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LOOK: Kai Sotto honored in Batangas court mural

Jun 23, 2020 - 9:12 PM

Rapper and court artist Mike Swift paints a mural of Kai Sotto in his hometown in Batangas

SUPPORT. The Kai Sotto court mural is found in Barangay Hugom Laiya in San Juan, Batangas. Photo from Mike Swift's Instagram

Flashflood disrupts lives of Batangas residents recovering from Taal eruption

Jun 08, 2020 - 1:59 PM

(UPDATED) 'Unti-unti kaming nagsisimula tapos nangyari ito, parang bumalik lahat nang pumutok ang bulkan. May mga bahay na hindi pa nagagawa, puno na ulit ng putik at baha,' says Cyrus Mendoza, a resident of Laurel town

Vice mayor urges DILG to sanction Batangas town mayor for ECQ violation

May 27, 2020 - 2:26 PM

Talisay Vice Mayor Charlie Natanauan says his brother, Mayor Gerry Natanauan, should be suspended for violating quarantine rules

LOCAL CHIEF EXECUTIVE. Talisay Mayor Gerry Natanauan addresses his constituents in this file photo. Photo from the Facebook page of Mayor Gerry De Castro Natanauan

Despite lockdown, Lyceans find ways to help frontliners, Filipinos in Batangas

Apr 30, 2020 - 3:47 PM

Students, faculty members, and personnel of the Lyceum of the Philippines University-Batangas express their support for frontliners and Filipinos affected by the coronavirus outbreak in different ways

FOR OUR HEROES. Students and faculty of Lyceum of the Philippines University-Batangas lead initiatives to help frontliners and Filipinos during the coronavirus outbreak. Photos from LPU-B

Batangas City, Muntinlupa, Sta Rosa finalists in WWF climate-safe cities contest

Apr 30, 2020 - 11:03 AM

The 3 cities are recognized for their plans to reduce carbon emissions. Other finalists include Vancouver, Paris, Reykjavic, Mexico City, Los Angeles City, and Dong Hoi City in Vietnam.

Photo from World Wide Fund for Nature-Philippines (WWF-PH)

'Bodies wrapped in plastic bags': Coronavirus panic spreads across provinces

Apr 26, 2020 - 8:33 AM

An entire barangay in a Pampanga town is mistakenly banned from entering a supermarket. Batangas residents panic as social media goes abuzz with claims that busloads of infected foreigners are making their way to the province.

Proposed isolation facility in Batangas can operate without LGU's approval - DOH

Apr 22, 2020 - 9:50 PM

Department of Health Regional Director Eduardo Janairo says the national government can run the COVID-19 facility, in response to the protests of Ibaan residents led by its mayor, fearing the virus might spread in the town

'Coronavirus-free' town in Batangas protests preparations for an isolation facility

Apr 16, 2020 - 3:41 PM

It's a project of the Batangas Provincial Government that angered many residents of Ibaan town. Mayor Joy Salvame says no coordination was made with the municipal government before preparations began in Barangay Malainin.

Lipa City council passes anti-coronavirus discrimination ordinance

Apr 08, 2020 - 8:58 PM

'There is a need for the city to bring normalcy and order amidst the crisis, and protect its constituency from unjust discrimination brought on by fear and panic by the public,' the ordinance states

COA disallows P44-million Batangas State University land deal

Apr 03, 2020 - 10:30 AM

The Commission on Audit says the land acquisition deal was grossly overpriced

District hospital in Batangas shuts down, 100 frontliners quarantined

Mar 29, 2020 - 6:50 PM

The frontliners of San Jose District Hospital in Batangas are quarantined after exposure to a patient later found to have the coronavirus

PH youth step up: Scientists, engineers fill gaps in coronavirus response

Mar 25, 2020 - 6:50 PM

Students manufacture 3D-printed face shields while young engineers design an improvised disinfection chamber

Batangas school lab creates face shield for health workers. Photo by Louie Villaverde

Taal Volcano downgraded to Alert Level 1

Mar 19, 2020 - 8:27 AM

(UPDATED) 'Alert Level 1 means that the volcano is still in abnormal condition and should not be interpreted that unrest has ceased,' says Phivolcs on Thursday, March 19

TAAL VOLCANO. A view of the volcano in the province of Batangas. Rappler file photo

Batangas coronavirus cases up to 4

Mar 17, 2020 - 8:46 AM

(UPDATED) Batangas has 43 persons under investigation, and 114 under monitoring

Batangas government prohibits visits to beaches and resorts

Mar 15, 2020 - 1:09 AM

It is not clear, however, if resorts will be mandated to stop their operations

Amid virus scare, Batangas bars donors from Taal evacuees' shelter

Mar 14, 2020 - 7:28 AM

Those who wish to give donations may go instead to the operations center of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office at the capitol

 THE Sea Breeze Residences in Barangay Talaibon, Ibaan, Batangas, is a housing project of the National Housing Authority originally meant for soldiers. File photo by Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta/Rappler

Batangas records 2 coronavirus cases

Mar 13, 2020 - 11:30 AM

(UPDATED) Both patients are isolated in a medical facility in Metro Manila

Batangas suffers P123 million in tourism losses due to Taal eruption

Feb 29, 2020 - 10:14 AM

An initial report released by the Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office says tourism sites in the 14-kilometer zone suffered estimated damage amounting to P86.5 million and estimated losses of P123.2 million

Batangas confirms first case of African swine fever

Feb 28, 2020 - 7:58 PM

Batangas is the second largest hog producer in the Philippines

CULLING. File photo of small pigs. Shutterstock.com

'No impact' on fuel supply if 'onerous' Chevron land rental not renewed – DOE

Feb 23, 2020 - 6:45 PM

The Department of Energy plans to build an 'energy city' in place of Chevron's facilities on government land in San Pascual, Batangas

Background image from Chevron Philippines website

Dead man found buried in Taal Volcano Island

Feb 15, 2020 - 5:16 PM

(UPDATED) A flat boat owner who went to the island to dig up his boat found the man's body buried in the mud, say police

TAAL VOLCANO. White steam rises from the Taal Volcano crater as seen from a Philippine Air Force helicopter during an aerial survey on January 21, 2020. Photo by Ted Aljibe / AFP

Phivolcs lowers Taal Volcano to Alert Level 2

Feb 14, 2020 - 9:20 AM

(UPDATED) 'Alert Level 2 means that there is decreased unrest, but should not be interpreted that unrest has ceased,' says Phivolcs on Friday, February 14

White steam emits from Taal volcano crater as seen from a Philippine airforce helicopter during an aerial survey on January 21, 2020. - Philippine authorities ordered a crackdown on January 20 on evacuees' daily visits to homes in the danger zone around Taal volcano, amid a warning it could be "recharging" for a more powerful explosion. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Number of Taal volcanic earthquakes fluctuating

Feb 13, 2020 - 2:10 PM

Phivolcs maintains Alert Level 3 for Taal Volcano on Thursday, February 13. It has been at that status for more than two weeks.

An aerial view of burnt trees and ash-covered slope at the foot of Taal volcano after its eruption during an aerial survey on January 21, 2020. - Philippine authorities ordered a crackdown on January 20 on evacuees' daily visits to homes in the danger zone around Taal volcano, amid a warning it could be "recharging" for a more powerful explosion. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Taal volcanic earthquakes slightly up in past 24 hours

Feb 12, 2020 - 4:50 PM

Phivolcs says on Wednesday, February 12, that there were 101 volcanic earthquakes in the past 24 hours, higher than the previous figure of 87

A bird's eye view of mud-covered and destroyed houses while a herd of cows stand amongst destroyed trees at the foot of Taal volcano as seen from a Philippine airforce helicopter during an aerial survey in Agoncillo town, Batangas province, south of Manila on January 21, 2020. - Philippine authorities ordered a crackdown on January 20 on evacuees' daily visits to homes in the danger zone around Taal volcano, amid a warning it could be "recharging" for a more powerful explosion. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Phivolcs on Taal Volcano: No room for complacency

Feb 11, 2020 - 6:00 PM

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology maintains Taal Volcano at Alert Level 3 on Tuesday, February 11, stressing that risks remain

A bird's eye view of mud-covered houses at the foot of Taal volcano as seen from a Philippine airforce helicopter during an aerial survey on January 21, 2020. - Philippine authorities ordered a crackdown on January 20 on evacuees' daily visits to homes in the danger zone around Taal volcano, amid a warning it could be "recharging" for a more powerful explosion. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Fewer Taal volcanic earthquakes seen, but 11 harmonic tremors among them

Feb 10, 2020 - 4:10 PM

Phivolcs says on Monday, February 10, that it recorded 11 harmonic tremors at Taal Volcano in the past 24 hours

A bird's eye view of mud-covered houses at the foot of Taal volcano as seen from a Philippine airforce helicopter during an aerial survey on January 21, 2020. - Philippine authorities ordered a crackdown on January 20 on evacuees' daily visits to homes in the danger zone around Taal volcano, amid a warning it could be "recharging" for a more powerful explosion. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Taal Volcano unrest enters 2nd month

Feb 09, 2020 - 11:10 AM

Phivolcs maintains Alert Level 3 for Taal Volcano on Sunday, February 9. There are 5 harmonic tremors in the past 24 hours.

An aerial view of destroyed trees along the slope after Taal volcano's eruption as seen from a Philippine air force helicopter during an aerial survey on January 21, 2020. - Philippine authorities ordered a crackdown on January 20 on evacuees' daily visits to homes in the danger zone around Taal volcano, amid a warning it could be "recharging" for a more powerful explosion. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

With Taal Lake off limits, Batangas highlights other tourist spots to lift economy

Feb 08, 2020 - 8:33 PM

Batangas has a lot more to offer tourists than Taal Volcano Island, which has been placed on permanent lockdown by the national government

TOURIST HUB. Batangas provincial officials are promoting tourist spots besides Taal Lake and its Volcano Island, once a major revenue source for the province. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Steam still coming out of fissures along Taal Volcano tourist trail

Feb 08, 2020 - 2:55 PM

Phivolcs again notes 'weak steaming from fissure vents' along Daang Kastila Trail on Saturday, February 8

An aerial view of mud-covered slope with Taal volcano's crater (back) as seen from a Philippine air force helicopter during an aerial survey on January 21, 2020. - Philippine authorities ordered a crackdown on January 20 on evacuees' daily visits to homes in the danger zone around Taal volcano, amid a warning it could be "recharging" for a more powerful explosion. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Batangas governor: Funds for Taal Volcano evacuees accounted for

Feb 07, 2020 - 11:30 AM

Records show that the Batangas provincial government received over P33 million in cash donations from January 15 to February 5

HOUSING. Victims of the Taal Volcano eruption may have a new home in Ibaan, Batangas. File photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

Phivolcs: Fissures along Taal Volcano tourist trail emitting steam

Feb 07, 2020 - 10:05 AM

Phivolcs says on Friday, February 7, that 'weak steaming from fissure vents' along Taal Volcano's Daang Kastila Trail is ongoing

Taal volcano is seen past a police line from Talisay town, Batangas province, south of Manila on January 20, 2020. - Philippine authorities ordered a crackdown January 20 on evacuees' daily visits to homes in the danger zone around Taal volcano, amid a warning it could be "recharging" for a more powerful explosion. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Phivolcs observes 11 more harmonic tremors at Taal Volcano

Feb 06, 2020 - 1:40 PM

The 11 harmonic tremors in the past 24 hours lasted 2 to 3 minutes each, says Phivolcs on Thursday, February 6

An aerial view shows the crater of the Taal volcano on January 19, 2020. (Photo by Ed JONES / AFP)

Phivolcs: 18 harmonic tremors at Taal Volcano in past 24 hours

Feb 05, 2020 - 9:40 AM

The 18 harmonic tremors are among 156 volcanic earthquakes in the past 24 hours, says Phivolcs on Wednesday, February 5

An aerial view shows the ash-covered landscape of the Taal volcano on January 19, 2020. (Photo by Ed JONES / AFP)

Phivolcs records 3rd Taal Volcano harmonic tremor in less than a week

Feb 04, 2020 - 1:45 PM

A harmonic tremor, a type of volcanic earthquake where the shaking is prolonged, indicates the movement of magma. Taal Volcano stays under Alert Level 3 on Tuesday, February 4.

An aerial view shows the Taal volcano on Janaury 18, 2020. (Photo by Ed JONES / AFP)

Volcanic earthquake from Taal felt in parts of Batangas, Tagaytay

Feb 03, 2020 - 2:05 PM

Phivolcs says the volcanic earthquake was magnitude 3.2 and struck at 4:20 am on Monday, February 3. It is among the latest quakes which show magma is still moving beneath Taal Volcano's crater.

Taal Volcano unrest enters 4th week

Feb 02, 2020 - 2:20 PM

Volcanic earthquakes still persist, indicating the movement of magma beneath Taal Volcano's crater, says Phivolcs on Sunday, February 2

An aerial view shows the landscape of Buso Buso covered in ash following the eruption Taal volcano on January 19, 2020. (Photo by Ed JONES / AFP)

WATCH: Pregnant Taal evacuees worry for the day they’ll give birth

Feb 01, 2020 - 8:57 PM

Though their basic needs are well-provided in the evacuation center of Tuy, Batangas, these two mothers are still anxious for their babies

CARING MOTHER. Shara Gepoleo, who is 7 months pregnant, takes care of her daughter Venice inside the evacuation center in Tuy, Batangas following the Taal Volcano eruption. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Phivolcs records another Taal Volcano harmonic tremor

Feb 01, 2020 - 1:30 PM

Phivolcs says on Saturday, February 1, that Taal Volcano's latest harmonic tremor lasted 3 minutes. It indicates continuing movement of magma.

DOST-PHILVOCS OIC Dr. Renato Solidum Jr. show the crater area of Taal volcaco 7 km-radius. The Phivolcs lowered volcano alert to level 3 from level 4 and from 14-km radius down to 7-km danger zone from the main crater in a press conference at the PHIVOLCS on Sunday, January 27, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

WATCH: Evacuated Phivolcs scientists continue to keep Filipinos safe

Jan 31, 2020 - 10:53 PM

Taal Volcano's eruption forces Phivolcs scientists to evacuate from their observatory in Talisay, Batangas. But they've never stopped working.

EMPTY FOR NOW. A layer of ash covers the facade of the Phivolcs' Taal Volcano Observatory in Talisay Batangas on January 31, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

In Talisay, desperate residents beg on the street for money, water

Jan 31, 2020 - 5:59 PM

Talisay Mayor Gerry Natanauan says the municipal government cannot just stop the people from begging, as it is an 'opportunity' calamity victims tend to resort to

IN NEED OF HELP. Leoncio Seña, 62, begs on the streets of Barangay San Guillermo in Talisay, Batangas in the wake of the Taal Volcano eruption. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

On last day of January, Taal Volcano stays at Alert Level 3

Jan 31, 2020 - 10:40 AM

It's been a long first month of 2020 for those affected by the Taal Volcano eruption, and Phivolcs reiterates that the unrest is not over yet

Taal from Agoncillo. Rappler

WATCH: Dog from Taal Volcano Island looking for forever home

Jan 30, 2020 - 9:20 PM

Lyka, a 7-year-old dog, and over a hundred other rescued dogs from Taal Volcano Island are looking for loving and patient owners

Not over yet: Phivolcs says magma around 5 kilometers below Taal crater

Jan 30, 2020 - 1:25 PM

Phivolcs records a harmonic tremor, or rhythmic shaking associated with magma movement, on Thursday, January 30

Taal magma remains a threat: Science and Technology Undersecretary and Philippine Institute Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) Officer-in-Charge Renato Solidum, Jr. tells senators during a public hearing on Urban Planning and Resettlement Thursday, January 30, 2020 that the condition of Taal Volcano would always remain a threat to people on the island and around it. “At the moment, we still see magma about five kilometers below the crater. If it had exploded like before, then it might do so again. Long-term planning and the relocation site that the government will choose would be very important,” Solidum said. (Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB)

WATCH: Broken hearts as Agoncillo residents return to ruined homes

Jan 30, 2020 - 10:00 AM

With no homes and no jobs, the poorest residents get dragged down further below the poverty line after the eruption of Taal Volcano

Police augmentation force pulls out of Batangas following Duterte’s order

Jan 29, 2020 - 11:49 PM

Some 2,000 police troops earlier sent to help secure and assist evacuees are heading back to the national headquarters in Manila, even with Taal Volcano still restive

HELP. Canlubang, Laguna police brings residents of Taal town home, after the alert level over Taal Volcano was lowered from 4 to 3. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

How this businessman went from tikoy to telecoms

Jan 29, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Having a family business is not a guarantee of success. You need flexibility and vision.

Taal Volcano maintains lower likelihood of hazardous eruption

Jan 29, 2020 - 2:30 PM

Taal Volcano stays at Alert Level 3 on Wednesday, January 29

ALERT LEVEL 3. Phivolcs conducts a drone survey of Taal Volcano on January 27, 2020. Screenshot from Phivolcs video

WATCH: Police uphold duty to others, even while affected by Taal Volcano's eruption

Jan 28, 2020 - 8:43 PM

'Everybody is a victim dito sa volcanic eruption na 'to eh. Pero 'yun nga lang pinagkaiba ng pulis natin is they signed up para maglingkod,' says Talisay police chief Aldrin Jay Baysa

HELP. Canlubang, Laguna police brings residents of Taal town home, after the alert level over Taal Volcano was lowered from 4 to 3. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

Women’s group in Albay donating harvest to Taal Volcano evacuees

Jan 28, 2020 - 8:29 PM

As survivors themselves, the group Women for Progress Movement in Albay gives back by donating their freshly harvested sweet potatoes to Taal Volcano eruption evacuees

WOMEN FOR OTHERS. The Women for Progress Movement in Albay helps Taal Volcano eruption evacuees by donating their sweet potato harvest. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Two-time Taal eruption survivor: Access to information saved lives in 2020

Jan 28, 2020 - 1:06 PM

'May alam ang mga tao sa sitwasyon ng bulkan so hindi sila nagpapanic. Nalaman agad nila kung ano ang gagawin, hindi katulad noong dati na wala talaga,' says Vivencio Manguiat, a survivor of the 1965 Taal Volcano eruption

63-year-old Vivencio Manguiat from Balete, Batangas recalls the Taal Volcano eruption which happened on September 28-30, 1965. Rappler Screenshot