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IT CAN BE YOU: The Power of Education to Change the World

by Rahib L. Kudto Speech delivered during the Baccalaureate Ceremony of Class 2015 on March 31, 2015, at the Cotabato Foundation College of Science and Technology (CFCST), in Arakan, Cotabato Alhamdulillahe wabihi nastaeen, wassalatu wassalamo ala Rasulillah, wa ba’d, Assalamo Alaykom Warahmatullahe wa Barakatuhu! Our distinguished administrators, professors, graduates, guests, ladies and gentlemen, Good Morning.

Malaybalay Bukidnon 2015 Charter Day schedule of activities

Hi, everyone! I will be traveling regularly to Malaybalay City, Bukidnon in the next two weeks to cover the city’s 17th Charter Day celebration. Malaybalay is the Province of Bukidnon’s capital With the theme “Commitment and Integrity in Service,” the Malaybalay City Charter Day Celebration will start tomorrow, March 9, 2015 although technically the charter day will really be on March 22. A lot of activities have been scheduled. FREE admission to all of the LGU-sponsored events. If you also want to participate in any of the activities, sign up for free at the city hall. For sports-related events, go

At the Senator Chiz Escudero – Heart Evangelista wedding

I attended the Senator Chiz Escudero and Heart Evangelista wedding a few days ago. I have known Senator Chiz ever since he was still a congressman representing Sorsogon (yep, a very long time) so I was really thrilled to know that I was to witness this special, joyous occasion of his life. I know a lot of other media outlets have discussed the nitty gritty details of the Escudero-Ongpauco wedding (Heart’s real name is Love Marie Ongpauco) so I will just share a few thoughts and observations. The event saw lots of notable personalities – from top business leaders to

UNYPAD Maguindanao Cluster-3 Chairman Reinstalled

By: Alhaida Pagalad-Lumapinet BULUAN, Maguindanao (February 9, 2015) – Akmad S. Musa has been successfully reinstalled replacing Rudy S. Lumapinet during the chapter’s special meeting held in its office at Poblacion, Buluan, Maguindanao on January 25, 2015 as Chairman of Maguindanao Cluster-3  Provincial Chapter through the facilitation of the office UNYPAD Secretary General. The turn-over

Youth, Community Orientation on Ministerial Form of Government conducted

By: Mohammad Sa’ed DATU ABDULLAH SANGKI, Maguindanao (February 7, 2015) – Another orientation on Ministerial form of Government and Islamic Leadership was organized by the Maguindanao Cluster 2 Chapter of the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) on January 17, 2015 held at Dimaampao, Datu Abdullah Sangki, Maguindanao. The activity was actively participated by

Youth in Western Mindanao conduct consultations on BBL

ISABELA CITY, Basilan (January 5, 2015) – The Basilan Provincial Chapter of the United Youth for Peace and Development, Inc. (UNYPAD conducted a consultation on Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) at  the Silsilah Dialogue Center in Isabela City, Basilan on December 06, 2014. The said activity was facilitated by Mr. Sulaiman A. Pagaruan, consultation coordinator for

UNYPAD-Maguindanao Cluster-1 Chapter implements capacity building program

By Sittie Saada S. Sampayan COTABATO City (December 26, 2014) – The Maguindanao Cluster-1 chapter of the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) organized a seminar-workshop on Islamic Leadership and Management, which was actively participated in by the 18 youth leaders of the UNYPAD coming from municipalities of Parang, Barira, Buldon, Matanog, Sultan Mastura

Public speaking training for UNYPAD MSU-Chapter held

“We have a lot of ideas in mind but when we’re in the front of people, we’re mentally blocked and we’re having a stage fright,” expressed by one of the participants in Seminar-Workshop on public speaking organized by the UNYPAD school-based chapter of Mindanao State University-Maguindnao. Yusoph Sabpa, president of UNYPAD MSU-Chapter said that every

MILF community leaders attend 3-day seminar-workshop

By Phix Samsaraji ZAMBOANGA City (December 25, 2014) – Hundreds of political leaders and members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Zamboanga City participated in the 3-day seminar workshop  on Bangsamoro Governance, Basic Organizing, and advocacy on Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) conducted by the Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI) in partnership with

Mindanaoan.com declared top CDO blog by ICT Awards

It is with utmost humility that I announce that Mindanaoan.com has just been declared as a “Top CDO Blog” in the recently concluded 2014 ICT Awards held at the Activity Center, Centrio Mall, Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. The ICT Awards, organized by the CDO ICT Business Council, Cagayan de Oro’s main …

Globe to unveil world-class, Tim Kobe-designed Gen3 store in CDO

Globe Telecom is strengthening its business and operations in Cagayan de Oro with the opening of its world-class retail store dubbed as “Generation 3” Store in Limketkai Mall on December 15, 2014. The Globe Store in Limketkai Mall in Cagayan de Oro is the second Globe retail store to undergo …

Mindanaoan.com supports Bugsay Mindanao 1st Northern Mindanao dragon boat race

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I am very proud to announce that Mindanaoan.com is one of the supporters of the most awaited Bugsay Mindanao, the first Northern Mindanao Dragon Boat Race. To be held on December 6, 2014, 7 am to 3 pm, along the Cagayan River, Cagayan de Oro City, Bugsay Mindanao will see the …

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Ansary, MSU-Marawi Chapter Officers take Oath of Office

By Salman Yahiya MARAWI CITY, Lanao Del Sur (December 1, 2014) – Ansary A. Diamaoden was appointed  as the new Vice President for External Affairs (VPEA) of the United Youth for peace and Development, Inc. (UNYPAD) on 25 November 2014. Ansary and the new officers of the Mindanao State University (MSU) chapter of the UNYPAD

KFI and Anak Kawagib participate in 2nd Mindanao Children Festival

The Kadtuntaya Foundation, Inc. and its partner youth organization Anak Kawagib took part in the 2nd Mindanao Children Festival held at Mt. Sabrina Resort, General Santos City last October 27-30, 2014. With the theme “Bata Kasali Ka, Ikaw ay Mahalaga” (Child, You are a Part, You are Important), the festival was initiated by Mindanao Action […]

American editor interviews KFI’s peacebuilding alumni

Bonnie Lofton, the editor-in-chief of print and online publications of US-based Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), visited KFI on October 25 and conducted an interview with seven of the latter’s staff who have taken courses at Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute (MPI). The main purpose of Lofton visit was to report on sister peacebuilding institutions with strong connections […]

Bobson opens first ever Philippine boutique in Cagayan de Oro Mindanao

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Japanese brand Bobson has opened its first ever Philippine boutique in Mindanao, Philippines. Located at the First Level, West Concourse, Limketkai Mall, Cagayan de Oro, the Bobson flagship store also has its own tailor shop inside its premises. Known for its array of quality unisex Japanese denim jeans and shirts, …

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Moro CSO representatives attend the 3rd Steering Committee Meeting in Thailand

By:  Melia S. Ukom, WAC Secretary on CCA of UNYPAD COTABATO City (November 12, 2014) — South East Asian Youth Organizations met for the Third Steering Committee Meeting last October 26-28, 2014 at the Buri Sriphu Boutique Hotel, Hat Yai, Songkhla, Thailand. The meeting was participated by representatives of the steering committee member organizations from

BIMP-EAGA trade fair and business gab clinch P8.9 billion in sales, investments

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As if to solidify my previous blog entry about the success stories at the 2nd BIMP-EAGA international trade fair, I received word recently that the event actually cornered a total of Php 8.9 billion in sales and investments. Absolutely exciting news! According to event organizer Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), the …

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Generation Peace Network in the Philippines supports BBL

By Yusoph S. Lumambas COTABATO City (October 29, 2014) – Youth leaders in the Philippines attended the convention of Generation Peace Network (GenPeace) held on October 23-26, 2014 at Regency Inn, Davao City. The activity was dubbed as “Peace youth conversations; our contributions to Peace”. The participants were coming from different regions in the Philippines:

Success stories at the 2nd BIMP-EAGA International Trade Fair #EAGAIMT2014

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Thanks to the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), I was able to cover the 2nd BIMP-EAGA IMT-GT International Trade Fair and Business Leaders’ Conference last October 22 to 25, 2014 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang in Davao City, Philippines. I’ve always wanted to witness a BIMP-EAGA event and I’m …

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5,000 Bangsamoro professionals register thru Human Resource Mapping

Written by Human Resource Development component, CCDP-B COTABATO CITY (October 27, 2014) —The Human Resource Mapping (HRM) for the Bangsamoro Professionals Program under the Human Resource Development (HRD) Component of Comprehensive Capacity Development Project for the Bangsamoro (CCDP-B) has been operating for 6 months since May 2014. The program aims to identify available potential human

Covering the BIMP-EAGA International Business Leaders Confab and Trade Fair

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Very excited to share with you all that I have just been invited to cover the 2nd BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT International Trade Fair and Conference in Davao City this October 22 to 25, 2014! This is a very important international event especially in terms of trade, investments and even tourism …

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KFI’s community radio program again live on the air

After almost a year of hibernation, KFI’s weekly community radio program, now under a new name, has returned live on the air. Inged tanu Saguna (Our Community Today), which replaced the old program Kadtuntaya sa Kawangkawangan (Dialogue on the Air), started broadcasting it’s 1-hour maiden program on September 18, 2014 at Cotabato City-based radio station […]

UNYPAD Basilan Provincial Chapter facilitates FGD on Bangsamoro Basic Law

By Ibnulhareev Alyakaniy ISABELA CITY, Basilan (October 7, 2014) – “The Focus Group Discussion (FGD) was focused on the “Pre-Plebiscite Pulse of the Electorates on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL),”said Prof. Muhmin Lamla, UNYPAD-Basilan provincial chapter Chairman. “At the beginning of the FGD, most of the participants have negative interpretations, impressions, and feelings on the

UNYPAD Conducts Symposium on Bangsamoro Basic Law in Jolo, Sulu

By Tu Alid Alfonso JOLO Sulu (October 7, 2014) – Two hundred participants from different sectors such as community leaders, government line agencies of Sulu, Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), youth, women and students participated in the symposium on Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) spearheaded by the Sulu Provincial Chapter of

BTC Commissioner orients KFI, CBCS staff on BBL

Atty. Raissa Jajurie, a member of the Bangsamoro Transitional Commission (BTC) tasked with drafting the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), gave selected KFI and Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS) staff a briefing on the salient features of the BBL last September 22, 2014 at KFI’s Community Training and Resource Center in Cotabato City. The activity […]

Tiyakap Kalilintad participates in basic proposal writeshop

  A total of sixteen community-based peace volunteers of Tiyakap Kalilintad (Care for Peace) took part in two writeshop sessions on Basic Proposal Writing: Community-based Capacity Building Program conducted at KFI’s Community Training Resource Center in Cotabato City last August 28-29 and September 3-4, respectively. The said writeshops were organized by “Enhancing Community Participation in […]

KFI staff, farmer-practitioners visit SA projects in North Cotabato and Davao del Sur

Four project staff of the KFI and eight farmer representatives from its partner communities in Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat provinces went for a 2-day exposure and exchange visit to sustainable agriculture projects and centers in North Cotabato and its neighboring Davao del Sur province. The activity was sponsored by the Bread for the World (BfW)-Civil […]

UNYPAD Opens Office in Zamboanga

ZAMBOANGA City (September 29, 2014) – The Zamboanga City Chapter of the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) under the leadership of Zulfhicar Samsaraji, UNYPAD Regional Coordinator for Western Mindanao,  established office at Suterville, Zamboanga City. Samsaraji believed that the said establishment of office in Zamboanga will make organization more visible and help implement