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How about breadfruit for rice?

Jan 18, 2020 - 8:30 AM

The agriculture department's Bureau of Agricultural Research aims to conserve Bicol's breadfruit, one of the region's emerging traditional crops

BREADFRUIT. Can breadfruit serve as an alternative to rice? Photo courtesy of Mavic Conde/Rappler

PDEA Bicol seizes P136 million worth of shabu at Matnog port

Jan 17, 2020 - 7:56 AM

The suspected shabu was hidden in 20 individual teabags, which weighed around 20 kilos overall and were placed inside a gray luggage bag

Petition vs EDSA provincial bus ban hits a bump

Jan 03, 2020 - 5:33 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Even with a Supreme Court dismissal, there is still an injunction on the bus ban issued by a Quezon City court in July 2019 that favors provincial operators

CHOKEPOINT. Bumper-to-bumper traffic is seen along EDSA. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Legazpi bishop leads Simbang Gabi: See God's image in IPs

Dec 16, 2019 - 10:52 PM

Bishop Joel Baylon urges the parishioners of Albay to stand up for indigenous peoples in need, especially those affected by Typhoon Tisoy

SIMBANG GABI. Catholics thronged the St Gregory the Great Cathedral on the first night of Simbang Gabi. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Robredo’s Angat Buhay donates P4.58-million relief to Tisoy victims in Bicol

Dec 10, 2019 - 9:06 AM

Angat Buhay and its partner organizations donate sacks of rice, hygiene kits, and an undisclosed amount of financial assistance to typhoon-hit areas in the region

HELP AFTER TISOY. Vice President Leni Robredo hands out the hygiene kits in communities in Albay and Sorsogon, where her office extended relief assistance to families affected by the typhoon. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Bicol workers get due payment, employment benefits through DOLE's SEnA

Dec 07, 2019 - 9:47 AM

The Single Entry Approach program gives workers access to a speedy, impartial, and inexpensive settlement procedure for all issues or complaints arising from employer-employee relations

CLAIMED. Workers and the employer during the payment of separation pay witnessed by Ching Banania, SEADO and Raymund Avengoza of DOLE PFO Albay. Photo courtesy of DOLE Albay

Duterte to visit Bicol as Typhoon Tisoy leaves agriculture, housing damage

Dec 04, 2019 - 11:39 PM

The damage to fisheries and livestock in Sorsogon province alone is estimated at nearly P700 million

ALBAY HIT. Strong winds and heavy rain toppled electrical posts, trees, and debris in Legazpi, Albay, blocking roads in some areas across Bicol after Typhoon Tisoy battered the region for nearly 8 hours. Photos from Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Robredo to visit, give aid to Typhoon Tisoy victims in Bicol

Dec 04, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says her anti-poverty program Angat Buhay will help provide housing materials and potable drinking water to typhoon victims

AFTERMATH. Typhoon Tisoy causes flooding at Barangay Basud in Polangui, Albay on December 3, 2019. File photo by Sheyla Agawa

LTO suspends bus trips as Typhoon Tisoy threatens Bicol

Nov 30, 2019 - 8:49 PM

The Land Transportation Office and those deputized by the agency are ordered to apprehend bus drivers who will defy the temporary suspension of trips to the Bicol Region

SUSPENDED. The Land Transportation Office suspends bus trips to Bicol. File photo from LTO Bicol

Bicol prepares for Typhoon Kammuri

Nov 29, 2019 - 7:02 PM

Governor Francis Bichara suspends classes in all levels in private and public schools in Albay on December 2 and 3

PREPARATION. RDRRMC Bicol conducts a pre-disaster risk assessment in preparation for Typhoon Kammuri which is expected to affect the region. Photo from Civil Defense Bicol Facebook page

From Bicol to Manila: How Biggs made it big

Nov 10, 2019 - 1:46 PM

The Bicol favorite is finally in Manila

DOH Bicol warns region is high risk for polio outbreak

Nov 08, 2019 - 3:43 PM

DOH Bicol is aiming to immunize from polio about 125,000 children below five years old

VACCINE. File photo of a child receiving the anti-polio vaccine in Baseco Compound in Manila. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Masbate village chief killed in military encounter with communists

Nov 07, 2019 - 10:37 PM

Wolfert Dalanon alias Ompong, chairman of Barangay San Antonio in Milagros town, allegedly allowed 'terrorists' to train in his village, the military claims

SEIZED. The military recover these items from the encounter site in Milagros, Masbate. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Army’s 9th Infantry Division

Bicol's biggest food chain opens first Manila branch

Nov 03, 2019 - 2:00 PM

The Bicol icon is finally coming to Manila

IN PHOTOS: Sorsogon sets Guinness World Record for largest Philippine folk dance

Nov 01, 2019 - 11:42 AM

Over 7,000 people, including Governor Francis 'Chiz' Escudero and wife actress Heart Evangelista, perform the Pantomina sa Tinampo at Sorsogon's Kasanggayahan Festival for the historic feat

GUINNESS WORLD RECORD. Sorsogon sets a Guinness World Record for largest Filipino folk dance on October 31, 2019. Photo from Sorsogon Provincial Tourism Office

FALSE: PNR Bicol Express ‘reopened’ in September 2019

Oct 25, 2019 - 12:23 PM

The Bicol Express, a passenger train service that plies the Manila-Bicol route, remains suspended as of October 2019

DOTr suspends LTO official in Bicol over corruption charges

Oct 23, 2019 - 6:57 PM

LTO Bicol chief for operations Mar Jose Magistrado has been placed under preventive suspension as the agency investigates the corruption allegations against him

SUSPENDED. LTO Bicol operations chief Mar Jose Magistrado has been suspended for 90 days as the transportation department investigations corruption charges against him. Photo from the LTO Bicol Facebook page

Albay designer uses 'pinukpok' to promote Bicol culture

Oct 05, 2019 - 12:55 PM

Young designer Jean Alta supposedly got her break when she was asked to design the barong Tagalog of a groom and his father using fabric made from abaca fiber

'KUTUR NI JEAN'. Some of the creations of Legazpi designer Jean Alta using pinukpok or abaca fabric.Photos by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Batocabe widow on Baldo's bail: 'It's like the 2nd time my husband is killed'

Sep 03, 2019 - 7:10 PM

'[It happened] just when we are picking up the pieces of our lives, moving on,' says Gertie, the wife of murdered AKO Bicol congressman Rodel Batocabe

'MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE.' Gertie Batocabe, flanked by her sons Justin and Kiel, talks to reporters after the alleged mastermind behind her husband's killing was allowed to post bail. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

AKO Bicol, Batocabe’s son slam court decision allowing Baldo to post bail

Aug 31, 2019 - 9:10 PM

Former Daraga Mayor Carlwyn 'Awin' Baldo is set to be released on Monday after a Legazpi City court allowed him to post bail

NO TO BALDO'S RELEASE. Atty. Justin Batocabe and Rep. Alfredo Garbin exchanges pleasantries with former Senator JV Ejercito taken during the wake of slain lawmaker Rodel Batocabe at Bicol University of Legazpi. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

House probe sought to clarify provisions of GCTA law

Aug 27, 2019 - 10:06 AM

AKO Bicol Representative Alfredo Garbin Jr says the possible early release of rapist-murderer Antonio Sanchez may set a precedent that may benefit others convicted of heinous crimes

THE CATALYST. Convicted former mayor of Calauan, Laguna Antonio Sanchez is seen inside the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on August 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Ako Bicol to allocate P200 million for waterless areas in Bicol

Aug 26, 2019 - 11:26 PM

Level 2 water systems will be put up in 24 waterless communities, many of them in Albay, which Rappler reported had gone waterless for 7 months in 2019

Ako Bicol Partylist Rep. Elizaldy 'Zaldy' S. Co allocates P200 million budget to provide for waterless communities in Bicol. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

40 dead due to dengue in Bicol

Aug 08, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Bicol health chief Ernie Vera urges local officials and communities to take heed of the government's anti-dengue strategy, saying its sustained enforcement can stem the number of dengue cases in the country

Photo caption. DENGUE UPDATED. Department of Health-Bicol director Ernie Vera calls for holistic action to stem the spread of dengue. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia

After lotto closure, lawmaker suggests Pagcor funds for CHED, PSC

Jul 30, 2019 - 3:40 PM

CHED and the PSC are among the government agencies that benefit from the revenue of the PCSO, whose gaming operations President Rodrigo Duterte recently shut down

RESPONSE TO PCSO CLOSURE. AKO Bicol Representative Alfredo Garbin Jr files House Resolution No 147 on July 30, 2019. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

DOJ conducts special probe into activist killings in Bicol

Jun 19, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra creates special investigating teams to look into the killings of Ryan Hubilla, Nelly Bagasala, and Neptali Moraga

Bicolano tycoon sues Bikoy, Facebook, YouTube for cyber libel

May 23, 2019 - 9:53 PM

Elizaldy Co and Misibis Bay management are seeking P1.1 billion in damages

Mindoro, Bicol join MPBL; Sta Lucia Realtors return

May 20, 2019 - 4:05 PM

More teams are vying for the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League crown as the Lakandula Cup opens in June

THE MORE, THE MERRIER. The MPBL, founded by Manny Pacquiao, continues to grow in number of teams. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Old names dominate Bicol polls

May 17, 2019 - 10:28 AM

The same names win in the 2019 local races in Bicol region

In Bicol, 4 Otso Diretso candidates make it to Magic 12

May 14, 2019 - 5:45 PM

Senatorial candidates Bam Aquino, Mar Roxas, Chel Diokno, and Gary Alejano are in the winners' circle for the region of Bicol

Only 9 party-list groups have support of 2% of voters – Pulse Asia survey

May 11, 2019 - 4:40 PM

ACT-CIS, AKO Bicol, and Bayan Muna may get the maximum of 3 seats each in the House of Representatives if polls were held from May 3 to 6, the survey period of the final Pulse Asia preelection survey

ELECTIONS. Voters look for their names in voters' lists during the 2016 elections. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

AKO Bicol asks Supreme Court to stop EDSA provincial bus ban

Apr 29, 2019 - 7:15 PM

AKO Bicol party says the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority's order against provincial buses is unconstitutional

An MMDA traffic enforcers stoped suspected colorum buses plying along EDSA in Pasay City on August 7, 2014, for questioning. The MMDA has questioned the LTFRB's move to stop traffic enforcers' operations against colorum passenger buses. Photo by: Joel Liporada

Bicol posts fastest economic growth among regions in 2018

Apr 25, 2019 - 9:55 PM

Bicol posts an impressive 8.9% growth in 2018, much higher than the national average of 6.2%

FASTEST GROWTH. Bicol Region registers the fastest GDP growth among all regions in the country. Shutterstock photo

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

Imee to Bicolanos: Give 'another Marcos' a chance

Mar 16, 2019 - 4:40 PM

'If you did not give Bongbong a chance here in Bicol in the past elections, this time maybe you can give me, or another Marcos, a chance to be in the Senate,' senatorial candidate Imee Marcos asks Bicolanos in a campaign sortie

VOTE FOR ME. Senatorial candidate Imee Marcos woos voters in Legazpi City. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Robredo asks Bicolanos: Do for Otso Diretso what you did for me in 2016

Feb 14, 2019 - 1:20 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo recalls her own come-from-behind victory in 2016 and urges her fellow Bicolanos to vote for the opposition senatorial candidates in 2019

Vice President Leni Robredo joins the Otso Diretso slate as it officially kicks off its campaign for the 2019 senatorial elections in Naga City on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. (Photo by OVP)

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

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

Salaries of Bicol rural nurses unpaid the past two months

Jan 19, 2019 - 8:11 PM

Health officials in the region say this 'might also be the real picture across the country' following issues with the enactment of the 2019 national budget

Image from Shutterstock

Ronald Ang takes oath as AKO Bicol congressman

Jan 16, 2019 - 5:20 PM

He replaces slain AKO Bicol representative Rodel Batocabe at the House of Representatives

OATH-TAKING. Ronald Ang takes his oath as new AKO Bicol representative before Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Screenshot from the House's YouTube account

Suspects in Batocabe murder surrender | Evening wRap

Jan 04, 2019 - 9:24 PM

Watch the evening wRap with Chito de la Vega

Inflation rate slows down to 5.1% in December | Midday wRap

Jan 04, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Watch the midday wRap with Ralf Rivas

NDRRMC: At least 122 dead due to Tropical Depression Usman

Jan 03, 2019 - 11:50 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The NDRRMC says 28 people are missing

RUINS. Houses were destroyed by the landslide in Barangay Sugod, Albay. Photo by Mavic Conde/Rappler

Residents in 2 areas in Tiwi, Albay asked to leave due to land cracks

Jan 02, 2019 - 5:40 PM

Evacuation is ordered for fear of landslides

LANDSLIDES. Firefighters carry a body buried in a landslide in Barangay Sugod in Tiwi, Albay on December 30, 2018. Photo by Mavic Conde/Rappler

SK official, residents of Usman-hit Albay towns seek aid

Jan 02, 2019 - 12:20 AM

Bariis Sangguniang Kabataan Chairman Judy Ann Coderis is seeking help on behalf of affected residents who need potable water and food, medicine, clothing, and hygiene kits

JOROAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. The flow of water passes this street in Joroan, flooding this school and residential houses

Bicol OCD: Tropical Depression Usman death toll climbs to 68

Dec 31, 2018 - 1:23 PM

(UPDATED) The Office of Civil Defense -Bicol Region fears the number of fatalities will continue to increase

SEARCH AND RETRIEVAL. Police officers, fire brigades and volunteers help in the operation. Photo by Mavic Conde/Rappler

At least 50 killed in Bicol during Tropical Depression Usman

Dec 30, 2018 - 5:19 PM

(UPDATED) Most of the fatalities are in Albay and Camarines Sur

RETRIEVED BODY. Police officers carry a new found body buried in a landslide in Barangay Sugod in Tiwi, Albay on Sunday. Photo by Mavic Conde/Rappler

PNP identifies 6 persons of interest in Batocabe murder | Evening wRap

Dec 26, 2018 - 8:10 PM

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Tropical Depression Usman enters PAR | Evening wRap

Dec 25, 2018 - 7:51 PM

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Batocabe family: ‘Politics’ motive behind killing | Midday wRap

Dec 24, 2018 - 1:26 PM

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Batocabe security pulled out before murder? Cops cry foul

Dec 23, 2018 - 6:52 PM

Police insist that AKO Bicol congressman Rodel Batocabe was assigned only one security escort, SPO1 Orlando Diaz, who also died during the attack

CRIME SCENE. AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe and his police escort SPO1 Orlando Diaz are shot dead just under a waiting shed after completing a gift-giving program in Daraga town in Albay. Photos from Bicol Police