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Saigon: The city has two faces

HO CHI MINH CITY, Viet Nam (MindaNews/3 February) -- The towering buildings, bars, tour agencies, and hostels lined up like sentries can give visitors...
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 Photo by Keith Bacongco

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...

Cold Christmas away from home

VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews/24 Dec.) --- In a small country where majority are Buddhists, Christmas is definitely not elusive. Back in my home the Philippines, Davao...

Lao cinema: Where to in 2015?

LUANG PRABANG, Laos (MindaNews/11 Dec.) -- Despite the lack of venues to show movies on big screens, Lao filmmakers are striving to produce features...

Lao tourists ride “Korean wave”

The Republic of Korea has become a tourist destination for Lao people who want to see and experience being in a megacity as they...

Confessions of a bus commuter

Text and photos by Jesse Pizarro Boga HANOI, Vietnam (MindaNews/21 September)--Somewhere at the end of Hoang Quoc Viet Road and Buoi Street, bus 14 makes...

Laos kids express hope for the future through images

Through drawings, photos and role play, children from different provinces met in Vientiane to express their vision for their villages by the time they...

Getting fit in Vientiane

VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews / 6 Sept) – It's 5 p.m. here in the prefecture. In Vientiane Times newsroom, journalists take off work one after...

Overweight, beer bellies are ‘oddities’ for Vietnamese

TEXTS AND PHOTOS by Jesse Pizarro Boga HANOI, Vietnam (MindaNews/05 September) -- It was 5 a.m. when my alarm went off. My lazy Filipino butt...

TRAVEL: More Koreans choose Laos

A growing number of Koreans visit the country for “healing” while some of them stay for retirement, business or volunteering VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews/02 September) ---...

Has Vangvieng changed?

One year after the government closed the bars and put an end to drug outlets in Vangvieng, the village is struggling to get back...

Running around Lake Pinamaloy

BEING involved in a project in the southern part of Bukidnon and staying in the area for a few weeks, among my first concerns...

SouthCot town gets P30M for tourism development

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/02 July) -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) is investing some P30 million this year for the development of various tourism-related...

MINDANAWON ABROAD: Getting tacky is the way to beat Hanoi’s heat

HANOI, Vietnam (MindaNews/26 June)---One of the important lessons that I have learned during my first month in Hanoi is to be outright straightforward when...

Eating raw vegetables: a ‘healing’ experience

VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews/11 June) -- A plateful of raw mint, basil leaves, cabbage, sliced string beans and lime was served on my table ahead...

Boun Bang Fai: An undying tradition

Seven men were chanting while carrying a homemade rocket up to the makeshift launch pad at a remote village in Vientiane province last Saturday....

FEATURE: The unspoiled and enchanting Balut Island of Kalamansig

KALAMANSIG, Sultan Kudarat (MindaNews / 2 May) – One of the best-kept secrets in Mindanao beach lovers ought to explore this summer or anytime...

Bigger crowd seen this year in Mindanao’s biggest beach party

GUMASA, Sarangani (April 22, 2013) – The growing crowd each year flocking into the white sand beaches here in Glan never fails to hype...

FSUU paddlers gear for Bohol race

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/06 April) – Members of the Father Saturnino Urios University dragon boat team are upbeat on their chances in the 2nd Cobra-Philippine...

GenSan’s biggest hotel nears completion

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/07 March) — A consortium of Chinese-Filipino businessman is eyeing to open a P250 million six-story, 111-room high-end hotel in this...

UNA senatorial bets coming to Malaybalay for Kaamulan 2013 celebration

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/01 March)- -Senatorial candidates of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) are set to hold a campaign sortie here during the Kaamulan 2013...

Bukidnon’s annual Kaamulan fest starts

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/22 February)- The provincial government of Bukidnon opened Friday its annual Kaamulan festival dedicated to the province’s seven hill tribes with a...
Inside the Tenobak Cave in Lebak, Sultan Kudarat. Photo Courtesy of Lebak Facebook Account

2 caves primed to become part of Region 12’s ecotourism circuit

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/7 February)-- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 12 is pushing for the development of two unique...
Paragliding in Saragani province. Photo courtesy of Cocoy Sexcion / SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE

More tourism investments for Sarangani pushed

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/03 February) -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) is pushing for the entry of more investments on tourism infrastructure and related...

Bukidnon’s Kaamulan fest the same; foundation now in September

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/24 January)---The Bukidnon provincial government clarified that the Kaamulan Festival 2013 will proceed as scheduled from February to March amidst speculations it...

Siargao hailed among top island destinations in the world

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/10 January) -- No less than three major international travel magazines and online publications in Europe, Asia and USA have hailed Siargao...

Surfing in Lanuza: The kids are flying

LANUZA, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/14 November) -- A few years ago, I interviewed the first Filipino surfing champion in Siargao and he said he...

LGU wants to make Cantilan a surfing destination

CANTILAN (MindaNews/11 Nov) – For the first time in five years, the local government unit here will spearhead the 5th Cantilan National Surfing Competition...

Lanuza holds Surfing Festival Nov. 12-17

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews / 7 Nov) – All is set for the Lanuza Surfing Festival and Agri-Aqua Tourism Trade Fair in the town of...

Fundraising on for eco-lodges in Kitanglad, bird watchers’ destination

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/28 Oct.) --  The Jeepney Projects Worldwide and the Birding Adventure Philippines (BAP) are raising funds to build new eco lodges in...

TIEZA allots P15-M for Bukidnon eco-cultural tourism park

MALAYBALAY CITY – The Tourism Infrastructure Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) has earmarked P15 million for the establishment of the Bukidnon eco-cultural tourism park in...

Tigbawan Resort: From fishponds to a weekend getaway

PIGCAWAYAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/24 October) – During our elementary years, going to the beach was one of the most precious escapades that we enjoyed....

DOT positioning Lake Lahit as another tourism magnet in South Cotabato

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 19 October)-- The Department of Tourism (DOT) has allocated an initial P12.5 million for the development of Lake Lahit in...

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...

Surigao eyes becoming top destination in Caraga

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/04 September) ---Dubbed the “City of Island Adventures” Surigao aims to become the choice destination city by year 2020 in the entire...

TRAVEL. Vinta sailing now a regular feature in Zambo’s Paseo del Mar

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/23 July) – The Department of Tourism (DOT) in partnership with the local government has introduced vinta sailing as an additional attraction...

TRAVEL: Guyam here I come

GENERAL LUNA, Siargao Island (MindaNews/11 June) – It’s really tantalizing when you come close to this island. This tiny place located in front of...
CURIOUS. Beach goers examine closely the seaweeds that cling to the rocks on the shore of Barangay Tubigon, Initao town in Misamis Oriental. MindaNews photo by H. Marcos C. Mordeno

The shifting sands of Initao

TUBIGON, Initao, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/10 June) --  Sixteen years have passed since the last time I set foot on this place together with six...
Red rice with tofu barbecue and ginataang tofu

Tofu delights

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/30 April) – Cooking is fun. And yes, it can be more fun if you try something that's quite new to your...

Vietnam: An eye-opening experience

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/22 April) -- DISCLAIMER: I was in Vietnam only for a few days. But here are some impressions of things I observed...

Go Gumasa for the biggest beach party this summer

Tired of the maddening crowd of Boracay? The crass commercialism of Panglao? Or the prohibitive and princely price tag of El Nido? Save your bed...

Surigao town moves to protect pristine islets

SAN AGUSTIN, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/19 March) – To protect one of the best island destinations in the Caraga Region from abuse and liter,...

The lost enchantment of Hinatuan’s Enchanted River

HINATUAN, Surigao del Sur – What was once an ordinary log pond at the height of the logging operations in Surigao del Sur in the 1950s is now one of the top tourist destinations in the province.

Nabunturan promotes caves as ecotourism sites

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 December) --- Nabunturan, Compostela Valley's capital town, is currently beefing up its ecotourism package to include the awesome stalactite and stalagmite...

Lanuza surfing competition opens

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/16 Nov) -- Around 100 surfers will ride the right-hand barrel waves as they will vie for the Lanuza Surfing Competition Nov....

Bird watching in Tacurong

In an almost two hectares of land lying by a river bank, the crack of dawn offers an orchestra belted by an opera house of birds at their majestic humming and chirping glory. Thousands of them also dot the sky during sunsets, a pleasure for bird watchers. Welcome to the Baras Bird Sanctuary, a piece of land previously planted with black pepper owned by Rey Oliver Malana.

P5M more allotted for Lake Sebu's ecotourism sites

The provincial government of South Cotabato is investing an additional P5 million for the development of the emerging eco-tourism and adventure sites in the lakeside resort town of Lake Sebu.

The Magic of Mt. Kitanglad: Fly, Eagle, Fly! (Part 4) By Alex M. Tiongco

4 A.M. alarms went off in the usual way but it was only Nicky who seemed to have stirred. Much later, it was Felix then Adri and Trinket and Carmela. I did not want to get up and laid perfectly still hoping not to be noticed. "I'm afraid I shall have to forgo the trek today" I heard Ixi say. "I am still very tired and have not recovered from yesterday's trek."

The Magic of Mt. Kitanglad (3): Where Splendor and Magnificence acquire new meaning. By...

Birders were stirring before the wake-up time of 4 a.m.  Head lights were donned and switched on as people began their morning ablutions and...

The Magic of Mt. Kitanglad (2): The Adventure Begins. By Alex M. Tiongco

This day started early. 3:00 A.M. There was a flurry of silent but vigorous activity of repacking luggage that had been unpacked for the night, putting them in plastic bags and into jute sacks for loading onto the pack horses. The birders were not as neat in repacking as the horsemen but that would have to do.

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