BATANG MINDANAW

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OUR MARAWI: To my lost home

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 23 May 2018) -- You are the Little Baguio of the south. Your natural air conditioning is one of your best. You are...

Ode to drunkenness

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 18 May) – My sister Anthea had been my roommate since I started college. That is, until she passed the chemist...

OUR MARAWI: Ramadhan in our Marawi

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 17 May) – Alhamdullilah because most of us get to spend Ramadhan in our dearest Marawi. It does not feel like...

OUR MARAWI: Oh my dear Marawi… I will never ever give you up

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 01 May) -- I was in a nightmare, I was walking and roaming a street that seemed so familiar, oh...

OUR MARAWI: Nakakita ka na ba ng bakas na inadobo?

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 13 April) -- Nakakita ka na ba ng bakas na inadobo? Yong isdang inihaw na nakatuhog na binibenta sa daan na...

GRADUATION SPEECH: Do not be afraid of failing, as long as you keep...

(Words of Gratitude delivered at the Liceo de Cagayan University's Grade 12 (Words of Gratitude delivered at the Liceo de Cagayan University's Senior High...

Cinemagis X awards outstanding local films

By Angelo Lorenzo XAVIER UNiVERSITY Communications Office -- This year’s Cinemagis Northern Mindanao Digital Short Film Festival officially announced the list of winning films among...

Kagay-anon poet among 12 chosen for UP National Writers Workshop

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines (XU Communications Office) -- A student of Xavier Ateneo’s MA Literature program was named one of the 12 writing...

Xavier Ateneo offers full scholarships with 10K allowance to top 25 incoming freshmen

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines – Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan, under its expanded financial aid program, has offered academic scholarships with book and uniform...

Davao’s Madrasah Program centers on promoting peace, understanding

The Davao City government's Madrasah Comprehensive and Development Promotion Program under Mayor Inday Sara Duterte's office has been in the forefront of providing quality...

OUR MARAWI: We will hold on to hope

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 30 October) -- War raged in this city for 154 days. Days when the exchange of fire between terrorists and...

BATANG MINDANAW: Taking a stand amid fears

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/21 September) -- These days the prospect of waking up to a declaration of a nationwide implementation of Martial Law has become more...

BATANG MINDANAW: Why Mindanawons should prevent the spread of bird flu

Pauline Leray Earth is like a very big food web. From the smallest to largest, terrestrial to aquatic, nocturnal to diurnal animals, all lifeforms are...

BALIK MSU: What students say about returning to MSU Marawi

  Mark Beinson C. Lutcha, 18 Bislig, Surigao del Sur BS Civil Engineering, 3rd year I used to think that when an MSUan gets his prize it...

Frigid gun

Her right hand formed like a gun two of the five fingers erect side by side Glued together like lovers who couldn't quite let go Partners in crime Her lips dry pale shaking It has told...

OUR MARAWI: Every Holy Month will be a reminder that our city was once...

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 July) -- I have often fantasized my future trip to Davao City where my father works as a humanitarian...

Maranao pride

Mubarak Macabanding Paingco, a native of Pantao Ragat in Lanao del Norte who grew up in Iligan City, addresses his fellow graduates during the...

OUR MARAWI: Days Before the Siege

  ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 06 June) -- I have talked a lot about my hometown Marawi on my blog in a negative light. There...

BATANG MINDANAW: Conservation on Privately-Managed Lands

by Alma Jo C. Latada DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 May) -- It has become clear that biodiversity is the cornerstone of our existence on Earth. It...

BATANG MINDANAW. Biodiversity conservation: what does EDC have inside its box?

By LANIE JEAN S. ALERIA DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 May) -- Mt. Apo is home to many endemic organisms like the Philippine Eagle. It...

Timako Hill: A welcome getaway

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 14 May) -- Along the coast in Barangay Kalanganan II fronting the majestic Sultan Haji Hassanal Masjid, stands enchanting Timako...

 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...

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