Fr. Nery memorial race draws 500 runners

MALAYBALAY CITY –  (Bukidnon News Dispatch/01-02 October) The first
ever Fr. Nery Satur memorial run, organized in time for the
commemoration of the 20th anniversary of his death, drew more than 500
participants on October 1.

The five-kilometer run started around 6:45a.m. at the Freedom Park
Covered Court. The Diocese of Malaybalay and the Archdiocese of Manila
sponsored the event to mark Satur’s death anniversary this year. Continue reading


LIFE IN THE PLATEAU: Starting the change in a meal

By Walter I. Balane

On the road to a resort in Lianga, Surigao del Sur one early evening last year, our Grassroots Documentation and Reporting Training Team talked about the application of science in the food that we eat. It was a humorous but “meaty” chatter. The usual one you get into inside the vehicle while heavy rains slow your trip down.

A check on the timepiece showed dinner should go ahead before check in. We talked about the chicken in the fast food chains. We talked about the poultry products in our breakfast table. Then the conversation extended to the synthetics of food preparation in the world of fast food chains and how they alter way of life and relationships.

Fast food vs. slow food.  Old vs. new ways to prepare food.

We even also talked about that World Toilet Summit in Beijing (yeah, that’s for real (laugh!) but that would probably be another story)

Just a week before, I sat next to a Vegan. That’s how people who live on plant-based diet are called, y’know. So I had some inputs to make in the car ‘conversation’: that natural diet is a healthier choice.

Arrived at the resort safe and sound and later, dinner was served. To my shock and amusement, there on the dinner table, is the immortal fried chicken. Continue reading

SIC, Prov’l Capitol team up for reforestation program

MALAYBALAY CITY – Catholic Church-owned San Isidro College is signing a memorandum of agreement for a four-year reforestation program with the provincial government. Continue reading

Abp. Ledesma pushes for culture of peace in media

MALAYBALAY CITY – Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma has pushed for media to have culture of peace seeking more media participation as stakeholder in the peace process in Mindanao.

Ledesma, chair of the Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission for Inter-religious Dialogue, has convened the media from the dioceses of Cagayan de Oro, Butuan, Surigao, Tandag, Malaybalay, Iligan, Marawi, Pagadian for a culture of peace workshop on September 3, 2011 in Cagayan de Oro City.

ECID is holding the workshop under its Peace Governance Mindanao Program.
In his invitation to the Bukidnon Press Club, Ledesma cited that they intend to identify and share past, present, or proposed inter-religious dialogue (IRD) or peace building activities and initiatives highlighting media participation and active involvement.

They intend to highlight the gains and best practices of those who have experience in peace-building, the problems encountered, and the lessons learned.

Ledesma also cited that they also intend to increase understanding and appreciation of the media’s important bridging role in inter-religious dialogue and peace building.

Seeking that the media will contribute to the “overall call for peace and reconciliation,” Ledesma said they also intend to map capacity building needs and opportunities to strengthen media participation as peace builders. (Walter I. Balane)

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[PHOTOS] Traditional “Sugat” or early morning Easter Mass at the Capitol Grounds in Malaybalay City

A statue of the risen Christ stands in the San Isidro Cathedral, Malaybalay City. Bukidnon News Photo by Earl Bolivar

One of the special features of the traditional "sugat" mass is the children's choir. Children, dressed like young angels of cherubims, provide heraldic and praise songs in the early morning Easter Sunday mass. Bukidnon News photo by Earl Bolivar

Hundreds attend the "sugat" early morning Easter Sunday mass at the Capitol Grounds in Malaybalay City. Bukidnon News photo by Earl Bolivar/Bukidnon Photo Journal

Hundreds of parishioners attend the traditional early morning Easter Sunday Mass at the Capitol Grounds in Malaybalay City. Bukidnon News photo by Earl Bolivar (

Bukidnon forum tackles impact of development to watershed, river basin

MALAYBALAY CITY – A Bukidnon forum organized as a follow up to the Bukidnon Environment Summit of 2008 is meant to assess the impact of development activities like the expansion on the sectors of agriculture, industries, and the recent entry of mining operations in the province.

Scheduled on April 27 to 28 at the Bukidnon State University, the forum aims to further assess the impact of these development activities on the watersheds and the river systems. Continue reading

[PHOTO] Ready for the Easter “Sugat”

A mother and daughter strolls in the Capitol Grounds where workers put up temporary bleachers for the early Easter Sunday mass dubbed "Sugat" (welcome of the risen Christ) on April 24, 2011/Photo by Earl Bolivar of the Bukidnon Photo Journal