Monthly Archives: January 2017

“All-out war” vs terrorists “in full swing;” Defense Sec asks public to cooperate

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 31 Jan) – Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Tuesday urged the public to cooperate with the Armed Forces of the Philippines “to avoid any untoward incident or injury” as he declared the “all-out operations” against terrorists in Mindanao “is in full swing.” “I would like to inform my fellow Mindanaoans and […]

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Big win for Mindanao peace in Supreme Court

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/31 January) — On 15 October 2012, during the presidency of Benigno Aquino, a preliminary peace agreement called the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) was signed between the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The FAB called for the creation of an autonomous political entity named Bangsamoro, replacing […]

Pimentel: sack police scalawags; don’t send them to Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 31 January) — Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III on Tuesday called for an immediate stop to the practice of reassigning erring policemen to Mindanao. In a press statement, Pimentel said Mindanao is “deserving of honest and disciplined lawmen like the rest of the country.” Two weeks earlier, Governor Mujiv Hataman of […]

Duterte may continue “extreme policies”; Pinoys “satisfied” with how democracy works

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/31 January) — In yet another unflattering assessment of his administration, a Washington-based group said that after his war on drugs that claimed thousands of lives in 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte “may continue his extreme policies with strong parliamentary backing”. In its 2016 report titled “Populists and Autocrats: The Dual Threat to Global […]

Davao police office undergoes “internal cleansing”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 January) — The Davao City Police Office is now focusing on internal cleansing to ensure that none of its personnel is involved in illegal activities, City Police director Sr. Supt. Michael John Dubria said Tuesday. The move came after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the Philippine National Police to suspend its anti-illegal drug […]

Military hits NPA for attacks in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 January) — The New People’s Army has continued to carry out attacks, abductions and killings in Caraga and Davao Regions despite the unilateral ceasefire declarations issued by both the government and the National Democratic Front, the Eastern Mindanao Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines said Tuesday. EastMinCom spokesperson Maj. Ezra […]

Maguindanao town holds first Taruk Festival

MANGUDADATU, Maguindanao (MindaNews/31 January) – This town held on Sunday the first ever Taruk Festival, to highlight the economic significance of reputedly the country’s biggest freshwater fish that provides livelihood to local fishers. Taruk, which can weigh from two to eight kilos or more, thrives in Buluan Lake and other tributaries that drain into the […]

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: The Legacy of Fr. Saturnino Urios, SJ

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 January) — There is no doubt about it: one of the greatest missionaries whose presence in Mindanao – extending from Caraga Region to Bukidnon and Davao – made a major impact on the lives of the indigenous people he encountered was Fr. Saturnino Urios, S.J.  Coming to Mindanao 278 years after the first Jesuit […]

Anna, Lola, & Isla

I’m a big fan of Stephanie Perkins. Her books make me giggle with happiness and squeal with adorableness starting from Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, to Isla and the Happily Ever After. It makes me feel that teenage romance and makes me believe that forever exist. #MayForever

ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS

This book is ain’t your average teen romance novel. It has the spark between two people, a slow and rich relationship build, great side characters, hilarious dialogue and writing. Anna is an every-girl with a heart for cinema and a lack of knowledge in French. She’s funny and feisty, obsessed with cleanliness, she’s a fantastic protagonist. Étienne is constantly at the center of the story. He’s charming, everyone loves him, short, sexy, and wit. This book is a mixture of the romantic comedy and the romantic drama between two meant-for-each-other characters.

LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR

I am fascinated with Lola, she’s eccentric and outrageous especially when it comes to fashion, a one of a kind indeed. However, I can’t really relate and connect with her. I also adored Cricket, he’s shy, smart, sincere, and he respects Lola in a real way. The two are completely different yet they make a lovely couple. This book is colorful and quirky that makes the reader’s imagination  go wild.

ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER

After I finished Lola, I was too excited to read Isla that I ordered a copy from Book Depository right away because it was not yet available here in the Philippines. Among the three, this is my favorite. This is because I can simply relate with Isla, I know most of us girls can relate to her as well. Isla is a wonderfully complex character, she’s shy, smart, deep, insecure, and passionate about love. With Josh, he’s a rebel but passionate about art and love. On another note, I also love how people with disabilities like Kurt was acknowledged. This book is charming and sweet yet full of emotions that will surely catch the reader’s heart.
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These are the kinds of books that I will read over and over again, it’s light but with bits of drama. I love that Stephanie Perkins has written about three different kinds of love story, each with their unique high and lows. And I completely adore how she connected each of the characters in every book. It’s uniquely awesome!

Flood update: 348 houses swept away by floods in Caraga

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/ 29 January)– A total of 348 houses made of light materials in Caraga Region were totally destroyed and 167 partially destroyed by rampaging floodwaters  due to the tail-end of the cold front followed by a Low Pressure Area. La Paz town in Agusan del Sur posted the highest number of totally destroyed […]

Flood update: 348 houses swept away by floods in Caraga

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/ 29 January)– A total of 348 houses made of light materials in Caraga Region were totally destroyed and 167 partially destroyed by rampaging floodwaters  due to the tail-end of the cold front followed by a Low Pressure Area. La Paz town in Agusan del Sur posted the highest number of totally destroyed […]

Lopez on mining ops in Caraga: “Oh my God. Grabe. It’s absolutely crazy”

SURIGAO CITY (Mindanews/29 Jan) —  Horrified by what she saw during a two-day aerial survey of mining operations in Surigao del Norte,  Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte and Dinagat Islands, Environment Secretary Gina Lopez told MindaNews upon arrival at the airport here: “Oh my God. Grabe. It’s absolutely crazy.” Lopez was aghast at the […]

Davao City sends food aid to residents in flood-stricken areas in ARMM

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 29 January) — Officials of the Humanitarian Action Emergency Response Team (HEART) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao’s (ARMM), along with social welfare officials received on Saturday 5,000 food packs “from the people of Davao City” as assistance to residents in flood-stricken areas. Trucks from the Davao City government arrived at […]

Rescue

A privately-owned amphibious rescue vehicle ferries stranded commuters along a flooded section of C.M. Recto Avenue in Cagayan de Oro City on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017.  Heavy rains triggered flash floods in some parts of the city. MindaNews photo by FROILAN GALLARDO               READ STORY 

KISSA AND DAWAT: On Language Accent, Dialect, Sociolect and Idiolect

“Ang galaw ng wika ay papalawak, hindi papakitid” – WIKApedia (2017) ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 28 January) — A particular WIKApedia post on Facebook caught my attention; in particular as it explains “kaganina” and “kagahapon”, which are obviously Filipino-Cebuano or Filipino-Binisiya combination. If you are curious about it, follow this link – https://www.facebook.com/wikapediaph/photos/pb.846657968700849.-2207520000.1485404629./1423908380975802/?type=3&theater. The explanation […]

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: Sarangani Energy Corp. 26 Jan 2017

(Note from MindaNews: This is the official transcript of President Rodrigo Duterte’s speech, released by the Presidential News Desk of the Presidential Communications Office) Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk SPEECH OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE  DURING THE CEREMONIAL SWITCH-ON OF SECTION 1 AND THE GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY OF SECTION 2 OF SARANGANI ENERGY CORP. POWER […]

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: Yolanda Rehabiltation, Tacloban. 25 Jan 2017

(Note from MindaNews: This is the official transcript of President Rodrigo Duterte’s speech, released by the Presidential News Desk of the Presidential Communications Office) Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk SPEECH OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE DURING THE INAUGURATION OF NEW HOPE VILLAGE (TACLOBAN YOLANDA REHABILITATION HOUSING) [Delivered at Barangay Sta. Elena, Tacloban City | […]

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: Dialogue with SAF 44 families. 24 Jan 2017

(Note from MindaNews: This is the official transcript of President Rodrigo Duterte’s speech, released by the Presidential News Desk of the Presidential Communications Office) Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk SPEECH OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE DURING THE DIALOGUE WITH SAF 44 FAMILIES [Delivered at Heroes Hall, Malacañan Palace | 24 January 2017] Kindly sit […]