Learning Arnis

Students of arnis, an indigenous art of self-defense, do some routines at the plaza in Kidapawan City on Saturday (October 10, 2015). MindaNews photo by Geonarri Solmerano

Power Nap

A painter at a school in Kidapawan City takes a power nap during a short break Thursday morning (1 October 2015), unmindful of the danger as he is without safety gear.… »

Trash to Art

High School students of Notre Dame of Kidapawan College’s Integrated Basic Education make mosaic posters from broken compact discs to display during their school exhibit. MindaNews photo by GEONARRI SOLMERANO  

Kalivungan Festival

Participants do their best to win the street dancing competition for the Kalivungan Festival in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato on Tuesday (1 Sept 2015) as the province celebrates its 101st… »

Grilling Barbecue

A stall attendant grills barbecue for their patrons in Kidapawan City Tuesday night (25 August 2015). Barbecue is the most salable food at night in this city. MindaNews photo by… »

Vantage view

Father gives daughter a vantage view of the street dancing during the culmination of the Timpupo Festival (Fruit Festival) in Kidapawan City on Saturday, August 22, 2015. MindaNews photo by… »

Bountiful Harvest

A float full of rambutan, santol, durian and other fruits joins the opening salvo of the Timpupo Fruit Festival in Kidapawan City Wednesday (19 August 2015). The week-long festival showcases… »

Temporary Shelter

Mother and child take shelter under a big umbrella during a heavy downpour as they continue to sell streetfood by the sidewalk in Kidapawan City noon Tuesday (4 August 2015).… »

Mud Volleyball

Resort goers play dirty volleyball at the Blue Jazz Resort in Samal Island Tuesday morning (26 May 2015). Playing volleyball keeps the body of resort goers cool as the temparature… »

Mixed Martial Arts

With nothing much to do during the summer vacation, children do mixed martial arts routine in Kidapawan City on Wednesday (29 April 2015). Program instructor Ritches Solano said the program’s… »


Farmer Nasrudin conducts final selection of freshly harvested singkamas (yam bean) from his farm in Kidapawan City on Friday (17 April 2015) before bringing them to the market. MindaNews photo by… »

New Harvest

A farmer in Linangkob, Kidapawan City hauls newly harvested rice on Monday (March 16). Kidapawan and other parts of Mindanao have been hit by a dry spell. MindaNews photo by… »

Beat the Heat

A singkamas (yam bean) vendor from Nuangan, Kidapawan City prepares her merchandise for display at the public market Thursday (5 March 2015). The sweet singkamas, which is composed of almost 90… »

Ash Wednesday

Catholics in Kidapawan City observe the church tradition to have their forehead marked with a sign of the cross Wednesday (18 Feb 2015) to remind them that they came from… »

Passenger Season

Passengers at the Kidapawan City Overland Terminal rush to board a bus on Friday (2 January 2015). Buses and other forms of transportation are generally crowded right after the Christmas… »

Dancing Traffic Aides

Traffic aides Mark Mallorca (left) and Marlon Hernandez dance to the tune of Christmas jingles as they manage the traffic in Kidapawan City Friday morning (19 Dec 2014). They bring… »

Sketch Artist

Sketch artist Sherwin Binas shows off his skill during an exhibit at the Mlang plaza in North Cotabato Tuesday (16 Dec 2014). MindaNews photo by Geonarri Solmerano

Christmas House

This Christmas-themed house in Makilala, North Cotabato never fails to draw onlookers some of whom take selfies in front of the decors and lights.  The Vega couple who owns the… »

Fish for Lunch

Mark Canoniyo, 9, spends the morning on Sunday (Nov. 23, 2014) fishing so he could bring home something for their lunch, in Linangkob, Kidapawan City. Mark is the eldest of… »

‘Blood Bucket’ Challenge

Members of the human rights group Karapatan-North Cotabato commemmorate the 42nd anniversary of martial law on Monday (22 Sept 2014) by pouring red-colored liquid on their bodies, apparently a parody… »

Kalivungan Festival

Participants of the street dancing do their best during culmination of the week-long Kalivungan Festival Monday in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato. Formerly known as the Cotabato Empire, the province of North… »

Gun Safety

A lady journalist gets tips from a policeman how to handle a gun during Friday’s (25 July 2014) personal safety and gun safety seminar for media practitioners at the provincial… »

Earthquake and Fire Drill

Students from Notre Dame of Kidapawan College participate in an earthquake and fire drill Thursday. This activity is in line with the celebration of the National Disaster Preparedness Consciousness Month.… »

Veiled Summit

Clouds cover the side of Mt. Apo facing Kidapawan City as rains pour in the region on 30 June 2014. MindaNews photo by Geonarri Solmerano

When Night Is Over

A balut and barbecue vendor pushes his stall away from a street in Kidapawan City, early morning of 13 May 2014. Stalls like this are banned during the day due… »

In the Dark

The daily four- to six-hour blackouts in Kidapawan lend the city dramatic, though unwanted, night scenes, as this photo taken on Monday, 5 May 2014, shows. MindaNews photo by Geonarrri… »

Kabacan Blast

Firemen from the Kabacan fire station in North Cotabato extinguish fire from a burning LPG store where an explosive was allegedly planted by an unidentified suspect. Two were reported injured… »

Family Bonding

A family finds time for bonding after a long day as the father takes pictures of his kids in a Disney-themed Christmas display in front of the Kidapawan City Hall… »

Simbang Gabi

The low pressure area (LPA) affecting Mindanao did not deter the faithful from joining the first of the “simbang gabi” before dawn Monday morning (16 Dec 2013) as parishioners of… »

P10M worth of projects from OPPAP’s PAMANA turned over to NorthCot villages

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 1 Dec) – The Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA, or Peaceful and Resilient Communities) Program of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process… »

NorthCot gears for flashfloods as ‘Yolanda’ heads for exit

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/08 November) – North Cotabato may be lucky to be way out of the path of super typhoon “Yolanda”, but the province had remained on red alert status… »

Cotabato BHWs to hold 2-day congress

AMAS, Kidapawan City (MindaNews/07 November) — Around 2,500 barangay health workers (BHWs) from the 17 municipalities of Cotabato will convene for a two-day congress at the Cotabato Provincial Capitol Gymnasium… »

NorthCot LGU extends help to Bohol quake victims

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 24 Oct) – The provincial government of North Cotabato’s flagship program “Serbisyong Totoo” is set to extend help to the thousands of victims of the deadly… »

Finally, toilets for Arakan tribal community

ARAKAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/12 October)—At the crack of dawn or any time of the day, Lorena Nogan and her family, along with the other residents of Kinawayan, a mountain village… »

PCOS Machine

Members of a board of election inspectors (BEI) in Kidapawan City reorient themselves on the operation of a precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machine that will be used in the… »

Escape from the summer heat (and brownouts)

Residents and tourists escape from the summer heat and the brownouts by taking a dip at the Bongolanon Falls in Magpet, North Cotabato. MindaNews photo by Geonarri Solmerano  

Graduation Time

A vendor sells garlands for families of graduating students in Kidapawan City on March 19. MindaNews photo by Geonarri Solmerano

Rainy Day

It’s a rainy day in Kidapawan City with the low pressure area still hovering, estimated by the weather bureau at 480 kilometers southeast of General Santos City as of 8… »

Overcrowded Bus

Passengers going back to work after spending the holidays with the relatives pack a Davao-bound bus in Kidapawan City on Jan. 1, 2013. MindaNews photo by Geonarri Solmerano

Misa de Gallo

A Christmas parol shines bright during the Misa de Gallo outside the Our Lady Mediatrix of All Graces Cathedral in Kidapawan City on Sunday, December 16, the first of the… »

After the Flood

AFTER THE FLOOD. A resident cleans her house after a flash flood swept through it and four other houses in Barangay Sudapin, Kidapawan City on Oct. 23, 2012. MindaNews photo… »

Blind Woman

Poverty drives this blind woman to begging for alms in buses in Kidapawan City. MindaNews photo by Geonarri Solmerano

Rubber Industry Congress

A participant of the 1st Regional Rubber Industry Congress checks on the proper way of planting rubber trees at the farm in Makilala, North Cotabato Sunday, Aug. 22, 2012. MindaNews… »

Tug of War

TUG OF WAR. School girls play the traditional tug-of-war during a break at the Lanao Elementary School, Kidapawan City July 27, 2012. MindaNews photo by Geonari Solmerano

Rampaging Waters

RAMPAGING WATERS. Residents retrieve whatever possessions they can find in their houses destroyed by a flood in Kidapawan City. The flood carried away three houses along Nuangan River on June… »


DARKNESS. The eight-hour rotating brownouts in Kidapawan City have forced residents to make do with candles during dinner time. Other parts of Mindanao are also plagued by brownouts that last… »

Bus Bombing

BUS BOMBING. Police investigators check on the luggage compartment of a Cagayan de Oro-bound Rural Transit bus where an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded, killing two persons and injuring 18… »

School Science

SCHOOL SCIENCE. Engineering students from Notre Dame of Kidapawan College test their innovation, an electronic motorcycle helmet and electronic starter for motorcycles, in Kidapawan City on March 13, 2012. The… »

Summer Rains

SUMMER RAINS. Students unfurl their umbrellas during a heavy downpour in Kidapawan City. It’s summer but heavy rains are felt throughout Mindanao. MindaNews photo by Geonarri Solmerano


JOBLESS Hundreds of job hunters flock to the jobs fair in Kidapawan City on Feb. 24, 2012. MindaNews photo by Geonarri Solmerano

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