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Thousands join Dapitan’s Kinabayo merrymaking

DAPITAN CITY (MindaNews / 25 July) – This city brimmed with colors and sounds Tuesday as it culminated its weeklong Kinabayo Festival 2017. Known as...

Visitors flock to South Cot’s sunflower field

TUPI, South Cotabato (MindaNews/10 June) – Visitors have been flocking to a new tourist attraction here that features a sunflower field, the first of...

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...

TRAVEL: What you don’t see and hear in Suhoton

I was privileged to cover the Siargao International Surfing Cup (now on its 22nd year) last week. For a non-surfer, however, I tend to...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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)...

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...

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...

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

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...

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...

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...

‘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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
A view of the sunset from Upper Mingading-Katalicanan peak in Aleosan, North Cotabato. MindaNews photo by Keith Bacongco

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
HIDDEN TREASURE. Villagers are dwarfed by the towering Daday Falls in Sitio Mimbalawag, Barangay Dado in Alamada, North Cotabato. Estimated to be 400 feet tall, Daday Falls is one of the destinations in Barangay Dado aside from the famous Asik-Asik Falls. MindaNews photo by Keith Bacongco

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...

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...

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...
Lope Cave is one of the tourist destinations in the remote village of Pisan in Kabacan, North Cotabato. It is one of the six cave networks in the barangay. MindaNews Photo by Keith Bacongco

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...

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...

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...

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