Hi-tech ritual

Bae Inatlawan Adelina Tarino of the Bukidnon tribe prepares the camera of her mobile phone during a ritual on Thursday (Jan. 28, 2016) in Mount Kitanglad in Impasugong. The ritual,… »

Unscheduled 5-hour brownout hits Malaybalay, 3 Bukidnon towns

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/27 January) — The entire city and the towns of Lantapan and Cabanglasan experienced power interruption from 6:38p.m to 11:45pm Tuesday. Ten of Talakag town’s 29 barangays and another one in Valencia City, all under the Bukidnon Second Electric Cooperative (Buseco) were also in darkness. In an advisory past 7pm, Buseco said the 69kV sub-transmission line from Maramag town to Brgy. Aglayan, Malaybalay tripped. The power utility did not explain why the trip-off occurred, except to say they were still coordinating with the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP). Elizabeth Ladaga, NGCP communications officer, however, told this reporter the transmission line is now owned and managed by the Bukidnon Sub-transmission Corporation (BSTC), a consortium composed of Buseco and First Bukidnon Electric Cooperative. The line was turned over to BSTC in June 2015, she added. BSTC general manager Nikki Tortola did not respond to text queries as of 8pm Tuesday. Ladaga said in a text message around 1:40a.m. Wednesday that the line was fully re-energized at 11:45p.m. Tuesday after BSTC personnel finished replacing two insulators and cleaning two others. Asked why Buseco said they had to coordinate with NGCP on the cause of the power interruption when the latter said BSTC should be asked about it: “True, BSTC still has to coordinate with (NGCP) Maramag substation because the Maramag-Aglayan line (owned by BSTC) is connected with the substation and relays and breakers are inside the Maramag substation,” she explained. The brownout occurred while midterm examinations were being held at Bukidnon State University forcing proctors and examinees to use mobile phone flashlights while waiting for generators to be turned on. An administration official said the auto start mechanism of the generators did not function and it had to be manually operated. Affected residents vented their ire on the unscheduled brownout on social media. (Walter I. Balane/Mindanews)

Lumad evacuees in Malaybalay want Alamara disarmed

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The tractor operator is the lone male among an all-women group of sacada (seasonal workers) preparing the land for planting sugarcane  in Quezon town, Bukidnon on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016.… »

PERSONAL ESSAY: Beyond the four walls: Reflections in a time of sickness 

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Sumilao brooms

A vendor sells brooms made of grass at the side of the Sayre Highway in Sumilao town, Bukidnon on Saturday, January 9, 2015. MindaNews photo by FROILAN GALLARDO

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Nearing Completion

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Special Forces

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Lumad Beauties

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Street Dance

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Hangout Area

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A supporter cannot hold her excitement while taking a “selfie” with Interior Secretary and presidential hopeful Mar Roxas at Bukidnon State University in Malaybalay City on Thursday (13 August 2015).… »

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‘It was the worst flood ever in our place’

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Malaybalay Garbage

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Sumilao brooms

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A Million Seeds

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High Price

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Lumad Consent

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Basketball Tournament

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4 Mindanao provinces among top 10 rice producing areas

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Talama: Rewarding the unheralded heroes of conservation

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Birdwatching temporarily suspended in Mt. Kitanglad

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Town police chief, deputy killed in Bukidnon grenade attacks

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Bukidnon youth leader cuts on expenses to save money for Pope’s visit

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Waiting for the Pope

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Bukidnon rubber industry needs to improve quality

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Praying for Justice

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Left behind

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