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Spooky school stories: Bicol University edition

Oct 31, 2018 - 11:58 AM

Creatures of myth and horror stories passed down from one generation of BUeños to another

Bicol school official to pay for students' burned belongings – DepEd

Aug 30, 2018 - 3:10 PM

Bicol Central Academy administrator Alexander James Jaucian will pay for damaged laptops, clothing, pocket wifi, cellular phones, school materials, and almost P20,000 of burned cash

BURNT. School bags and their contents are reduced to ashes on the BCA campus grounds. Photo by Earl Vincent Cañaveral

School official who burned students' bags suspended

Aug 23, 2018 - 10:45 AM

(UPDATED) Bicol Central Academy school administrator Alexander James Jaucian is suspended by the school board for 90 days

BURNT. School bags and their contents are reduced to ashes on the BCA campus grounds. Photo by Earl Vincent Cañaveral

Youth group slams school official who burned students' bags

Aug 21, 2018 - 9:48 PM

The Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan says there are 'no amount of words to condemn the dastardly act' of Bicol Central Academy administrator Alexander James Jaucian, whose rage was caught in a viral video

BURNT. School bags and their contents are reduced to ashes on the BCA campus grounds. Photo of burned bags by Earl Vincent Cañaveral

DepEd: Criminal charges vs school official who burned students' bags

Aug 21, 2018 - 12:01 PM

DepEd Bicol Director Gilbert Sadsad will also ask the board of directors of Bicol Central Academy to remove administrator Alexander James Jaucian from the school

DEPED BICOL CHIEF. DepEd Bicol Director Gilbert Sadsad reads the sanctions against the Bicol school official who punished students by burning their bags. Screenshot from Rhaydz's Barcia's video

Raging school official who burned students' bags should go on leave

Aug 20, 2018 - 1:00 PM

DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones says: 'Hindi naman sila binabayaran para mumurahin o para takutin yung mga bata'

INVESTIGATE. Education Secretary Leonor Briones says the DepEd has launched a formal investigation into the burning of student's bags in Bicol Central Academy. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DepEd Bicol probes burning of students' bags

Aug 19, 2018 - 7:10 PM

The Department of Education's regional office in Bicol says it is 'deeply saddened' by the incident and will look at possible sanctions

Photo by Earl Vincent Cañaveral

A cooler world: Bicolana teen invents green airconditioner

Aug 18, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Maria Yzabell Angel Palma has reaped awards and recognition at home and abroad for her eco-friendly AirDisc

Photos by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

VIRAL: School official burns students' bags as punishment

Aug 18, 2018 - 3:18 PM

(UPDATED) Bicol Central Academy administrator Alexander James Jaucian is caught on video shouting at students, calling them 'stupid'

Kusog Bicolandia forms in Bicol as new breed of regional political party

Aug 06, 2018 - 8:44 PM

Kusog Bicolandia aims to champion genuine social equality, where every Bicolano shall be given access to the same basic needs: quality health services, education, livelihood, emergency assistance, pension and shelter (HELPS)

KUSOG BICOLANDIA. The party introduces itself at the 1st Bicol All Media Convergence held in Legazpi City. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Naga to equip PUV drivers with first aid skills

Aug 01, 2018 - 8:00 AM

A new ordinance in this city in the Bicol region will train drivers of jeepneys, trimobiles, padyak, and e-trikes to become first responders during road crashes

Church official refutes report that 6,000 Bicolanos back federalism

Jul 08, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Father Rex Paul Arjona, executive director of the Diocese of Legazpi's Social Action Center, hits 'how Albayanos have been manipulated... to railroad federalism'

Image based on screenshot from Father Rex Paul Arjona's Facebook account

DILG federalism roadshow's 'surprise' guest in Albay

Jul 07, 2018 - 11:58 AM

(UPDATED) This official did not only have a video presentation at a federalism convention attended by thousands in Albay, he had his speech read by a fellow Cabinet official too

ROADSHOW. Hundreds of participants gathered at the federalism roadshow in Legazpi City on July 6, 2018. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Modernization underway as Bicol's first gov't hospital turns 100

Jun 03, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda envisions the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital to become 'the Philippine General Hospital of the south'

FIRST. A woman walks in front of the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Cops catch mother selling her own children for sexual exploitation

Apr 27, 2018 - 6:39 PM

The suspect reportedly asked for P15,000 for each child to take part in a sexual 'show'

RESCUE OPERATION. Cops and social workers save children from being sold for sexual exploitation. Photo by International Justice Mission

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

Sacked official, LTFRB chief trade corruption allegations

Apr 21, 2018 - 11:16 AM

Former regional director Jun Abrazaldo confronts LTFRB chief Martin Delgra III before the oath-taking ceremony of new LTFRB Bicol director Vladimir Custer Kahulugan

LTRFB CHIEF. LTFRB chief Martin Delgra III speaks at the turnover ceremony at LTFRB Bicol on April 21, 2018. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

CARAGA, Eastern Visayas wrestling cadets dominate Palarong Pambansa 2018

Apr 18, 2018 - 11:42 AM

With 3 golds, a silver, and a bronze, CARAGA positions itself as the country's newest source of wrestling hopefuls

Barefoot Bicolana lass is Palarong Pambansa 2018's first gold medalist

Apr 16, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Lheslie de Lima dedicates her first Palarong Pambansa gold medal to detained Senator Leila de Lima, whom her lolo says is a 'close relative'

Lheslie de Lima from Camsur (bicol athletic region )the first gold medalist of the games showing her feet as she ran barefeet . Photo by Mau Victa

Cagayan Valley leads early Palarong Pambansa 2018 medal race

Apr 16, 2018 - 1:26 PM

A niece of detained Senator Leila de Lima who ran barefoot is among the early gold medal winners in the Palarong Pambansa hosted by Vigan

GOLD MEDAL. Rashied Faith Burdeos, who won gold for the shot put, poses for a photo with his coaches. Photo courtesy of Jose Gumabay

Holy Week 2018: Where to pray Stations of the Cross in Bicol

Mar 25, 2018 - 2:01 PM

For those who are Bicol-bound this Holy Week, here are tourist destinations that also serve as venue for Stations of the Cross and other traditions

MOUNTAIN HOTEL TURNED NATURE PARK: MAYON SKYLINE. Every year, devotees gather at the Mayon Skyline. Photo courtesy of Ian Diaño

Roque says Duterte needs more time to win fight vs narco-politics

Mar 20, 2018 - 12:41 PM

'[In a] scale of 10, the President is only at 6 in his fight against narco-politics,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

Coleen Garcia, Billy Crawford address 'distasteful' prenup photos

Mar 11, 2018 - 7:57 PM

The couple respond to the accusations surrounding their prenup photos shot in Ethiopia

Campus journos 'defend press freedom' during NSPC 2018 awarding ceremonies

Feb 23, 2018 - 9:01 PM

'It's not just a contest for us. we will uphold press freedom even though we just came from a small island province,' says a campus journalist from Virac, Catanduanes

Government allocates P404 million to cover 3-month stay of Mayon evacuees

Feb 13, 2018 - 10:48 PM

Tolentino says of the P404 million budget, at least P105 million is already with the provincial government of Albay, as well as with the 3 cities – including 6 municipalities – affected by the Mayon volcano eruptions.

SHELTERS. People staying in an evacuation shelter due to the eruptions of Mayon volcano. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DPWH to auction off Quezon-Bicol Expressway project by end-2018

Feb 07, 2018 - 3:05 PM

Department of Public Works and Highways targets to finish the construction of the proposed Quezon-Bicol Expressway (QBEX) by 2026

NEW EXPRESSWAY. Once completed, the proposed Quezon-Bicol Expressway will be a faster alternative to the congested Maharlika Highway – which is also more than 200 kilometers. Image from DPWH website

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

IN PHOTOS: Bicol top cop serenades Mayon evacuees

Feb 03, 2018 - 10:52 PM

'We are doing this program to at least make them happy, particularly the children,' says Chief Superintendent Antonio Gardiola Jr

Mayon volcano and its remains in memory

Feb 03, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Kuya was a force of nature, a stratovolcano like Mayon if you will, with his periodic eruptions

Mount Mayon spews ash before 9 am on Tuesday. Photo by Rhaydz B. 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

Flights canceled as Legazpi Airport closed due to Mayon Volcano

Jan 22, 2018 - 7:30 PM

(UPDATED) Please refresh this page for updates on cancellations due to the ash cloud spewed by Mayon Volcano

DSWD plans for immediate recovery in case of Mayon eruption

Jan 21, 2018 - 9:43 AM

According to DSWD, at least 10,405 families or 40,565 individuals in 39 barangays and 7 municipalities in Albay are affected by Mayon's impending eruption

PAGASA warns Bicol officials of more flooding, landslides

Jan 13, 2018 - 10:40 AM

Authorities say two motorized boats capsized in Caramoan, Camarines Sur, due to rough seas

LANDSLIDE. Landslide hits in Bato town, Catanduanes, due to torrential rainfall. Photo courtesy of Ramil Soliveres.

Heavy rains cause floods, landslides in CamSur, Catanduanes

Jan 12, 2018 - 5:07 PM

(UPDATED) Floods were also reported in low-lying communities of Naga City and neighboring Magarao town in Camarines Sur

TORRENTIAL RAINS. Flloods in Catanduanes cause landslides.  Photos Jessica Templonuevo

Private plane carrying BSP employees overshoots Albay runway

Jan 10, 2018 - 4:22 PM

The private plane is carrying documents from the central bank office in Manila to its office in Legazpi City

SKETCHY REPORT. The pilot of the private plane has refused to give details of the incident to the police, citing confidentiality. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Landslide in CamSur causes traffic jams along major highway

Dec 27, 2017 - 4:09 PM

(UPDATED) Heavy rain across the Bicol Region prompts the regional Office of Civil Defense to warn citizens to be on guard for floods and landslides

HIGHWAY CLEARING. Clearing operations along the Andaya Highway in Camarines Sur after a landslide, December 27, 2017. Photo courtesy Lucy Castaneda / DPWH Bicol

LOOK: Bicol braces for Urduja

Dec 15, 2017 - 5:30 PM

Close to 5,000 passengers are stranded in various seaports in Bicol region

PREPARATIONS. Fishermen bring their boat to safety in preparation for Tropical Storm Urduja. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Thousands stranded in Bicol, Eastern Visayas ports due to Urduja

Dec 14, 2017 - 3:00 PM

(UPDATED) Sea trips to and from at least 5 ports have been suspended by the Philippine Coast Guard

Bicol’s Aquinas University is now UST-Legazpi

Dec 12, 2017 - 7:38 AM

Aquinas University of Legazpi has officially been renamed as University of Santo Tomas-Legazpi, officially integrating with the University of Santo Tomas

Bicol's Aquinas University is now University of Santo Tomas-Legazpi. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia

Bicol grade school students trained in disaster response, resilience

Nov 24, 2017 - 9:35 AM

Bicol is the pilot area for the Office of Civil Defense's resilience caravan

TRAINING. A representative from the Office of Civil Defense Bicol demonstrates to pupils at the Bacacay East Central School in Albay how to administer first aid. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Old Food and Proud: Balay Cena Una's take on Homegrown Bicol Food

Nov 17, 2017 - 9:30 PM

Balay Cena Una is one of Bicol's best-kept secrets – an ancestral home that serves up delicious comfort food

P6-M shabu seized from Africans in Cavite entrapment

Nov 08, 2017 - 8:08 PM

The Nigerian nationals, who are residents of Parañaque, has operated in the Bicol region and other provinces in Calabarzon

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#SaferRoadsPH forum on making Bicol roads safer

Oct 27, 2017 - 4:38 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The 4th leg of the caravan will be held at the Arrupe Convention Center, Ateneo de Naga University in Naga City, Camarines Sur on January 24 from 12 pm to 5 pm

WATCH: #MoveSessions featuring Bicolano band First String Acoustic

Oct 26, 2017 - 7:34 PM

#MoveSessions showcases the talent of up-and-coming artists from communities and schools. Bookmark this page to catch the live jam at 8pm, Thursday

DepEd hosts National Teachers’ Day celebration in Legazpi City

Oct 03, 2017 - 3:48 PM

DepEd's theme for Teachers’ Day is 'Gurong Pilipino, Ka-akbay sa Progreso' aims to recognize the role of teachers in honing the full potential of students towards nation-building

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