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Bicol lawmaker: P1,000 budget a 'wake-up call' for CHR

Sep 14, 2017 - 12:11 PM

Don’t worry ibabalik lang ‘yan sa Senate Wake up call lang ‘yan sa kanila Ako Bicol Representative Christopher Co says in response to criticism of the House decision

CHR BUDGET VOTE. Ako Bicol Representative Christopher Co, who was in China when the House voted on the P1,000 budget for the Commission on Human Rights, says he favors the move. Photo from the Facebook page of Ako Bicol Representative Christopher Co

Misibis Bay Resort: A soulful treat with a fresh breeze

Aug 30, 2017 - 9:00 PM

This gem of a resort in Bicol caters to both lazy loungers and lively thrill seekers

Soldiers in Bicol raise funds for Marawi evacuees

Jul 09, 2017 - 1:04 AM

Members of the military in Bicol who spearheaded the donation drive thank Bicolanos for helping Marawi City

AID FOR MARAWI. Bicolano soldiers led by Capt Ronnie Madrinan of the Philippine Army's 9th Infantry Division stand in front of the trucks containing relief goods for Marawi evacuees. Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

PH's longest railway to get funding from Japan, possibly China

Jun 26, 2017 - 8:15 PM

UPDATED The Manila Clark and Manila Laguna lines will be funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency while the Department of Transportation is eyeing China for the Laguna Sorsogon line

LONGEST RAILWAY. This would run from Clark in Pampanga all the way to Sorsogon , Bicol. Rappler file photo

Bicol centenarian's secret to longevity: Coconut milk, prayers

Jun 24, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Lola Ayoy of Juban Sorsogon is still not taking any maintenance medicine at age 100

NEW BICOL CENTENARIAN. Corazon 'Ayoy' de los Reyes-Barcia celebrates her birthday with her family. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

LIVE: House hearing on BPI, BDO glitches

Jun 22, 2017 - 8:29 AM

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In Bicol, military spearheads relief drive for Marawi

Jun 20, 2017 - 11:00 AM

We might be sleeping soundly here but our brothers in Marawi City are in miserable condition Colonel Alden Juan Masagca commanding officer of the Army s 901st Infantry Brigade says in his appeal to Bicolanos

BICOL'S PRIDE. Army Col. Alden Juan Masagca, commanding officer of the Army’s 901st Infantry Brigade, says they're ready to send additional soldiers in Mindanao if needed. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Lawmakers seek House probe into BPI system glitch

Jun 08, 2017 - 6:05 PM

3 AKO Bicol representatives file a resolution calling for a probe into the matter as BPI clients remain unable to withdraw money through ATMs

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Thousands of passengers stranded due to Tropical Depression Crising

Apr 15, 2017 - 6:34 PM

UPDATED The Office of Civil Defense advises travelers not to proceed to seaports after the cancellation of sea trips due to Tropical Depression Crising

Bicol sculptors connect with God through religious images

Apr 12, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The father and son tandem of Ramon and Michael Vibar are known in the Bicol region for carving God’s images into wood and cement

FAMILY BUSINESS. Ramon A. Vibar, 62, and son Michael, 25, put 'life' into pieces of wood by carving life-size images of saints for several decades now in Albay. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

U.S. & Russia, Lascanas, earthquake | Midday wRap

Apr 10, 2017 - 1:40 PM

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 10, 2017

Apr 10, 2017 - 10:11 AM

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People attend a memorial ceremony on April 9, 2017 at Sergels Torg plaza in Stockholm, close to the point where a truck drove into a department store two days before. Four people died and fifteen were injured when a truck plunged into a crowd at a busy pedestrian street in the Swedish capital on April 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSEN

Earthquake rocks parts of Bicol, Eastern Visayas

Apr 10, 2017 - 9:44 AM

The magnitude 5 4 quake with an epicenter underneath the Philippine Sea was felt in parts of Bicol and Eastern Visayas

QUAKE EPICENTER. Epicenter of the April 10 earthquake near Eastern Visayas. Image courtesy PHIVOLCS

Travel guide: 6 must-see beaches and tourist spots in Catanduanes

Apr 09, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Check out these beautiful secluded beaches waterfalls and viewing points in Catanduanes

#CaramoanMoreChance: Sun, sand, solitude on a budget

Apr 08, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Hop from one gorgeous serene island to the next without breaking the bank

HIGHLIGHTS: #ClimateActionPH workshop at Power Shift PH summit

Mar 09, 2017 - 6:17 PM

Check out the highlights of the workshop here

OCD Bicol's 1st lady chief: A tough worker, stickler for rules

Mar 04, 2017 - 11:10 AM

Blanche Gobenciong leads the Office of Civil Defense in the most disaster prone region in the country

CHANGE OF COMMAND. Usec Ricardo Jalad, OCD and NDRRMC executive director and Blanche Gobenciong, newly-installed OCD director in Bicol, share the stage. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

News Briefs: February 13, 2017

Feb 13, 2017 - 11:43 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Monday February 13

In Bicol, indulge in sili ice cream and more spicy sweets

Feb 04, 2017 - 6:36 PM

Chili cheesecakes sili ice cream and more – here are a few desserts with a kick to try for your next food trip

Dela Rosa, Vanity Tax, Wurtzbach | Evening wRap

Jan 16, 2017 - 8:46 PM

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DepEd: Revive Quick Response Fund for typhoon-hit schools

Jan 14, 2017 - 11:00 PM

The Department of Education says it can use the fund to fast track the repair of damaged schools

AVOIDABLE. An aerial photo shows the town of Polangui after typhoon Nock-Ten made landfall in Albay province on December 26, 2016. Photo credit: AFP/CHARISM SAYAT

Robredo visits Nina-hit CamSur: 'I wish I was here'

Jan 03, 2017 - 7:17 PM

Actually nasa bakasyon ako pero hindi rin ako makapag concentrate Iyong inaasikaso ko iyong relief operations dito Vice President Leni Robredo says

Power restored to 811,000 Nina-hit households

Jan 01, 2017 - 7:27 PM

The DSWD also says aid amounting to P158 million has been given to families affected by Typhoon Nina Nock ten

CHRISTMAS TYPHOON. Motorists ride past electric posts damaged by Typhoon Nina (Nock-ten) in Tabaco, Albay on December 27, 2016. Photo by Charism Sayat/AFP

Duterte, SWS survey, Zika virus | Evening wRap

Dec 28, 2016 - 8:13 PM

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Duterte in typhoon-hit Bicol: Let's return to normalcy ASAP

Dec 27, 2016 - 8:52 PM

The President also asks victims of the typhoon to give the government time to get things done

Typhoon Nina, Leni Robredo, George Michael | Evening wRap

Dec 26, 2016 - 9:09 PM

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Typhoon Nina leaves at least 6 dead, 19 missing

Dec 26, 2016 - 5:07 PM

UPDATED The typhoon also leaves dozens wounded

CAREFUL DRIVING. Motorists drive past downed electric posts on the national road after typhoon Nock-Ten made landfall in Nabua, Camarines Sur on December 26, 2016. Charism Sayat/AFP

#NinaPH: Telco services down in parts of Southern Luzon

Dec 26, 2016 - 4:45 PM

Globe Telecom and Smart Communications report voice call and data service disruptions in parts of Albay Catanduanes Camarines Sur Sorsogon Marinduque Masbate Oriental Mindoro and Quezon

#ReliefPH: Help victims of Typhoon Nina

Dec 26, 2016 - 2:04 PM

UPDATED People affected by Typhoon Nina need your help and support This page shows the various ways you can help

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, December 26, 2016

Dec 26, 2016 - 11:33 AM

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No power in Catanduanes after Typhoon Nina's landfall – governor

Dec 25, 2016 - 10:10 PM

More than one million Bicolanos are spending Christmas in evacuation centers due to the typhoon

TYPHOON NINA. Senior Inspector Randy Bachiller, chief of police in Malilipot, Albay, checks out the residents in the remote village of Calbayog, a mud- and lahar- prone area in the province. All photos from Malilipot municipal police station.

DSWD: P8M worth of goods prepositioned for Typhoon Nina

Dec 24, 2016 - 6:08 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development assures the public that emergency response teams are already on standby to address incidents in areas affected by Typhoon Nina

#NinaPH: LTFRB orders south-bound buses to stop trips

Dec 24, 2016 - 5:12 PM

The order is intended to avoid adding to the congestion in ports

CHRISTMAS RUSH. Metro Manila residents with luggage and boxes of Christmas gifts for their love ones flocked at the Araneta Center Bus Terminal in Quezon City on Wednesday, patiently wait for a bus ride to the provinces. Photo by Darren Langit

Thousands of Filipinos urged to evacuate before Christmas Day

Dec 24, 2016 - 4:50 PM

The government urges those who will be affected by Typhoon Nina Nock ten to do preemptive evacuation as it threatens to hit the eastern part of the country on Christmas Day

PREEMPTIVE EVACUATION. Thousands of Filipinos are urged to evacuate their homes before Christmas Day as Typhoon Nina (Nock-Ten) threatens to hit eastern part of the country

Typhoon Nina: Almost 4,000 stranded at Bicol ports

Dec 24, 2016 - 4:37 PM

The 3 641 passengers and 407 rolling cargos are bound for the Visayas and Mindanao as well as the provinces of Catanduanes and Masbate

Camarines Sur orders evacuation ahead of Typhoon Nina

Dec 24, 2016 - 8:46 AM

The provincial government orders local officials to evacuate all families in risky areas by 3 pm Saturday December 24

PRE-EMPTIVE EVACUATION. The provincial government of Camarines Sur has ordered the evacuation of families living in low-lying and coastal areas ahead of the expected landfall of Typhoon Nina. File photo

Leni Robredo, Severe Tropical Storm Nina, Shaquille O'Neal | Evening wRap

Dec 23, 2016 - 10:30 PM

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Robredo thanks Duterte for 'reassurance' of full term

Dec 08, 2016 - 7:41 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte and the Vice President reassure and thank each other through media interviews days after Leni Robredo resigned from the Cabinet

THANK YOU. Vice President Leni Robredo thanks President Rodrigo Duterte for assuring that she will be able to finish her term. File photo from the Office of the Vice President

PNP on lookout for more shabu labs in Bicol

Dec 01, 2016 - 6:17 PM

Chief Superintendent Melvin Buenafe says they do not discount the possibility of other existing shabu laboratories in other provinces of Bicol

SHABU-MAKING MATERIALS. Forensic official Josephine Clemen of PNP Crime Lab shows off several drums of ephedrine hydrochloride used for shabu manufacturing discovered anew during the investigation. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

PH welcomes foreign aid without conditions – DSWD chief

Oct 24, 2016 - 10:15 PM

DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo clarifies that her Facebook post only wanted to highlight that the Philippines had been able to stand on its own in delivering immediate emergency relief

WRATH. This bridge in Peñablanca, Cagayan was destroyed by #LawinPH, leaving dozen of villages still isolated. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Typhoon Lawin: Over 14,000 people in 136 evacuation centers

Oct 20, 2016 - 9:45 AM

According to the Department of Social Welfare and Development Lawin has affected a total of 13 428 families or 61 126 persons in 118 barangays

EVACUATED. More than 700 residents living along the shoreline take refuge in Alcala Gymnasium after pre-emptive evacuation due to Super Typhoon Lawin in Alcala town, Cagayan. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

450 passengers stranded in Bicol ports due to Lawin

Oct 18, 2016 - 4:26 PM

At least 24 rolling cargoes and 7 other sea vessels were grounded in ports in Catanduanes and Albay according to the Office of Civil Defense Bicol

Image from PAGASA

Over 1,000 passengers stranded in Bicol seaports

Oct 14, 2016 - 5:20 PM

Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara has enforced the no sailing policy on all fishermen while coastal villages in the eastern seaboard of the province have been alerted to avoid possible storm surges due to Tropical Storm Karen

Image courtesy of PAGASA

Lawmakers want to regulate e-cigarettes

Sep 03, 2016 - 9:00 AM

These products still carry risk with them as the technology used may still be defective and the substance used still contains nicotine say the proponents of House Bill Number 3330

SAFE OR NOT? The scientific community are giving contradictory answers on the effects of using electronic cigarettes.

Ligao City's female police chief is 'top performer' in Bicol anti-drug campaign

Aug 29, 2016 - 4:30 PM

Police Superintendent Lea Supelana who leads Ligao City s fight against illegal drugs says they are focusing on reaching out to the youth

Thousands stranded in Bicol, E. Visayas ports due to Carina

Jul 30, 2016 - 6:55 PM

PAGASA has warned fishermen that coastal waters in the eastern seaboards of Camarines Norte and Quezon including Polillo Island would be rough to very rough

Satellite image as of July 30, 4 pm. Image courtesy of PAGASA

Lawmakers push for national ID system to reduce red tape

Jul 18, 2016 - 1:56 PM

The Philippines is one of the few countries in the world without a national identification system says a proponent

Bill wants state-run crematories in PH

Jul 09, 2016 - 5:15 PM

3 representatives of AKO Bicol say cremation is less costly than the traditional burial rites in the country

HIGH FEES. Lawmakers wants to address the expensive burial fees in the country through a bill creating state-run crematories. Photo from Wikipedia

Federalism will not solve corruption, poverty – lawmaker

Jul 07, 2016 - 2:57 PM

Kabayan party list Representative Harry Roque says there is no public clamor for federalism but AKO Bicol s Rodel Batocabe says if the administration is serious about charter change it should be pursued now

CHARTER CHANGE. Kabayan Party-list Representative Harry Roque and AKO Bicol Party-list Representative Rodel Batocabe give their two cents on the proposal to switch to federalism.

Over 1,000 hectares of riceland in Bicol barren due to drought

Jun 23, 2016 - 8:15 AM

The drought stricken areas point to at least P93 million lost for the first cropping alone at an estimated 80 bags minimum rice yield per hectare

DROUGHT. A farmer in Sangay, Camarines Sur inspects his farm affected by drought. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler