IPRA Day. The men and women of BFP - CAR in their Cordillera attire during the RDC - CAR led IPRA at 22 parade and program Friday.(Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Mr. and Ms HRAB 2019. Ezekiel Garth (4th from left) and Patricia Louis Ofracio (5th from left), both from the University of Baguio, winning the 2019 Mr. and Ms. Hotel and Restaurant Association of Baguio (HRAB) during the coronation night at the Baguio Country Club, Oct. 7. Leading the coronation of the winners were Mayor Benjamin Magalong (2nd from left) and wife Arlene (3rd from left), City Council Committee on Tourism chairperson Elaine Sembrano (2nd from right) and celebrity judge Jonas Gaffud (right) of the Ms. Universe Organization. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

IPRA Day. Contingents from Mountain Province, in their Cultural presentation during the RDC - CAR led IPRA Day Program at PFVR Gym, Friday. Kalinga Congressman and House Committee on IP Community and Indigenous People people chairAllen Jesse Mangaoang and NCIP Commissioner NTF - ELCAC Executive Director Allen Capuyan were the invited guests speakers during the event. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

IPRA@22. RDC - CAR officials and key stakeholders join Kalinga Congressman and House Committee on IP Community and Indigenous People people chair Allen Jesse Mangaoang and NCIP chairperson and NTF - ELCAC Executive Director Allen Capuyan in a photo opt during the IPRA Day Anniversary Program at PFVR Gym, Friday. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Mr and Ms. HRAB 2019. Ezekiel Garth (5th from left) and Patricia Louis Ofracio (6th from left), both from the University of Baguio, winning the 2019 Mr. and Ms. Hotel and Restaurant Association of Baguio (HRAB) during the coronation night at the Baguio Country Club. Runner - ups were: Millard Saguitan (1st - UB), Bryan Paul Semira (2nd - UC), Ervine Wemark (3rd - UC) and Dustin Kyle Rosario (4th - UCU); while for female: Mary Jennifer Molotov (1st - UC), Silavame Clemenia (2nd - UB), Justine Mae Unable (3rd - SLU) and Kryss Angel De Guzman (4th - UC). (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

15th HRT Week. The 15th Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism (HRT) Week of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Baguio formally opens Thursday, October 10at the Baguio Country Club with the ribbon cutting led by (left to right) Philippine Association of Hotels and Restaurants President Eugene Yap, HRAB Pres. Anthony De Leon, Beauty Queen Shamcey Supsup, Councilor Elaine Zambrano, DOT - CAR OIC Regional Director Jovy Ganongan and City Administrator Bonifacio Dela Peña. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

15th HRT Week. Competitors in the professional category puts on the final touches in their entry in the wedding cake competition of HRAB's 15th Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Week at the Baguio Country Club. The 3 - day event gathers 17 establishments and 26 academic institutions from various parts of the country for the hospitality and culinary competitions in th professional and student category, respectively. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

15th HRT Week. Judges in the wedding cake competitions checking the entries HRAB's 15th Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Week at the Baguio Country Club. The 3 - day event gathers 17 establishments and 26 academic institutions from various parts of the country for the hospitality and culinary competitions in th professional and student category, respectively. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

15th HRT Week. Student competitors in the fruit carving competition - student category of HRAB's 15th Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Week at the Baguio Country Club. The 3 - day event gathers 17 establishments and 26 academic institutions from various parts of the country for the hospitality and culinary competitions in th professional and student category, respectively. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Vegetable supplier from Benguet returns lost bag with P2.7M to owner

MANILA, Philippines — A vegetable supplier from Benguet returned a bag carrying P2.7 million to a woman after the latter had left it in a fast-food restaurant in Laoag City.

 

In a phone interview with INQUIRER.net on Monday, 37-year-old Alice Baguitan said she was eating at the restaurant in Laoag City last Wednesday when she noticed a bag left behind by two female customers.

“Nakita ko no’ng paalis na po ‘yong katabi kong kumakain sa isang fast food chain sa Laoag City po. No’ng paalis na po sila, nakita kong naiwan ‘was pong isang bag po,” Bagutan narrated.

“Akala ko ano lang [‘yong laman], kung baon [ba], eh kasi simpleng bag lang po siya. Pero nung buksan ko, kasi may zipper naman po ‘yong bag. Nakita kong pera po ‘yon,” she added.

Although Baguitan lives in La Trinidad, Benguet, she said she was in Laoag City at the time to deliver vegetables to her customers at a wet market there.

In a separate interview, Baguitan’s cousin, Police Senior Master Sergeant Joan Alipio of the Ilocos Norte Police Provincial Office, said her cousin had first opted to report the incident to the police when she found that the bag was full of cash.

However, Baguitin had remembered that the woman had mentioned she was heading to a bus station, Alipio added.

“Tapos kasi nakita kong umalis na ‘yong sasakyan nila, sa pagkukwento kasi nila habang kumakain kami do’n sa restaurant, narinig kong nagmamadali silang pumunta sa isang bus station,” Baguitin said.

“Dali-dali pong lumabas ako sa restaurant. Hinabol ko po sila sa may bus station po. Do’n ko po sila naabutan,” she added, noting that she rode a tricycle from the establishment to the Partas Transporation Terminal.

There, she said, she saw a woman coming out from the restroom talking to someone on the phone. The woman sounded very worried.

“No’ng dumating po ako do’n sa bus station wala ‘yong taong hinahanap ko po, pero maya-maya konti, may isang babaeng lumabas sa CR (comfort room or toilet) nakita ko siya, isa sa mga nakatabi ko na kumain,” Baguitan said.

“Tapos, no’ng nilapitan ko siya, aligaga talaga siya, problemado talaga, may tinatawagan siya…Tapos nilapitan ko, tinanong ko ‘Madam, may problema po ba? May hinahanap po ba kayo?’” she added.

“E natural, siyempre problemado nga siya, tapos tinanong ko pa e nainis sa akin. Pero naintindihan ko naman ‘yon kaya sinabi ko sakanya na: ‘Ma’am baka may hinahanap kayo kasi ako po yung katabi niyo kanina sa kainan’” she further said.

Baguitan said the eyes of the woman, who she was not able to get the name of, widened.

“‘Ha?’ sabi niya, nanlaki ‘yong mata niya,” she said.

“Tapos pinakita ko yung bag kasi siya talaga ‘yong nakita kong may hawak no’n no’ng dumating sila do’n sa kainan, so no’ng ipinakita ko sakanya ‘yong bag…bigla niya akong inakap,” she added.

According to Alipio, the woman had told her cousin that she was traveling to Manila to visit a relative confined in a hospital.

“Pupunta sila sa Maynila, sa St. Lukes Hospital, kasi may ilalabas silang kamag-anak na pasyente na dadalhin po sa abroad,” Alipio said.

Baguitan added that the woman had tried to offer her money out of gratitude but she declined.

“May ibibigay silang pera, sabi ko: ‘Hindi ko matatanggap yan, sinauli ko lang yan kasi sainyo kaya sinauli ko’,” she said.

“Hindi ko ano na magpa-reward kasi naniniwala ako sa puso ko bilang isang Kristiyano, naniniwala ako na mas malaki at saka mas maganda ang biyayang ibibigay ng Diyos,” she added.

The owner of the bag, Alipio said, had texted her about the incident as she lauded Baguitin’s kind act.

“Madam,kamag-anak nyo pala y0ng tagabaguio na nagbalik ng napulot nyang bag na may laman 2.7mili0n n0ng wensday..IGOROTS ay trustworthy,” the woman’s text message, which Alipio forwarded to INQUIRER.net, read./ac

By: Christia Marie Ramos

 

Baguio

  • Senior citizens run gov't offices for a day in Baguio, Benguet

     BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 11 (PIA) -- Elderly citizens took over the management of the different government offices in Baguio City and Benguet  on October 7  as part of the 2019 Elderly Filipino Week celebration.

  • Cordillerans gather for 7th Gong Festival

    BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 18 (PIA) -- Thousands of indigenous people from the Cordillera provinces gathered to celebrate the seventh staging of the Gong Festival over the weekend.

  • PIA Cordillera SCOFAD is a retired teacher

    BAGUIO CITY, Oct. (PIA) -- Every year in October, senior citizens are given a day to run the affairs of the local government unit and national government agencies in celebration of the Elderly Filipino Week. 

  • Consumernet conducts market monitoring

    BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 18 (PIA) -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI-CAR) spearheaded the inter-agency monitoring of basic necessities and prime commodities     at the city public market last October 11.

  • Cordillera cops psychologically stable

    MEMBERS of the Police Regional Office (PRO)-Cordillera are psychologically stable.

Benguet

  • Team Rubicon Australia shares disaster response expertise in CAR

    LA TRINIDAD Benguet, Oct. 18 (PIA) - - Team Rubicon Australia, in partnership with the Office of Civil Defense(OCD) and the local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management offices of the province of Benguet and the City Government of Baguio, conducted  a four – day Rapid Damage Assessment Needs Analysis (RDANA) training of trainers at the Strawberry Valley Hotel, here.

  • Benguet holds 10th Coop Convention

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Oct. 18 (PIA) - - The 10th Cooperative Convention will highlight the  celebration of Cooperative Month in the province.

  • Benguet's ban on live pigs, pork products still in effect

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Oct. 18(PIA) - - The provincial government maintains the ban on  the entry of live pigs, fresh and frozen pork and pork products into the province  as African Swine Fever (ASF)- affected areas  now  include Pangasinan.

  • PSA to consider Benguet as pilot area for new ID system

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Oct. 11 (PIA) -- The Philippine Statistics Authority is reconsidering the province of Benguet as part of the pilot areas for the new national ID system of the country.

  • Benguet PPO gives incentives to best performing police stations

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Oct. 11(PIA) - - In boosting police efforts and workings, the Police Provincial Office (PPO) will  give incentives to municipal police offices with laudable performance each month.

Mt. Province

  • DOH-CAR starts feeding program for undernourished kids,pregnant women

    PARACELIS, Mountain Province, Sept. 26 (PIA) -- The Department of Health Center of Health Development (DOH-CHD) Cordillera under its Nutrition Program started a feeding program for nutritionally-at-risk pregnant women and undernourished under-five children in nine barangays in this town.

  • CSC explains Ease of Doing Business Act to gov’t workers

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Sept. 26 (PIA) -- Public servants in the province are one with the nation’s government  bureaucracy  in celebrating 119th anniversary of the Philippine Civil Service this September with various activities.

  • DOH-CAR starts feeding program for undernourished kids,pregnant women

    PARACELIS, Mountain Province, Sept. 26 (PIA) -- The Department of Health Center of Health Development (DOH-CHD) Cordillera under its Nutrition Program started a feeding program for nutritionally-at-risk pregnant women and undernourished under-five children in nine barangays in this town.

  • Mt. Province youth celebrate Linggo ng Kabataan

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Aug. 31(PIA) -- Sangguniang Kabataan(SK) members  in the province celebrated the Linggo ng Kabataan with various activities actively participated by out-of-school youth, in-school youth and working youth of the different municipalities in the province.

  • Bauko councilor heads PCL Mt. Province Chapter

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Aug. 31 (PIA) -- Councilor Ashley T. Sili from the municipality of Bauko heads the new set of officers of the Philippine Councilors League (PCL)-Mountain Province Chapter

IFUGAO

  • Road clearing order boosts Ifugao town ordinance

    KIANGAN, Ifugao, Oct. 17(PIA)- - The road clearing order by the national government to the local government units  in the entire country strengthened the enforcement of a municipal ordinance of this town  providing for road safety policies.

  • ASF taskforce organized in Ifugao town

    AGUINALDO, Ifugao, Oct. 18 (PIA) - - Mayor Gaspar Chilagan Jr. of this town has ordered the creation of the Aguinaldo Quarantine Task Force against African Swine Fever (ASF)  thru  Executive Order No 2019-21 to ensure food safety and security.

  • DILG-CAR praises Ifugao for setting Legislators’ Day

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Oct. 18 (PIA) - - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Cordillera lauded the province’s officials  for setting and celebrating local Legislators’ Day.

  • Build high trust for public service, gov't workers urged

    LAGAWE, Ifugao Oct. 7 (PIA) - - The Civil Service Commission (CSC) in the province encouraged government workers to build  high trust  for public service for the benefit of people  and nation as a whole.

  • Ifugao health workers step up immunization drive

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Oct. 3 (PIA)- -Health workers  in  the province led by their respective municipal health officers are exerting relentless efforts in conducting aggressive information and education campaign (IEC) to convince the people to let their children be immunized to protect them from  vaccine- preventable diseases.

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