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Qurbani: An International Charity Work in Present-day BARMM

MIDSAYAP, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 5 Aug) – As a solo parent to nine children, Kabilangan Mamasapalao, 49, considered a family meal involving beef...

Siargao cop donates part of salary to acquire land for islanders’ communal farm

LA JANUZA, General Luna, Siargao Island (MindaNews / 16 July) – Master Sergeant Hermes J. Arguillas Jr., of the General Luna Police Station, was...

They could not write their names but they helped build a school to end...

DATU HOFFER, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 28 June) -- Wearing a kumbong and a face mask, the woman patiently lined up for the relief packs...

Kids with a unique dream – to become farmers

GENERAL LUNA, Siargao Island (MindaNews / 26 June) – Most children dream about becoming professionals like doctors and lawyers. In this town facing the...

LIFE WITH DOGS: “Good night Kuya Shinji, see you tomorrow!”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 May) -- “Good night Kuya Shinji, see you tomorrow!” These are the last words Jordi said to our senior...

Memories of Marawi City Ramadhan

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 26 April) -- It is Ramadhan. That should have been an exclamation point as exciting an announcement as when my...

A literal kind of ‘home run’

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 26 March) – Runners are a crazy lot. Who would run 100 miles for leisure? They get crazier still, especially when...

Maitum honors ‘bangsi’ for 13 straight years

MAITUM, Sarangani (MindaNews / 2 February)--- If not for the lowly bangsi, or flying fish, high school dropout Maribel Reroma would not be flying...

Gathering Around A Truth

PALIMBANG, Sultan Kudarat (MindaNews / 30 Sept) -- Teenagers beat an enthusiastic rhythm on a kulintang set made of tin. The larger babendir gongs...

Fowl means: Some tinolang manok tricks

Like in courting the girl of your dreams, cooking tinolang manok (chicken broth) requires patience, care and using the right mix of ingredients. Never...

The Stone Cutter and the Peace Builder

PATIKUL, Sulu (MindaNews/10 October) – Epal Sahipa, 46, is a stone cutter. Daily he would go to that side of the mountain where he...

The madrasah as space for intervention vs violent extremism

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 06 September) – Before entering the gates of the Toril compound in Barangay Ubaldo Laya in Iligan City, an evacuation...

Visitors flock to South Cot’s sunflower field

TUPI, South Cotabato (MindaNews/10 June) – Visitors have been flocking to a new tourist attraction here that features a sunflower field, the first of...

Former fastfood chain employee now living her dreams

GIGAQUIT, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews / 25 May) – Who would have thought that a fastfood chain employee would end up owning bakeries and...

Huckleberry remains a Philippine Tatler best for two years in a row

For the second time in a row, Davao’s Huckleberry Southern Kitchen & Bar makes it to the exclusive Philippine Tatler's Best Restaurants Guide (BRG). Huckleberry...

“Fadlog Tubad Blaan”

By Ronald de Jong Fadlog Tubad Blaan, this means; “Don’t give up Blaan” strong and promising words coming from a remarkable woman. Her name is...

FILM REVIEW: Ang Hapis at Himagsik ni Hermano Puli

FILM REVIEW: Ang Hapis at Himagsik ni Hermano Puli Screeplay:  Eric Ramos Director :   Gil Portes Producer:   Rex Tiri under T-Rex Entertainment Title Role:  Aljur Abrenica Karl M. Gaspar CSsR DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 Sept)...

Baguindan and the Fight to Fulfill a Promise of Peace

TIPO-TIPO, Basilan (MindaNews/23 September) -- Abdulhusin Inam had yet to learn how to walk so his parents and siblings would carry him as they...

Ashes and phone numbers: Stories of struggle of people with HIV

Raped in Dubai In 1996, Rina, then only 17 years old, worked as a domestic helper in Dubai. There she was raped by her male...

Keeping Davao City restos alive with live grouper

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 May) -- The recent surge in visitors coming to Davao as a result of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s impending ascension to the...

A Gentle shaft of light shines on Kadtabanga through Shariah

  COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/13 November) - It’s not every day that one encounters a great woman Moro leader who not only commands respect and allegiance...

Exploring science and solutions

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 October) -- Filipino ingenuity is developed when young inventors and innovators are given chances to dream and to develop ideas. When given...

A ritual for the spirits of Tinuy-an Falls

Surrounded by boulders, trees and waters rushing down Tinuy-an Falls, a baylan (tribal spiritual leader) led an early morning ritual on September 20. Called...

Molmol the Parrot Fish meets school children and communities

"Hello Molmol,goodbye Nemo!" giggled the mothers huddled together as they watched their children do a theatrical reading of "Ang Dangpanan ni Molmol" (Molmol's Refuge)...

Bagani’s silent cry called art

Her works show the hand of years and practice. The colors of her drawings and paintings, the arrangement of beads on the necklaces and...

Life with the candles

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/28 August) -- Her stall in front of the San Isidro Cathedral in Malaybalay City measures just around 2.5 feet x 3...

To live – and die – as an artist

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/18 August) – When Casiana "Kasi" Cane Torralba retired from private school teaching 16 years ago, she did a most unexpected thing...

Taking pride in local languages

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 August) -- It's easy to take Philippine regional languages for granted. If you speak Cebuano on a daily basis, it would...

Village of PWD dreams

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 July) — Wheelchair user Sofronio Floro, 54, has carefully assembled an armchair, one of the hundreds he and his fellow workers...

Search for a lost love and another legend of Tinuy-an Falls

Alright, you've probably never been to Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig City in Surigao del Sur, indisputably (to a lot of people) the most awesome...

FEATURE: My romance with foot reflex

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews / 30 June) – A friend introduced and recommended me to foot reflex. I declined, believing it was the kind found...

Ate Kimmy: Painting a rainbow for Zamboanga IDPs

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/08 June) -- To the majority, helping people who are in dire conditions means extending financial assistance and donating relief goods. But...

Tricycle diaries: passengers, drivers as story tellers

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/08 June) – Tricycles, a major means of transportation in downtown Zamboanga City, are a rich source of stories, as drivers and...

Where the court is seldom needed

If it rarely happens that a Lumad from Barangay Rogongon in Iligan City lands in jail, it does not mean that it has always...

63rd Miss Universe: MJ would have floored the competition

One by one, some disappointed fans walked out of the viewing party room when they didn't hear “Ms. Philippines” being called to be in...

Marielle Achacoso: A girl whose dreams ended on Bus 2640

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/16 December) -- "Happiness is a positive cash flow" and "nothing is impossible" said two of the stickers placed by 17-year old...

A bath habit: Cleansing the body with beer

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 November) -- “Being dirty is bad, and beer is good,” the product label reads. However, it does not mean that you may wash...

The Bomb in a Drawer

For quite sometime, it was just there, inside a drawer of an office table in a village hall in a town in Maguindanao. It...

Celebrating Davao’s chocolates

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 September) -- Exactly seven days ago, I was bugging a Filipino friend who lives in Vietnam to meet another Filipino friend...

Life in Liguasan Marsh: A garden in a flood zone

Ferdinandh B. Cabrera in Barangay Balong, Northern Kabuntalan, Maguindanao It looks daunting but people living in Liguasan Marsh have learned to deal with the floods that...

All-girl Davao singing group wins awards in international competition

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 August) -- The love for singing is what brought seven young girls together. The common ground where Alexea, Rica, Adrianna, Dianne, Christina,...

#YouthToday: tech and sex and other encounters

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 July) -- Perhaps the most alarming result in a 2013 study on youth sexuality by the UP Population Institute and the...

Pii Mai: Another year to renew hopes

XAYABOURY PROVINCE, Laos (MindaNews/30 April) -- A distant small village woke up to loud Lao and Thai music on the first day of Pii...

Rescued macaques find home at Lao zoo

VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews / 22 April) – Walking in the Lao Zoo at Keun village on the outskirts of Vientiane on a weekday was...

Baskets of salt for a living

Earning a living by making table salt in the middle of landlocked Laos VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews / 18 March) – Away from the sea, Laos...

A child of revolution recounts

Secretary General of the Lao Securities Commission Mrs Vathana Dalaloy recalls memories of the first eight years of her life, when she and her...

Another Day: A story about living in Vientiane’s wasteland

VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews / 22 Nov) – Welcome to “Disneyland”! It is a mosaic of blue, black and white polyester unevenly blended with brown...
Director Arnel Mardoquio at work. Photo Courtesy of The Riddles of my Homecoming Crew

A ringside view of “The Riddles of my Homecoming”

For the longest time, the award-winning Mindanawon filmmaker, Arnel Mardoquio, had been inviting me  to visit him and the members of his team while...

A Filipina and a Lao woman in Seoul

SEOUL, South Korea (MindaNews/1 November)---The Philippines and Laos have been famous to Korean tourists.  Last year, South Korea was the top source of tourists...
A village woman in Vientiane sells "kathong", several bouquets of flowers, candles and incense with banana trunk as platform that were later floated on the Mekong River to mark the end of the Buddhist Lent. MindaNews photo by Lorie Ann Cascaro

FEATURE: On the Lao side, Naga fireballs remain…

People swarm into a small village in Vientiane to see the Naga fireballs themselves despite others’ belief that the phenomenon is but a legend...

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