The Fossil People

The “Lumads” are frozen in time – living in the past yet thriving in the present.Bagobo_woman

They have existed this way for thousands of years, seemingly stubborn and resistant to the ebb and flow of modern life just a few miles away from where they are.

Theirs is a society headed still by a “datu” or chieftain and his religious counterpart the “babaylan.” Their culture is protected by the “bagani” or the warrior who are also entrusted to protect the lives of the members of the tribe and the ancestral lands they have.

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Housebreaking The Cat

CaptainMeowAfter working the field as a journalist for more or less six years, I thought I already know all there is to know about humans and myself. I was so wrong.

Some seven months ago, I gave up my job as a correspondent of Philippine Daily Inquirer for a desk job in a government agency. It was a drastic but beneficial move.

I have to admit I didn’t think things through as much as I should but it was a chance I could not pass up. I am already 29 but still single and working in an industry my family do not entirely approve of considering the dangers it has for a woman. To their eyes, I am getting old in a job that does not promise me prospects of wealth and security.

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Bicolano PMA top 3 not afraid of Mindanao

NAGA CITY – Bicolano Cadet Firsbacsaint Class John Paul Bacsain said he never saw himself ending up as top three on the honors list when he entered the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) as a nerdy and skinny boy of 17.

Speaking from his barracks in Baguio City, Bacsain radiated with humility through the telephone while he and his batchmates were preparing for their graduation rites come March 15 in PMA.

Bacsain gained the third spot among the Sundalong Isinilang na may Angking Galing at Lakas na Handang Ipaglaban ang Bayan (Sinag Lahi) Class 2015 PMA. Cadet First Class Arwi Chiday Martinez, 21, from Buguias, Benguet emerged as this year’s topnotcher followed by Cadet First Class Genesis Salvador Dizon of Sta. Maria, Zamboanga City. They lead the 171-member graduating class.

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PNP probe finds slain Masbate newsman involved in ‘love triangle’ 

NAGA CITY – Police investigators in Masbate are now looking into the involvement of a local journalist in an alleged “love triangle” to identify his assailant who stabbed him dead last Saturday.

Follow up probe done by Police Officer 3 Sunday Gacuma and Police Officer 1 Aldee Delavin under Masbate City Police Station revealed that victim Ariel Lerit, 48, former news anchor and publisher of local tabloid Masbate Times, was the subject of a certain Paulo Sta. Romana’s jealousy over his estranged wife Redalyn Sta. Romana, barangay secretary of Anas, Masbate City where Lerit was the incumbent chairman.

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Gloom in Masbate for ‘Dayan’

MASBATE CITY, Masbate – Going to work weekdays at the provincial capitol of Masbate is no longer the same to employees since Governor Rizalina Lanete surrendered herself to authorities last Wednesday.

Employees like Masbate’s provincial spokesperson Merien Efver said they feel like they are now in a “limbo” after the governor turned herself in on the same day that the Sandiganbayan released an arrest warrant against her for her alleged involvement in the multimillion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam when she was still a congressman representing the province.

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Cam. Sur farmers, LGU fight ‘cocolisap’ infestation

Political panoramic map of 13° 44' 54SIPOCOT, Camarines Sur – Farmers and the town agriculturist’s office are fighting the spread of “cocolisap” which was noted in at least six villages in Sipocot town, Camarines Sur.

Judith Mangalino, Sipocot’s Municipal Agriculturist, said at least 506.50 hectares of coconut farms in barangays Cotmo, Salvacion, Tula-tula, Vigaan, Anib and Calampinay were affected by the feared bug in Sipocot. Alteza, another barangay, is also suspected to have been hit by cocolisap.

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Getting on the Organic Farming Trend

BULA, Camarines Sur – Despite high hype and demand for healthier organic produce, Crispin Cabal, Jr. still encounters considerable amount of opposition against organic farming whenever he conducts seminars and trainings in Camarines Sur. Cabal, the community organizer of Pecuaria Development Cooperative, Inc. of Bula town in Camarines Sur, said getting farmers to switch to organic agriculture from conventional farming in order to meet the growing demand for safer and healthier organic food is quite hard.

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