COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS: Island, Country, Planet: Shining The Light Of The Lord In The Peripheries

(Commencement Speech delivered by Ateneo de Manila School of Government Dean Antonio G. M. La Viña, at the Father Saturnino Urios University in Butuan City on 26 March 2014) Let me… »


Fisherman in a shallow pond use electric rods to catch freshwater fish in Barangay Bayanihan, Butuan City on Tuesday (17 March 2015). MindaNews photo by Erwin Mascarinas


Sparks hit the pavement as a worker welds a part of the building being built on J.C. Aquino Avenue in Butuan City, February 20, 2015. MindaNews photo by Erwin Mascarinas

Photo Exhibit

A lumad of the Banwaon tribe from San Luis, Agusan del Sur looks at a photo exhibit featuring alleged human rights violations in the Caraga Region displayed at the Libertad… »

Young Faith

A child gets an ash in the sign of the cross on his forehead as hundreds gather to celebrate the start of lent during the Ash Wednesday mass at Saint Joseph Cathedral… »

Hand that Feeds

A farmer throws synthetic fertilizer into a rice field in barangay Lemon, Butuan City, February 15, 2015. MindaNews photo by Erwin Mascarinas

Usual Valentine’s Day Scene

Flower vendors enjoy brisk sales on Saturday, Valentine’s Day, in Butuan City. MindaNews photo by Erwin Mascarinas

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Yearend blues

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/31 December) — I had planned a leisurely week after Christmas Day and before New Year’s Day 2015.  I refused to accept any invitation for a talk, a… »

Seniang’s Fury in Butuan

Vehicles try to negotiate a flooded part of the highway in barangay Lemon in Butuan City, December 28, 2014. Tropical storm Seniang has brought heavy rains across Mindanao since last… »

Whiskered Flyers

Whiskered Terns fly above a farmer plowing his field as other birds feed on worms and insects below, in Barangay Ampayon in Butuan City, December 12, 2014. MindaNews photo by… »


In this season of caroling, members of a schoold drum and lyre band  in Butuan City  perform Christmas tunes outside business establishments. MindaNews photo by Erwin Mascarinas

Butuan Fire

A firefighter tries to go inside a burning shop while another sprays water on the upper part of another after a fire burned down two commercial spaces and partially burned… »

Life on Wheels

A woman moves along JC Aquino Avenue in Butuan City on a motorized wheelchair, on 25 October 2014. MindaNews photo by Aveen Acuña-Gulo

Sunset Fishing

The setting sun lends a picturesque background to this sight of a child fishing beside the pond along the Capitol-Bonbon diversion road in Barangay Pareja in Butuan City, October 22,… »

Farmers’ Protest

Farmers from the four provinces of Caraga Region join a protest action in the streets of Butuan City Tuesday (21 Oct 2014) to call for real land reform and other… »

Fighting Fire

Firefighters dump water into a blaze that razed four houses to the ground Sunday afternoon (19 Oct 2014) in Barangay Ampayon, Butuan City. MindaNews photo by Erwin Mascarinas

Quarry or Mining?

An aerial picture of the claimed quarry operation along the Taligaman River in Butuan City taken 8 October 2014. Residents are suspecting that there is mining operation here, because that was… »

Butuan folks raise concerns on alleged mining operation disguised as quarry

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews / 16 Oct) – Concerned citizens here have raised concerns over reports of an alleged mining operation in a hinterland village disguised as quarry a year after… »

Golden Field

The field appears gold as a farmer harvests rice early morning Wednesday (15 Oct 2014) in Barangay Libertad, Butuan City. MindaNews photo by Erwin Mascarinas

Starting Them Young

Children watch as young boxers sweat it out inside a makeshift training center along Langihan Road in Butuan City on Saturday evening. (October 4, 2014). MindaNews photo by Roel Catoto

Balanghai Remains

A visitor views parts of a balanghai displayed at the branch of the National Museum in Butuan City on Tuesday (June 24, 2014). The balanghai is a precolonial boat used… »

Mobile Fish Vendor

A vendor uses a motorcycle in selling fish in Barangay Antongalon, Butuan City on 24 June 2014. MindaNews photo by H. Marcos C. Mordeno

Loose Ball

Players from Barangays Diego Silang and Ampayon in Butuan City collide as they fight for control of the ball during the 4th Balangay Football Festival at the Libertad Sports Complex… »

TINGOG SA SUBA: Enrollment Blues

Karong semanaha mga ginikanan nag-andam-andam na   ang uban gani buslot na ang bulsa sa tuition ug matrikula   pero unsaon ta man mao man ni role sa ginikanan  … »

Caught In the Rain

A child pushes a cart filled with cooked corn as rain pours along the national highway in Butuan City, May 15, 2014. MindaNews photo by Erwin Mascarinas

TINGOG SA SUBA: Sa paglakaw ni Nanay

Karong adlaw ni nanay gihandum kanunay bisan siya ningpahulay. Wala na tuod siya apan dili ako matingala kung may Alibangbang karon ug unya mobisita. Ang Kalachuchi nga iyang tinanom sa… »

More Power, Boys

Priscilla Pinky Castillo of the Philippine Dragon Boat Federation shouts instructions to the male paddlers of the Father Saturnino Urios University during the team’s intensive training at the Agusan River… »

To the Rescue

Rescuers from the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office carry an “injured” personnel out the city hall building in Butuan City during the nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill Wednesday morning,… »

TINGOG SA SUBA: Summer na!

Karon ang init naglagiting lami kaayo mag-swimming ayaw alang-alanga anhi sa Rehiyon Caraga ang dagat puwerti ka gana nag-panawag ang mga isla Sa Surigao city unaha ayaw pud sipyata ang… »

TINGOG SA SUBA: Welcome back, brownout

Pagmata ko sayo sa buntag Ahak! walay kuryente pagtulog sa gabii wiz na pud electricity mao na ni! tibuok adlaw dala ang paypay ni nanay sa kainit, dili na mo-smile… »

All for One

Young boys carry one of their friends to force him to swim with them at the Agusan River in Butuan City, Tuesday afternoon, March 4, 2014. MindaNews photo by Erwin… »

Silent Art

A deaf expresses herself through art using oil pastel during a free art workshop of the Patik Kulay Visual Art Festival at the Robinson Mall in Butuan City, 26 February… »

TINGOG SA SUBA: Ang Natonal Museum

Kung sa syudad sa Butuan ka torista ayaw gyud sipyata ang National Museum pag-bisita Bag-o ug moderno na kini mapasigarbo puwerti ang bulawanong kagahapon wala’y susama sa ingon halos dili… »


Students view an sculpted art piece of Lumad playing the bamboo musical instrument called “kubing” (mouth harp) during the Lumad sa Luwad art exhibit by Kit Gresos as part of… »

Morning Mist

A farmer whips a bundle of rice seedlings to remove the mud and prepare it for planting as thick fog blurs the fields behind him in barangay Lemon, Butuan City… »

Rangers arrive in Butuan; more troops coming to Caraga

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/19 February) – A battalion of the elite Scout Rangers arrived on Monday in this city in what a military official said was part of heightened efforts against… »

Scout Rangers

Elements of the Army’s 4th Scout Ranger Battalion arrive at the Bancasi Airport in Butuan City Monday (17 Feb 2014) aboard a C-130 Hercules transport plane after seeing action against… »


Participants to the two-day basic disaster awareness and preparedness training learn how to use their t-shirts as a makeshift stretcher in barangay Ampayon, Butuan City, February 14, 2014. MindaNews photo… »

‘Agaton’ landslide victims in Butuan complain of gov’t neglect

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews / 13 Feb) – Some 100 families affected by a landslide at the height of Typhoon Agaton that damaged houses and a church and rendered a barangay… »

Landslide Hike

A young father holds his child while trying to balance above the muddy soil that covered the barangay road cutting off more than 100 homes from the city. The landslide… »

Death toll in Butuan flood rises to 7

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/25 January)—The death toll from the flooding here in the last two weeks has risen to seven from four despite the efforts of the local government unit and… »

Baby’s Safe

A firefighter holds an infant as he climbs up the ladder while the pregnant mother looks up after police rescued them from their flooded home in Barangay Baan Riverside, Butuan… »

Flood alert level 3 still up in Butuan City

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/17 January) – Flood alert level 3 has been in effect in the city since Wednesday evening after the water level in the Agusan River continued to rise,… »

Coping with Nature’s Wrath

A girl heads to school on board a makeshift raft in Barangay Baan Riverside, Butuan City on January 16, 2014. Classes were only suspended in schools that were used as… »

Butuan City declares state of calamity

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/15 January) – The city council passed a resolution Tuesday declaring the city under a state of calamity, to expedite assistance for residents displaced by floods triggered by… »

No Joy Ride

A wooden canoe ferries a resident straight to his doorstep as flood waters invade hundreds of homes in barangay Mahay, Butuan City on January 13, 2014. MindaNews photo by Erwin… »

Leaving Home

Residents are ferried by a wooden canoe in barangay Mahogany in Butuan City towards designated evacuation areas on January I3, 20I4. Floods spawned by a Low Pressure Area over Mindanao… »

National Museum allots P90M for Butuan projects

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/10 January) – The National Museum will allocate a total of P90 million for two major projects of its branch in the city, an official said. Dr. Ana… »

Retelling History

People’s Republic of China Consul General Zhang Weiguo (center) listens while Butuan City local historian Greg Hontiveros (right) explains about the artifacts of the Balangay Boat 5 dated 960 AD… »

Fil-Chinese businessmen in Butuan eyes renewed ties with China

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/06 Jan.) – Filipino Chinese businessmen here expressed hopes of renewing historical as well as trade relations with China during the visit of the Chinese consul general Sunday… »

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