Hoi An: Old but alive

By Lorie Ann Cascaro and Jesse Pizarro Boga HOI-AN, Vietnam (MindaNews / 5 Feb) – The road to Hoi An, a small city in Central Vietnam, was literally long and… »

A child of revolution recounts

Secretary General of the Lao Securities Commission Mrs Vathana Dalaloy recalls memories of the first eight years of her life, when she and her family lived in the caves with… »

Cold Christmas away from home

VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews/24 Dec.) — In a small country where majority are Buddhists, Christmas is definitely not elusive. Back in my home the Philippines, Davao City is already teeming with… »

Lao cinema: Where to in 2015?

LUANG PRABANG, Laos (MindaNews/11 Dec.) — Despite the lack of venues to show movies on big screens, Lao filmmakers are striving to produce features and documentary films and build links… »

Another Day: A story about living in Vientiane’s wasteland

VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews / 22 Nov) – Welcome to “Disneyland”! It is a mosaic of blue, black and white polyester unevenly blended with brown soil surrounded by green shrubs and… »

Help for Yolanda survivors flowing from Laos

VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews / 22 Nov) – Some of the Filipino expatriates who gathered in a pledging session at the Philippine Embassy here Thursday evening were teary-eyed while watching a… »

Lao tourists ride “Korean wave”

The Republic of Korea has become a tourist destination for Lao people who want to see and experience being in a megacity as they indulge in Korean pop culture. By… »

FEATURE: On the Lao side, Naga fireballs remain…

People swarm into a small village in Vientiane to see the Naga fireballs themselves despite others’ belief that the phenomenon is but a legend VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews / 24 Octet)… »

‘Winning beyond boat racing’

VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews/19 October)–In Ban Sai Fong Neua, 17 kilometers south from the city center, at least 40 women, each holding a wooden oar, trekked down a steep slope into… »

Cooking hot to keep the climate cool

VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews / 16 Oct) – Buying a new cookstove is not easy. Sellers offer heaps of different models that look alike and as a buyer, how do you… »

Lao farmers need no ‘magic’ to adapt to climate change

VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews/24 September) — The sky is still dark when 48-year old Ms Kham Phanyavong leaves her house at 3:30 AM on Saturday. She has to be at That… »

Laos kids express hope for the future through images

Through drawings, photos and role play, children from different provinces met in Vientiane to express their vision for their villages by the time they reach 20. VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews /… »

TRAVEL: More Koreans choose Laos

A growing number of Koreans visit the country for “healing” while some of them stay for retirement, business or volunteering VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews/02 September) — The air is redolent of… »

Has Vangvieng changed?

One year after the government closed the bars and put an end to drug outlets in Vangvieng, the village is struggling to get back to business. We spent a weekend.… »


Filipino artist John Paul Antido with his “Shipment” on display in Laos from July 26 to Aug. 2, 2013 for a joint exhibit with a Laos painter. MindaNews photo by… »

Sharing artworks, exchanging cultures

VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews / 5 Aug) – Images of people’s movements portrayed with layered oil-based colours on canvases filled the white walls of the two-story M Gallery at Samsenthai Road… »

‘They might hunt wildlife again’

LUANG PRABANG PROVINCE, Laos (MindaNews/08 July) — Some developments within or surrounding the protected areas in the country might have negative environmental impacts, affecting the people’s livelihood and pushing them… »

Empowering villagers to protect wildlife

HUAPHAN PROVINCE, Laos (MindaNews/02 July) — Families from 14 villages in the Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area (NEPL-NPA) have now signed a contract to participate in an ecotourism programme… »

FEATURE: Hunting without a catch

(Note: This was published in Vientiane Times last Saturday, June 29, 2013.) HUAPHAN PROVINCE, Laos (MindaNews / 30 June) –  Maneuvering a long-tail boat with a bamboo stick, a Khmu… »

Fish catch declines in the Mekong River

VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews/17 June) — In a makeshift house floating near the banks of the Mekong River, a 41-year old man fixed fish nets as the water catches the silver… »

Eating raw vegetables: a ‘healing’ experience

VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews/11 June) — A plateful of raw mint, basil leaves, cabbage, sliced string beans and lime was served on my table ahead of the rice noodle (feu) soup… »

Banknotes tell you much more than what you can buy

VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews / 30 May) – An eminent Filipino historian, Dr. Ambeth Ocampo, told students in a lecture on Wednesday to study and reflect on banknotes as they are an expression… »

Boun Bang Fai: An undying tradition

Seven men were chanting while carrying a homemade rocket up to the makeshift launch pad at a remote village in Vientiane province last Saturday. Amid the drizzle, they managed to… »

COMMENTARY: Beyond Awareness: Disaster risk reduction in Laos, PH

VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews/17 May) — The National Disaster Management Office under the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare of Lao People’s Democratic Republic held a workshop on ASEAN Agreement on… »

Army visibility in polling centers high 10 days before election day—official

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 April) — Military personnel in the Davao Region and parts of Southwestern Mindanao (Region 12) will be visible around the vicinity of polling places 10 days before… »

Davao exporters to help SMEs grow

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 April)—Exporters in the Davao Region will find ways to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) grow their business, Ferdinand Marañon, president of the Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc.… »

Additional dorms planned to decongest Davao prison

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 April) — Five additional dormitories with a total capacity of 2,500 persons will be built at the Davao Prison and Penal Farm (DPPF), formerly the Davao Penal… »

Mindanao electricity market to commercially operate in September

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 April)– The Interim Mindanao Electricity Market (IMEM), which was pushed by the Department of Energy (DOE) to address power shortage in Mindanao by drawing out all generation… »

Groups, kin to file charges vs Army on child’s death in ComVal

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 April) – Relatives, human rights and children’s rights groups here will file criminal charges against the military on the death of a child in Mabini… »

12 public schools, 3 LGUs in Mindanao save P2.6M by using CFLs

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 April) – Twelve public schools and three local government units in Mindanao had saved a total of P2.6 million in energy expenses last year due… »

Beware of cheap CFL bulbs – DOE

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 April) – Consumers should not buy compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs that are being sold around town for a bargain price of three for P100… »

ASEAN countries to observe smoking ban in Davao City

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 April) – Member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will visit the city in the second week of July to observe the implementation of… »

10 Davao villages under poll watchlist – police

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/08 April) — Ten remote villages in three districts here have been placed under elections watchlist due to the presence of the New People’s Army (NPA), the city… »

The sea turtles no longer come to Punta Dumalag

PUNTA DUMALAG, Davao City – The summer heat on Saturday afternoon made the beach at Punta Dumalag, the coastal part of Barangay Matina Aplaya here, so enticing for some boys… »

Bukidnon hydro plant to supply 35% of Mindanao’s power shortage by 2016

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 April) — A proposed 52-megawatt hydro power plant project of AboitizPower’s Hedcor in Manolo Fortich town, Bukidnon can help address the power shortage in Mindanao by 2016,… »

DENR-11 to count tarsiers in Kapalong town, Mati City

DAVAO CITY(MindaNews/07 April)  – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will start at the end of this month a population count of tarsiers in Barangay Bobon, Mati City… »

Davao City to build info-tech services center for farmers

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 April) — The city will build this year the Farmers Information Technology Services Center to provide information services to farmers and fisher folk, the City Agriculture Office… »

Experts to produce strategic transport plan for Davao City

DAVAO City (MindaNews/05 April) – The city will have a sustainable, strategic public transport plan to be produced by a team of international consultants at the end of a 9-month… »

Boy,8, killed in alleged strafing in ComVal

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 April) – An 8-year old boy died on Wednesday in an alleged strafing incident a village in Mabini town, Compostela Valley that a human rights group blamed… »

GPH panel not keen on resuming talks with NDF – Davao peace advocates

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 4 April) – Peace advocates, after attending a closed-door dialogue with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) at the Apo View… »

Makabayan’s Casiño admits spending P3.77M in TV ads

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 4 April) – Senatorial bet Teddy Casiño said the Makabayan Coalition Party spent P3.77 million for his 15.5-minute TV ads composed of 8 spots in national… »

Duterte assures continued assistance to kin, survivors of Davao wharf blast

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/3 April)– Acting Mayor Rodrigo Duterte assured Tuesday continued educational assistance for survivors and families of the victims of the Sasa wharf bombing here in 2003 that killed… »

NPA frees captive cop in ComVal

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/2 April) —The New People’s Army (NPA) freed Tuesday Police Officer 3 Ruben Nojapa Jr. in Barangay Mainit, Nabunturan town in Compostela Valley (ComVal) after 15 days in… »

DILG-Davao warns barangay officials not to be involved in electoral campaign

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 1 April) – The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) office here urged citizens Monday to report barangay chairmen or officials who use their positions… »

TESDA eyes 65% employment rate for 2013 scholars in Davao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 1 April) – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is targetting a 65-percent employment rate for its scholars who will graduate this year from… »

Comelec-11 to ask candidates to remove posters in non-designated areas

DAVAO CITY(MindaNews/31 March)— The Commission on Elections (Comelec) here will issue notices to local candidates to remove campaign materials posted outside the designated areas, an official said Sunday   Lawyer… »

Kin, devotees to celebrate Calungsod feast day in Pikit, Davao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 March)– Relatives and devotees of St. Pedro Calungsod, the second Filipino saint, will celebrate his first feast day in Pikit town, North Cotabato and in this city… »

Davao’s bid to host 2015 APEC events underway

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 March) –The city government here is finalizing the proposal to host some of the meetings of the 23rd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in 2015 for submission… »

Seoul district officials eye friendship pact with Davao City

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 March)— Officials from the Guro District in Seoul, South Korea have expressed an interest to forge a friendship pact with the city government, an official of the… »

Malaysia not credible to host GPH-MILF peace talks – Princess Jacel

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 March) – The daughter of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III questioned the credibility of Malaysia to continue facilitating the peace talks between the Government of… »

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