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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...

‘Winning beyond boat racing’

VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews/19 October)--In Ban Sai Fong Neua, 17 kilometers south from the city center, at least 40 women, each holding a wooden oar,...
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.

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