4.6 quake hits Northern Mindanao

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 17 Dec) – An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.6 on the Richter scale shook the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan and the provinces… »

Sitio Cala-cala

Devotees prepare the makeshift altar for the Misa de Gallo on Tuesday (16 Dec 2014) in Sitio Cala-cala, Tibasak, Barangay Macasandig, where hundreds of residents died during Typhoon Sendong three… »

After 3 years, 300 ‘Sendong’ victims still unidentified

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/16 December) — Over 300 victims of tropical storm Sendong (international name: Washi) buried in unmarked graves here and in nearby Iligan City have remained unidentified… »

Christmas Tree

A Sendong victim decorates their Christmas tree at the relocation site in Phase 1, Barangay Indahag, Cagayan de Oro City on Dec. 15, 2014. After three years, electricity and water… »

Monitoring the manhunt

Two residents of Sitio Pagangon, Barangay Gasi in Laguindingan town, Misamis Oriental climb a tree on Dec. 13, 2014 to get a better view of the police and military manhunt… »

Suspect in Belmonte ambush arrested; denies allegations

LAGUINDINGAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 14 December) —Authorities arrested on Saturday one of the suspects in the December 11 ambush-slay attempt on Iligan’s lone representative to Congress, Vicente “Varf” Belmonte,… »

Bukidnon bus bombing: Bus firm management got text messages to pay up or else…

MANILA (MindaNews/12 December) – The Rural Transit in Mindanao Inc. received a flurry of text messages from unknown persons to pay P50 thousand a month or one of their buses… »

OCD: Zero casualty in Dinagat, Siargao

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews / 07 Dec) — Zero casualty in Dinagat and Surigao del Norte. The provinces of Dinagat Islands and Surigao del Norte have been spared by typhoon Ruby… »

As thousands flee ‘Ruby’, rescue preparations shift to islands in Eastern Mindanao

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/06 December) – Military units tasked with rescue operations have shifted their attention to the Province of Dinagat Islands and Siargao Islands in Surigao del Norte where 3,234… »

Military to arm 120 new Cafgus in NPA-infested Loreto town

LORETO, Agusan del Sur – Like the Spartans in the movie “300,” the militiamen yelled “Ahoo! Ahoo!” that rumbled in the hot, concrete gym here, indicating they are ready to… »

Lumad Ritual

A lumad leader performs a ritual for visiting military officials in the municipality of San Luis, Agusan del Sur on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. MindaNews photo by Froilan Gallardo

Rep. Rodriguez says support for Bangsamoro Basic Law is “universal”

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/30 Nov) — Despite some concerns, the proposed Bangsamoro Law is receiving overwhelming support  from residents  in Northern Mindanao, the chair of the House of Representatives Ad… »

Decommissioning of MILF starts in January 2015

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/29 November) — The decommissioning of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will start by January next year, a senior official of the rebel group said… »

No to Bangsamoro Law

Zamboanga City Rep. Celso Lobregat stresses a point against the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law during the House public hearing on the draft law in Iligan City on Nov. 28, 2014.… »

MOA-AD foes on the BBL: Unconstitutional

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/29 November) – They have spoken. Three politicians who led the opposition to the botched Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain or MOA-AD have made known their stand… »

BBL hearing in Marawi: Maranaos complain of measly share from Lake Lanao’s contributions

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 27 Nov) – Lake Lanao, the second largest lake in the country, became the center of discussion during the congressional public hearing on the Bangsamoro Basic… »

Maranao Sentiments

Driza Liningding, of the Bangsamoro Peace and Development Council, complains how the economic benefits from Lake Lanao did not trickle down to the vulnerable sector of the Maranaos during the… »

CDO starts evacuation of vulnerable sector as Queenie intensifies

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 26 Nov) – Authorities here ordered the preemptive evacuation of pregnant women, children, the elderly and persons with disability as Tropical Depression “Queenie” intensifies… »

End Impunity

Candles light up at the front of Vjandep, a well-known pastel and pasalubong shop, in Cagayan de Oro City Sunday (23 Nov 2014) as shops and companies join the nationwide… »

Snail-pace trial for Ampatuan Massacre very frustrating—IFJ

AMPATUAN MASSACRE Site, Maguindanao (MindaNews/21 November)—The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has urged President Benigno Aquino III to act swiftly in resolving the Ampatuan Massacre case before his term ends… »

New Power Plant

A big crowd gather to see the new 20-megawatt bunker diesel power plant unveiled by Peakpower Soccsargen, Inc. (PSI) in Barangay Apopong, General Santos City on Thursday (20 Nov 2014).… »

Gov’t wants to take over Maguindanao electric utility

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 20 Nov) – On the eve of the fifth anniversary of the Ampatuan Massacre, electricity supply for the entire province of Maguindanao is in danger… »

Cagayan de Oro marks 1st anniversary of Yolanda

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/08 November) — Artist Nicolas Aca embraced the other performers after their heart-rending performance in front of the Magsaysay Park in Cagayan de Oro Saturday on… »

Remembering Yolanda’s Fury

Theater artists act out a scene in front of Magsaysay Park in Cagayan de Oro City on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, exactly one year after typhoon Yolanda struck Tacloban City… »

Resting in Peace

Serenity returns to this memorial park in Cagayan de Oro City shortly before midnight on Saturday (November 1), when most people have left after visiting the graves of their departed… »

Cemetery Artist

An artisan carves on a marble tombstone at the city public cemetery in Bolonsiri, Cagayan de Oro City on Wednesday (29 Oct. 2014). Flowers and tombstone carvers are in demand… »

Flowers for the Dead

Flowers of various kinds and colors flood the sidewalks of Lt. Guillermo St. near the Cogon public market in Cagayan de Oro City Tuesday, just a few days before the… »

Flower vendors hoping to make brisk sales during ‘Kalag-kalag’

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 29 Oct) – Vendors along Lt. Guillermo St. near the Cogon public market here are expecting brisk sales in the coming days as families… »

Transport Strike

A striking transport driver and a supporter distribute leaflets along the highway in Barangay Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City asking fellow drivers and commuters to join the nationwide transport strike… »

GPH-NDF meet in Utrecht won’t take up release of soldiers held by NPA in Bukidnon

MAKATI CITY (MindaNews/22 October) – The release of two Army soldiers held captive by the New People’s Army in Bukidnon will not be taken up in a meeting between the… »

Grand Mosque

The Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid in Barangay Kalangan II in Cotabato City on Oct. 9. 2014.  Also called the Grand Mosque, the place of worship was constructed by a US$… »

Maguindanao Flood

Residents of Barangay Bulalo Sultan Kudarat town, Maguindanao, ride a banca to escape the rising flood waters on Thursday (9 Oct. 2014). A 10-hour downpour flooded several barangays in Sultan Kudarat… »

Maguindanao floods affect 10,000 residents

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 9 Oct) – A 10-hour downpour affected more than 10,000 residents here and flooded sections of the Cotabato-Parang highway, stranding hundreds of commuters today (Oct.… »

Brand New School

Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno (center) signs a deed of donation Tuesday (7 Oct 2014) for the newly constructed two-classroom building constructed by Aboitiz Foundation and Therma South,… »

Ritual of Fire

Resort caretaker Jojo Martinez starts a fire on Monday (Oct. 6) on the spot in Opol town, Misamis Oriental where Swiss nationals Robert Erich Loaber and Balthazar Johann Erni were… »

CCTV footages key to identifying suspects in killing of Swiss citizens – police

OPOL, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/06 October) — Police were hoping they could solve the killing of two Swiss nationals Sunday with the CCTV footages of beach resorts in this coastal town.… »

Awaiting Completion

A resident walks along the unfinished portion of the new bridge in Cagayan de Oro City on Sept. 24, 2014. The new bridge connects the city proper to Barangay Carmen.… »

58 Months

Journalists, activists and students light candles at the Press Freedom Monument in Cagayan de Oro City to commemorate the 58th month of the Ampatuan Massacre on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.… »

Anti-mining Lumad leader in Cagayan de Oro killed

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/14 Sept) — A leader of the Higaonon tribe who is a staunch anti-mining activist was gunned down by unidentified assailants while riding home on a… »

MV Maharlika 2

M/V Maharlika II anchored off Lipata port in Surigao City in this file photo taken Dec. , 2013. The Roll-on/ roll off ferry was undergoing repairs near the port when… »

Release the POWS

Ana Curita Tare (holding the microphone) appeals on Thursday (12 Sept 2014) for the military to implement a suspension of military operations in Bukidnon to pave the way for the… »

Suspension of military operations in Bukidnon sought to facilitate soldiers’ release

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 12 Sept) – Government officials and the Philippine Independent Church in Northern Mindanao have sent an appeal to President Aquino and Defense Secretary Voltaire… »

Dance for Kaamulan

A dance group representing one of Bukidnon’s 20 towns performs at the Kaamulan grounds in Malaybalay City on the final day of the festival on August 31, 2014. Bukidnon’s 20… »

Street Dance

Participants dance during the first day of the two-day Kaamulan street dancing in Malaybalay City on August 30, 2014. Bukidnon’s 20 towns and two component cities are participating in the… »

Higalaay Festival

Participants in colorful costumes aboard floats join the Higalaay civic military parade in Cagayan de Oro City on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. Cagayan de Oro will celebrate the feast of… »

Carnival Queen

A participant  dressed as a Carnival Queen dances in the streets of Cagayan de Oro City on Sunday, August 24, during the Higalaay Festival for the Feast of St. Agustine on Aug. 28.… »

Miss Cagayan de Oro 2014

  Miss Cagayan de Oro 2014 Beatrice Alvarez Pohl and her court wave to the adoring crowd after winning the beauty pageant Saturday night at the Limketkai Atrium in Cagayan de Oro… »

Fallen Cowboy

A cowboy grimaces in pain after falling to the mud during the rodeo event at the Xavier University Manresa Days in Cagayan de Oro City on Friday, 22 August 2014. Five… »

Miss Cagayan de Oro

  Miss Cagayan de Oro 2014 candidates pose for a selfie with Miss Cagayan de Oro 2013 Amadea Piatti (third from left) during the evening gown presentation at Centrio Ayala… »

Mindanao Fashion Summit

Models walk the ramp wearing clothes made by local designers at Lim Ket Kai Mall during the Mindanao Fashion Summit, Friday, August 8, 2014. The show is one of the… »

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