63rd Miss Universe: MJ would have floored the competition

One by one, some disappointed fans walked out of the viewing party room when they didn’t hear “Ms. Philippines” being called to be in the pageant’s top 5. “The Q&A… »

Marielle Achacoso: A girl whose dreams ended on Bus 2640

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/16 December) — “Happiness is a positive cash flow” and “nothing is impossible” said two of the stickers placed by 17-year old Marielle Achacoso, a first year accountancy… »

A bath habit: Cleansing the body with beer

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 November) — “Being dirty is bad, and beer is good,” the product label reads. However, it does not mean that you may wash whatever is dirty with beer.… »

The Bomb in a Drawer

For quite sometime, it was just there, inside a drawer of an office table in a village hall in a town in Maguindanao. It is not the usual office stationery… »

Celebrating Davao’s chocolates

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 September) — Exactly seven days ago, I was bugging a Filipino friend who lives in Vietnam to meet another Filipino friend who was visiting there to buy… »

Life in Liguasan Marsh: A garden in a flood zone

Ferdinandh B. Cabrera in Barangay Balong, Northern Kabuntalan, Maguindanao It looks daunting but people living in Liguasan Marsh have learned to deal with the floods that often visit their communities.… »

All-girl Davao singing group wins awards in international competition

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 August) — The love for singing is what brought seven young girls together. The common ground where Alexea, Rica, Adrianna, Dianne, Christina, Trixia, and Meryll met has… »

#YouthToday: tech and sex and other encounters

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 July) — Perhaps the most alarming result in a 2013 study on youth sexuality by the UP Population Institute and the Demographic Research and Development Foundation is… »

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,… »

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… »

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… »

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… »

A ringside view of “The Riddles of my Homecoming”

For the longest time, the award-winning Mindanawon filmmaker, Arnel Mardoquio, had been inviting me  to visit him and the members of his team while they were shooting a film.  I… »

A Filipina and a Lao woman in Seoul

SEOUL, South Korea (MindaNews/1 November)—The Philippines and Laos have been famous to Korean tourists.  Last year, South Korea was the top source of tourists for the Philippines with over one… »

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… »

Close encounters with ‘Mike’ and company

BARANGAY NEW ISRAEL, Makilala, North Cotabato (MindaNews/02 July) — “Mike!” tourist guide Virginia Laniohan shouted in a prolonged manner when we arrived at the heart of Barangay New Israel. She… »

Yesiree, we’re a family of dwarves: so what?!

KALAMANSIG, Sultan Kudarat (MindaNews/24 April) – They won’t basically stand out in a crowd but they have “rock star” popularity, at least in the locality. At this remote coastal municipality… »

The sea turtles no longer come to Punta Dumalag

PUNTA DUMALAG, Davao City – The summer heat on Saturday afternoon made the beach at Punta Dumalag, the coastal part of Barangay Matina Aplaya here, so enticing for some boys… »

PERSONAL ESSAY: Who would pull the trigger against this gentle Tausug?

Alber Husin is dead. Like Gene Boyd Lumawag, Mindanews’ photo editor, he was gunned down. Both were very dear to me.  Alber was shot in Pagadian City evening of February… »

PERSONAL ESSAY: A letter to Bro. Alber Husin

Dear Brother Alber, Assalamu Alaikum warakmatullahiwabarakathuh! When a member of our family, a relative, or a friend is hurt, my initial reaction has always been to ask them, “sino ang… »

PERSONAL ESSAY: Requiem to a Gun-less Warrior

“At the age of eight, I witnessed a massacre which I barely escaped from and where we lost three uncles and an aunt. Vividly, I could still recall the smoking… »

Flashback: Strings of flood in my childhood

BUTUAN CITY ( MindaNews/ January 25 )- When a friend in Davao City posted on Facebook that she is now officially a certified flood victim, I was tempted to tell her… »

FEATURE: Remembering ComVal

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/19 January) — Strangely, I always associate Compostela Valley with Mawab, a once tiny village settled along the Davao-Butuan highway. Mawab, created as a regular municipality in 1959,… »

Now, we understand what the phrase “Morag naagian og bagyo” means

CATEEL, Davao Oriental (MindaNews/31 Dec) — At its strongest, Bagyo Pablo reached the category of a super typhoon with sustained winds of 259 kph. Its diameter was 600 km, its… »

Coming Down Blood Mountains

Their vividly colored indigenous clothing shout like a blast of dynamite ripping through the mountains they call home. It is Tuesday and they are standing in a busy avenue in… »

Islam’s Quiet Birthday Celebration in Simunul

632nd FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY OF ISLAM IN THE PHILIPPINES Islam’s Quiet Birthday Celebration in Simunul By Red Batario with additional reporting from G Sevilla Alvarez TUBIG INDANGAN, Simunul, Tawi-Tawi (MindaNews /… »

From battlegrounds to playgrounds: smiles and hopes for peace in Datu Piang

DATU PIANG, Maguindanao (MindaNews/03 Nov) —  The Children’s Park here belongs to the children once again,  smiling boys and girls going up and down the playground slide or running around… »

Peace, the Rambo generation and stories from the frontlines, away from the frontlines

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 October) – I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have witnessed and documented the most historic event for Mindanao, the signing of the Framework Agreement on… »

Words for his flock were Fr. Pops’ last will and testament

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/19 Oct) – While most people’s last will and testament talks about the transfer of their wealth or properties on this Earth to other people, there’s no such… »

Moving on: no more battles, no more gunshots, no more bloodshed

ALEOSAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/17 October) —  From the highest point in Barangay Bagolibas, Mayor Loreto Cabaya pointed to our team the rice paddies which used to be “hot spots”  in… »

University of the Waves

MATI CITY (MindaNews/7 Oct) – It was five o’clock in the morning on a fine weather Sunday  when players of Team Amihan, a Filipino term for northeast monsoon, gathered at… »

‘Random Girl’ gets invite from Ellen

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/7 Oct) – Bubbly Zendee Rose Tenerefe is on the roll. She is leaving for Tinseltown anytime next week. Destination: the Ellen DeGeneres show. The 21-year-old Zendee… »

Drink ‘bahalina’ all you can and get ‘no hangover’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 September) – For non-drinkers, this beverage would often be mistaken as vinegar because of its sour smell as well as its color. For others, they would inaccurately… »

Lake Maughan tragedy: 17 years later, case still not closed

T’BOLI, South Cotabato(MindaNews/5 Sept) – Brothers Martin Jr. and Marlon Faba are fresh military graduates, holding start-up ranks in their assignment at the Davao region. Their sister Margie, on the other… »

‘Bakwits’ lament living life on the run

PIKIT, North Cotabato(MindaNews/25 August) – Most villagers in a refugee camp here are no longer strangers to evacuation. They have “mastered” the art of evacuation even if tensions are still… »

In Talaingod, Ata-Manobo tribe can’t feel the 4Ps; cash aid goes to transpo

TALAINGOD, Davao del Norte  (MindaNews/15 August) —  Three years since its implementation here, the conditional cash transfer (CCT) under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) has failed to uplift the… »

The woman as a revolutionary and mother

SOMEWHERE IN NORTHERN MINDANAO (MindaNews/29 July)—A plastic bottle of Isopropyl alcohol, ballpens and pencil, cellphone charger, food container, scissor, masking tape, an old issue of a newspaper, and dried wild… »

John Butiu and other homegrown stories

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 July) – Around this time last year, in a conversation with then Davao Archbishop Fernando Capalla, I asked him what “secularistic” meant. He answered that it roughly… »

At the madrasah in Cuyapon, the students graduate in July

KABACAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/09 July) — Purok Malimo in the small village of Cuyapon here was abuzz. Women were busy preparing food, men were busy fixing up the stage, and children clad in their abayas and kopias, and some in togas were milling around, excited for one of the most important events of their lives: graduation day.

Water hyacinth venture of ‘reformers’ brings livelihood, peace

PIGCAWAYAN, NORTH COTABATO (MindaNews/12 June)—True to their faith, a couple in this rustic first-class town has proven their worth as the “reformers.” They live ordinary lives, a hint of affluent… »

Siargao’s queen of tides

GENERAL LUNA, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/29 May) — After topping the Roxy International Women Surfing Competition where she bested surfers from Australia, Germany, England, Switzerland, Thailand, Indonesia, USA and local… »

FEATURE: Conquering heights (and fear of it)

MAASIM, Sarangani (MindaNews/21 May) – It is one acrophobic’s worst nightmare but also a child’s ultimate fantasy fulfillment. How many of us once dreamed we are the caped action heroes who crushed the evil and outlaws and once saved a damsel from falling from the Empire State building, or wherever, like Superman?

Money from waste: Women earn from durian husk

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 May) – Waste doesn’t have to be wasted away. This an NGO for the development of women has proved with a project on making paper out of… »

The Boys of Summer: Philippine style

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/14 May) – They used to soak themselves in cold and icy springs or salty beaches until they quiver to the bones for that once in a… »

Not just OK in Ayoke

AYOKE ISLAND, Cantilan, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/02 May) — Before heading to this island, I tried to search anything about it on the Internet but nothing turned up. Not until… »

Summers in Lolo’s farm

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/24 April) – As a child and early teener, I spent many summers in Lolo’s farm, which is roughly five kilometers away from home. Five kilometers may not… »

Italian priest cooks for Lumad children

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 March) – Ninety kilometers from the heart of the city, beside the slopes of Barangay Buda, sits an artisan gourmet café. But this café is unlike any… »

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