Daybreak in Opol

A usual scene during daybreak in Opol, Misamis Oriental (May 22, 2016). MindaNews photo by H. Marcos C. Mordeno

Dynasties remain, fall in Bukidnon

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/10 May) — Familiar names in Bukidnon will remain in public office for at least the next three years, but two small-town dynasties in the province suffered a… »

Barangay chair in CDO nabbed for vote-buying

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/09 May) — Police arrested on Monday a barangay chair in Cagayan de Oro City for vote-buying, the ABS-CBN reported. Misca Salvador Sr., chair of Barangay Pigsag-an, was… »

Mayoral bet in Lantapan, Bukidnon shot dead

  MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 07 May) —   One of two candidates for mayor in Lantapan town, Bukidnon was shot dead in front of his family members on Saturday. Businessman… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOW: Digong and desperation

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/05 May) – For all his faults, some of them too chilling for comfort, one has to credit Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte for succeeding to capture… »

Miss Earth England in Malaybalay

Miss Earth England 2015 Katrina Kendall, of Filipino-British descent, receives blessings from Bae Inatlawan Adelina Tarino in a ritual during her visit to the village of the Bukidnon tribe in… »

Undisciplined Picnickers

Trash left behind by picnickers the day before greets joggers at the capitol grounds in Malaybalay City on Monday morning (April 18, 2016). This is a usual sight at the… »

Malaybalay Fire

Residents watch as firemen try to suppress a fire that razes down six houses in Airport Village, Malaybalay City on Wednesday (April 6, 2016). MindaNews photo by H. Marcos C.… »

PAMB okays more firelines around Mt. Kitanglad

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/07 April) — The Protected Area Management Board of Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park approved Wednesday the construction of additional firelines in response to fire incidents that have… »

Malaybalay Cowboy

A cowboy prepares to catch a calf with a lasso during the Kaamulan rodeo contest in Malaybalay City on Wednesday (March 30, 2016). MindaNews photo by H. Marcos C. Mordeno

Bai on Bonsai

Bai Balagnao Adelfa Saway, 59, of the Talaandig tribe, climbs a bonsai tree atop Mt. Anlagan (known to many as Mt. Dulang-dulang) in Lantapan, Bukidnon on Black Saturday (March 26, 2016).… »

Power Smash

Two defenders of the NMRAA team fail to thwart an attack by the Sultan Naga Dimaporo (Lanao del Norte) team in this scene during the invitational volleyball tournament in Malaybalay… »

Questions on security issues dominate PMA forum on Bangsamoro peace process

BAGUIO CITY (MindaNews/12 March) — Questions on security issues concerning the proposed Bangsamoro region dominated the roundtable discussion on the status of the peace process at the Philippine Military Academy… »

Sacred Mountain

Talaandig Datu Lambagani Julius Saway leads a ritual atop Mt. Dulang-dulang in Songco, Lantapan, Bukidnon on Monday (Feb. 22, 2016). MindaNews photo by H. Marcos C. Mordeno

Tribal Storytelling

Members of the Talaandig tribe gather around a bonfire below the summit of Mt. Dulang-dulang in Songco, Lantapan, Bukidnon on Sunday (21 February 2016) to listen to stories about their… »

Like autumn

Street sweepers collect trash beside the Rizal Park in Malaybalay City amid the fallen flowers of trees called golden shower on Tuesday (Feb. 16, 2016). The trees have become a… »


MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 3 Feb) – Congress has left the Bangsamoro Basic Law to die on the bloodstained path to elusive, if not illusive, peace in Mindanao, and so… »

Never too old

At 75, Julia Cacay (center) can still make it to the top of Mt. Kitanglad in Bukidnon. She is a mangunguyamo or traditional midwife of the Bukidnon tribe in Dalwangan… »

Hi-tech ritual

Bae Inatlawan Adelina Tarino of the Bukidnon tribe prepares the camera of her mobile phone during a ritual on Thursday (Jan. 28, 2016) in Mount Kitanglad in Impasugong. The ritual,… »

Promoting recycling

Child models display apparels made of recycled materials inside a department store in Malaybalay City on Saturday (Jan. 23, 2016) to promote recycling. MindaNews photo by H. Marcos C. Mordeno

Lumad ‘Bakwits’

Women and children comprise most of the Lumad evacuees from Balaodo, Barangay St. Peter in Malaybalay City who have been camping out in front of the provincial capitol since Wednesday… »

Lumad evacuees in Malaybalay want Alamara disarmed

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/22 January) – Lumad evacuees from a mountain village of Malaybalay City are demanding the disbandment and disarming of alleged paramilitary men who they said have been sowing… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: Soulless Security System

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/21 January) — One who swears he/she wears nothing under his or her clothes need not do the indignity of stripping in public to prove it. Yet this… »

MINDANAO 2015: A violent year for the Lumads (Second of two parts)

‘Unholy Alliance,’ Impunity Evacuees from Han-ayan said some 30 soldiers of the 75th Infantry Battalion accompanied Bobby Tejero, his older brother Loloy, and Gareto Layno, the Magahat-Bagani members who reportedly… »

MINDANAO 2015: A violent year for the Lumads (First of two parts)

On Sept. 1, in Sitio Han-ayan, Brgy. Diatagon in Lianga town in Surigao del Sur, members of the paramilitary group Magahat-Bagani allegedly killed three Lumad (indigenous peoples) leaders: Emerito Samarca,… »


Ambulant vendors line a sidewalk in Malaybalay City on Thursday (Dec. 24, 2015) to sell plastic trumpets or torotot to those who want to greet the Christmas with noise and… »

Misa de Gallo

Servers of the altar prepare incense for the misa de gallo (dawn mass) at the Our Lady of Miraculous Medal church in Airport Village, Malaybalay City on Monday (Dec. 21,… »

Singing in the rain

It’s raining on Saturday (Dec. 19, 2015) in Malaybalay City because of tropical depression Onyok. These young girls however brave the downpour to earn a few pesos by caroling. MindaNews… »


MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/15 December) – While his rivals (or their financial backers) are spending millions daily on TV and radio ads, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte keeps himself in the… »

Dama Match

Two men pit their skills in dama, a Filipino board game, on a sidewalk in Malaybalay City on Tuesday (Dec. 15, 2015). This game has been typecast as the favorite… »

Caroling with cans

Children use milk cans as musical instruments as they go caroling around a subdivision in Malaybalay City on Sunday (Dec. 13, 2015). MindaNews photo by H. Marcos C. Mordeno

UN to PH government: Disband armed groups sowing fear in Lumad communities

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/10 December) – Government must fulfill its commitment to disband and disarm armed groups that are sowing fear in indigenous peoples’ communities and bring to justice those who… »

Explaining the BBL

Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, GPH peace panel chair, clarifies the misconceptions about the Bangsamoro Basic Law during the media roundtable discussion at the University of the Philippines Visayas in Iloilo City… »

Iqbal meets Iloilo media

MILF chief peace negotiator Mohagher Iqbal talks to reporters after the media roundtable discussion on the Bangsamoro Basic Law on Friday (Dec. 4, 2015) at the University of the Visayas… »

MILF’s Iqbal sees no passage of BBL under Aquino

ILOILO CITY (MindaNews/06 December) —  The door has narrowed for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law under the Aquino administration, the head of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front peace panel said during… »

‘Tis the Season

A Maranao vendor displays Christmas decors for sale in Malaybalay City on Wednesday (December 2, 2015). MindaNews photo by H. Marcos C. Mordeno

Fate of BBL depends on Moro people’s assertion – MILF peace negotiator

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 1 December) – The future of the Bangsamoro Basic Law depends on the assertion of the Moro people for their rights, a member of the Moro… »

Continue the Struggle

Prof. Abhoud Syed Lingga urges Moro civil society groups to continue asserting the rights of the Moro people to keep the peace process going in a forum Monday (30 Nov 2015) in… »

Faith of A Child

A girl offers prayers and flowers before the statue of the Virgin Mary at the church in Airport Village, Malaybalay City on Friday (Nov. 27, 2015), feast day of the… »

Int’l probe body links Lumad killings, mil ops to mining interests in Surigao Sur

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/13 November) — The creation of paramilitary groups accused in the killing of Lumad leaders and ongoing military operations in Surigao del Sur are linked to the entry… »

Special Forces

Special Forces operatives of the Philippine Army take a noontime rest at a sari-sari store in Brgy. San Vicente, Baungon, Bukidnon on Friday (Nov. 6, 2015). MindaNews photo by H.… »

Lumad Beauties

Larabelle Caamulan (left), winner of the Laga ta Kitanglad 2015 contest, celebrates with Laga ta Kitanglad 2014 titlist Ana Marie Goayan in Brgy. San Vicente, Baungon, Bukidnon. Both are from… »

Spider Men

A man holds on to his opponent to prevent himself from falling in this scene during a game called spider boxing in Barangay San Vicente, Baungon town in Bukidnon on… »

Rest In Pink

A life plan company displays a pink coffin at a memorial park in Malaybalay City on Sunday (Nov. 1, 2015). MindaNews photo by H. Marcos C. Mordeno

Young Tomb Painter

A boy paints a tomb at the Catholic cemetery in Malaybalay City on Friday (Oct. 30, 2015). He charges between P100 and P150 depending on the size of the tomb.… »

Ready for ‘Undas”

Vendors in Malaybalay City fill their stalls with plenty of flowers on Friday (Oct. 30, 2015) hoping to earn more as the All Souls’ Day approaches. MindaNews photo by H.… »

Street Dance

Bukidnon celebrates the annual Kaamulan with a street dancing competition in Malaybalay City on Saturday (24 Oct. 2015). Shown in photo are dancers from Malitbog town. MindaNews photo by H.… »

Vine Bracelets

A Matigsalug woman from Marilog District in Davao City sells bracelets made of agsam or forest vine at the capitol grounds in Malaybalay City on Friday (Oct. 23). MindaNews photo… »

Haze in Malaybalay

The haze over the skies in Malaybalay City lends a gloomy backdrop to the provincial capitol in this photo taken on Friday (Oct. 23). The haze, which is believed to… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: 130 faces of madness

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 19 October) – Reports said 130 individuals have filed certificates of candidacy for president. One may find this news amusing given that most of the aspirants… »

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