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… »

Overweight, beer bellies are ‘oddities’ for Vietnamese

TEXTS AND PHOTOS by Jesse Pizarro Boga HANOI, Vietnam (MindaNews/05 September) — It was 5 a.m. when my alarm went off. My lazy Filipino butt was glued to my bed… »

TRAVEL: More Koreans choose Laos

A growing number of Koreans visit the country for “healing” while some of them stay for retirement, business or volunteering VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews/02 September) — The air is redolent of… »

Has Vangvieng changed?

One year after the government closed the bars and put an end to drug outlets in Vangvieng, the village is struggling to get back to business. We spent a weekend.… »

Running around Lake Pinamaloy

BEING involved in a project in the southern part of Bukidnon and staying in the area for a few weeks, among my first concerns was to find a place to… »

SouthCot town gets P30M for tourism development

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/02 July) — The Department of Tourism (DOT) is investing some P30 million this year for the development of various tourism-related infrastructure in Tupi town in South… »

MINDANAWON ABROAD: Getting tacky is the way to beat Hanoi’s heat

HANOI, Vietnam (MindaNews/26 June)—One of the important lessons that I have learned during my first month in Hanoi is to be outright straightforward when it comes to dressing up. To… »

Eating raw vegetables: a ‘healing’ experience

VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews/11 June) — A plateful of raw mint, basil leaves, cabbage, sliced string beans and lime was served on my table ahead of the rice noodle (feu) soup… »

Boun Bang Fai: An undying tradition

Seven men were chanting while carrying a homemade rocket up to the makeshift launch pad at a remote village in Vientiane province last Saturday. Amid the drizzle, they managed to… »

FEATURE: The unspoiled and enchanting Balut Island of Kalamansig

KALAMANSIG, Sultan Kudarat (MindaNews / 2 May) – One of the best-kept secrets in Mindanao beach lovers ought to explore this summer or anytime of the year can be found… »

Bigger crowd seen this year in Mindanao’s biggest beach party

GUMASA, Sarangani (April 22, 2013) – The growing crowd each year flocking into the white sand beaches here in Glan never fails to hype Sarangani Bay Festival as Mindanao’s biggest… »

FSUU paddlers gear for Bohol race

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/06 April) – Members of the Father Saturnino Urios University dragon boat team are upbeat on their chances in the 2nd Cobra-Philippine Dragon Boat Federation (PDBF) International Club… »

GenSan’s biggest hotel nears completion

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/07 March) — A consortium of Chinese-Filipino businessman is eyeing to open a P250 million six-story, 111-room high-end hotel in this city within the year. Domingo Teng,… »

UNA senatorial bets coming to Malaybalay for Kaamulan 2013 celebration

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/01 March)- -Senatorial candidates of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) are set to hold a campaign sortie here during the Kaamulan 2013 festival fireworks display tomorrow (March 2),… »

Bukidnon’s annual Kaamulan fest starts

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/22 February)- The provincial government of Bukidnon opened Friday its annual Kaamulan festival dedicated to the province’s seven hill tribes with a five-contingent drum and lyre competition drawing… »

2 caves primed to become part of Region 12’s ecotourism circuit

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/7 February)– The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 12 is pushing for the development of two unique caves in the region into prime… »

More tourism investments for Sarangani pushed

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/03 February) — The Department of Tourism (DOT) is pushing for the entry of more investments on tourism infrastructure and related development ventures in Sarangani province to… »

Bukidnon’s Kaamulan fest the same; foundation now in September

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/24 January)—The Bukidnon provincial government clarified that the Kaamulan Festival 2013 will proceed as scheduled from February to March amidst speculations it was postponed to September. Fredelyn Ragandang,… »

Siargao hailed among top island destinations in the world

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/10 January) — No less than three major international travel magazines and online publications in Europe, Asia and USA have hailed Siargao island in Caraga Region as one… »

Surfing in Lanuza: The kids are flying

LANUZA, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/14 November) — A few years ago, I interviewed the first Filipino surfing champion in Siargao and he said he hopes that someday young Filipino surfers… »

LGU wants to make Cantilan a surfing destination

CANTILAN (MindaNews/11 Nov) – For the first time in five years, the local government unit here will spearhead the 5th Cantilan National Surfing Competition on November 19 to 23 to… »

Lanuza holds Surfing Festival Nov. 12-17

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews / 7 Nov) – All is set for the Lanuza Surfing Festival and Agri-Aqua Tourism Trade Fair in the town of Lanuza, Surigao del Sur, on November… »

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