Where There’s Smoke

Fire fighters try to put out a fire in Barangay Kauswagan in Cagayan de Oro City from atop a concrete fence, evening of Feb. 7. The gate of the compound… »

How Much?

Traders haggle on the price and number of containers for retailers and sellers at the fish port in barangay Loyongbonbon, Opol town, Misamis Oriental, on Feb. 7. The fish were… »

Barefoot Power

Elementary runners on barefoot head towards the finish line during the women’s 200-meter dash at the provincial divisions athletic meet in Nasipit, Agusan del Norte, Wednesday afternoon (5 Feb 2014). MindaNews photo… »

4 Mindanao provinces under storm signal No. 1

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 Jan) – Still reeling from the floods and landslides brought by tropical depression “Agaton,” Mindanao is again bracing for tropical depression “Basyang” as four Mindanao… »

More troops to be deployed to Caraga

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/26 January) – More soldiers will be deployed to the Caraga region in the coming weeks to boost the fight against the New People’s Army (NPA), an Army… »

Death toll in Butuan flood rises to 7

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/25 January)—The death toll from the flooding here in the last two weeks has risen to seven from four despite the efforts of the local government unit and… »

101,000 displaced in Butuan’s worst flood ever

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews / 22 Jan) – More residents here living in low-lying areas continue to leave their homes, peaking at 101,000 as of this morning, even though the City… »

Unsung Heroes

Coast Guard rescuers bring children to higher ground in Barangay Mahogany, Butuan City Tuesday morning (21 Jan 2014). MindaNews photo by Erwin Mascarinas | Read story


Residents help out in rescuing their trapped neighbors in Barangay Mahogany, Butuan City Tuesday morning (21 Jan 2014).  MindaNews photo by Erwin Mascarinas | Read story

Baby’s Safe

A firefighter holds an infant as he climbs up the ladder while the pregnant mother looks up after police rescued them from their flooded home in Barangay Baan Riverside, Butuan… »

Flood alert level 3 still up in Butuan City

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/17 January) – Flood alert level 3 has been in effect in the city since Wednesday evening after the water level in the Agusan River continued to rise,… »

Coping with Nature’s Wrath

A girl heads to school on board a makeshift raft in Barangay Baan Riverside, Butuan City on January 16, 2014. Classes were only suspended in schools that were used as… »

Butuan City declares state of calamity

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/15 January) – The city council passed a resolution Tuesday declaring the city under a state of calamity, to expedite assistance for residents displaced by floods triggered by… »

No Joy Ride

A wooden canoe ferries a resident straight to his doorstep as flood waters invade hundreds of homes in barangay Mahay, Butuan City on January 13, 2014. MindaNews photo by Erwin… »

Leaving Home

Residents are ferried by a wooden canoe in barangay Mahogany in Butuan City towards designated evacuation areas on January I3, 20I4. Floods spawned by a Low Pressure Area over Mindanao… »

Fun in the Flood

Children play and have fun in the flood waters after their homes got flooded in barangay Mahogany in Butuan City, Sunday afternoon, January 12, 2014. The flood hit 15 barangays… »

National Museum allots P90M for Butuan projects

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/10 January) – The National Museum will allocate a total of P90 million for two major projects of its branch in the city, an official said. Dr. Ana… »

Dengue cases in Caraga up by 7%

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews / 8 Jan) – The number of dengue cases in Caraga Region in 2013 increased by seven percent compared to the previous year, prompting the Department of… »

Retelling History

People’s Republic of China Consul General Zhang Weiguo (center) listens while Butuan City local historian Greg Hontiveros (right) explains about the artifacts of the Balangay Boat 5 dated 960 AD… »

Fil-Chinese businessmen in Butuan eyes renewed ties with China

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/06 Jan.) – Filipino Chinese businessmen here expressed hopes of renewing historical as well as trade relations with China during the visit of the Chinese consul general Sunday… »

Explosion hits Butuan City; no one injured

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/4 January)—An alleged bomb exploded at this city at around 10:30 p.m. Friday, police said Saturday. Supt. Romy Palgue, the city’s deputy police director, said the explosion occurred… »

Traffic and fireworks

A spectacle in the sky during the pre-New Year fireworks presentation at the Robinson Mall’s  front parking area in Butuan City, Saturday evening, December 28 causes a traffic jam. For many, it… »

Muddy Splash

A farmer whips a bundle of rice seedlings to remove the mud and prepare it for planting in the rice fields of Barangay Mahay in Butuan City on Saturday, 21 December 2013.… »

Act of Kindness

Phoebe Jane Burdeos is deaf, yet her disability does not hinder her from helping out others. Here she is distributing bread to children whose families lost their homes during the… »

Friday the 13th Fire

Neighbors help each other in putting out the fire or preventing it from spreading by throwing water into still undamaged houses in Purok 4, barangay Port Poyohon in Butuan City… »

Christmas in Butuan

Children and adults alike enjoy the Christmas display in the middle of the Guingona Park in Butuan City in this photo taken Tuesday, 10 Dec 2013. MindaNews photo by Erwin Mascarinas

P.69M worth of illegal logs seized in Butuan

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/30 Nov.) – Two hundred thirty-one illegally cut lauan (dipterocarp) logs with a total volume of 142 cubic meters and estimated value of P698,830 were discovered floating along… »

Robinson’s biggest mall in Mindanao opens in Butuan City

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/26 Nov.) – Robinson Land Corporation (RLC) opened here their biggest and largest mall in Mindanao, on Monday morning. With a total land area of 78,948.48 square meters,… »

‘Four of us drowned’: Yolanda survivors recount escape to Surigao by sea

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/20 November) – Wanting to escape from hunger and the sight of death and destruction around them, 226 individuals mostly from Tacloban City in Leyte arrived here last… »

Lipata port at its busiest as Mindanao sends aid to Visayas

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/18 November)— The once sleepy seaport terminal in Barangay Lipata here is pulsating with activity after hundreds of vehicles carrying relief goods and workers to Yolanda-devastated areas in… »

Pagasa says ‘Zoraida’ may follow ‘Pablo’s’ path; warns of floods, landslides

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/12 November) – The local office of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) warned tropical depression “Zoraida” will likely follow the path of typhoon “Pablo”… »

Forced evacuation ordered in Butuan’s coastal, riverside areas

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/08 Nov) – Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. ordered late Thursday night a forced evacuation in the city’s coastal and riverside communities, following a joint meeting with representatives from… »

Relief Packing

Local government workers help out in packing food items for those who would be affected by super typhoon Yolanda, which is expected to hit Visayas and the northern part of… »

Life Goes On

Despite the threat of Super Typhoon Yolanda, a street vendor armed with an umbrella continues to sell lanterns along the national highway in Butuan City Thursday (7 Nov 2013) afternoon.… »

Possibility that Yolanda may hit Caraga not ruled out

 BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/ 07 Nov) — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) here said the possibility that super typhoon Yolanda… »

Illegal Minesite

Policemen secure an illegal small-scale mining site raided by a joint task force before dawn Tuesday (5 Nov 2013) in Purok 8, Barangay Taligaman in Butuan City. Backed by Chinese financiers, it… »

Task force raids largest illegal mining operation in Butuan

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews / 6 Nov) – A joint government task force raided before dawn Tuesday (Nov. 5) in one of the hinterland barangays here what is believed to be… »

Sisters battle in 19th Siargao int’l surfing tilt finals

GENERAL LUNA, Siargao Island (MindaNews/30 Sept.) – Sibling rivalry added color to the finals of the 19th Siargao International Surfing Cup women’s division at Cloud 9 here on Saturday. In… »

Long line

Residents wait in long line just to get cash from an LBC branch in Zamboanga City on September 17, 2013. MindaNews photo by Erwin Mascarinas


REUNITED. Merceditas Hasinon and her son Mubrid are reunited after six days. Merceditas’ family was among those held hostage by MNLF forces in Zamboanga City. The women and children were… »

Carried to Safety

A 90-year old Tausug woman from Barangay Mariki is carried to the shoreline after a forced evacuation was ordered  by the city government in the six conflict-affected barangays and neighboring… »

Heavy Smoke

Heavy smoke rises beyond the Santa Barbara Mosque not far from the Zamboanga City Hall Thursday (12 September 2013) afternoon as government soldiers continue to meet pockets of resistance from… »

Tunafest Jetski

Children enjoy a dip in the water while watching one of the competitors pass towards the finish line during the 1st Tunafest Jetski Invitational Challenge at the Queen Tuna Park… »

Pet Turned Food

 Dog is said to be man’s best friend, but seemingly not for these men in Barangay Lumbocan, Butuan City who butcher two dogs for food on September 1, 2013 as… »

“Bold forward initiative”

Press Secretary Sonny Coloma (right) in a huddle with businessman John Gaisano at the launch of OUR Mindanao weekly newsmag in Davao City on August 28. Coloma said going weekly… »


MindaNews’ Business Editor Bong Sarmiento receives the award for winning the top prize in the online category of the 2nd Red Cross Humanitarian Reporting Award for his special report, “The… »

To the Rescue

Teammates rush to help a rider get up and get back into the race during the Kadayawan 2013 Motocross race at the Crocodile Park, Diversion Road in Davao City, August… »

17th Kumbira Culinary Show

Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. (2nd right) together with Cagayan de Oro Mayor Oscar Moreno, wife Arlene Moreno (far left) and Region 10 tourism director Catalino Chan III (far right)… »

Family Time

A father hands over his baby to his wife before heading off to their fish cage aboard a baoto (wooden boat) in Barangay Lumbocan in Butuan City Sunday 4 August… »

Nipa Weaving

A girl and her grandmother weave nipa leaves into roofing material in a coastal community in Barangay Lumbocan in Butuan City Sunday 4 August 2013. MindaNews photo by Erwin Mascariñas 

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