belgian ICM sister who came and chose to stay and helped educate Sadanga with other CICM missionaries such as the great Fr. Leon Quintelier. The people laid her to rest here, on a knoll to overlook the people she came to love.  So like a checkpoint this place stands to watch everybody who happens to come by. Another few minutes going downhill will get people to Sadanga Poblacion, the Municipal Hall sitting smack in the middle where it is most accessible to everybody. Right below on another adjacent village fronting the Municipal Hall is Barangay Demang. Accentuated by a river below the rice paddies, you could view the provencal scene in its simplest and most natural essence. The Catholic Church sits a few paces away from the Municipal Hall and the Police Station, and it is a busy place. The church is one place where they gather and commune and gladly some of the most important events and gatherings in Sadanga are church based. Proof that Mother Basil and all the other people who started Christianity here are successful, and the present parish priests of the Vicariate are doing well continuing it. This has helped dispel the conflicts that used to mar the rivaling tribes. Most people has opted for peace these days so Sadanga is a very much quiet and safe place to travel to.

Opting to take the diversion road uphill on the other hand would take you to my Dad’s hometown, a place called Sacasacan. This barangay overlooks most of Sadanga in its entirety, with Bekigan and Belwang to the extreme left, Poblacion and Demang below. Sacasacan is the oldest seat of government in this municipality. This place is so strategic that the American once built a garrison here and a watch house. Over across a ledge is a magnificent view of the rice terraces. The “ators” still exist, preserved the way they were, of kugon roofs and stone walling. Life here is still so rural that one can enjoy it to the simplest. You work and play and you survive.

A man from the Municipality of Sadanga wearing an "okrong" or "sokrong" (wicker headgear) with his pipe stuck on it.

What is pretty striking here, is the fact that most old men and women still don the traditional “wanes” (g-string or loincloth) and “tapis” (wrap-around woven skirt) as an everyday clothing, not only as a garb during occasions. In the early mornings you can chance upon them sunning themselves out on their yards or gathering with others and smoking their pipes, something they stick on their “okrong” (headgear made of wicker) when not in use. They would be squatting there speaking of old times or their crops and anything under the sun. Then each would go his own way, and as old as they are most would still consider doing chores of pounding rice, or making “fvayash” (rum from sugarcane) when in season, or weaving baskets or feeding the livestocks. Age is nothing to make them want to idle their time, perhaps the very reason that their body age are much younger than their actual age.

3 sets of old jawbones (sangi) were threaded and used as handles for this gong, a symbol of triumph and glory during the war times.

Who would have thought that these old, wrinkled men were once gallant warriors? In the days of old when their optimum security depends on themselves, the menfolk are united to stand against the odds of war. There are still some relics to relive those days, “kalasag(s)” or wooden shields that were actually used as well as the “tubay(s)” (spears) that are now being passed on to descendants as heirlooms. The coming of the 70’s and 80’s saw most of the fierce fighting of the Municipality of Sadanga with other clans within itself and some as far as other Provinces. And along with the trophies of “sangi(s)” (jawbones) and or upper part of the skulls taken from the Japanese war time, the more recent ones were added. These were usually used as handles for the musical instruments called “gangsa” or gongs. These olden tradition has long been abandoned and the people are now bound by peace and the longing for it to be maintained forever. The younger generations, to count myself in, have been doing our shares of making this possible, often acting as peacekeepers.

So many traditions here that are so ancient it does not stop to fascinate me. Every little thing screams of life, as in for every man a scar has a story to tell.

 

May 12

Businesses to Invest In, In Mountain Province

Source:  Department of Trade and Industry, Mountain Province
For more information or answers to your queries send e-mail to dtimountainatyahoodotcom

PROPOSED PRIORITY INVESTMENT AREAS

MOUNTAIN PROVINCE

LIST OF PRIORITY AREAS/ACTIVITIES  COVERAGE AND DEFINITION

 

I.  Eco-tourism Promotion and Development
    A.  Tour Operation 1.    Development and   coordination of tour packages within Mountain Province;2.    Organizing and coordinating invitational tourism events;

3.    Organizing, training and referral of tour guides and providing tour guide services.

    B.  Transportation Services 1.    Operation of tour buses and vans;2.    Construction and establishment of cable transport for mountain navigation and viewing;

3.    Horse stables and horse rentals

  1. Gifts, Souvenir and

Pasalubong

1.    Manufacturing of gifts, souvenir, and “pasalubong”       out of indigenous raw materials each municipality coming 

       up with respective “Pasalubong ng Bayan”

2.    Establishment of Pasalubong centers and gift shops in

       Bontoc, Mabaay, Bauko and Sagada

3.    Packaging and labeling designs and printing;

  1. Arts, Photography and Publication
    1. Cultural research, documentation and publishing;
    2. Establishment of schools of living traditions
 
  1. Tourism Facilities and Services
    1. Lodging Houses and restaurants
    2. Homestays
    3. Internet and Communication Centers;
    4. Development of resorts, campsites, convention houses, and recreation establishments;
    5. Development of theme parks like watershed, botanical gardens, etc;
    6. Wellness centers (clinics offering massage, reflexology, kolkolis, etc)
    7. Commercial Banking
    8. Skylift facilities
 
  1. Water Bottling

 

  1.  Retirement Homes/ Facilities
    1. Water delivery
    2. Water purification, distilling and bottling
 
II  Investments in industries clustered with One-Town-One-Products (OTOP) namely
 A.   Adventure Tourism
  1. Mountain Treking(Barlig, Bontoc),
  2. Cave Spelunking(Sagada),
  3. Mountain Biking(Sagada, Barlig),
  4. Horseback riding(Bontoc, Sagada, Barlig, Tadian);
  5. Culture (Bontoc, Tadian)

 

B.  Food Production and   Processing
  1. Fruit Wine Making (Bauko)
  2. Sugar Cane (Basi) Wine (Sadanga)
    1. Fruit Processing (Tadian)
    2. Legume Production and Processing (Sadanga)
    3. Vegetable Production and Processing (Bauko, Sagada, Tadian)
    4. Native rice production including ‘malagkit’ and red rice (Barlig)
    5. ‘Patopat’ Production (Bontoc)
 C.  Loom and Backstrap Weaving (Sagada, Bontoc)  

  1. Subcontractors
  2. Sewing/ Tailor Shop
  3. Designers
 D.  Pottery (Sagada)  1.  Galleries
E.   Coffee Production and Processing (Sagada, Bontoc) 1.  Coffee Farms2.  Coffee Shops
F.   Corn Production and Processing (Paracelis) 1.  Corn Production2   Post Harvest Mills and Buying Center

3.  Feed Mills

G.   Abaca Fiber Industry (Natonin) 1.  Abaca Farms2.  Fiber Production

3.  Handmade Paper Production

4.  Abaca Handicraft

H.  Construction (Sabangan) 1.  Aggregate Concessions;2.  Construction Material Production

3.  Iron Works

4.  Building Contracts (Labor and Facilities)

5.  Technical Training Center

6.  Construction Supplies

III   High Value Crop Production
A.  Fruit Production  1.  Production and Processing of Citrus
  2.  Production of Raw Materials for Wine namely:  Bignay,   Governor’s Plum, Duhat and Persimmon;
  3.  Production and Processing of Pineapple;
  4.  Production and Processing of Bananas;
B.  Commercial Farm Development- 1.  Production of Arabica and Robusta Coffee:
2.  Production and milling of corn:
  1. Production of native rice;

 

C.  Organic Vegetable and Rootcrop Production and Processing 1. Gabi
2. Ube
3. Camote
4. Cassava
  1. Squash
  2. Medicinal Herbs

 

D.  Agri-Marketing Facilities 1.  Operation of Fruit and Vegetable Supply Chain Facility
  2.  Establishment of Packaging Center
  3.  Establishment of Crop Nursery
 
  1. Seed and seedling production including tissue culture

 

IV.  SUPPORT INFRASTRUCTURE
A.   Trading Centers 1.  Trade Center/Trading Post
  2.  Shopping Center
B.  Support Services 1.  Training Institution to offer courses that will enhance skills and competence of industry labor;
  2. Construction of Public restrooms
C.  Communication 1.  Call Center Operation 
 D. Infrastructure 1.  Construction and development of access infrastructure2.  Power Generation (Wind, water and solar)

 

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