Kalindugan Festival, a symbol of hope and distinct culture of Mandaya in Caraga

CARAGA, DAVAO ORIENTAL — If one wants to see how the Mandaya tribe of Davao Oriental preserved their culture amidst the massive civilization in the mainstream society, then, visiting the Kalindugan festival is the answer. Kalindugan is not just a feast to display the unity, strength and prestige of the Mandaya,  but, it is a portrait …

The transformation of Talaingod

Talaingod? Asa na? Kadtong Bukid nga daghan og rebelde . . . (Talaingod? where is that? It is the mountain full for rebels)  — was how  people from the lowland described it. But for the  Ata-Mabobo residents of Talaingod, it is paradise. ”To visit the heaven of the  indigenous peoples  of Ata-Manobo  tribe  in Talaingod, Davao del Norte, one has to endure …

RP-RI conference strengthens 1975 border agreement

DAVAO CITY — The  38th Republic of the Philippines – Republic of Indonesia Border Committee Chairmen recently strengthened the 1975 agreement aimed at protecting both countries against transnational crimes and human trafficking,  highlighting   border security measures in  conference held  at the Waterfront Insular Hotel here. The  Philippine Government through the Eastern Mindanao Command Armed Forces of the Philippines was represented by  Major …

Digos courts to hold hearings inside ‘Justice Bus’

DAVAO CITY — In the exigency of service and to avoid delays in the disposition of cases, court hearings in Digos City will be held inside the ‘Justice on Wheels’ bus starting today, November 13. This, as the Digos City Building Office has yet to give clearance to re-occupy the Hall of Justice building after the …

500 residents at the foothills of Mt. Apo forced to flee homes

KIDAPAWAN CITY — Citing imminent danger, over 500 families residing  at the foothills of Mt. Apo  were forcibly ordered to flee  their homes for safety, the last family was out Wednesday afternoon, November 6, as police and military checkpoints were established to ensure no one  goes back. The family of Melchor Umpan Bayawan, a Manobo …

Welcome to the world Baby ‘Quake-quake’

MAKILALA, North Cotabato-— While the 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck, everyone scampered for safety morning of October 29, but not Junifer, who was inside the labour room, she was an expectant mother then. On November 2, the Newsline.ph team found Junifer, a resident of Batasan Makilala in her sister’s house just near the town hall, cuddling …

Bong Go’s son ranked 3rd in CPA board

DAVAO CITY — The son of Senator Christopher Lawrence Go, Christian Lawrence “Chrence” Cruz Go, secured the third-highest spot in the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensure examinations. Chrence Go garnered 89.50 percent in the exams, the result was released on October 21. He graduated summa cum laude in BS Accountancy from De La Salle University-Manila, …

296 earthquakes hit Southern Mindanao in 3 days

DAVAO CITY— Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has registered 296 earthquakes and aftershocks, and still counting since October 17, until 9 o’clock in the morning, Saturday October 19, 2019. The Phivolcs registered 17 strong movements, which ranged from 3.1 to 6.3. The October 17 earthquake has claimed  eight (8) lives, dozens wounded, displaced over …

Diaspora

DAVAO CITY — Of the 1,142 lumad learners affected by the closure of the controversial Salugpungan Ta’Tanu Iskanogon Community Learning Center Inc. (STICLCI), a thousand are now enrolled with the different government-run schools in the region. The students are no longer with the schools that authorities claimed to have been influencing learners to believe the …