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With an entrance fee of Php 20.00 only, the Amsterdam-like Tulip Garden of Bucay, Abra gets more than 300 visitors from the entire Luzon daily. (CAGT PIA-CAR,Abra)

By Christian Allister G. Tubadeza
BUCAY, Abra(PIA) — The Layugan Garden in the town of Bucay is the newest attraction in the province averaging about 300 tourists a day.

With its 10,000 artificial tulips in vibrant colors, it is attractive in the day and especially at night when lighted.

Tulip LED flowers in different colors- red, yellow, pink, white and blue – are beautifully arranged in an elevated land.

Owned and managed by Mr. Jun Baroña, the Layugan Garden is located in barangay Layugan; about 10 minutes drive from the poblacion. It opened just last January 14 and instantly became a tourist destination.

In an interview with Bucay Tourism Officer Roger Bernal, he said the tulip garden is one of the steps of the local government in nurturing the tourism industry of the municipality.

The establishment of the Layugan Garden was inspired by the visit of Bucay Mayor Bernadette Baroña to the Sirao Garden in Cebu.

Bernal said that as more people come to see the garden, the local government unit beefs up the maintenance of peace and security especially this month of February.

“The management allowed souvenir and food stands in the vicinity of the garden for the general convenience of our visitors and to carry out business opportunities as well for the people of Barangay Layugan,” he said.

The garden regularly opens at 9:00AM with an entrance fee of Php 20.00 only and Php 30.00 in the evening. It would not close as long as there are still visitors at night, Bernal said.
To get there, tourists may ride the buses going to Bangued, then take the jeepneys going to Bucay which is less than an hour trip.

Those with private cars going to Bangued, turn right just after the Sinalang Bridge for about 20-25 minutes drive to Bucay town proper, then about 10 minutes drive to the Layugan Garden.

Aside from the Layugan Garden, visitors may also visit other tourists attractions in the municipality such as the Banglolao viewdeck, Pakiling Cave of Roces, Bucay Casa Real and the Borikibok Spring resort. (JDP/ MTBB/CAGT – PIA CAR, Abra)

Abra Police Blotter Regional News


CAMP BADO DANGWA, La Trinidad, Benguet — An ambulance driver was shot dead after a drinking spree over the week.

Chief Supt. Rolando Nana, Cordillera region police chief identified the victim as as Larry Tanura Baldemor aka “Aning”, 45, ambulance driver in the municipality of San Juan, Abra, and resident of Namit-ingan, Dolores, Abra.

Reports reaching the office of Nana disclosed that, at around 5:00 PM of January 16, 2019, the victim was drinking at the residence of Cristin Jane and had a heated argument with his cousin, Arnel Tagudar, 32, married, and resident of said place.

Baldemor reportedly slapped Tagudar, both were pacified by their companions.  Tagudar reportedly went home after the incident.

At around 11:45 p.m. of the same day, Baldemor reportedly left the place and after a few minutes, a gunshot was heard, Baldemor was seen running along the road and fell down in front of the house of Barangay Chairman Noli B. Turqueza.

Residents rushed the victim to Dolores Medical Hospital where he was  declared dead on arrival by the attending physician with lone gunshot wound (nine pellet holes) on the right lower abdomen and left forearm.

Recovered at the crime scene was black Samsung (keypad) cellular phone of the victim and now subject for further technical examination, while SOCO personnel also recovered a 12 gauge shot shell near the crime scene.

Tagudar was invited for investigation and paraffin casting by authorities and likewise included  Ronald Baldemor who witnessed the incident. — Larry Madarang

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Abra Ventures Into Cacao Business

Abra Ventures Into Cacao Business

Bangued, Abra (January 17, 2019) — Abra is starting strong on cacao growing to stir up a new venture for its farmers.

Established in 2014 with the help of technicians all the way from the Department of Trade and Industry-Davao and Cacao Industry Development Association of Mindanao (CIDAMI),  several cacao growers have already sprouted in the province with their center in Bucay town,  the cacao tablea-identified producer in the province.

Now, DTI-Abra with the Bucay LGU are assisting cacao processors to enhance their products introducing state of the art packaging, labelling, and product-testing.

We have started making chocolates (in 2018),  said Abra governor Ma. Jocelyn Bernos.  We now offer our own cacao tablea (in pure, with milk, with muscovado), she added.The Bucay Cacao Industry Cluster Committee (BCICC) spearheads the execution for the transformation of cacao farmers and communities, ushering big developments in Abra. Banglolao village in Bucay has already 4 registered processors of cacao tablea products —  Banglolao Women’s Association, Norma’s Homemade Cacao Tablea, Catalina de la Paz, and Monica Bermudez.

Already, cacao tablea products are available within Bucay, in big grocery stores in Bangued, Abra’s capital and at the two Abra Pasalubong Centers in Bangued and Tangadan in San Quintin town. DTI, Bucay LGU and the Provincial Government are aggressively promoting the cacao-based products through various trade fairs in and outside Abra as tokens to visitors.

Cathy Pacsa, Abra provincial administrator said they are continuously searching for improvements of their cacao tablea product’s packaging and labeling in order to meet international quality standards. — Artemio A. Dumlao

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Abrenian Is First Gun Ban Violator

Bangued, Abra — An Abrenian is the first gun ban violator in the Cordillera region.

Right after instituting checkpoints all over Abra, policemen caught Mark John Bumatnong Biccay tucking a loaded caliber .38 revolver on his waste as he was passing through a Comelec checkpoint at Tangadan, San Quintin, Abra on Monday afternoon.

Unable to show any government sanction why he was carrying a gun, Biccay was taken to the San Quintin police station for further questioning and face criminal charges for illegally bringing a gun.

Authorities were placed on red alert on midnight Sunday as the election season officially started.

Abra though was not identified as among the authorities’ “areas of concern” for the upcoming May midterm polls despite its long history of poll-related violence.

Situation though has significantly improved (in the province), vowed Abra Governor Jocelyn Bernos, compared to the past years when political rivalries had always turned bloody. – Artemio A. Dumlao

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LICUAN-BAAY, Abra, — Tinguian elders led by the Abra Confederation of Tingguian Organizations (ACTO) and the local government unit here recently spearheaded the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of a historical landmark at Mt. Lamunan in Brgy. Subagan this town.

ACTO President, lawyer Isidro Espiritu said this project particularly gives credit to the Abrañean Guerilla Forces who fought the Japanese Forces during World War II.

Espiritu said ‘it is but fitting and appropriate to appreciate and relive the heroism of our ancestors who fought for the freedom of our land from foreign invasion.’

Mt. Lamunan is famous to the uplands in Abra as the “Lamunan Ambush Site” . It is located in the tri-boundary of the municipalities of Daguioman, Malibcong and Licuan-Baay in Abra and Balbalan of Kalinga.

Result of the research conducted earlier by the faculty and students of the Abra State Institute of Science and Technology led by Dr. Elsa D. Baguioan proved the validity of the claim by the local folk of the ambush and killing of many Japanese soldiers done by the Abrañean Guerillas led by the popular American soldier named Cosing.

The late Lunes Colet of Baay, a member of the USAPHIL Guerilla Forces, had earlier attested to the truthfulness of the said combat operation.

While the site is located in a tri-boundary, Licuan-Baay Mayor Alejo Domingo did not shy away from taking the lead in this endeavor and provided all-out support to ACTO that has conceptualized and proposed the said project.

This is a collaborative effort of various national agencies such as the National Historical Commission, the National Commission for Culture and Arts, the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office, the House of Representatives, the National Commission for Indigenous Peoples, and the Philippine Information Agency that served as the event organizer and documenter. This is also supported by the LGUs of Daguioman, Malibcong and Licuan-Baay of Abra and Balbalan of Kalinga, and the Province of Abra. (JDP/MTBB – PIA CAR, Abra)