One more ride. Ifugao men in their traditional attires showcase their wooden scooters and carts during an exhibition race as part of the Imbayah celebrations of Banaue, Ifugao last week. The Imbayah Festival is now an annual celebration from the original every three year celebration to encourage and remind the people of Banaue especially the younger generation of the customs and traditions including indigenous sports and games, traditional songs and dances and other rituals and practices that are rarely practiced now. RMC PIA-CAR
Various rituals mostly part of the rice terraces cycle were performed during the Imbayah Festival of Banaue Ifugao last week. The Imbayah Festival is now an annual celebration from the original every three year celebration to encourage and remind the people of Banaue especially the younger generation of the customs and traditions including indigenous sports and games, traditional songs and dances and other rituals and practices that are rarely practiced now. RMC PIA-CAR
The 66 police officers of the Police Regional Office – Cordillera who graduated from the Modified PNP Special Counter-Insurgency Operations Unit Training (SCOUT) presented to PRO-Cor Regional Director Police Chief Superintendent Isagani Nerez during their graduation rites. The SCOUT training aims to equip the PNP personnel with skills in dealing with armed men and threat groups. It focuses on the following subjects: First Aid, Rope Courses, Immediate Action Drills, Water /Seaborne Tactics, Terrain Modeling, Close Quarter Battle, Survival, Field Training Exercises and Community Immersion. Jean Samillano UB Intern PIA-CAR
Police Regional Office – Cordillera Regional Director PCSupt. Isagani Nerez ordered the creation of a Task Force that would look into the worsening investment scam problem in the Cordillera Region during the Regional Law Enforcement Coordinating Council Meeting at the Baguio City Police Office last week. The Task Force will be composed of Law Enforcement Agencies and other member agencies of the RLECC Cordillera to be headed by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group of the PNP. RMC PIA-CAR
Baguio City Prosecutor Elmer Sagsago said the public should be more cautious and be aware with the reports of mushrooming investment scams in Baguio City and other parts of the Cordillera region during the Regional Law Enforcement Coordinating Council Meeting at the Baguio City Police Office last week. The RLECC thru Police Regional Office – Cordillera Regional Director PCSupt. Isagani Nerez ordered the creation of a Task Force that would look into the worsening investment scam problem in the Cordillera Region. RMC PIA-CAR
Department of Education – Cordillera Regional Director Dr. Ellen Donato lauded the efforts of the private sector in helping the athletes in the region with the hopes of maintaining the fifth place over-all on the medal standings in the upcoming annual national sports meet. RMC PIA-CAR

Daily Reading

"Abide in me, and I in you"

"I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine dresser. Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.

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"My peace I give to you"

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, `I go away, and I will come to you.'

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"If you love me, keep my word"

He who has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me; and he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him."

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"Lord, show us the Father"

If you had known me, you would have known my Father also; henceforth you know him and have seen him." Philip said to him, "Lord, show us the Father, and we shall be satisfied."

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Do not let your hearts be troubled!

"Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?

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"The one who receives me"

Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. I am not speaking of you all; I know whom I have chosen; it is that the scripture may be fulfilled, `He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.' 19 I tell you this now, before it takes place, that when it does take place you may believe that I am he. 20 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who receives any one whom I send receives me; and he who receives me receives him who sent me."

- John 13:16-20

Meditation: How do you treat those who cause you grief or harm, especially those who are close to you in some way? In his last supper discourse, Jesus addressed the issue of fidelity and disloyalty in relationships. Jesus knew beforehand that one of his own disciples would betray him. Such knowledge could have easily led Jesus to distance himself from such a person and to protect himself from harm's way. Instead, Jesus expresses his love, affection, and loyalty to those who were his own, even to the one he knew would "stab him in the back" when he got the opportunity. Jesus used a quotation from Psalm 4:9 which describes an act of treachery by one's closest friend. In the culture of Jesus' day, to eat bread with someone was a gesture of friendship and trust. Jesus extends such friendship to Judas right at the moment when Judas is conspiring to betray his master. The expression lift his heel against me reinforces the brute nature of this act of violent rejection.