Kalivungan Festival

Participants of the street dancing do their best during culmination of the week-long Kalivungan Festival Monday in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato. Formerly known as the Cotabato Empire, the province of North… »

Beef for Sale

Vendors sell beef in time for Eidl Fitr (end of Ramadan) in Pikit, North Cotabato on Tuesday, 29 July 2014. Vendors say they performed “sumbali,” a Muslim ritual of sacrifice… »

War-weary Moros ask gov’t to pass BBL

PIGCAWAYAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/29 July) – Tired of war and running for dear life whenever fighting occurred, many Moros are asking both the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front to… »

Gun Safety

A lady journalist gets tips from a policeman how to handle a gun during Friday’s (25 July 2014) personal safety and gun safety seminar for media practitioners at the provincial… »

Ramadan greetings

Evenings at the town plaza of Muslim-dominated towns during Ramadan are a sight to behold, such as this plaza in Pikit, North Cotabato.  The Islamic month of fasting started on… »

PEACETALK: It’s because we are different that we have so much to share

(Author’s sharing on the “Story of the Church in Pikit” at the International Conference of Cotabato at the Notre Dame University in Cotabato City on June 7, 2014)  A church… »

Temporarily Closed

The local government of Alamada has temporarily closed Asik-asik Falls following a diarrhea outbreak in the area. File photo taken 4 February 2014. MindaNews photo by Keith Bacongco | Read… »

Diarrhea outbreak pushes officials to temporarily close Asik-asik Falls

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 May) – The famous Asik-asik Falls in Alamada, North Cotabato is now temporarily off limits to tourists following the diarrhea outbreak that left eight people… »

NorthCot media, CSOs seek right to information ordinance

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/09 May) – A group of journalists and civil society organizations (CSOs) in North Cotabato have submitted last Wednesday to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan a draft of the “People’s… »

COMMENTARY: Policies and Politics of the Mindanao Power Crisis

PIKIT, North Cotabato (MindaNews/09 May) — I was browsing over my Facebook account one afternoon in May 2014. Some of my Facebook friends and I thought that we can make… »

Cowboys’ Turf

Cowboys try to wrestle a cow to the ground during the rodeo competition in Pigcawayan, North Cotabato on Monday (May 5, 2014). Rodeo is one of the events for the… »

NorthCot registers highest tourist arrivals in Region 12

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / April 21) – The province of North Cotabato recorded the most number of tourist arrivals in Southwestern Mindanao (Region 12) in 2013. Regional Director Nelly Dillera, of… »

Beauty titlist Lastimosa gets hero’s welcome in NorthCot

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 9 April) – Beauty titlist Mary Jean “MJ” Lastimosa was surprised to see the gymnasium at the Cotabato provincial capitol complex packed with thousands of well-wishers who travelled… »

6-hour brownouts loom in North Cotabato

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/7 April) – Power consumers in North Cotabato will have to brace for brownouts lasting six hours, or even longer, starting next week. Vicente Baguio, spokesperson of the… »

NorthCot’s ‘champion’ of women’s and children’s rights succumbs to illness

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/5 April) – North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Talino-Mendoza and other women advocates have expressed their grief over the death of the province’s “champion on gender equality and advocate… »

Mountain Bike Challenge

Bikers pedal their way up to the UK Peak in Aleosan, North Cotabato during the mountain bike challenge on April 4.The race is among the highlights of Aleosan’s Kasadyahan Festival,… »

Mayor, vice mayor in NorthCot heed suspension order

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/5 April) – The North Cotabato provincial board has slapped a 30-day suspension against Mayor Romeo Arana and Vice Mayor Albert Luis Garduque of Midsayap town in connection… »

The men and women in Pikit gathering

Invalid Displayed Gallery They had suffered the most in times of war, fleeing to evacuation centers where they stayed for weeks, sometimes months. The town plaza in Pikit, North Cotabato… »

Thousands in former war-torn NorthCot town celebrate CAB signing

PIKIT, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 27 March) – Thousands of Moro men and women gathered at the town plaza here to celebrate the signing of the of the Comprehensive Agreement on… »

Mabuhay Bangsamoro!

A Moro woman raises a flaglet during a gathering in Pikit, North Cotabato on Thursday (27 March 2014) to celebrate the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro in… »

Peace!

Moro youth flash the peace sign along the national highway in Barangay Kayaga, Kabacan, North Cotabato on Thursday (27 March 2014), during the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the… »

NorthCot town officials have mixed feelings on CAB

ALEOSAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 26 March) – On the eve of the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on… »

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… »

2 soldiers killed in another NPA landmine attack

MAKILALA, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 15 March) – Two more soldiers died and three others were wounded in another landmine explosion supposedly perpetrated by the New People’s Army this morning,… »

Rosita’s Pond Resort

A resort worker paddles across the pond in Rosita’s Pond Resort in Aleosan, North Cotabato on Wednesday, March 5. The resort offers organic-fed tilapia, hito (catfish) and haluan (mudfish). MindaNews… »

From Rice to Watermelon

Farmer Ramil Delgado applies liquid fertilizer to watermelon in Barangay Sibsib, Tulunan, North Cotabato on Monday, 3 March 2014. Farmers here shift from rice farming to watermelon as the dry… »

Daday Falls

HIDDEN TREASURE. Daday Falls in Sitio Mimbalawag, Barangay Dado in Alamada, North Cotabato. MindaNews photo by Keith Bacongco | Read Story

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… »

DA seeks privatization of 3 agri facilities in R-12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/07 February) — The Department of Agriculture (DA) is pushing for the privatization this year of three corn post-harvest processing and trading centers in Region 12 that… »

Double Tire

They call this jeep as “double tire” because of the extra rear tires to handle the heavy load, like the sacks and sacks of corn shown in this picture taken… »

Old Farmer

Farmer Domingo Ambot, 72, crosses the river to fetch drinking water in Barangay Mirasol, Alamada, North Cotabato on Tuesday, 4 February 2014. Ambot says he hauls about 40 liters of… »

Cow Boys

Kids ride on a cow in Barangay Dado, Alamada, North Cotabato on Tuesday, 4 February 2014. Cows are the primary farm animals of the farmers in Alamada. Mindanews Photo by… »

Kabacan: Lope Cave

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… »

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… »

Feast of Santo Niño

Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, OMI, officiates the mass during the feast of the Santo Nino in Midsayap, North Cotabato on January 19, 2014. The town also celebrated its 75th… »

Halad Festival 2014

A student of Delangalen National High School performs during street dancing competition on Saturday in Midsayap, North Cotabato. The street dancing is one of the main highlights of the Halad… »

Riding in Tandem

Riders navigate through the whoops during the motocross race in Midsayap, North Cotabato on Saturday. This category, known as”XRM Angkas,” is the most entertaining category in the race. The motocross… »

P10M worth of projects from OPPAP’s PAMANA turned over to NorthCot villages

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 1 Dec) – The Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA, or Peaceful and Resilient Communities) Program of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process… »

NorthCot gears for flashfloods as ‘Yolanda’ heads for exit

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/08 November) – North Cotabato may be lucky to be way out of the path of super typhoon “Yolanda”, but the province had remained on red alert status… »

Cotabato BHWs to hold 2-day congress

AMAS, Kidapawan City (MindaNews/07 November) — Around 2,500 barangay health workers (BHWs) from the 17 municipalities of Cotabato will convene for a two-day congress at the Cotabato Provincial Capitol Gymnasium… »

Enjoying Asik-asik Falls

Tourists enjoy the cold and crystal-clear waters of Asik-asik Falls on Saturday (November 2, 2013) in Sitio Dulao, Barangay Dado, Alimada town in North Cotabato. MindaNews photo by Roel N.… »

Coffin, Anyone?

A worker polishes a coffin in Pigcawayan, North Cotabato on Wednesday, October 30, 2013. MindaNews Photo by Keith Bacongco

NorthCot LGU extends help to Bohol quake victims

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 24 Oct) – The provincial government of North Cotabato’s flagship program “Serbisyong Totoo” is set to extend help to the thousands of victims of the deadly… »

Fr. Fausto “Pops” Tentorio,PIME

Two years ago today, Fr. Fausto “Pops” Tentorio, PIME, was gunned down inside the parish compound in Arakan, North Cotabato. His parishioners believe that members of the paramilitary group known… »

North Cotabato on alert vs BIFF

DAVAO CITY(MindaNews/27 September) – North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza on Friday assured her constituents that the provincial government is closely coordinating with government security forces to possibly thwart further attacks… »

Irrigation Project

Laborers work on the canal for the second phase of the Malitubog-Maridagao (Mal-Mar) Irrigation Project in Barangay Takepan, Pikit, North Cotabato on Wednesday (26 Sept 2013). The Mal-Mar Project is… »

Midsayap Evacuees

Evacuees from different barangays in Midsayap, North Cotabato wait for relief packs at the Salunayan Elementary School on Tuesday, September 24. Evacuees sought refuge here as skirmishes between government troops… »

Checkpoint in Barangay Kapinpilan in Midsayap

A soldier manning the checkpoint at the junction of Barangay Kapinpilan in Midsayap town, North Cotabato and the road leading to Datu Piang checks a bicycle going to Kapinpilan on… »

Released

Nine teachers and five barangay officials undergo debriefing after they were released early Tuesday morning (24 Sept 2013). Members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) held them hostage during… »

436 families displaced in Midsayap fighting

MIDSAYAP, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 23 Sept) – At least 436 families from five barangays have been displaced due to fighting between government forces and members of the Bangsamoro Islamic… »

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