A VALENTINE SPECIAL: Will you give online dating a chance?j

The use of technology—from social media to dating apps and websites—has undeniably changed the way people interact and establish relationships. Smartphone dating app Tinder, for instance, makes 26 million matches… »

TRAVEL Surigao City’s ‘thrill’ mountain

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 2 Oct) – First, you need to have strong knees. But worry not, the ascending footsteps that are threatening vertical high are cemented, all 340-plus. It… »

In Bislig City : An abandoned paper mill and boating in Bislig River

BISLIG CITY (MindaNews / 1 Sep) – All this time but until now, Bislig City was all Tinuy-an Falls to me. I was here first time in the late 1990s… »

Portrait of a Mindanaoan solo world traveler

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews / 12 Aug) – By any standard, Helen Langanlangan of Butuan City fits the mold of a veteran solo world traveler. Over the years, out of the… »

Where will you party this Kadayawan?

DAVAO CITY – The answer shouldn’t be difficult: Arcadia Electronic Music Festival (AEMF) on August 21 and August 22. Get ready as Manic Nightnings Productions this year gives Davao a one-of-a-kind… »

A horsemanship school like no other

CABADBARAN CITY, Agusan del Norte (MindaNews / 3 Aug) – “When are we going to see the horses again?” Aryana, my four-year-old apo asked me immediately after we left the… »

The model is a poet

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/14 July) — Andre Libby Pena may not have been born when Gemith Gemparo, an island girl turned model from Siargao won in an international modeling tilt and… »

Indulge in international flavors in Seda Abreeza

DAVAO CITY – The Seda Chef Exchange Program brings in another premier chef this June to feature international dishes – Seda BGC’s Executive Chef Romualdo “Pepe” Castillo. After a successful… »

How would you introduce Mindanao to the universe? (and other questions with another Mindanawon beauty queen)

It’s easy to see why everyone is excited about Pia Wurtzbach who will represent the country for the upcoming Miss Universe pageant: her easy confidence speaks so much about the… »

Seda Chef Exchange Program brings Nuvali’s Exec Sous Chef to Davao

Seda Nuvali’s Executive Sous Chef Danny Gallardo comes to Seda Abreeza to showcase his expertise in Japanese food and buffet. DAVAO CITY – Seda Abreeza offers a new taste as… »

Visit Davao Fun Sale end with summer parties

DAVAO CITY – To culminate the Visit Davao Fun Sale tourism sale program organized by the Department of Tourism-11, Davao City Tourism Office and in partnership with private tourism stakeholders… »

VDFS throws simultaneous EDM parties to culminate

DAVAO CITY – Organizers of the Visit Davao Fun Sale have teamed up with two of the city’s hottest night spots in bringing to the visitors and the locals the… »

More fun per use of Visit Davao Fun Sale mobile app

DAVAO CITY – To saturate the market for the Visit Davao Fun Sale (VDFS), organizers launched the Visit Davao City Lifebit App, which serves as a digital access to discounts… »

AsNTM3: Lagua: Too commercial? No problem

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 Apr) – Too commercial? No problem. That was what Franchesca Denise Lagua told MindaNews in an interview after last week’s episode of Asia’s Next Top… »

OIC Sec-Gen’s son makes quick visit to Davao, Samal tourist spots  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 20 April) — “I enjoyed it very much,” Architect Ahmed Madani, son of Secretary-General Iyad Ameen Madani of the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) said… »

Davao’s massive sale event returns

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 April) – Davao City’s massive sale event returns this year and promises tourists and visitors fun that goes beyond shopping. After last year’s Big Davao… »

MAS LINGAW SA MINDANAW: Go zipline riding in Aliwagwag Falls

Karen Lou Deloso / Davao Oriental Provincial Information Officer DAVAO ORIENTAL (MindaNews/11 April) – The Provincial Government of Davao Oriental opened on Sunday, April 5, the newly completed zipline ride… »

Will a Davaoeña be Asia’s Next Top Model?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 March) — The return of Asia’s Next Top Model for its third season puts the spotlight on not one but three Filipino contenders–coming from diverse backgrounds–who will… »

Authentic Italian flavors at Italianni’s

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 February)–On some days, when I want to take things slow, I enjoy good food by learning about foreign dishes and discovering the creative process involved in exploring… »

Aldevinco shopping center celebrates half a century of Mindanao, shopping, and heritage

In 1963, Conrado Alcantara and his wife, Ladislawa, took one look at an 8,370 square meter property along Claveria Avenue (now Claro M. Recto) and decided that it was the… »

Flavors of the American South find home in Davao’s Huckleberry

Huckleberry Southern Kitchen and Bar is now open and ready to serve a contemporary taste of the American South. Southern cuisine is known as comfort food, and Huckleberry offers time-honored… »

Where do broken phones go?

It’s time to rethink our mobile phone choices. Again. This time, it’s not going to be about which brand or model to buy. It’s going to be about how to… »

Tap to start: A look into PH’s gaming industry, and where the devs are headed

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 September) — Psychedelic graphics of console titles and mind-bending mechanics of mobile puzzle games would make anyone think that the gaming world (and the business behind it)… »

Davaoeno children’s book illustrator designs for Brazilian flip-flop brand

This year’s Make Your Own Havaianas (MYOH) returned to Davao with its usual colorful and summery vibe. On top of the extensive range of colorful soles and straps, and attractive… »

Inaul-centric Mindanao fashion

The people of Cotabato City take pride in the Inaul because it represents their vibrant cultural heritage. The understated elegance of the fabric and its colors express the “Maguindanaoan state… »

‘Don’t forget fashion when covering Mindanao’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 July) — Being located way down south of the country, Mindanao is undeniably perceived as a backwater when it comes to fashion. This common notion, however, opens… »

Surf’s up in Siargao’s Cloud 9 for better tourism

GENERAL LUNA, Siargao Island (MindaNews/11 June) — Some 20 surfers lined up at Cloud 9 surfing spot in Barangay Catangnan shortly after lunch time on Tuesday. The swell was not… »

Tawsuvan Falls’ unchanged beauty

MAGPET, North Cotabato (MindaNews/13 May) — Nestled in lush vegetation, Tawsuvan Falls in Barangay Bongolanon is perhaps the most popular among its cousins on the foothills of Mt. Apo because… »

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… »

The Philippine Terno finds home in Vietnam’s first Ao Dai museum

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (MindaNews/15 April) — A Vietnamese rendition of the Philippines’ national costume is one of the featured dresses in Vietnam’s first Ao Dai Museum. The Terno-inspired… »

The wired Hanoi

It doesn’t take a lot of effort to be in the know in Hanoi. I learned this the hard way because I didn’t turn to Google when I settled in… »

UK Peak: Aleosan’s natural watchtower

ALEOSAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/21 March) — What comes to your mind when you would hear the name of this sleepy town? For sure, you would always think of war. You… »

Waterfalls galore!

TRAVEL/FITNESS ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 09 March) – Until recently, I’ve been to eight of Iligan’s two dozen or so waterfalls. Twice I was commissioned by the City Tourism Office… »

Vietnamese photographer captures coming out stories–his and theirs

HANOI, Vietnam (MindaNews/07 March) — New York City-based photographer Kevin Truong was 26 years old when he came out as gay to his Vietnamese mother. “I remember sitting across from… »

There goes Vietnam’s Flappy Bird, here comes clone Pugo from the Philippines

After Hanoi-based Vietnamese game developer Dong Nguyen took down his Flappy Bird mid-February from the Apple App Store and Google Play, a bunch of boggling things happened. Devotees to the… »

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,… »

As Vietnam train leaves, life moves in a fleeting space

IN TRANSIT, REUNIFICATION EXPRESS — No one heard the typical train whistle sound as the Reunification Express train at Saigon station prepared to take off. The audible sounds were the… »

Traveling overland: musings from a 24-hour bus ride

Text and photos by Jesse Pizarro Boga Cau Treo Border Pass – It is 3 a.m. and it is cold. Our cramped sleeping bus en route back to Hanoi has come… »

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… »

Daday Falls: A hidden gem of Alamada

ALAMADA, North Cotabato  (MindaNews/08 February) – Hidden by the rugged terrain of Barangay Dado is a towering falls whose water cascades through a river between deep ravines all the way… »

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… »

Saigon: The city has two faces

HO CHI MINH CITY, Viet Nam (MindaNews/3 February) — The towering buildings, bars, tour agencies, and hostels lined up like sentries can give visitors the impression that Ho Chi Minh… »

Discovering Pisan’s hidden wonders

KABACAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/28 January) – It was almost 14 years ago yet when I started hearing about the caves in Pisan, a remote village in this town. And when… »

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… »

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… »

Confessions of a bus commuter

Text and photos by Jesse Pizarro Boga HANOI, Vietnam (MindaNews/21 September)–Somewhere at the end of Hoang Quoc Viet Road and Buoi Street, bus 14 makes a long winding turn before… »

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 /… »

Getting fit in Vientiane

VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews / 6 Sept) – It’s 5 p.m. here in the prefecture. In Vientiane Times newsroom, journalists take off work one after another, leaving the editors and layout… »

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