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Edible wild fruits in Benguet, Cordillera

A total of 36 fruit species were found in different municipalities of Benguet. These fruit species belong to 27 genera and 20 families. Among the 13 municipalities of Benguet, Kibungan has the highest number of species.

There are many uses of wild fruits which ranged from food (snack/dessert/table food), forage (especially for birds, monkeys and wild animals such as cloud rat and grass eaters), offertory, processed/preserved (as jam, jellies, candies, juice and wine), condiment or ingredient (for cooking), source of dye or ink, decoration (to garnish food) and as medicine to common ailments or health problems.

Based on an inventory and calculated cultural importance index, Garcinia binucao (balokok) belonging to Clusiaceae is the most abundant fruit, hence it is the commonly used fruit for various purposes such as food, forage, processing/preservation and condiment/ingredient; Vaccinium myrtoides (ayusip) for offerings and as source of dye/ink; Saurauia elegans (uyok) for decoration, and, Antidesma bunius (bugnay) for medicine.

Source: Cordillera Indigenous Knowledge on Agriculture, Forestry and Biodiversity

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COVID-19 Cases Regional Update as of 5:00pm of August 1, 2020

Twenty (20) new Recoveries, five (5) new Cases and two (2) new Deaths Reported in the Region:
Recoveries:
- 5 in Abra
- 4 in Apayao
- 5 in Baguio City
- 3 in Ifugao
- 2 in Kalinga
- 1 in Mt. Province

Cases:
- 3 in Baguio City
- 1 in Benguet
- 1 in Kailinga

Deaths:
- 1 in Abra
- 1 in Baguio City

for additional or more detailed information visit:
caro.doh.gov.ph/doh-car-covid-19-tracker/

NOTE:
• Some data may change as new information occur based on further validation and investigation.

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The Kalinga People of the Cordilleras, Ethnic Group in Philippines

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The Kalinga people are highlanders and the most extensive rice farmers of the Cordillera peoples, having been blessed with some of the most suitable land for both wet and dry rice farming. Like the Ifugao, the Kalinga are prolific terrace builders. The Kalinga are also skilled craftsmen, well-versed in basketry, loom weaving, metalsmithing, and pottery, the last centred in the lower Chico River Valley.

On February 22, 2019, the Department of Tourism announced the bid of Digdiga Ni Tupayya, a Kalinga courtship dance, to be included in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists.

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Virac is a barangay in the municipality of Itogon, in the province of Benguet. Its population as determined by the 2015 Census was 10,990. This represented 18.37% of the total population of Itogon.

Thank you Benguet, especially sa Response Team at sa mga strong Igorots na tumulong na magbuhat.

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