PCA allots P30M for coco farmers in Pablo-hit areas

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/08 July) — The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) XI said it has allotted P30 million for the planting of coconuts in areas hit by typhoon Pablo (international name:… »

Massage therapists want to remain near Davao city hall

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 July) — Massage therapists who used to accommodate customers at Osmeña Park here wanted to continue their business near the city hall. “We hope that the city… »

Davao’s version of ‘The Vagina Monologues’ open for tours

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 July) — The theater production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues (TVM) has been translated into Cebuano and is open for invitations to be shown in the… »

Comelec says only few voters have registered in Davao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 July) – The Commission on Elections office in the city has fallen short of its target to register at least 1,000 new voters daily since the start… »

Farmers vow hunger strike if gov’t won’t release coco levy funds

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 June) — Coconut farmers across the country vowed to stage a hunger strike in September if the government continues to deny their demands to utilize the coco… »

Envi group to present alternatives to proposed oil palm project in Davao  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 June) — Environmental group Panalipdan Southern Mindanao said Saturday it is poised to present to the City Council alternatives to proposed oil palm plantations in… »

Nat’l MSME summit to promote Davao tourism

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 June) — The National Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Summit here on August 20-21 will help promote the city as a tourism and venue for big… »

2014 MSME Expo in Davao eyes P3M in sales

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 June) — The micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) expo in Abreeza Mall here on July 28-31 aims to earn P3 million in sales. Atonio Dela Cruz,… »

Human rights defenders can get funding for protection

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 June) – Human rights groups in Mindanao can avail of funding for their own protection through the Defending the Human Rights Defenders Program of the… »

Seized ‘colorum’ bus in Tagum first to pay P1M fine in Region 11

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 24 June) – The Golden Valley bus apprehended last Saturday in Tagum City was the 11th unit apprehended for colorum operations nationwide and first in the… »

Police official dragged to King’s murder case comes out

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 24 June) – Police Supt. Leonardo Felonia, of the Regional Intelligence Unit XI who was dragged to the murder case of businessman Richard Lim King, came… »

Surf’s up in Siargao’s Cloud 9 for better tourism

GENERAL LUNA, Siargao Island (MindaNews/11 June) — Some 20 surfers lined up at Cloud 9 surfing spot in Barangay Catangnan shortly after lunch time on Tuesday. The swell was not… »

PAGASA: Despite rains El Nino still possible in June

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 June) – The rains have come but the city might still experience the onset of the El Nino phenomenon or dry spell this month, the Philippine Atmospheric,… »

Davao farmers, fisherfolk awarded for best practices

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 June)—Seventeen farmers, small animal raisers and fisherfolk from the Davao Region emerged as winners in the 2014 Gawad Saka Outstanding Agri-Achievers awarded by the Department of Agriculture… »

Fishing banned in Davao Gulf on spawning season

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 May) — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-11 said Friday fishing will be banned in the Davao Gulf between June and August this year to… »

Action for women’s health urged

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 May) – Marking the International Day of Action for Women’s Health last May 28, women leaders called for the implementation of policies related to women’s… »

Davao steps up action vs acute malnutrition

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 May) – The city government has given this year more attention to solving acute malnutrition among children below five years old. Dr. Josephine Villafuerte, city… »

Duterte: ‘We’ll never have food security’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews s/ 29 May) – City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said during a forum here on malnutrition Wednesday that the Philippines may never achieve food security. “I don’t think… »

Davao consumers blame monopoly for power rate hikes

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 May) – Power consumers led by progressive groups on Monday held a rally in front of the Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC) to protest power rate… »

DTI 11: “Buy non-toxic school supplies”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 May) — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) urged consumers to make sure they buy only non-toxic school materials including pencils, pens and crayons, which children… »

NUJP, Bayan Muna slam broadcaster’s death in Digos

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 24 May) – The National Union of Journalist of the Philippines (NUJP) and progressive Partylist Bayan Muna condemned the killing of radio broadcaster Samuel Oliverio in… »

‘PH education needs to catch up with ASEAN neighbors’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 May) – The country has lagged behind its ASEAN neighbors in terms of quality education despite the Filipino students’ competitive English communication skills, officials of private schools… »

Group eyes 5,000 Diwalwal miners to use mercury-free facility

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 May) — Environmental group BAN Toxics on Friday said it aims to convince 5,000 small-scale miners in Mt. Diwata in Monkayo, Compostela Valley province, to use mercury-free… »

UPDATED: 11 injured as 10-wheeler truck rams into 14 vehicles in Calinan

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 May) – At least 11 persons were injured when a 10-wheeler truck from Kitaotao, Bukidnon rammed into at least 14 vehicles along the national highway in Calinan… »

Living, learning in Laos

VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews/2 May) — Always in tandem, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Communist Party flags were the first things that struck me when I landed in Vientiane a… »

Pii Mai: Another year to renew hopes

XAYABOURY PROVINCE, Laos (MindaNews/30 April) — A distant small village woke up to loud Lao and Thai music on the first day of Pii Mai or the Lao New Year.… »

Rescued macaques find home at Lao zoo

VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews / 22 April) – Walking in the Lao Zoo at Keun village on the outskirts of Vientiane on a weekday was not a tour in a park,… »

Lao youth to help promote fair trade

VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews / 27 March) – Lao high school students identified as youth ambassadors of non-profit organization Fair Trade Laos (FTL) committed to help in promoting fair trade values… »

Filipino film on Palawan tribe inspires Lao cinema

VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews/21 March) — An independent film that depicts the indigenous tradition and beliefs of the Palawan tribe in the Philippines opened a curtain with new light in Lao… »

Baskets of salt for a living

Earning a living by making table salt in the middle of landlocked Laos VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews / 18 March) – Away from the sea, Laos produces salt by mining in… »

Vietnam and Laos are neighbors, but strangers

By Lorie Ann Cascaro and Jesse Pizarro Boga HANOI, Vietnam to VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews / 5 March) – A corner in the outskirt of the Old Quarter in Hanoi became… »

Caving in to a bike race, but winning anyway

VIENTIANE PROVINCE, Laos (MindaNews / 22 Feb) – Perhaps his words were lost in translation before they got to me. Last Thursday, I had a very brief conversation with Khek,… »

Hue: A city of “perfume and purple”

By Lorie Ann Cascaro and Jesse Pizarro Boga  HUE CITY, Vietnam (MindaNews / 13 Feb) – Our journey to Hue from nearby city Danang in Central Vietnam had us go… »

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… »

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