October 11, 2021

3 Children Die in Ambiong Landslide Caused by Typhoon Maring

Three children who were siblings died when their house was struck by debris from a landslide caused by Typhoon Maring. The landslide occurred on Monday night at Sitio Ubbog, Barangay Central Ambiong, La Trinidad, Benguet. The children were aged 2, 6, and 8. Based on initial reports, the three kids and their parents were eating dinner when a landslide struck their home.

Rescuers on the scene rushed the three children to a hospital but they were declared dead on arrival. They are the first reported casualties of Typhoon Maring in the La Trinidad area. Their parents, Stephanie and Romnick Teligo, survived the ordeal.

The province of Benguet started experiencing heavy rains and strong winds on Monday when Typhoon Maring landed on northern Luzon. Several barangays like Pico, Betag, Wangal, and Buyagan also experienced flooding. At some sections, the floodwaters were severl feet high. The Strawberry Farm and surrounding fields were also submerged in floodwaters.

Typhoon Maring is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Wednesday.

September 30, 2021

Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan to Run as Benguet Congressman in 2022 Polls

Victorio Palangdan, the current Mayor of the town of Itogon in Benguet has filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) on Friday morning, October 1. He will be running for Congressman in the coming 2022 elections. Accompanied by his wife Jofelia and their son Victorio Jr., the Mayor filed his COC at COMELEC-Benguet.

Palangdan is the first politician to file his COC in Benguet. The congressional race in the province of Benguet is expected by observers to be a heated race with multiple names rumored to be gunning for a seat in the House of Representatives. Other people rumored to be filing their COCs in the coming days are Eric Yap, Nestor Fongwan Jr., and Cresencio Pacalso.

It can be recalled that Eric Yap was installed as the caretaker congressman for Benguet after the untimely passing of then Congressman Nestor Fongwan Jr.

Benguet is composed of 13 municipalities with a population of nearly half a million.


September 24, 2021

Lito Adiwang vs. Getu Hexi Results

Update: Adiwang defeated Hexi via unanimous decision. The bout went the whole three rounds. Most of the fight was spent on their feet. Adiwang controlled the fight from the get go. Hexi tried to take the fight to the ground a few times but Adiwang stopped all the takedown attempts.

Lito Adiwng versus Getu Hexi is the third featured bout in the undercard of ONE Championship Revolution which will be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Adiwang, a rising star from the Philippines who trains under the famed Team Lakay banner, looks to extend his winning streak to 2. He currently holds a record of 12 wins and 3 losses. A victory over Hexi will take him a step closer to becoming a serious contender for the flyweight belt.

Nicknamed the "Wolf of the Grasslands", Hexi is also on campaign to the title. He has proven that he is a force in the division by winning his last three bouts. He has 3 wins and just 1 loss in One Championship. Hexi is one of several fighters from China who are carving their names in One Championship.

The main event for One Championship Revolution is a championship battle between Christian Lee (the reigning champion) and Rae Yoon Ok. The co-main event is another championship bout between Joshua Pacio and Yosuke Saruta. This is the third meeting between the two fighters. The score between them is 1-1.

August 31, 2021

Filipino Comedian Mahal Patay Na; Death Caused by Illness Complications

Noemi Tesorero, a Filipino comedian popularly known for her screen name Mahal, has passed away on Tuesday according to reports. The sad news has been confirmed by her sister, Irene Tesorero. She has passed away at the age of 46. Her birthday was on December 29, 1974. She was born in Virac in the province of Catanduanes.

In a Facebook post, Irene Tesorero wrote: "Ang aming kapatid na si Mahal ay pumanaw na. Wala pa schedule sa kanyang burol due to COVID restrictions." [Our sister Mahal has passed away. There is no schedule yet for a funeral due to COVID restriction.]

According to reports, Mahal succumbed to complications from gastroentiritis and COVID infection.

Mahal has been in the Philippine entertainment scene for two decades. She first came to prominence in the early 2000's with her gig in the ABS-CBN noontime show Magandang Tanghali Bayan or MTB. She has also appeared in numerous television shows and movies. 

Mahal, who has taken up vlogging, just recently appeared in an episode of GMA's Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho. She also made a series of videos on her trip to Guinobatan, Albay where she visited and reunited with her former screen tandem Allan Padua, more well-known as Mura.

August 27, 2021

Body of Man Drowned in Amburayan River Has Been Found

The body of Cliever Abuan Gapasin has been found. The 23-year-old man drowned when he was carried away by the swift current of the Amburayan River in Kapangan last Thursday. His body was found around 3:00 pm today in a section of the Amburayan River within the vicinity of sitio Gambang in barangay Cuba.

Search and rescue operations commenced yesterday afternoon when the Kapangan MDRRMO office received a report of a man carried away by the current in the river. The day ended without his body being found. Search and rescue operations continued the next day. Searchers and rescuers were composed of personnel from the MDRRMO, BFP, PNP, barangay officials, local volunteers, and friends/family of the victim.

In light of the incident, locals living near the Amburayan River and vistiors from nearby towns are being advised to avoid going into the river if the current is very strong. The rainy season is also in full swing so sudden increases in water level and flow current are expected especially during and after a heavy rain.

August 26, 2021

23-Year-Old Man Carried Away by Strong Current Along Amburayan River

A 23-year-old man was reportedly carried away by the strong water current along Amburayan River around noon on Thursday (August 26). The man has been identified as Cliever Abuan Gapasin, a resident of Km. 18., Ambassador, Tublay, Benguet. 

Based on an initial report by the Kapangan MDRRMO, the incident happened between 11:00 am and 12:00 noon. However, the incident was only reported to the Kapangan MDRRMO around 12:30 pm.

Combined elements of the Kapangan MDRRMO, Kapangan PNP, Kapangan BFP, and local volunteers conducted search and rescue but they haven't found Gapasen as of this time.

The Amburayan River is a popular destination not only for Kapangan residents but for vistors from nearby towns as well. The river is just an hour's drive from the capital town of La Trinidad. Near and accessible, the river is one of the most visited areas in Kapangan.

People are being advised to avoid going into the river especially during this rainy season as the current can suddenly swell. 

August 25, 2021

Filipino Author Eros Atalia Tests Positive For COVID (Severe)

Eros Atalia, the Filipino author behind the Palanca Award-winning book Tatlong Gabi, Tatlong Araw, has tested positive for COVID and is currently hospitalized. Atalia's wife and son also tested for the virus but they are currently doing well. Atalia is suffering from a severe case, is intubated, and in the ICU.

Family, friends, and supporters have set up fund-raising efforts through social media (Facebook) to help deal with Atalia's mounting hospital bills. From a post on Facebook by Filcols Filipinas, Atalia's family has already spent more than 200,000 pesos in his fight against the illness. His bills might go up to a million pesos given that he is a severe case.

Hailing from Cavite City, Atalia is an author, professor, and journalist. Aside from writing works of fiction, he also teaches at the University of Santo Tomas. Previously, he was a resident at the International Writing Program of the University of Iowa. He also co-founded the now defunct local newspaper Responde Cavite.

Atalia has written several major works of fiction, the most well-known of which are Ligo na U, Lapit na Me, Tatlong Gabi, Tatlong, Araw, and Ang Ikatlong Anti-Kristo.

A post on Facebook by Genaro Ruiz Gojo Cruz calling for donations:

"Di ito magugustuhan ni EROS Atalia. Sorry.

Nang magkaroon ng nominasyon para sa mga natatanging nagtapos sa PNU, pareho naming pamantasan, sabi ko kay EROS, ino-nominate ko siya. Ayaw talaga niya. Sabi ko bigay mo lang sa akin ang CV mo, ako na bahala, di talaga niya binigay. Ako na gumawa ng paraan kung saan ako makakakuha ng CV niya. Alam po ninyo, ang totoo, mahiyain itong si EROS. Ayaw na ayaw na may maaabala. Pero mahilig ding mag-alok ng tulong. Alam ba ninyong siya ang namamalengke ng mga gulay ko sa Libertad noong kasagsagan ng lockdown last year? Pinili ko itong pic namin na nakatalikod siya. Ngayon po, kahit alam kong aayawan talaga ito ni EROS, gawin ko itong munting paraan para kahit papaano ay makatulong sa lumalaki niyang bayarin sa ospital.

Kritikal ang lagay ni EROS at kasalukuyang nasa ICU, humihingi po sana ako sa inyo ng munting tulong, anumang halaga ay malaking-malaki na. Salamat po! Mag-ingat po tayong lahat.

Ipagdasal po natin ang lahat. Isama na rin po natin sa ating dasal si EROS.

Heto po ang Gcash ng wife niya na kagagaling lang din sa sakit:"

Jessica T.
(Jessica Rose Tinio-Atalia)