Compostela-Cateel route: 17 Days after Pablo Hit

The first time I passed this route was in December 2007. I was traveling from Boston back to Davao City.  I could still remember the lush surrounding along the road. But on December 21 — 17 days after Typhoon Pablo — all you could see are fallen trees,...

Typhoon Pablo’s Wrath

Typhoon Pablo devastated almost half of the Mindanao island on December 4, leaving at least 900 people dead and almost a thousand others missing. This is perhaps the worst natural disaster that hit the supposed “typhoon-free” region. The storm left...

MindaNews: From Seized Logs to School Chairs

The City Government of Tagum has been making school chairs from seized illegal lumber instead of leaving them to rot. As of October 16 2012, at least 78, 000 chairs have been delivered to different schools in Mindanao, the Visayas and Luzon under the Care for School...

A yearly ritual of the living, for the dead

Every year on All Saints Day on November 1 and All Souls Day on November 2, millions of Filipinos troop to the cemeteries and memorial parks to light candles and offer prayers and flowers (sometimes, even food) at the graves of their loved ones. Here are the scenes...