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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 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.

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.

Hankering for more indigenous rice from the rice terraces

March 29, 2007 - Philippine Agriculture Magazine
It seemed unlikely for a lowlander and a woman to tell the highland natives what it takes to save the rice terraces from neglect, abandonment, deterioration and its ultimate disappearance from the local landscape.

NGOs find new ways to solve old problems

April 20, 2008 - Philippine Daily Inquirer
Manila, Philippines--The task to make the Philippines a better place does not fall on government alone. Another winning entry was the project entitled: "Cordillera Heirloom Rice Project: Partnerships in Building Farmers Competency for Global Competitiveness" to be implemented by Revitalize Indigenous Cordilleran Entrepreneurs Inc. (RICE).

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.


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

Technology and nature’s crown for me

By: Robert L. Domoguen
March 16, 2011– Mountain Light Opinion column
Sun Star Baguio Newspaper and Online
A package arrives that embodies people caring and sharing their vision and the best of their lives.

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.


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