BATANG MINDANAW

BATANG MINDANAW

 Mt. Minandar: from waves to summit

DATU ODIN SINSUAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 22 April) --  Maguindanao never fails to amaze us. With new natural attractions discovered and explored every now and...

200 young Moro leaders attend Lanao Congress

MARAWI CITY -- The regional government is committed to uplifting the youth across the region, and it is good to see the youth themselves...

BATANG MINDANAW: Cry of Mt. Apo: Let it Heal

By Bess A. Tulio DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 19 April) -- Fire grew bigger by the second as the mountain burned. Animals wailed in pain as...

BATANG MINDANAW: Reopening Mt. Apo: A decision that refused to listen

By Lora Monina P. Arquiza DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 April) – If mountains could speak, what would they say? If they had a voice,...

LIWAS KAAMULAN: “Batan-ong Maguindanaon-Manobo: Pagpili, Pagdawat ug Pagrespito”

Ni Lourdes Ampildon, Duane Espiñosa ug Bernadie Jamora MALAYBALAY - Malipayon nga nisulod si Meriam Campong sa eskwelahan suot ang iyang tandong isa ka adlaw...

BATANG MINDANAW: Pondo alang sa Lumad: sa edukasyon o sa festival?

MARAMAG, Bukidnon (MindaNews / 02 Abril) --  Sa pag-usbaw sa adlaw, kapin 90 ka estudyanteng Lumad ang gapaninguha nga makakat-on og bag-ong kahibalo gikan...

PEACETALK: It Is Not Your Story: Jabidah Massacre After 49 Years

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/18 March) -- For a change this year I don’t want to look back on Jabidah Massacre with morbidity, an angry fist...

‘Ang Mga Mananahi’ signals start of homegrown Bangsamoro theatre group

"Walang kapayapaan dahil walang kalayaan," Rogelio Braga reminds the audience in his play "Ang Mga Mananahi." The Office on Bangsamoro Youth Affairs (OBYA) in partnership...

BATANG MINDANAW: Philippine biodiversity: richer than our limited imaginations

By Armel Grace M. Lugod DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 9 March) – Biodiversity is the existence of various life forms in a common setting –...

BATANG MINDANAW: A Dilemma of Dramatically Ironic Proportions

MIAG-AO, Iloilo (MindaNews / 9 March) – A long time ago, when knee socks were tucked into black shoes and words like sovereignty and...

Xavier Ateneo grad among Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines

Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan graduate Gimar Reyes was hailed as one of the 2016 Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP). The TOSP...

Kessia Carol Tar: Byaheng Do30’s newest darling

Her father wanted her to become a lawyer. But Kessia Carol Tar had a different plan. The 20-year-old Kessia is a Certified Cost Accountant and...

Xavier Ateneo Aggies bag championship at 10th FASMin skills tilt

By Jericho Montellano XU Communications Office  After seven years, Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan was once again proclaimed as the overall champion of the Federation...

Falling in love again with Kalamansig’s Balut Island

BALUT ISLAND, Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat (MindaNews / 07 January) -- I have high standards in choosing a beach destination in summer or any other...

Official Entries: 9th Cinemagis Digital Short Film Festival

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- Now on its 9th year, Cinemagis continues to serve as a platform for young and professional filmmakers in Northern...

BATANG MINDANAW: You’re enough

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/21 December) -- It started when you asked for book recommendations. I found out that you don’t like Marie Lu because “she’s...

Davao-made mobile game wins multiple accolades at GameOn’s ICT Creatives Awards Night

Young developers from renowned, locally-grown tech company, Ingenuity, received three accolades for their Tamagogo mobile game from the Game Developers Association of the Philippines...

BATANG MINDANAW: Politically Incorrect

Alexandria M. Mordeno, 12/07/2016 But you didn’t stay long enough For my Karl Marx and Socialism. How I still dream of a classless Utopian society Where everyone gets...

National Digital Arts Awards taps graphic artist to inspire more young artists

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/08 December) -- In a bid to inspire more young artists, an award giving body on the digital arts has tapped a...

XU, Spain ink MOU on intercultural initiatives, language programs

(Xavier University Communications Office) -- Ateneo de Cagayan and the Kingdom of Spain through its Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sports (Spain-MECS) recently signed...

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i shall keep silent, watching how your body withers; remain serene as one by one your castles fall, because i know that only you can fix your fissures and...

BATANG MINDANAW: Hustisya

Ilang taon na naman bang hihintayin? Umiitim na ang hangin, Umabot na tayo sa anim, Hustisya’y di parin mapasamin. Umiiyak na ang araw, Mga luha ay umaapaw, Kaluluwa ng mga...

BATANG MINDANAW: We remember, and we grieve

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/21 November) -- Today reminded me I once wrote a poem addressing Imee Marcos. It was October of last year, when...

BATANG MINDANAW: Ordure of a buried wax

I know what you did. You can hide behind all that silver and gold, But I can see the ugly and rotten black behind All that made up beauty. I know what you did. You promised to make me happy, That with you I'll never be lonely. I really thought you were the one, you know? I mean, it wasn't that hard. I had always been easily attracted To brilliant minds, And boy, were you brilliant. How you made love to my brain. But the brain is a deceitful friend. Had I looked into your heart, I would have seen that you didn't have one. I would have seen that inside you was A black hole that sucked everything good. Inside you was a Pandora's box that released All evil out into the world. A man with his words And his nonexistent heart. A harbinger of pain and suffering. His brilliant mind disguised his dark insides. You have cheated me once. And now you've come back To cheat on me again. Now you've come back To revive the heartbreak You once gave me, As if the first time wasn't hard enough. But like the last time, I will fight back. I will take back what is rightfully mine; Until I lose my breath; Until the last tooth and nail fall out. That day will come. Eventually. Until I no longer have to shed tears of pain, But of joy. Until the sun reflects Not the red of rage, But of love. So yes. Maybe your body can be buried. Maybe you can wear the fanciest, Whitest, Purest burial clothes. Maybe you can be placed in the grandest, Most intricate coffin. Maybe you can be given the Applause of 21 guns. But you cannot bury The anguish of the thousand mothers Who lost their children to a grim future They didn't want to be part of. You cannot bury the cries Of pain and torture From the ones who only fought For what they believed they deserved--they did Not deserve you. You cannot bury the reek of your evil; Its scent has only gotten stronger. You have cheated me Again and again. I will keep fighting Again and again. So yes. Maybe you can be buried. But I know what you did, And I know what I should do. (Alexandria M. Mordeno, 17, is a 2nd year Political Science student at Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology. She wrote this piece on November 19). 

BATANG MINDANAW: A hero’s grave for a mass murderer’s body

(The author, Reil Benedict Obinque, 19, is editor in chief of Atenews, the student publication of the Ateneo de Davao University, posted  19 November...

BATANG MINDANAW: #NeverForget

MIAG-AO, Iloilo (MindaNews/ 18 November) -- Today, I was approached by a stranger to attend a candle-lighting event to protest the burial of Marcos. I...

BATANG MINDANAO: Intervention

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 May) – A winged red ant climbed onto my neck, attracted by the laptop light. I swat, and it...

BATANG MINDANAW: Riding Toothless

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/25 August) – It was my last day in Malaybalay before leaving for Iligan City. Finally. And I wouldn’t be travelling alone,...

BATANG MINDANAW: The cruel D

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/24 April) -- Depression comes in many ways. It’s not always cutting your wrists until you’re drowning in your own blood or...

BATANG MINDANAW: Conquer the unknown

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/23 April) – Humanity has made countless great feats and it seems like we have achieved so much, but ultimately, we have...

BATANG MINDANAW: Of hugs and heaven

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/ 19 January) -- The best part of our recollection as fourth year students was not our awesome shirts, the impressive speaker...

BATANG MINDANAW: Ate Mara

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/26 December) -- At about 7:10 pm on December 9, news about the bus bombing in Central Mindanao University was broadcast on...

BATANG MINDANAW: Greek hangover

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/12 November) -- I don’t know how it feels to have a hangover from drinking too much alcohol, but it must really...

BATANG MINDANAW: Eternal Optimists

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/27 June) -- The location of the ocean is most endearing to those who seek comfort in blue. Those who want to...

BATANG MINDANAW: Eos’ Journey

TEXAS, USA (MindaNews/09 March) -- "Your name should sound more American,” says the boy across from me, grinning as he switches and replaces letters...

BATANG MINDANAW: Before the dawn

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/07 March) -- Dawn was a mystical time of day for, as the sun rose above the perfect line of the horizon,...

BATANG MINDANAW: Confessions of a Gamer

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/06 March) -- I was born and raised in an environment where technology is reaching its peak, so when I was still...

BATANG MINDANAW: Ave Atque Vale (Hail and Farewell)

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/24 February) -- My childhood was nothing but fun and adventures. I lived in an utterly blissful place where anything was possible...

BATANG MINDANAW: The big bang sans theory

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/31 Jan) -- I have been asked quite a number of times to describe myself in one word – and I’m sure...

BATANG MINDANAW: On being and becoming

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 4 December) – This is for the ones who are having a hard time. Don’t worry, you’ll make it. Nothing...

BATANG MINDANAW: Thoughts on the recent Mindanao bombings

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 Aug) -- As the news about the recent spate of bombings in Mindanao circulated once again, I was upset. We’ve been...

BATANG MINDANAW: Who Should Take the Blame?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 August) -- On July 26, an explosive device went off in a commercial area in Cagayan de Oro, leaving six dead...

BATANG MINDANAW: My Lifetime Trek

SARANGANI (MindaNews/23 September) -- In November 2010, we were happily trekking the trails of Barangay Pag-asa, Alabel, Sarangani on our way to conduct a...

BATANG MINDANAW: Between the Cross and the Crescent Moon. By Arriza Ann S. Nocum

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/04 March) -- I am a hybrid. My mother is a Muslim. My father is a Roman Catholic. I was baptized twice, of...

BATANG MINDANAW: Stories True Heroes Tell Themselves

I live mine in make believe – daydreaming has always been my hobby of choice. I would always take every chance to shift my attention to somewhere out-of-this-word. How I tell myself stories is rather childish to the point of cute. As with the egocentrism of a toddler, I would always be the protagonist. I would play a certain, sometimes-unconventional role. Doctor, fireman, soldier. Magician, jeepney driver, hermit, snake-charmer. More recently, as a psychologist (about time I did). The possibilities are always asymptotic to infinite.

BATANG MINDANAW: Christmas Wish

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 December) -- After a ‘heart to heart’ talk with my DOD this afternoon when he came early from work, I discovered that...

BATANG MINDANAW: Being Selfish Is the Better Alternative

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 August) -- My mother, a teacher, wanted to make herself look glamorous for an event at school. To complete her get-up,...

BATANG MINDANAW: Secrets of the Kill by Randolph R. Reserva

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 February) -- It would have felt like flying from Hong Kong to Moscow at sunset – looking outside the window of...

BATANG MINDANAW: Movie Review: The Guardians of Ga'Hoole. By Sage Danielle Ilagan

By Sage Danielle Ilagan DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 October) -- The books that the movie was based on were interesting and delightful to read. From the...

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