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August 26 2007 - The Philippine Star (Business section)
The native rice varieties, Tinawon, Unoy and Ulikan, from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras, clusters of which are in the Ifugao province, were introduced to the US gourmet food market early this January. 

Cordillera heirloom rice project

October 8, 2006 - The Philippine Star 
By Preciosa S. Soliven, Secretary-General, UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines
With the UNESCO Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD), we were looking for a model of a community project in the Ifugao Rice Terraces.

Cordillera Heirloom Rice Project: carving a niche in the export market for indigenous rice

By Rodolfo P. Estigoy
December 2010 – PhilMech Agripreneur
Have you ever heard of “unoy” or “tinawon”? These items might be sounding exotic, or more precisely tasting exotic to you. Rightly so they are heirloom rice varieties from Cordillera now available in the US market.

Cordillera heirloom rice reaches US market

By Artemio A. Dumlao
August 9, 2009 –
BAGUIO CITY– Heirloom rice from the world famous rice terraces of Kalinga, Ifugao and Mountain Province will be exported to the US market this year.

Cordillera losing its heirloom rice varieties

By: Robert L. Domoguen
February 28, 2011– Mountain Light Opinion column
Sun Star Baguio Newspaper and Online
The latest listings of heirloom rice varieties grown in the rice terraces of the Cordillera was prepared by the Rice Program of the Department of Agriculture (CAR) in 2009.

Cordillera native rice production hampered by El Niño phenomenon

By Dexter A. See
March 5, 2010 – Manila Bulletin (
BANAUE, Ifugao – The Cordillera’s chances of gaining access to the lucrative world market for its heirloom or native rice suffered a serious setback due to the prolonged dry spell.

Dedicated to tradition: world heritage farming and heirloom rices

By Rene Featherstone
July/August 2010 – edibleSeattle Magazine  (
Have you heard of the rice whisperer, the mysterious lady of the Terraces? She arrives in Seattle in her Subaru loaded with seven kinds of rice you’ve probably not seen before.

The dream lives on

By Robert Domoguen
August 30, 2009 – Zigzag Weekly online/ DARFU (CAR) Website
The vision to develop the region’s heirloom rice as an internationally competitive industry must go on for as long as here are farmers who continue to cultivate heirloom rice varieties in the rice terraces.

From the Philippines to the Sandbox: Giselle Aris brings exciting guests to Development Dialogue

February 2011– The Global Exchange Connect–The Quarterly Newsletter of the Deshpande Foundation’s Global Exchange Program (India)  (
Two honored guests from the Cordillera Heirloom Rice Project of the Philippines to attend the Development Dialogue as Keynote Speaker and Panelist.

Heirloom rice project launched in Mt. Province

May 2008 - Agriculture Magazine/ Reprinted: Agriculture Business Week
At the time when farmers were migrating from the rice terraces, the Revitalize Indigenous Cordillera Entrepreneur, Incorporated (RICE, Inc.) started implementing the Cordillera Heirloom Rice Project (CHRP) in Kalinga and Ifugao.

Highland rice varieties target global markets

January 19, 2008 - Northern Luzon Bureau
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- More indigenous rice varieties of the Cordillera are expected to be shipped abroad this year to meet the growing demand for traditional and native staples in the international market.

Ifugao tinawon rice export market opens

January 8, 2009 - Agriculture Business Week
A private agency in Cordillera has made significant breakthrough in the exportation of Ifugao native rice for the past three years.

Imagine Tinawon rice and white it represents to the world!

By: Robert L. Domoguen
February 8, 2011– Mountain Light Opinion column
Sun Star Baguio Newspaper and Online
I want you to imagine what Tinawon or Unoy rice represents about the Cordillera, the rice terrace farmers and about you as a Filipino, to the world.

Katutubong bigas Ifugao ibebenta na sa Americka

October 6, 2005 ‑ Inquirer Libre
Baguio City - Malapit nang ihain sa mga hapag sa Estados Unidos ang organic rice na inaani sa ilang-siglong-guland na hagdang palayan ng Ifugao, st sakahan ng Kalinga.

Mountain Province rice varieties to be exported to US

March 25, 2008 GMA TV news
Bontoc, Mountain Province - After successfully helping Ifugao and Kalinga provinces export their native rice varieties to the United States, the Cordillera Heirloom Rice Project hopes to do the same with rice varieties from the Mountain Province.

Philippines: Ominio, Imbuucan, Chong-Ak rice profiles

Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity (
The Ark of Taste searches out, catalogues and describes forgotten flavors from all around the planet: products at risk of extinction but surviving, that could be rediscovered and returned to the market.

Preserving a world heritage food: Mary Hensley and the Cordillera Heirloom Rice Project

By Gail Jokerst
February/March 2011 – Montana Senior News
In Nevil Shute’s beloved fictional story, A Town Like Alice, a British woman returns to the Malaysian village where she spent the days of WWII so she could build a well for the village women. Fart-forward 60 years and you’ll find another story –this one true.

Promoting and developing the Cordillera’s heirloom rice industry

By: Robert L. Domoguen
January 26, 2011 – Mountain Light Opinion column
Sun Star Baguio Newspaper and Online
The recession in the USA is affecting the Cordillera in a specific way.

Pushing for the development of CAR heirloom rice as export crop

October 2007 - Agriculture Business Week
Baguio City — Last June and July were busy months for stakeholders as they pushed for the development of Cordillera heirloom rice varieties as export commodities in the U.S. market.

Remembering the old Suyoc village and its generation of rice growers

By: Robert L. Domoguen
March 09, 2011– Mountain Light Opinion column
Sun Star Baguio Newspaper and Online
In 1965 my parents and three siblings moved to the farming village of Suyoc, Benguet from the Baguio Gold Mines in Itogon. In those days the village of Suyoc grew traditional rice beside the rice that meanders from its source at Mt. Data.

Rice terraces farmers see brighter future with export of traditional rice

April 29, 2007 - Zigzag Weekly
Munoz, Nueva Ecija - - - Lakay Delfin Otgalon, well known Tinawon rice grower from Mompolia, Hingyon, Ifugao waited patiently for the machine operator to declare the right clearance for the mechanical threshing and milling of the traditional rice they brought with them all the way from Ifugao.


May 25, 2008 -- The Philippine Starweek,
Cover story of the Sunday Magazine of the Philippine Star: The story of RICE, Inc.

Rising rice costs seen good for terraces

March 27, 2008 - Philippine Daily Inquirer
Baguio City - Increasing world prices of rice are good for farmers tilling the centuries-old rice terraces of Ifugao and Kalinga, agriculture officials said here on Tuesday.

Sadanga farmers : see bright prospects in heirloom rice production

August 16th, 2008 – Agriculture Business Week
Sadanga, Mountain Province – Due to the increasing costs of commercial, chemical farm inputs, farmers in Sadanga, Mt. Province are again cultivating heirloom rice varieties, which are grown following organic, indigenous farming practices.

The seed keepers’ treasure

By Alaric Francis Santiaguel
October/December 2010 – Rice Today Magazine with additional photos
Challenged and threatened by development intruding on their lands and traditions, the seed keepers of the Philippines’ Cordillera
region fiercely held on to their native rice varieties. Now, the world is discovering the precious gems in their possession: heirloom rice.

Uplifting the multi-functional roles of the rice terraces (part 1)

April 15, 2007 - ZigZag Weekly / Reprinted: Agriculture Business Week
Throughout its 3,000 of history, the multifunctional roles of the rice terraces in Cordillera in establishing a reliable livelihood and quality human survival in Northern Luzon is slowly being acknowledged.

When a caring person dreams with a people, a heritage product, and a way of life is sustained.

By: Robert L. Domoguen
February 1, 2011– Mountain Light Opinion column
Sun Star Baguio Newspaper and Online
Efforts on the part of the government to respond to identified problems and arrest the sorry state of the rice terraces actually began during the Marcos Regime. All failed to bring hope and promise of a better life for farmers engaged in heirloom rice production.

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