Meet Another Igorot Blogger

My good friend Gina Dizon finally opened a blog of her own, Travel and Events. She’s not actually new to blogging because she’s been administering the Northern Philippine Times blog but this is her first personal blogging venture. Her first two entries, which I recommend you read, tackles how gong-playing can bring us together and tourist arrivals in Sagada.

I’ve long enjoyed numerous conversations with Gina so I’m really glad that she’s bringing her insights to the blogosphere. Let’s welcome her and i-link na rin natin ang kanyang blog 🙂

Meet Trublue III

My friends, this is Trublue III. He is Trublue’s grandson, future Igorot/iCordillera advocate (unnecessary child pressure ba ito hehe?), and future Tiger Woods.

Trublue III’s grandfather needs no introduction around here and in other Igorot/iCordillera blogs but I’d like to state for the record that the grandpa is one of the reasons why we Igorots/iCordilleras have a lively corner in the blogosphere.

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Smart Schools in Ifugao


Remember the Smart School Program we first blogged about last year? Smart added Ifugao Provincial High School, Madella Comprehensive High School, Banaue Central School, and Lagawe Central School in the list of schools it is supporting in the Cordilleras. Actually, I’m not sure if Smart is still supporting the other schools it supported last year as we hoped it would but it’s good to know that it is now extending help to other Cordi areas as well.

The video shows the principals of the above schools talking about the Smart program’s positive impact on their students.

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Jobs in China? Here’s a Timely Reminder

Here’s something that I should have uploaded two months ago but haven’t because of my problematic internet connection. Well, it’s better late than never. Thanks to Imie Belanger who forwarded us this statement from the Benguet Federation of Hongkong. I must say that these are timely [and timeless] words of caution/advise/tips to those of us who are looking for jobs overseas.

To our beloved Cordillerans
BENGFED Hong Kong
May 20,2008

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Kirk Balmonte’s Breath of Freedom


Congratulations to Kevin Balmonte of SLU for landing in the top five of the First Stranger Festival. This is the video he made. I like it. It’s simple and creative and brought the point across. It would have been more compelling though if he used younger looking kids.

Here’s the Inquirer report on Kevin: A 19-year-old senior of Saint Louis University landed in the top five of the First Stranger Festival in Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, a world video art event for children’s rights held July 3 to 5.

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