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LOOK: Sea turtle hatchlings released in Albay waters

Sep 05, 2019 - 6:51 PM

Close to a hundred sea turtle hatchlings are released in the coast of Cagmanaba village in Oas town

HEADED TO SEA. The DENR in Bicol releases 95 hawksbill turtle hatchlings in the waters of Sitio Imacoto, in Cagmanaba, Oas town in Albay on September 4, 2019. Photo courtesy of DENR Bicol

Ex-mayor Carlwyn Baldo posts P8.72M bail

Sep 04, 2019 - 4:59 PM

The family of the late congressman Rodel Batocabe opposes the grant of bail to former Daraga mayor Carlwyn Baldo, calling him a 'flight risk'

Businesswoman Gloria Go Baldo and lawyer Merito Levensky Fernandez pays the bail bond for ex-mayor Carlwyn Baldo at the RTC Branch 10. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Green sea turtle, whales found lifeless on Bicol shores

Aug 23, 2019 - 11:34 AM

Local residents bury the carcasses with the supervision of environment officials

DEAD. A 15-year-old green sea turtle is found dead in the shoreline of Barangay Calayucay in Sto Domingo, Albay. Photo courtesy of Andy Magdregalejo

Albay declares state of calamity due to dengue outbreak

Aug 14, 2019 - 11:21 AM

Regional authorities advise tourists not to visit dengue hot spots in Bicol as the number of cases in the region continues to rise

PROVINCIAL BOARD SESSION. The Sangguniang Panlalawigan holds its regular session on August 13, 2019. Photo from the Provincial Government of Albay website

Lahar-prone Albay town undergoes disaster preparation drill

Aug 10, 2019 - 10:05 AM

Residents of Santo Domingo town in Albay realize the importance of family and community cooperation during calamities

GUIDED. Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management staff facilitated the evacuation drill. Photo courtesy of Casandra Balala.

SSS runs after delinquent employers in Legazpi City

Aug 02, 2019 - 11:04 AM

Legazpi City was the latest stop in the nationwide Run After Contribution Evaders operations of the SSS

NON-COMPLIANT. SSS Acting Vice President for Operations Legal Services Division I and II Renato Jacinto S. Cuisia posts a show cause order outside a non-compliant business establishment in Legazpi, Albay. Photo by Mavic Conde

HPV vaccination now part of school-based immunization in Albay

Aug 01, 2019 - 7:26 PM

The HPV vaccination will start in August in the cities of Legazpi, Tabaco, and Ligao

VACCINATED. Female Grade 4 students are given the HPV vaccine during the ceremonial vaccination. Photo courtesy of Mavic Conde/Rappler

Light up Mayon Volcano? No plans yet, says Albay tourism official

Jul 07, 2019 - 1:44 PM

How can anyone consider lighting up something the size of Mayon Volcano when Albay has power problems, some netizens ask

PERFECT CONE. Mayon Volcano drwas tourists near and far to see its perfect cone. Photo by MarvinBikolano, CC BY-SA 4.0

Two fishermen drown in abandoned open-pit mine in Rapu-Rapu

Jun 25, 2019 - 5:57 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard and police are still looking for the two farmers who were with the fishermen

Aussies nab 2nd straight leg as foreigners dominate Le Tour Stage 4

Jun 17, 2019 - 6:14 PM

Jesse Coyle rules the grueling Legazpi-Sorsogon leg after teammate Samuel Hill topped Stage 3

ENDGAME. Le Tour de Filipinas enters its fifth and final stage. Pool photo


Residents of island in Albay struggle to get daily water supply

Jun 15, 2019 - 8:51 AM

Many residents of San Miguel Island in Tabaco, Albay, take daily boat trips to available water sources after their wells dried up due to prolonged El Niño

FULLY STOCKED UP. A couple on a boat full of filled water containers. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia

Rapu-Rapu's fishermen after mining

Jun 12, 2019 - 6:17 PM

Former miners in Rapu-Rapu, Albay, have returned to fishing, but they bring home less catch from waters that have been tainted by the mine's wastewater

LEFT BEHIND. The open pit mine is set to be dumped with land soon.

Usman-affected families in Albay village wish for safe relocation site

Jun 08, 2019 - 7:42 PM

Residents of Barangay Maynonong in Tiwi, Albay, have received help after their village experienced landslides in December 2018, but their ultimate wish is to live in a place free from the threat of disaster

Photo by Mavic Conde/Rappler

In Albay, impoverished kids find refuge in summer reading program

Jun 01, 2019 - 6:41 PM

'If they can connect the sound to the letter, which by the way is simply a symbol, they can read any word,' says reading trainer Humilidad Perfecto

BONDING. These kids were present during the interview for this article. Photo by Mavic Conde/Rappler

How a head teacher brings change to remote school in Albay

May 29, 2019 - 6:21 PM

Joem Periña has been teacher-in-charge of Sto Cristo Elementary School in Tiwi town for only 6 months, yet the local community has already felt the 'good changes' he has implemented in the school

TEACHER-IN-CHARGE. Joem Eprina, teacher-in-charge of Sto Cristo Elementary School, takes a breather during the Brigada Eskuwela on May 27, 2019. Photo by Mavic Conde

10 dead after jeepney falls into ravine in Albay

May 21, 2019 - 6:24 PM

(UPDATED) Among those killed are a school principal and a teacher who had just participated at Brigida Eskuwela at Apud Elementary School

CRASH SITE. A jeepney fell into a ravine in Libon, Albay, on May 21, 2019, leaving 6 people dead and 18 other passengers hurt. Photo courtesy of Jeric Bhor

Youth officials, cancer patient among PPCRV volunteers in Albay

May 18, 2019 - 10:35 AM

Meet some of the volunteers of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting in Albay

YOUTH VOLUNTEERS. The youth officials with another PPCRV volunteer. (Left to right) Analiza Villegas, Mark Anthony Bongalbal, and Maybelle Bogñalbal. Photo by Mavic Conde

Vice mayor edges out mayor, Batocabe widow in Daraga race

May 15, 2019 - 8:42 PM

(UPDATED) Mayor Carlwyn Baldo was tagged as the mastermind in the killing of Ako Bicol Partylist Rep. Rodel Batocabe

Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Pacquiao trainer Buboy Fernandez wins as Polangui vice mayor

May 15, 2019 - 1:04 AM

The eight-division world champion's confidante takes on a bigger role after first serving as councilor

TRUSTED. Buboy Fernandez has helped Manny Pacquiao clinch two rousing wins since taking over as chief trainer. File photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions


Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo opts not to vote

May 13, 2019 - 12:42 PM

Among the 172 prisoners given a chance to vote, Baldo opts not to, citing 'personal reasons'

EMBATTLED MAYOR. Daraga, Albay Mayor Carlwyn Baldo is accused of being the mastermind in the killing of AKO-Bicol congressman Rodel Batocabe and his aide. Photo from Baldo's Facebook page

Albay bank runs out of small bills few days before elections

May 12, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Make a guess why this bank has released small bills worth up to P100 million just before the May 13 elections

Bikoy faces estafa complaint over 2018 beauty pageant mess

May 10, 2019 - 1:27 PM

Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy is slapped with a P304,422 estafa complaint at the DOJ

BIKOY. Peter Joemel Advincula surfaces at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in Pasig City on May 6, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo surrenders

May 10, 2019 - 11:33 AM

(UPDATED) Mayor Carlwyn Baldo appears before Legazpi City Regional Trial Court Branch 10 Judge Maria Theresa San Juan Loquillano days after she issued a warrant for his arrest over the killing of AKO-Bicol congressman Rodel Batocabe and his aide

SURRENDER. Daraga, Albay Mayor Carlwyn Baldo surrenders to a courthouse. Photo from Baldo's Facebook page

Surrender, Batocabe son asks Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo

May 07, 2019 - 6:43 PM

The head of Baldo's legal team says they 'don't know the whereabouts' of the mayor

'PEACEFULLY SURRENDER.' Justin Batocabe, the son of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe, seeks justice for the killing of his father. File photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

MAP: Where P2.8-B cocaine ended up in PH over past decade

May 02, 2019 - 2:34 PM

In the past 10 years, at least 481 cocaine bricks have ended up in Philippine shores. We map where they were found.

COCAINE FINDS. There are over 30 incidents of Filipinos finding cocaine in Philippine shores and waters.

LOOK: Albay supermarket uses banana leaves, abaca instead of plastic

Apr 28, 2019 - 11:05 PM

A supermarket in Legazpi City, Albay, goes for eco-friendly alternatives to wrap fresh produce

How Santo Entierro unites Albay families in Good Friday procession

Apr 20, 2019 - 8:00 AM

'While making mistakes is part of our being human, we should not lose hope,' says a devotee, explaining how for her, Santo Entierro represents Jesus taking responsibility for our sins to save us

GOOD FRIDAY PROCESSION.Devotees join the Good Friday procession in Tiwi, Albay, on April 19, 2019. Photo by Mavic Conde

Touring Albay's churches through Visita Iglesia

Apr 18, 2019 - 11:26 AM

The rich Catholic heritage of Albay province is best seen during the traditional Visita Iglesia

Joroan church. Photo courtesy of Jemn Dimaculangan

Legazpi bishop urges voters not to sell their votes

Apr 15, 2019 - 10:55 PM

Legazpi Bishop Joel Baylon even challenges parishioners who attended the Palm Sunday service to drop the palaspas if they will give in to vote buying

EASTER. Bishop Joel Baylon of the Diocese of Legazpi leads the children back to Albay Cathedral right after the Easter Sunday dawn mass held at Penaranda Park. File photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Retired police colonel running for councilor killed in Legazpi City

Apr 10, 2019 - 4:26 PM

(UPDATED) Retired Police Colonel Ramiro Bausa, an independent candidate for Legazpi City councilor, was a former Camarines Sur police chief

SLAIN CANDIDATE. Former Camarines Sur police chief Ramiro Bausa was eyeing a seat in the Legazpi City Council. Photo from the Facebook page of Ramiro Mendenilla Bausa

Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo charged with murder over Batocabe killing

Apr 04, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Prosecutors file the murder charges before the Legazpi City Regional Trial Court

CHARGED. Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo is charged of murder and attempted murder over the killing of Ako Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe. Photo from Carlwyn Baldo's Facebook page

Bicol PNP monitoring armed groups in Camarines Sur, Masbate, Albay

Mar 28, 2019 - 4:19 PM

The police in the region also report it has recovered over 600 firearms since the start of the Comelec gun ban

Police Chief Supt. Arnel Escobal, PNP Bicol regional director presents to the media on Wednesday afternoon at Camp Gen. Simeon Ola at least 612 recovered high powered loose firearms in span of two months PNP and Comelec check points across the region.(Rhaydz B. Barcia

Papal Nuncio misses plane, skips Bicol Youth Day

Mar 04, 2019 - 8:50 PM

The absence of Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia disappoints over 3,000 youth delegates from all over Bicol

SUBSTITUTE. Bishop Joel 'Bong' Z. Baylon of the Diocese of Legazpi officiates the mass celebration on Saturday afternoon during the Bicol Regional Youth Day. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia

Court grants bail to Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo

Feb 12, 2019 - 5:49 PM

Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo will assume his duties as local chief executive after posting bail, says the Commission on Elections in Bicol

GRANTED BAIL. Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo is granted bail on February 12, 2019, 3 weeks after he was arrested for alleged illegal possession of firearms. Photo from Carlwyn Baldo's Facebook page

Out-of-school youth, undergrads shift to becoming full-time workers

Feb 06, 2019 - 9:31 AM

'I thought my life is going nowhere. Thanks to JobStart, I got hope,' says teenage father Stonelieh Constante of the DOLE's program in Bicol

LIFE CHANGER. 18-year-old Stonelieh Constante takes a photo at their site. He is now working as a hydraulic excavator. Photos courtesy of Stonelieh Constante

Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo discharged from hospital, back in jail

Feb 04, 2019 - 11:27 PM

(UPDATED) The mayor is transferred back to his detention cell in Legazpi City, Albay

DISCHARGED. Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo is discharged from the University of Santo Tomas Hospital in Legazpi City on Monday night, February 4. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Batocabe widow to run for mayor

Feb 01, 2019 - 3:58 PM

'I have the President behind me, the governor behind me, the people behind me and my family behind me,' says Gertie Duran-Batocabe

ANNOUNCEMENT. Gertie Duran-Batocabe announces her decision to replace slain husband AKO-Bicol Rep Rodel Batocabe in the mayoral race in Daraga, Albay, on February 1, 2019. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Principal's wish: Relocate flood-prone school in Albay

Jan 26, 2019 - 2:47 PM

Joroan Elementary School in Tiwi town is located near a farm irrigation system and a river

SCHOOL PRINCIPAL. Head teacher Mary Jean Cirujales, together with Joroan Elementary students, during a relief operation. Photo by Mavic Conde/Rappler

Victor Perete named acting Daraga mayor while Baldo is in jail

Jan 25, 2019 - 6:07 PM

(3rd UPDATE) DILG Bicol will have to enforce the succession within 48 hours from Friday afternoon

DILG orders Vice Mayor Victor Perete to take over as mayor of Daraga, Albay. Photo from Perete's Facebook

Legazpi court bars overseas travel for Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo

Jan 25, 2019 - 5:02 PM

The Legazpi Regional Trial Court issues a a Precautionary Hold Departure Order against the local chief exeutive

PHDO. A Legazpi court bars overseas travel for embattled Mayor Carlwyn Baldo of Daraga, Albay, who was arrested for an unrelated firearms offense on January 22, 2019. (Photo courtesy by CIDG Albay)

Detained Baldo appoints ally councilor as Daraga OIC mayor

Jan 24, 2019 - 9:47 AM

The DILG says Carlwyn Baldo violates the rule of succession with his appointment of Councilor Joey Marcellana as Daraga town officer-in-charge

NEW MAYOR? Carlwyn Baldo appoints Councilor Joey Marcellana (bottom left) as his temporary replacement as Daraga mayor. Photo from Baldo's Facebook page

Baldo behind bars is still Daraga mayor – DILG Bicol

Jan 23, 2019 - 8:28 PM

The DILG will have to meet with the Comelec after Mayor Baldo's inquest proceedings, and determine if he no longer has the capacity to govern

NO POLICE POWERS. Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo no longer has control over their local police. File photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo hospitalized due to asthma attack

Jan 23, 2019 - 7:18 AM

Police say arrested Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo 'hyperventilated' inside his detention cell in Albay

HOSPITALIZED. Arrested Mayor Carlwyn Baldo is rushed to the hospital hours after his arrest. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo arrested for illegal firearms possession

Jan 22, 2019 - 4:57 PM

Carlwyn Baldo is arrested during a search warrant implementation by the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group

ARRESTED. Police arrest Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo on Tuesday afternoon, January 22. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Mayor Carlwyn Baldo asks Duterte for 'fair justice'

Jan 19, 2019 - 9:16 AM

The Daraga town mayor also assures President Duterte that he would face whatever charges are filed against him but appeals to him to help ensure the safety of his family

APPEAL TO DUTERTE. Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo makes a personal appeal to President Rodrigo Duterte for fair justice and the safety of his family on January 18, 2019. Screenshot from Carlwyn Baldo's video

Family, supporters begin prayer vigil for Mayor Carlwyn Baldo

Jan 16, 2019 - 7:16 PM

Family members of Daraga Mayor Carlwyn 'Awin' Baldo take turns defending his innocence

VIGIL. Family and supporters of Mayor Carlwyn Baldo pray for the arrest of the 'real mastermind' of the Rodel Batocabe slay during a prayer vigil in Daraga, Albay, on January 15, 2019. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Buried and rescued: Tales of landslide survivors, rescuers in Albay town

Jan 16, 2019 - 3:02 PM

Overnight, the Consulta family loses 3 members to a landslide in Tiwi, Albay

SURVIVORS. Melita Consulta sustained wounds on her thighs and legs after getting buried in a landslide for hours. Beside her is  son Jason Cipcon, who survived the Tiwi landslide as well. Photo by Mavic Conde

Daraga Mayor Baldo faces corruption case before Ombudsman

Jan 15, 2019 - 7:54 PM

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group claims Carlwyn Baldo paid the killers of Rodel Batocabe with funds from his office

MAYOR AND SUSPECT. Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo is accused of masterminding the murder of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe. Photo from Baldo's Facebook page

Daraga, Cotabato placed under Comelec control

Jan 15, 2019 - 6:15 PM

The two areas will remain under the control of the Commission on Elections until the end of the election period

Policemen conduct COMELEC check point in Binondo, Manila on January 14, 2019. four months ahead of the midterm polls. Anationwide gun ban also take effect until June 12, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Napolcom revokes police powers of Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo

Jan 08, 2019 - 3:44 PM

The National Police Commission cancels the police powers of Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo after he is implicated in the killing of AKO Bicol congressman Rodel Batocabe

NO POLICE POWERS. Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo no longer has control over their local police. File photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler