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… »

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… »

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