Tagum’s Christmas tree

Thousands of residents and tourists have been flocking to the Freedom Park in Tagum City since November 16 to take photos of or selfies with the 105-ft. Giant Holiday Tree,… »

Homecoming concert

It was a night of fun and  yes, biting social commentaries at the Finster Auditorium of Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU)  where multi-awarded singer-songwriter Joey Ayala performed during his homecoming… »

2 Mindanawons among 5 winners of Titus Brandsma Awards

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/24 November) – The prestigious Titus Brandsma Awards is honoring five individuals this year, two of them Mindanawons: broadcast journalist Abner Francisco for Leadership in Community Communication and… »

Lumad issues in Geneva

MSU-IIT Prof. Arnold Alamon, executive director of the Mindanao Interfaith Institute on Lumad Studies, answers additional queries on Lumad issues after the Parallel Session at the 4th UN Forum on… »

When women lead the way

A Badjau woman leads the way for around 10 motorized bancas in Isabela, Basilan morning of November 2, 2015. A beautiful display of her power and grace as she maneuvers… »

From Mindanao to Luzon

Some 700 participants of the Manilakbayan from Mindanao reached the Bicol region Friday, their first stop within Luzon en route to Manila, for a month-long protest action calling against militarization in… »

Lights on

An engineer tests the lights on the Bankerohan Bridge on 14 August 2015.  Davao City Water District pipes run parallel to this bridge. MindaNews photo by PAM CHUA

Marching Against Coal

Protesters make known their opposition to the construction of the coal-fired power plant in Kiwalan, Iligan City in a march around the city on July 24, 2015. The protesters consider… »

Drinking Smart

Instead of the mouth, a boy drinks his iced tea through a hole he punched in the bottom of a water bottle to save it from easily running out and… »

Philippine Eagle nest found in Apayao, thanks to IP habitat conservation scheme

Jayson C. Ibañez Director-Research and Conservation Philippine Eagle Foundation In July of 1896, a local Samareño acting as guide to British Ornithologist John Whitehead brought back to camp one of… »

PEACETALK: Striving for a Just Peace, the Moral Road

STRIVING FOR A JUST PEACE, THE MORAL ROAD Catholic Bishops Conference of  the Philippines [Statement of the Plenary Assembly of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Adopting the… »

MNLF, MILF in OIC meet

Leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) — MILF chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim (L), MNLF chair Muslimin Sema (center) and Randolph… »

“Tulak Bungkas Itungan”

“Tulak Bungkas Itungan” or Ritual for Enlightenment was offered by the Teduray, Lambangian, Erumanen nu Menuvu, and Ubo Manobo tribes in front of the House of Representatives Sunday noon, to… »

Athletes for Peace

Delegates from the Northern Mindanao Athletic Association (NMRAA) carry a message of peace as they march before the crowd during the formal opening of the Palarong Pambansa at the Davao… »

Summer Means ‘Tuli’

Young boys take a peep at their peers who undergo “tuli” or circumcision in Barangay Bao, Alamada, North Cotabato on Friday, April 24. The circumcision took place during the dental… »

Aliwagwag Falls’ zipline

For only P300 per ride on a 680-meter suspension cable hovering 55 meters from the ground, zipline riders get to view the  rainforest canopy and the pristine Cateel River, with the… »

MAS LINGAW SA MINDANAW: Go zipline riding in Aliwagwag Falls

Karen Lou Deloso / Davao Oriental Provincial Information Officer DAVAO ORIENTAL (MindaNews/11 April) – The Provincial Government of Davao Oriental opened on Sunday, April 5, the newly completed zipline ride… »

COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS: Alisin natin ang bagahing daladala natin, ang mga biases, prejudices at discrimination

Mike P. Alon (Deliveredy by Mike P. Alon, organizer of the integrated Mindanaons Assistance for Natives (IMAN), during the graduation rites at the Ateneo de Davao University on March 28,… »

Lumad ritual at high noon

Members of the Teduray tribe in South Upi, Maguindanao are busy preparing one of the ritual sites called Tenines at the Peak of Urok Kulayan, for the Mindanao Indigenous Peoples’… »

PWDs awaiting creation of disability office in Davao City

John Frances C. Fuentes / VERA Files DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 March) — Wheelchair user Florencio Timkang lost his person with disabilities (PWD) card four years ago. The 67-year-old candle seller… »

One with Women

Male participants dressed in drag early morning on Sunday, March 8, 2015, in Iligan City to mark International Women’s Day. The act aims to show appreciation for women and to… »

COMMENTARY: Asking the Right Question: Acceptability of a Watered-Down BBL

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/03 March) — Much has been said regarding the incident that occurred on the 25th of January 2015, in Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao. Several versions of the facts have… »


Residents from Barangay Maitumaig in Datu Unsay, Maguindanao flee to Crossing Salbo in neighboring Datu Saudi town following a clash between government forces and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF)… »

Women Rising

Different organizations in Iligan City dance on Valentine’s Day at the public plaza to show support to One Billion Revolution, a global movement to end violence against women and girls.… »

Good Morning, Malaybalay

An early morning scene in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon (Feb. 10, 2015). MindaNews photo by Aries Sandino M. Mordeno

PERSONAL ESSAY: 7 Feb 1974: Montage From A Kid’s Memory Bank

Warina Sushil A. Jukuy (Originally published in Jihad al Akbar Bilingual Magazine 2003 which the author edited). 7th of February 1974. “Batih na kamu, yanna simud in mga mawisss!” (*… »

COMMENTARY: Demanding justice without abandoning the desire for peace

by Paul Adolfo Peace and genuine autonomy have been very elusive in Mindanao, and for us as a nation. Several attempts to end the conflict between the Government and the… »

At Peace – for Now

A child evacuee sleeps in a makeshift hammock at the evacuation site in Barangay Balit, San Luis, Agusan del Sur (January 27, 2015). He is among some 1,000 Banwaons from… »

COMMENTARY: The BBL is not the problem, the armed conflict in Mindanao is

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 February) — The quest for a just and lasting peace in Mindanao has taken a vicious blow in the wake of the Mamasapano incident on January 25… »

Gensan’s SAF hero

The casket containing the remains of Police Senior Inspector Ryan Pabalinas, a native of General Santos City, who was among the 44 SAF troopers slain in the Jan. 25 Masasapano… »

Midsayap’s Halad Festival

Students and devotees perform during a street dancing at the annual Halad festival, which is also the feast Sto. Niño, in Midsayap, North Cotabato on Saturday, January 17. Mindanews Photo… »

Marawi march

Moro women joined hundreds of Moro people in their “No Apology March” in Marawi City on Sunday, January 11 to protest what they describe as western media’s “double standard” in… »


Magical mornings like this (taken at 5:52 a.m. December 30, 2014 in Dahican, Mati, Davao Oriental) remind us that life’s essentials are the simplest and raw. Elsewhere in Mindanao, the… »

Paskuhan sa GenSan

The grandest fireworks display, lasting about 15 minutes, takes place on the culmination night of Paskuhan sa Gensan 2014 Wednesday, December 24. It was a fitting climax to the December… »

Christmas in Tuna Capital

The spirit of Christmas is in the air as Paskuhan sa Gensan opens with a grand fireworks display Friday, December 12, at the Oval Plaza in General Santos City. Photo… »

Left behind

Someone left home wearing this shoe on Tuesday and was likely returning home that evening when something exploded inside a passenger  bus a few meters from the Central Mindanao University (DMU)… »

The Bomb in a Drawer

For quite sometime, it was just there, inside a drawer of an office table in a village hall in a town in Maguindanao. It is not the usual office stationery… »

10th Infantry Division not welcome!

During the 7th day wake of my son, Rendell Ryan “Perper” Cagula, the military officials from the 10th Infantry Division along with media men from GMA Davao, arrived at 12… »

Feathered Clock

A rooster crows to herald a new day in this photo taken at Gotamco Beach in Agdao, Davao City on November 8, 2014. MindaNews photo by Rene B. Lumawag

Fiesta Pilar

Archbishop Romulo dela Cruz leads the celebration of the fiesta mass Sunday afternoon at the Our Lady of the Pillar Shrine in Zamboanga City. Cell sites of all telecommunication companies… »

King of Waves

Edito Alcala, the 2014 Siargao International Surfing Cup champion emerges from the right-hander barreling wave in Cloud Nine, General Luna, Siargao Island on Sunday, Sept. 28. He also won the… »

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Mohagher Iqbal (L), chair of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission and the MILF peace panel, and BTC Deputy Chair Akmad Sakkam (R), and 12 other commissioners sign Sunday afternoon the transmittal… »

MEDCo and MinDA

  Luwalhati Antonino, chair of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) meets with Paul Dominguez, board vice-chair of the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) during a meeting Tuesday, August 12,… »

PNP miserably fails to present any proof on significant headway in the investigation of media killings

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines welcomes the Philippine National Police’s statement that it is “implementing more tangible actions to fulfill its crucial role in complementing national government… »

UXOs destroyed

Destruction of 58 UXOs (unexploded ordnance) in Barangay Semba, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao on August 2, 2014 to ensure they will never be used again. The Explosives and Ordnance Team… »

President BS Aquino’s peace negotiations with the MILF conducted in bad faith

The BS Aquino government’s peace negotiation with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is ‘insincere, dishonest, and deceptive. Pres. BS Aquino cannot flaunt in his 5th State of the Nation… »

Rights group hits OPAPP’s peace business

July 25, 2014 Karapatan today said the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process’ funds from the Disbursement Allocation Program (DAP) is 300-400 percent bigger than its approved… »

“Medalla de Horror” for BS Aquino’s fourth SONA—Karapatan

Pres. BS Aquino faces the nation on Monday, July 28, with three impeachment cases slapped against him—two for his presidential pork called Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and one for entering… »

2014 State of The Indigenous Peoples Address

We, the bae, datu, fulong, baylan, timuay, mantikadong, the indigenous leaders of indigenous communities in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, belonging to the different tribes of the B’laan, Higaonon, Kalanguya-Ifugao, Mansaka,… »

Countdown to Glan’s Centennial

  Mayor Victor James Yap (right side in red shirt) and Vice Mayor Vivien Yap lead municipal councilors, department heads and students in unveiling the centennial countdown marker at the… »

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