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Road accident at Kabayan, Benguet. Sept 25

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Photos by Mhars Li Lam-was

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Why is this Kabayan MPS personnel carrying a baby?

When the Tiongsan Rolling store came into our Municipality, residents took the opportunity to purchase their neccesities and provisions and the Kabayan MPS personnel conducted police presence in order to remind the customers to maintain public health standards and provided security assistance as well.

It was during this time that PCpl Nimfa B Camis spotted a mother carrying her baby who wished to purchase her groceries.

Upon interviewing the mother why she brought the baby with her as it is not supposed to be considering our current situation, she narrated her circumstance and condition.

PCpl Nimfa B Camis offered to carry the baby instead until the mother finished procuring her needs.

#Kabayan #Benguet #NimfaCamis #TeamPNP #PNPGooddeeds #baby #PNPServeandProtect

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Mummy Coffins confined in Safe Dry Caves in Timbac, Kabayan

Mummification is one of the traditional practices of the people of Benguet Province in preserving their dead. It is performed mainly by the Ibaloy tribe particularly in the Municipality of Kabayan where the mummies were discovered.

The well preserved human mummies were found in caves at Timbac, Bangao, Tinongchol, Naapay and Opdas all in Kabayan. These mummies were believed to be rediscovered in the early 1900s.

Credit: Bensalves

#mummification #Benguet #Kabayan #Timbac #Bangao #Tinongchol

Mummy Coffins are confined in Safe Dry Caves in Sitio Timbac, Kabayan
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On February 23, 2020 joint personnel of Kabayan MPS led by PCPT PETER D. CAMSOL JR., COP and BFP Kabayan Personnel responded to the reported forest fire at Sitio Tinuping, Barangay Eddet, Kabayan.

Trail is steep, Stone's are falling and other debris from the burning mountain and the direction of the fire is going downward. Forest fire is still on-going and personnel of DENR, PNP, BFP and residents are still monitoring the fire due to the unaccessability of the area.


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No one would dare contest you if you are to pronounce that Benguet is the hiking capital of the republic. After all, this humble province is home to Mt. Pulag which is probably the most climbed and the most photographed peak in the country. But be reminded that Mt. Pulag is just the tip of the iceberg. Nearly every corner of Benguet boasts of a peak or two which attracts consistent trickles of trekkers and seekers of momentary adventure.

There's Mt. Ulap, Mt. Pigingan, and Mt. Ugo in Itogon. There's Mt. Tenglawan, Mt. Lubo, Mt. Kabunian, and Mt. Gedgedayan in Bakun. There's Mt. Timbak and Mt. Tabayoc in Kabayan. Let's not forget lesser known mountains that are just starting to pique the interest of climbers. These new trekking destinations include Mt. Marikit in Itogon, Mt. Pukgong in Tublay, and Mt. Dakiwagan in Kapangan.

And then there are the utterly beautiful mountains of Kibungan. The mountain peaks in this far-flung province of Benguet are so numerous that climbing parties usually just use the general terms "Kibungan Circuit", "Kibungan Traverse," or "Kibungan Cross-Country" when describing their treks there. Naming every peak you've passed during a "circuit" or a "traverse" would eat away at your valuable time. You will need to create a list so as to make sure that you mention every single one of the peaks.

Kibungan is a hiker's paradise in every sense of the word. Of course, this is subjective and you might think otherwise. I've been hiking for years and I've come to the point where walking through the trails is more enjoyable than reaching the summit. Even more enjoyable than being rewarded with magnificent vistas at the top. For most people, the apex of their experience during a hike is when they finally set foot on the summit. This is not the case at all with me. I think of "summiting" as just the icing on the cake. It's nice but it's not comparable to the experience of hauling yourself up through the trails for hours at a time.

Moving my feet over the trails is a form of meditation, at least for me. I find it very calming. The sounds that my shoes make as they crush dry pine needles or as they disturb puddles on the road are music to my ears. The monotony can go on for hours but I don't mind it one bit. I'm most comfortable with myself and my being if I'm out there trudging through trails. Nature does something very positive to your well-being which is quite ironic because nature is the most insensitive and inconsiderate entity out there.

Planning and Organizing the Climb

You may not believe it when I say that I was supposed to climb the mountains of Kibungan seven times in the past. Since 2016, I've signed up with seven climbing events in Kibungan. However, every single one of these events got cancelled and never pushed through. The seventh cancelled event which was last year was especially memorable because our group of around 14 hikers actually made it all the way to Poblacion in Kibungan. But the tourism office there did not allow us to push through with the hike because of the rainy weather. Yup, we travelled for five hours all the way to Kibungan only to be turned down at the registration area.

But we understood the decision of the LGU there. It's been raining for several days straight and it can be dangerous at the trails. In fact, on our way to Kibungan, we encountered a landslide near the Kapangan border. We got stuck at the road for an hour or so as we waited for the backhoe and bulldozer that would eventually clear the road for motorists.

Suffice it to say that Kibungan has been very elusive for the past couple of years. Every event there that I signed up with either got cancelled or the organizer simply disappeared without a trace. So throwing caution to the wind, I decided to organize a climb there myself. It has always been my personal policy NOT to organize an event to a place that I've never been to myself. I only organize hiking activities in mountains that I've climbed already. I broke this policy of mine when I decided to organize a Kibungan Circuit trek. That's desperation, I have to admit.

What's funny is that this event I organized nearly got cancelled. Just two weeks before the climb, people who signified their interest in joining the trek started backing out. A group of seven people who were supposed to come from Manila backed out, their reason being it's been raining and that they are afraid of landslides along...

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#Hiking #Kibungan #KibunganCircuit

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Igorot Hero PLTCOL Lambert Albuan Suerte was awarded the Medalya ng Kabayahinan for valiantly defending the freedom of Marawi.

#Suerte #Marawi #MedalyaNgKabayanihan #IgorotHero

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