BEYOND THE FOUR WALLS:  Poverty incidence and Bukidnon

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/13 June) – Poverty is among the biggest hurdles for Bukidnon. The provincial government should prepare and present a clear anti-poverty strategy. They need to show results between… »

IP leader’s daughter: we will respond to NPA’s statement after funeral

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 22 May) — The family of slain Umayamnon leader Datu Benjamin “Otto” Omao Sr., representative of the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in the City Council here has… »

Malaybalay IP mandatory rep shot dead

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 17 May) – Umayamnon tribal leader Benjamin “Otto” Omao was shot dead past 8 a.m. today by three unidentified gunmen who posed as solicitors in his… »

Dynasties remain, fall in Bukidnon

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/10 May) — Familiar names in Bukidnon will remain in public office for at least the next three years, but two small-town dynasties in the province suffered a… »

Mayoral bet in Lantapan, Bukidnon shot dead

  MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 07 May) —   One of two candidates for mayor in Lantapan town, Bukidnon was shot dead in front of his family members on Saturday. Businessman… »

Hakot Audience

Policemen check on some of the buses that brought supporters of presidential bet Grace Poe all the way from Bukidnon to Cagayan de Oro City to attend her political rally … »

Army recovers part of rice seized by NPA rebels

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 21 Apr) – The military recovered on Tuesday more than 400 sacks of rice, part of the 1,200 sacks seized by suspected New People’s… »

Fire out declared in Bukidnon’s Kitanglad and Kalatungan

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 20 Apr) – After two weeks of continuous cloud seeding, rains finally blanketed Mt. Kitanglad, putting out the fires that threatened the 47,270-hectare national… »

Smartphone app makes cloud seeding operations easier, more accurate

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 14 Apr) – Whereas cloud seeders used to rely mainly on two-way radios to do their jobs of locating seedable clouds and dispatching aircraft… »

Deaths foretold: children killed by unexploded bomb in Sitio Kibaritan

(Author’s disclaimer: This is not an official report. This is a written account of what I heard and saw). A small community of settlers in the 1950s resides in Sitio… »

PAMB okays more firelines around Mt. Kitanglad

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/07 April) — The Protected Area Management Board of Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park approved Wednesday the construction of additional firelines in response to fire incidents that have… »

Kitanglad Fire

A government agency personnel takes pictures of a Powerpoint presentation conducted by the Office of Civil Defense in Region 10 detailing the locations of the new forest fires at the… »

Fires continues to rage in Mt. Kitanglad, spread to other mountains

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 5 Apr) – With no rain clouds in sight, the Office of Civil Defense in Region 10 (OCD-10) raised the status to “blue alert”… »

Grassfire on Mt. Kitanglad as Mt. Apo still on fire after a week  

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 02 April) — Another mountain is on fire in Mindanao, exactly a week after a fire that started at the peak of Mt. Apo on March… »

Zubiri: time for a Mindanao leader to be President

MALAYBALAY, Bukidnon (MindaNews/01 April) — Bukidnon governor Jose Maria Zubiri has endorsed the lone Mindanawon Presidential candidate – Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte — during a rally in Malaybalay, Bukidnon… »


A dancer performs during the street dancing competition, which culminates the Kaamulan Festival, at the capitol grounds in Malaybalay City on Friday, April 1. MindaNews photo by Keith Bacongco

Kaamulan rescheduling meant to accommodate Duterte – Gov. Zubiri

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/01 April) — The decision to move the Kaamulan street dancing competition to an earlier date was meant to accommodate Davao City Mayor and presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte,… »

Malaybalay Cowboy

A cowboy prepares to catch a calf with a lasso during the Kaamulan rodeo contest in Malaybalay City on Wednesday (March 30, 2016). MindaNews photo by H. Marcos C. Mordeno

Water ration

Esmily Gayon attends to her set of pails for the water ration from the Malaybalay City Water District in Zone 1, Kalasungay,  Malaybalay City after it was declared that the… »

Tribal Storytelling

Members of the Talaandig tribe gather around a bonfire below the summit of Mt. Dulang-dulang in Songco, Lantapan, Bukidnon on Sunday (21 February 2016) to listen to stories about their… »

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

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/22 January) – Lumad evacuees from a mountain village of Malaybalay City are demanding the disbandment and disarming of alleged paramilitary men who they said have been sowing… »


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 

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/10 January) — I had my own visits to the doctor lately such that I call the season after the Christmas break as sickness season. I’m glad I… »

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

Minimal damage in Bukidnon but continuous rains render some roads impassable

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/19 December) —  Tropical Depression Onyok which made landfall in Davao Oriental at 10:30 p.m. weakened into a low pressure area (LPA), but continuous rains rendered some roads… »

Nearing Completion

A truck struggles to pass through a slippery and uphill portion of the Iligan-Bukidnon highway in the hinterland Barangay Rogongon in Iligan City on Saturday (14 Nov 2015). Only a… »

Special Forces

Special Forces operatives of the Philippine Army take a noontime rest at a sari-sari store in Brgy. San Vicente, Baungon, Bukidnon on Friday (Nov. 6, 2015). MindaNews photo by H.… »

Lumad Beauties

Larabelle Caamulan (left), winner of the Laga ta Kitanglad 2015 contest, celebrates with Laga ta Kitanglad 2014 titlist Ana Marie Goayan in Brgy. San Vicente, Baungon, Bukidnon. Both are from… »

Village officials close Lumad school named after slain missionary Fausto Tentorio

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 October) – A school named after slain Italian missionary Fausto “Pops” Tentorio for Lumad (Indigenous Peoples) children in Barangay White Kulaman in Kitaotao, Bukidnon was “permanently closed”… »

Street Dance

Bukidnon celebrates the annual Kaamulan with a street dancing competition in Malaybalay City on Saturday (24 Oct. 2015). Shown in photo are dancers from Malitbog town. MindaNews photo by H.… »

Peace between Lumad, Moro to be featured in Kaamulan street dance tilt

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/23 October) – How the Lumad and Moro people of Mindanao achieved peace after years of hostilities between them will be featured in one of the eight entries… »

Hangout Area

The public plaza in front of San Isidro Cathedral remains the favorite hangout of many residents of Malaybalay City, as can be seen in this photo taken Wednesday (14 Oct… »

Army nabs alleged NPA leader in Bukidnon

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/28 September) – Elements of the Army Special Forces arrested a suspected ranking leader of the New People’s Army after a shootout along the national highway… »

3.9-magnitude quake jolts Libona town in Bukidnon

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/25 August) — A 3-9-magnitude earthquake hit Libona town in Bukidnon at 7:46pm Tuesday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said. Phivolcs said the tremor was… »

DENR clarifies report on illegal logs seized in Davao del Norte

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 August) — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Southern Mindanao has clarified that illegal logs seized in Davao del Norte in the first semester… »


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).… »

Road project to shorten travel time from Marawi to Cagayan de Oro

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/08 August) — Travel time from Marawi City to Cagayan de Oro City will soon be shortened from 3.5 hours to 1.5 hours with the concreting of the… »

‘It was the worst flood ever in our place’

VALENCIA CITY (MindaNews/06 August) – She had lived with floods in previous years. But for Leilani Cabanez, the flood that raged along Panlibatuhan Creek in this city on Tuesday was… »

Hundreds displaced, 7 dead, 3 missing in Valencia floods

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/05 August) — At least 226 families or 793 individuals have been displaced by floods in five barangays in Valencia City, the Philippine Information Agency-Bukidnon on Wednesday said,… »

Malaybalay Garbage

The sight and smell of garbage along a drainage canal combines with that of chickens being displayed on a sidewalk near the public market in Malaybalay City Wednesday (22 July… »

Sumilao brooms

On both sides of the national highway in Sumilao, Bukidnon are stalls selling what are referred to as “Baguio brooms.” Choose plain or those with handles marked “Sumilao, Bukidnon” in… »

A Million Seeds

Manuel Boniao, chair of the Bali Oil Produce Corporation (left) and Felda Global Ventures Vice President S. Palaniappan during the signing of an agreement on Monday, May 11, 2015, to… »

Malaysian, MisOr firms sign deal on 1M oil palm seeds for farmers

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews/12 May) — A leading Malaysian agribusiness firm entered into an agreement with a Misamis Oriental-based agricultural company on Monday to distribute one million of high quality… »

“We suffer when our parents have no work”

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/02 May) — Fifteen year old Lito of Bukidnon joined his parents in the Labor Day march here last Friday to express how children suffer when… »

Biz group says Bukidnon needs updated tax codes to draw investments

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/01 May) – Bukidnon needs to reform its tax codes if it wants to attract more investors to the province, a business chamber official said. “At the start… »

High Price

Even in the vegetable-producing area of Kitaotao in Bukidnon, vegetable prices have shot up due to the dry spell. Squash, for instance, now costs P30 per kilo when spotted Tuesday… »

Lumad Consent

A Bukidnon tribal leader signs his consent to the 68.8-megawatt hydropower electric project of  Hedcor, a subsidiary of Aboitiz Power, in Barangay Maluko, Manolo Fortich town in Bukidnon on Wednesday (22… »

69MW hydro plants to rise in Bukidnon at a cost of P12.5B

MANOLO FORTICH, Bukidnon (MindaNews / 23 Apr) – A groundbreaking ceremony that will tap hydropower from Tagoloan River, the country’s 13th largest river system, to produce a total of 68.9… »

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