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Ms Khek holds Laos' first ever produced improved tao payat from a workshop of Mr Loth. MindaNews photo by Lorie Ann Cascaro

Cooking hot to keep the climate cool

VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews / 16 Oct) – Buying a new cookstove is not easy. Sellers offer heaps of different models that look alike and...
Monkeys play in houses in Barangay New Israel in Makilala, North Cotabato on June 30, 2013. The monkeys in the place have co-existed with humans since the 1940s. MindaNews photo by Ruby Thursday More

Close encounters with ‘Mike’ and company

BARANGAY NEW ISRAEL, Makilala, North Cotabato (MindaNews/02 July) -- “Mike!” tourist guide Virginia Laniohan shouted in a prolonged manner when we arrived at the...

Yesiree, we’re a family of dwarves: so what?!

KALAMANSIG, Sultan Kudarat (MindaNews/24 April) – They won’t basically stand out in a crowd but they have “rock star” popularity, at least in the...

The sea turtles no longer come to Punta Dumalag

PUNTA DUMALAG, Davao City - The summer heat on Saturday afternoon made the beach at Punta Dumalag, the coastal part of Barangay Matina Aplaya...

PERSONAL ESSAY: Who would pull the trigger against this gentle Tausug?

Alber Husin is dead. Like Gene Boyd Lumawag, Mindanews’ photo editor, he was gunned down. Both were very dear to me.  Alber was shot...

PERSONAL ESSAY: A letter to Bro. Alber Husin

Dear Brother Alber, Assalamu Alaikum warakmatullahiwabarakathuh! When a member of our family, a relative, or a friend is hurt, my initial reaction has always been to...

PERSONAL ESSAY: Requiem to a Gun-less Warrior

“At the age of eight, I witnessed a massacre which I barely escaped from and where we lost three uncles and an aunt. Vividly,...
Philippine Navy rescuers navigate through the flooded road as they transport rescued residents from Jade Valley subdvision in Brgy Buhangin, Davao City on January 20. Mindanews Photo by Keith Bacongco

Flashback: Strings of flood in my childhood

BUTUAN CITY ( MindaNews/ January 25 )- When a friend in Davao City posted on Facebook that she is now officially a certified flood victim,...

FEATURE: Remembering ComVal

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/19 January) -- Strangely, I always associate Compostela Valley with Mawab, a once tiny village settled along the Davao-Butuan highway. Mawab, created...
Their leaves broken, bent, and turning brown, the coconut trees stand like ghostly sentinels guarding a desolate land. Mindanews Photo by Dr. Mac Tiu

Now, we understand what the phrase “Morag naagian og bagyo” means

CATEEL, Davao Oriental (MindaNews/31 Dec) -- At its strongest, Bagyo Pablo reached the category of a super typhoon with sustained winds of 259 kph....

Coming Down Blood Mountains

Their vividly colored indigenous clothing shout like a blast of dynamite ripping through the mountains they call home. It is Tuesday and they are...
A new mosque now stands at the site of the first mosque ever built in the Philippines in Simunul Island in Tawi-tawi in 1380 with the arrival of Sheik Karimul Makhdum. The 632nd anniversary of the coming of Islam to the Philippines was celebrated 7 November 2012. MindaNews file photo by Bobby Timonera

Islam’s Quiet Birthday Celebration in Simunul

632nd FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY OF ISLAM IN THE PHILIPPINES Islam’s Quiet Birthday Celebration in Simunul By Red Batario with additional reporting from G Sevilla Alvarez TUBIG INDANGAN, Simunul,...

From battlegrounds to playgrounds: smiles and hopes for peace in Datu Piang

DATU PIANG, Maguindanao (MindaNews/03 Nov) --  The Children’s Park here belongs to the children once again,  smiling boys and girls going up and down...
May this colorful buntings in Pikit's town plaza remain there instead of those makeshift tents filled with evacuees. MindaNews Photo by Ruby Thursday More

Peace, the Rambo generation and stories from the frontlines, away from the frontlines

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 October) – I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have witnessed and documented the most historic event for Mindanao, the...
Fr. Peter Geremia, PIME, said his fallen comrade’s last will and testament revealed his true personality. Mindanews Photo by Keith Bacongco

Words for his flock were Fr. Pops’ last will and testament

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/19 Oct) – While most people’s last will and testament talks about the transfer of their wealth or properties on this Earth...

Moving on: no more battles, no more gunshots, no more bloodshed

ALEOSAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/17 October) --  From the highest point in Barangay Bagolibas, Mayor Loreto Cabaya pointed to our team the rice paddies which...

University of the Waves

MATI CITY (MindaNews/7 Oct) – It was five o'clock in the morning on a fine weather Sunday  when players of Team Amihan, a Filipino...

‘Random Girl’ gets invite from Ellen

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/7 Oct) – Bubbly Zendee Rose Tenerefe is on the roll. She is leaving for Tinseltown anytime next week. Destination: the Ellen DeGeneres...

Drink ‘bahalina’ all you can and get ‘no hangover’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 September) – For non-drinkers, this beverage would often be mistaken as vinegar because of its sour smell as well as its...
Purok Survivor in Barangay New Dumangas in T'boli, South Cotabato, one of the relocation sites of the September 6, 1995 Lake Maughan tragedy, now has a mini-market to serve the needs of its residents. MindaNews photo by Bong S. Sarmiento

Lake Maughan tragedy: 17 years later, case still not closed

T’BOLI, South Cotabato(MindaNews/5 Sept) – Brothers Martin Jr. and Marlon Faba are fresh military graduates, holding start-up ranks in their assignment at the Davao...
A young girl hauls their belongings to their temporary shelter at the evacuation center in Batulawan, Pikit, North Cotabato on Wednesday, August 22. Evacuees who fled here two weeks ago built these temporary shelters. MindaNews Photo by Ruby Thursday More

‘Bakwits’ lament living life on the run

PIKIT, North Cotabato(MindaNews/25 August) – Most villagers in a refugee camp here are no longer strangers to evacuation. They have “mastered” the art of evacuation...

In Talaingod, Ata-Manobo tribe can’t feel the 4Ps; cash aid goes to transpo

TALAINGOD, Davao del Norte  (MindaNews/15 August) --  Three years since its implementation here, the conditional cash transfer (CCT) under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program...

The woman as a revolutionary and mother


SOMEWHERE IN NORTHERN MINDANAO (MindaNews/29 July)—A plastic bottle of Isopropyl alcohol, ballpens and pencil, cellphone charger, food container, scissor, masking tape, an old issue...

John Butiu and other homegrown stories

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 July) – Around this time last year, in a conversation with then Davao Archbishop Fernando Capalla, I asked him what “secularistic”...
Students sing the "Allah Hugaya Tunah" hymn before the start of the closing rites at the madrasah in Barangay Cuyapon, Kabacan, North Cotabato on July 4, 2012. MindaNews Photo by Ruby Thursday More

At the madrasah in Cuyapon, the students graduate in July

KABACAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/09 July) -- Purok Malimo in the small village of Cuyapon here was abuzz. Women were busy preparing food, men were busy fixing up the stage, and children clad in their abayas and kopias, and some in togas were milling around, excited for one of the most important events of their lives: graduation day.
NO CHEMICALS. Remegio P. Matalubos explains how they produce organic fertilizer with water hyacinth as the main ingredient. MindaNews photo by Bong S. Sarmiento

Water hyacinth venture of ‘reformers’ brings livelihood, peace

PIGCAWAYAN, NORTH COTABATO (MindaNews/12 June)—True to their faith, a couple in this rustic first-class town has proven their worth as the “reformers.” They live ordinary...

Siargao’s queen of tides

GENERAL LUNA, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/29 May) -- After topping the Roxy International Women Surfing Competition where she bested surfers from Australia, Germany, England,...
Paragliding in Saragani province. Photo courtesy of Cocoy Sexcion / SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE

FEATURE: Conquering heights (and fear of it)

MAASIM, Sarangani (MindaNews/21 May) – It is one acrophobic’s worst nightmare but also a child’s ultimate fantasy fulfillment. How many of us once dreamed we are the caped action heroes who crushed the evil and outlaws and once saved a damsel from falling from the Empire State building, or wherever, like Superman?
Durian handmade paper album with sunflower design made from durian husk. Photo Courtesy of Katakus

Money from waste: Women earn from durian husk

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 May) – Waste doesn’t have to be wasted away. This an NGO for the development of women has proved with a...

The Boys of Summer: Philippine style

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/14 May) – They used to soak themselves in cold and icy springs or salty beaches until they quiver to the...
PURE THRILL. A young surfer displays his skills in Tinago Reef in Ayoke Island near Cantilan town, Surigao del Sur last April 30, 2012. MindaNews photo by Erwin Mascarinas

Not just OK in Ayoke

AYOKE ISLAND, Cantilan, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/02 May) -- Before heading to this island, I tried to search anything about it on the Internet...

Summers in Lolo’s farm

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/24 April) – As a child and early teener, I spent many summers in Lolo's farm, which is roughly five kilometers away...
sauces made of organically-grown herbs and vegetables. Ninno was Fr. Uras' nickname as a young boy back in Italy. The missionary runs a cafe in Buda, Davao City that sells food products for the benefit of Lumad children. Mindanews Photo by Keith BacongcoMar 16, 2012 16budauras01.JPG 0 viewsFr. Franco Uras, SDB, talks about his cafe that sells food products for the benefit of Lumad children, in Buda, Davao City. Mindanews photo by Keith Bacongco

Italian priest cooks for Lumad children

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 March) – Ninety kilometers from the heart of the city, beside the slopes of Barangay Buda, sits an artisan gourmet café. But...
Gloria Bolando, along with the other women in Sitio Ibuan, Lanuza, Surigao del Sur, helps in maintaining the communal herbal garden which is right beside her farm. They planted it with several herbal plants, including duyaw or turmeric (in picture) which they use to heal arthritic pains, skin diseases and digestive acidity. MindaNews Photo by Ruby Thursday

The woman farmers of Ibuan and Hawilian

LANUZA, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/07 March) – Who says farming is plainly a man’s work, and women should not do it simply because they...

Move forward and hope that we all learn from the lessons of Sendong

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/21 January) – For the past month, I failed to open my emails and the social network sites. Sendong took all my...
Orlando Villareal, of Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, a boat maker since 15. MindaNews Photo by H.Marcos C. Mordeno

The boat maker of Calanggaman

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte (MindaNews/13 January) --  At least thirty outrigger boats line the entire stretch of the shore of Calanggaman, probably this town’s...
Bibo, the 34-year Habal-habal driver, keeps his balance on this bike as he drives through a narrow passage when a dump truck was stuck on its way up near Sitio Diat 2, Barangay Napnapan, Pantukan, Compostela Valley on January 6. The dump truck, which was carrying food supplies for the rescue volunteers, could no longer climb due to steep and slippery road. Keith Bacongco

Covering Pantukan, the second time around

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 January) – Ruby and I were supposed to finish editing the photos we took on the aftermath of Tropical Storm Sendong...

Very tired but very fulfilled… 22 days after Sendong

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/10 January) – I cannot remember when was the last time I felt so tired that I had to exert too much effort to stand up from bed. I woke up later than usual, violating my New Year’s resolution of waking up before sunrise. I realized that the combined heat of the sun and the weight of the boxes we carried yesterday was just too much that I lay flat on the bed that night and had a very hard time convincing myself not to violate my promise to myself.

8-year old Abegail: “It was OK for me to drown as long as...

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/05 January) - It is difficult to imagine that this frail little girl of 8 years would survive the blind fury...

Spending Christmas with the bakwits

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/27 December) – “Which do you want to do first, open your gifts or give gifts to the flood victims?”  Dr. Linlin...
Twenty-two military trucks from the Eastern Mindanao Command and three dumptrucks from the City Government of Davao transport relief goods to flood-stricken Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City on Friday, December 23. The two cities were hardest hit by a flashflood triggered by Typhoon Sendong on December 17. MindaNews Photo by Ruby Thursday More

The Red Ball Express: 10th ID version

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 December) – Playing too much computer games makes some sense, sometimes. When I got a message from Maj. Jacob Obligado, chief of...
Reynor Doluna Sr., 53, shows the picture of his missing son Reynor Jr., who was carried away by rampaging flood waters in the Tumalaong River in Baungon, Bukidnon when typhoon Sendong wrought havoc in Northern Mindanao. MindaNews photo by Walter I. Balane

Kin of missing victims in Baungon torn between searching and grieving

LIBORAN, Baungon, Bukidnon (MindaNews/22 Dec) – Farmer Reynor Doluna, 53, could still not accept that his namesake son is gone. Five days after it...

My Story… Their Story… Our Shared Story

I woke up with a sense of panic when I heard the sudden impact of rampaging flood waters entering our room. I was even more shocked when I saw that it was coming from the airconditioner which was one foot feet from the floor. It was about 12:30 a.m. Immediately I woke up my wife Belle and grabbed my son, Kuya Danni, from his bed. I then ran to the room of my daughters, Ate Gabbi and Sammi, who were still asleep. The water inside the house was already knee-deep but it was rising so fast that all the things on the floor started floating and falling. The kids were shouting and I told them to keep silent.

Unsinkable Pinay in the floods of Iligan City

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/20 December) – We doctors have a knee jerk reaction to disasters: medical mission. So, I joined the Iligan Medical Society and...

We’ll miss you, Bapa Butch

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – We fondly call him as “Bapa Butch.” Many NGO workers across Southwestern Mindanao would mourn his passing. He died...
"FULL BODY EXPOSURE". Lolong, the world's largest crocodile in captivity, at 20 feet and 3 inches long. Viewing fee on regular days is P20 for adults and P15 for children but double that price on "special day" when the water in Lolong's pen is at its minimal, and visitors can see Lolong's "full body exposure" at the Bunawan Eco-park in Barangay Consuelo, Bunawan, Agusan del Sur. MindaNews photo by Toto Lozano

Lolong: the second most famous Mindanawon (after Manny Pacquiao)

CONSUELO, Bunawan, Agusan del  Sur  (MindaNews/15 November)  -- At the entrance to the  eco-park where the 20.3 feet long Lolong, the world’s largest crocodile,...
Students at the peak of Mt. Apo in the Kidapawan side pose for a souvenir shot in this file photo taken April 2009. MindaNews photo by Bobby Timonera

OctoTrek: Sembreak at 10 degrees Celsius up Mt. Apo

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/30 Sept) – While many mountaineers and nature lovers prefer to take an adventure trek up the country’s highest peak during summer,...
Rolled Tinagtag which comes in a plastic packaging are sold at restaurants and bus terminals in North Cotabato Province. Maguindanaons often send it to their relatives abroad. Mindanews Photo by Ruby Thursday More

North Cotabato: Flavors of the road

While landmarks could be most common travel guide, the native delicacies sold in terminals and even along the highways could also tell you where...

Hooded bad guys from Hell

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 July) – And so it happened: my mom’s nightmare – me getting in trouble in the wee hours. At about 3:30 a.m....
Bukidnon Datu Dumapal inspects a newly acquired electric coffee grinder. Coffee, a traditional crop, has become a source of income for many Lumad farmers. MindaNews photo by H. Marcos C. Mordeno

Traditional farming practices of the Bukidnon tribe

This article looks like just a collection of the practical aspects of Bukidnon life. There is a deeper significance, however, to be observed in many of these practices. These, too, are part of their culture, connected to it through construction of meanings that incorporate them into the greater whole. These traditional practices make use of the resources that spring from the land. Practicing them allows the cultural meanings attached to them to deepen the tribe’s connection to their ancestral domain.

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