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Suspect in killing of Bicol journalist charged with murder

Nov 12, 2018 - 11:36 PM

Daraga town police conclude that there was treachery involved in the slaying of Celso Amo, who was stabbed while playing a game of basketball

CELSO AMO. In this file photo, veteran journalist Celso Amo (middle) sings during a media fellowship with military officials in Bicol. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Philippine Star correspondent stabbed to death in Albay

Nov 11, 2018 - 6:45 PM

Celso Amo was stabbed after a heated argument during a basketball game, say police and witnesses

Veteran journalist Celso Amo sings his piece during the media fellowship with AFP officials in Bicol. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Mayor challenges reelectionist Lagman for Albay congressman

Oct 18, 2018 - 4:31 PM

'I'm up against the veteran, but I rest my case [with] the people of the first district, specifically the millennials,' says Sto Domingo Mayor Herbie Aguas

ALLY. Sto Domingo, Albay Mayor Herbie Aguas shows his certificate of candidacy. He is running against longtime political ally and Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

De Lima pays tribule to 'hero, idol' teacher Mylene Durante

Oct 13, 2018 - 5:10 PM

'If there is anyone who deserves to be called a hero and an idol, it is Teacher Mylene Veras-Durante,' says Senator Leila de Lima, who also hails from Bicol

TEACHER'S GOAL. Teacher Mylene Veras-Durante wants to inspire young people. This photo on her Facebook page is captioned, "€œI want to inspire people. I want someone to look at me and say, '€˜Because of YOU I didn'€™t give up.'"€ Photo from Mylene Veras-Durante's Facebook page

Slain Albay teacher shielded students from attacker

Oct 11, 2018 - 11:16 AM

Police say public school teacher Mylene Veras-Durante shielded two students from a knife-wielding assailant

TEACHER'S GOAL. Teacher Mylene Veras-Durante wants to inspire young people. This photo on her Facebook page is captioned, "€œI want to inspire people. I want someone to look at me and say, '€˜Because of YOU I didn'€™t give up.'"€ Photo from Mylene Veras-Durante's Facebook page

Albay board members ask NBI to probe Mayon volcano quarrying

Oct 07, 2018 - 5:52 PM

Four cargo ships loaded with gravel and sand from Mayon Volcano leave the Santo Domingo port 4 times a week

VOLCANO GRAVEL. An old man uses a carabao to get Mayon aggregates at Barangay Banag in Daraga town. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Albay board members probe quarrying corruption involving gov't officials

Sep 19, 2018 - 8:33 PM

Of the 141 quarry concessionaires, at least 3 voluntarily came out and revealed irregularities in quarry operations

Albay broadcaster Joey Llana laid to rest

Jul 26, 2018 - 6:23 PM

Nearly a week after Joey Llana was gunned down, there are still no witnesses or leads in the case

MOTHER'S GRIEF. The mother of slain broadcaster Joey Llana says goodbye to her son on July 26, 2018. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Bicol bishop slams broadcaster's slay: 'Voice of truth will never be stifled'

Jul 21, 2018 - 6:48 PM

Bishop Joel Baylon of the Diocese of Legazpi joins other voices in Bicol seeking justice for hard-hitting Albay broadcaster Joey Llana

AMBUSHED. Police check the vehicle of slain Albay broadcaster Joey Llana in Daraga, Albay, on July 20, 2018. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

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Jul 20, 2018 - 11:00 AM

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Radio announcer shot dead in Albay

Jul 20, 2018 - 7:31 AM

(8TH UPDATE) Joey Llana was on his way to his radio station when he was ambushed

KILLED. Legazpi City broadcaster Joey Llana was shot and killed Friday, July 20, in Daraga, Albay. Photo from Joey Lllana's Facebook account

Ombudsman suspends Polangui mayor, 4 councilors

Jul 17, 2018 - 3:26 PM

For operating an open dumpsite, the Ombudsman suspends Mayor Cherilie Mella-Sampal and 4 Sangguniang Bayan members for one year

 An open dumpsite in Daraga Albay.(Rhaydz B. Barcia)

Bong Go's pre-campaign 'proxy' in Albay

Jun 23, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Where he cannot be physically present to give money or shoes to fire victims, the apparent senatorial aspirant has a proxy sure to place him at the back of people's minds in Albay, whether they like it or not

Couple sweeps Xterra Albay race titles

Jun 18, 2018 - 6:46 AM

Sam Osborne and Samantha Kingsford of New Zealand rule one of the toughest off-road triathlon competitions in the country

CHAMPION PAIR. Couple Samantha Kingsford (left) and Sam Osborne flank DOT regional director Benjamin Santiago as they celebrate their double victory at the finish line. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Former New Zealand beauty queen competes in Xterra Albay

Jun 17, 2018 - 12:21 PM

Kristy Jennings and Bradley Weiss join the off-road triathlon in Legazpi City, Albay

SPORTSWOMAN. Former beauty queen Kristy Jennings is in the Philippines for a series of sporting events. Photo from Jennings' Instagram

Albay caps Magayon Festival with Santacruzan

Jun 03, 2018 - 10:40 AM

'We hope that by doing this, we have sparked interest among the millennials to learn more about our local culture and traditions,' says Dorothy Fernandez Colle, head of the provincial tourism, culture, and the arts office in Albay

YEARLY CELEBRATION. Albay celebrates the Magayon and Flores de Mayo festivals in one procession. Photos by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Solar-powered cross joins Albay Gulf's coral garden

Jun 02, 2018 - 9:30 AM

The artificial reef is part of the Coral Genesis project which seeks to promote healthy coral growth in Albay Gulf through faith and technology

CORAL REGENERATION. The solar-powered coral genesis cross is towed to its site in the Albay Gulf. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Comelec suspends proclamation of barangay, SK winners in 3 Bicol provinces

May 17, 2018 - 7:34 PM

Assistant Regional Director Romeo Serrano says these 7 winning candidates are from the provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur, and Catanduanes

Mass held in Budiao Ruins for the first time in 204 years

May 12, 2018 - 8:32 PM

The Budiao archaeological project is the first attempt to investigate and better understand the structure of Budiao Church which was buried by volcanic debris during Mount Mayon's eruption in 1814

MASS AT BUDIAN RUINS. Mass is held in the Budian Ruins for the first time in over 200 years on May 11, 2018.  Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Slow progress in Rapu-Rapu mine rehabilitation

May 08, 2018 - 4:08 PM

Rapu-Rapu Mayor Ronald Galicia says local officials are 'clueless' on the activities in the mining site where two major mine spills happened 13 years ago

Budiao Church ruins excavated after more than 200 years

May 06, 2018 - 3:40 PM

(UPDATED) The site of the Budiao Ruins is eyed as a new tourist destination in the province of Albay, alongside the Cagsawa Ruins

Photo by Rhaydz Barcia

Albay governor asks mayors not to support candidates in PDEA narco list

May 03, 2018 - 10:28 PM

Governor Al Francis Bichara wants to rid his province of the illegal drug menace

WITHDRAW SUPPORT. Governor Francis Bichara of Albay told mayors not to support barangay election candidate in the PDEA list. Screenshot from Rhaydz Barcia's video

Salceda says PH may import skilled workers from China and Burma

Apr 30, 2018 - 8:19 PM

Joey Salceda says the Philippines is short of 3.9 million skilled workers to support Build Build Build

IMPORT LABOR. Social Good Summit 2016 at the Green Sun in Makati City on September 24, 2016.

RORO vessel runs aground in marine protected area in Albay

Apr 24, 2018 - 10:30 PM

MV Jack Daniel has departed from the Port of Pantao in Libon town on its way to Masbate province

M/V JACK DANIEL runs aground in the marine protected area of Barangay Rawis, Libon town, Albay, some 1.2 kilometers from the shore. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Traveling photo gallery tells stories of hope in Tabaco

Apr 22, 2018 - 11:17 PM

Istorya ng Pag-asa (Stories of Hope), a traveling photo gallery that aims to inspire and empower Filipinos, is currently hosted by Tabaco City in Albay

Photo by Mavic Condeo

Fishermen in Rapu-Rapu face bleak future due to mining woes

Apr 15, 2018 - 2:03 PM

Fishermen of Rapu-Rapu town in Albay have to sail past municipal waters just to catch fish

RAPU-RAPU ISLAND. An aerial photo of Barangay Poblacion Rapu-Rapu, Albay Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Enjoying nature in Albay’s sole high-end green resort

Mar 31, 2018 - 5:24 PM

Tourists are welcomed by a school of fish at the breakwater of the Marina Bay area of Misibis Bay Resort, less than 10 meters away from the shore

Tourists swim and glide along with school of fish at the Marina Bay area of Misibis Bay resort in Cagraray Island, Bacacay town.(Rhaydz B. Barcia)

Albay coastal village reaps rewards of campaign vs illegal fishing

Mar 29, 2018 - 8:00 AM

In Barangay Catburawan in Ligao City, residents marvel at their fishermen's 'unprecedented' daily catch, the fruit of efforts of local authorities to stamp out illegal fishing in Burias Pass

BIG FISH. Tanigue or Spanish mackerel outsize the holding bins of Catburawan fishers. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Bicolano author slams proposal to rename Oas park after Bb Pilipinas winner

Mar 26, 2018 - 1:35 PM

Bicolano author Abdon Balde Jr. says parks shouldn't be named after living persons, adding, 'We never know what would happen to that person later, and that it would be a disaster if disgrace is discovered later in that person's life'

CATRIONA GRAY. The Bb Pilipinas 2018 Coronation of Catriona Gray. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

WATCH: McDonald's celebrates new beginnings in Marawi and Albay for National Breakfast Day

Mar 19, 2018 - 2:08 PM

Evacuation centers in Marawi and Albay greeted their mornings with free Longgadesal breakfast sandwiches from the famous chain

Unidentified gunmen injure brother of former Oas town mayor, 1 other

Mar 16, 2018 - 10:33 PM

John Ricarte and John Rey Retuerma were having a drinking session at Ricarte’s residence when the unidentified gunmen appear and fire at them at around 12:30 am, hitting the town councillor

China’s 2nd biggest city signs sisterhood pact with Legazpi

Mar 16, 2018 - 9:59 PM

'We've come to Legazpi City to see beautiful Mayon and partner with Mayor Noel Rosal to strengthen tourism, education, agriculture, and best practices,' Hengyang City mayor Gong Xueye says at a sisterhood pact meeting at the Oriental Hotel

SISTERHOOD PACT. Vice Mayor Gong Xueye of Hengyang City, in the Hunan province  of China, gives a token to Mayor Noel Rosal during the sisterhood pact held at The Oriental Hotel in Legazpi City. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler.

Albay officials order decampment of over 54,000 Mayon evacuees

Mar 06, 2018 - 6:38 PM

The Albay Public Safety Emergency Management Office orders the total decampment of Mayon evacuees from the cities of Legazpi and Ligao, and the municipalities of Sto Domingo and Bacacay

MAYON. Ed Laguerta, Phivolcs' resident volcanologist chief in Bicol, announces lowering of Mayon volcano's status from Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3 on Tuesday, March 6, during a press briefing at the Apsemo hall. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia

Phivolcs lowers Mayon volcano status to Alert Level 3

Mar 06, 2018 - 12:59 PM

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology says it lowered Mayon's alert status to reflect the 'overall decrease in the level of unrest'

MAYON VOLCANO. This photo taken in January 2018 shows the popular Mayon Volcano. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has lowered the status of Mayon Volcano to Alert Level 3 on March 6. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Bantay Dagat members help protect Albay ecotourism destination

Mar 04, 2018 - 6:25 PM

These guardians of the sea ensure no fishermen would encroach in a 135-hectare marine reserve and fish sanctuary

Photo by Rhaydz Barcia /Rappler

Lagman daughter says Duterte better than ex-presidents in disaster response

Feb 28, 2018 - 6:42 PM

'For so many disaster operations we’ve been through as a mayor, this is the first time that I really feel the help of the national government when it comes to aid for displaced families of natural disasters,' Mayor Krisel Lagman-Luistro says

Mayor Krisel Lagman-Luistro of Tabaco City along with Rep. Joey Salceda (2nd District) and other mayors from nine municipalities affected by Mayon eruption smiles as the caravan of relief goods from national government agencies arrived in Guinobatan Albay on Wednesday. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

DSWD, other agencies send one of largest food assistance to Albay

Feb 28, 2018 - 2:29 PM

Thirty-six trucks of food packs is expected to reach Mayon evacuees on Wednesday, February 28

IN PHOTOS: How the church is helping families affected by Mayon Volcano

Feb 13, 2018 - 1:41 PM

According to the humanitarian arm of the Catholic church, their goal is to provide opportunities for others to help those who are in need

Feeding program of the Parish of Our Lady of the Assumption of Guinobatan, Albay, assisted by some student-volunteers and choir members.  Venue: Bubulusan Elementary School, Guinobatan, Albay  200 Families; 690 individuals  Photo by Angie de Silva

Damage to agriculture due to Mayon now at P185 million

Feb 07, 2018 - 11:58 PM

The cost of damage to crops is now at P185,281,979. This is up from P94 million last January 26.

Oozing molten volcanic debris cascades over the various gullies of iconic Mount Mayon on February 5, 2018. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

MMDA, Metro Manila LGUs to send aid for Mayon evacuees in Albay

Feb 07, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Each Metro Manila local government unit will contribute at least P500,000 to a common fund for the evacuees. Emergency response personnel are also set for deployment.

EVACUATION. Some families and individuals affected by the Mayon volcano eruption were evacuated in Bical High School in Sto. Domingo, Albay. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Former Mayon victims provide fresh vegetables for Mayon evacuees

Feb 06, 2018 - 8:30 AM

The 'Women for Progress' movement continues to tend the communal garden amid Mount Mayon's eruption, generating income and providing fresh vegetables for some of the 19,520 families housed in various evacuation camps in Albay

TARANUMAN SA BARANGAY. This food sustainability program brings smiles and purpose. Photos by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Phivolcs warns Mayon still dangerous, far from peak explosion

Feb 05, 2018 - 9:50 PM

New magma is pushing to the crater, says Phivolcs' resident volcanologist in Bicol, as nearly 20,000 families remain in evacuation camps

BFP trainees from Regions 4A, 5 & 8 walk like duck as part of the Fire Basic Rescue Course (FBRC) in Ligao City, Albay. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

6 spots in Albay that are safe for sightseeing

Feb 03, 2018 - 10:35 PM

Not sure where to head now that Mayon has erupted?

CAGSAWA RUINS. Cagsawa Ruins view during normal days. Photo courtesy of Eleazar Cuela

Mayon's abnormal activity wanes, lowering of alert level mulled

Feb 03, 2018 - 6:04 PM

Philvocs however warns that in 1984, Mayon also slowed down a week before it had a major eruption

Philippine Air Force airman carries a child as soldiers assist the decampment of Mayon evacuees outside the 8-km extended danger zone. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Mayon victims sent home to prevent outbreaks in evacuation camps

Feb 02, 2018 - 9:45 PM

The Office of Civil Defense is prepared should the alert level rise and force further evacuations, however

EVACUEES. A Mayon evacuee takes care of her child. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Mayon evacuees to receive up to P2,900 for work in February

Feb 02, 2018 - 6:28 PM

Beneficiaries will be paid P290 per day for 10 days of work, depending on the need of the evacuation centers where they are staying

EVACUEES. There are about 2,113 families or 72,441 persons taking temporary shelters after Mount Mayon raised alert levels. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Albayanos remember 204th anniversary of Mount Mayon's deadliest eruption

Feb 02, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Yearly, the people of Daraga pay tribute to Mount Mayon and remember the volcano's 1814 eruption

MAYON. Rep. Joey Salceda and a host of other Albayanos commemorate the 204th anniversary of the 1814 Mayon volcano eruption. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia

Agriculture damage due to restive Mayon volcano reaches P165M

Jan 30, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Affected commodities include rice, corn, high value crops, and fiber crops

High school students in Guinobatan, Albay pass through a rice paddy as they run away from cascading volcanic materials from the slopes of Mayon Volcano. File photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

DSWD waives conditions for release of 4Ps fund to Mayon victims

Jan 30, 2018 - 6:19 PM

Families staying in the 76 evacuation centers in Albay will also get temporary employment

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Albay to build mega tent city for Mayon evacuees

Jan 30, 2018 - 5:56 PM

Bicolano businessman Elizalde Co has offered the use of his land for a tent city that can accommodate a maximum of 50,000 families, says Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara

MAYON EVACUEES. Families occupy a classroom used as temporary shelter. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler