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At least 2 dead in Ilocos Norte due to Ineng

Aug 24, 2019 - 6:45 PM

(UPDATED) A man was swept by raging floodwaters, while a 17-year-old girl was killed in a landslide, say local officials

FLOODED. Heavy flooding at Barangay 43-Cavite, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, on August 24, 2019. Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Santos

IN PHOTOS: Floods hit Ilocos Norte, Metro Manila due to Ineng, monsoon

Aug 24, 2019 - 4:42 PM

Residents in Ilocos Norte, especially Laoag City, experience massive flooding

FLOOD. Pedestrians and commuters wade through flooded streets of Estrada and Arellano in Malate, Manila on August 24, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal

Ilocos Norte under state of calamity due to Ineng

Aug 24, 2019 - 12:39 PM

(6th UPDATE) Over 18,000 people are affected by heavy rains and massive flooding caused by Severe Tropical Storm Ineng

RESCUE. Police evacuate a woman and her newborn in the heavily flooded Barangay 7B in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, on August 24, 2019. Photo by Edison Deus

LOOK: Laoag City Bypass Road now open

Dec 29, 2018 - 5:31 PM

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar says the new road is expected to cut travel time going north

OPEN. The newly opened Laoag City Bypass Road is expected to ease traffic in the city proper . All photos from the Department of Public Works and Highways

Airports' status in aftermath of Typhoon Ompong

Sep 16, 2018 - 4:45 PM

(UPDATED) Here is a look at the condition of airports in typhoon-hit areas

Photo from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

Duterte visits Cagayan, condoles with Ompong-hit families

Sep 16, 2018 - 1:20 PM

(4th UPDATE) 'I share the grief of those who lost their loved ones,' says President Rodrigo Duterte in Ompong-hit Cagayan

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte watches an aerial footage showing the extent of the damage caused by Typhoon 'Ompong' in some areas of Cagayan Valley during a situation briefing at the Cagayan Provincial Capitol in Tuguegarao City on September 16, 2018. Joining the President are Secretary Christopher Lawrence 'Bong' Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

No martial law? Police cars blast sirens in Laoag City late night patrol

Jun 20, 2018 - 2:43 PM

With lights flashing and sirens blaring, police cars patrol an empty residential street in Laoag City late at night, as part of the drive against tambays. Police have different views on the propriety of the move.

REGULAR? Sirens are only usually used by cops to part heavy traffic and only for special people and occasions. Rappler screengrab from sourced video

Laoag Vice Mayor Michael Fariñas buried

Jun 15, 2018 - 6:09 PM

House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas led the pall bearers in bringing his nephew's remains to the Maharlika Memorial Gardens in Laoag City

BURIAL. The vehicle bearing the casket of Laoag Vice Mayor Michael V. Fariñas passes through the city streets on June 15, 2018. Rappler photo

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 7, 2018

Jun 07, 2018 - 12:42 PM

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Laoag Vice Mayor Michael Fariñas dies in car crash

Jun 06, 2018 - 7:15 PM

(UPDATED) The vice mayor is a nephew of House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas

2 minors killed in Laoag City head-on collision

Nov 14, 2017 - 3:37 PM

Investigations show that the driver of the Isuzu Crosswind which rammed into a tricycle was under the influence of alcohol

CRASH. A tragic road crash that happened in Laoag City last November 11 took the lives of two minors. File Photo

Ilocos Norte execs want CA to declare House detention a form of 'torture'

Jun 26, 2017 - 4:45 PM

The provincial officials lawyer Estelito Mendoza urges the Court of Appeals to grant their petition for a writ of habeas corpus

DETAINED OFFICIALS. From left to right: Evangeline Tabulog, Josephine Calajate, Encarnacion Gaor, Genedine Jambaro, Eden Battulayan, and Pedro Agcaoili during a House hearing on June 20, when they still refused to properly testify before lawmakers. File photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

House panel issues show cause order to 3 CA justices over detention case

Jun 20, 2017 - 7:46 PM

The committee on good government asks appellate court justices to explain their order for the provisional release of the Ilocos Norte officials detained by the House

LEGISLATIVE VS JUDICIARY? The panel chaired by Representative Johnny Pimentel agrees to issue a show cause order against 3 CA justices. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

‘Maawa naman kayo,’ detained Ilocos Norte officials tell House

Jun 20, 2017 - 6:31 PM

The good government committee tells the officials If you’re not willing to answer any questions wala po kaming magagawa kundi ibalik kayo sa detention cell

EMOTIONAL WITNESSES. Ilocos Norte officials Genedine Jambaro and Eden Battulayan tear up in front of lawmakers during the hearing on June 20. Photo by Rappler

'Mastermind' muzzling Ilocos Norte execs in House probe, says Fariñas

Jun 16, 2017 - 1:09 PM

Asked whether he was referring to Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says Your guess is as good as mine maybe even better

NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH? Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says only by telling the truth before lawmakers will the Ilocos Norte officials be released from detention. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Cruel' for House to still detain Ilocos Norte officials – Bongbong Marcos

Jun 15, 2017 - 5:40 PM

Former senator Bongbong Marcos says he feels sorry for the situation of the officials claiming they are beginning to suffer symptoms while in detention

THE VISTOR. Former senator Bongbong Marcos steps out of the House Legislative Building, where 6 Ilocos Norte officials are detained. Photo from the Marcos camp

Alvarez calls CA justices ‘idiots’ over detention case of Ilocos Norte officials

Jun 14, 2017 - 6:51 PM

The House of Representatives rejects a Court of Appeals ruling ordering an explanation for detaining 6 Ilocos Norte officials who were deemed uncooperative in a committee hearing

NOT BUDGING. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez refuses to let go of the Ilocos Norte officials still detained at the House despite a CA ruling ordering their release. File photo by Rappler

House defies CA order to release detained Ilocos Norte officials

Jun 10, 2017 - 2:58 PM

The CA orders the officials release on June 9 but Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says they have questioned the court s jurisdiction over Congress contempt powers

DETAINED. Genedine Jambaro of the Ilocos Norte Provincial Treasurer's Office turns emotional on May 29 after the House good government and public accountability panel orders her detention. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Ilocos Norte officials detained in House seek writ of habeas corpus

Jun 02, 2017 - 12:06 PM

Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas who had initiate the probe doubts the Court of Appeals will find their detention illegal because they gave dismissive answers to the committee

DETAINED. Genedine Jambaro of the Ilocos Norte Provincial Treasurer's Office turns emotiona on May 29 after the House good government and public accountability panel ordered her detention. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House summons Imee Marcos to tobacco funds probe

May 29, 2017 - 10:55 AM

UPDATED The House committee on good government and public accountability also detains 6 Ilocos Norte officials for giving dismissive answers during the hearing

SUBPOENAED. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos. File photo by Vee Salazar/Rappler

Ilocos Norte’s tobacco funds go to Imee Marcos' pet projects

May 17, 2017 - 11:08 AM

Representative Rodolfo Fariñas leads a House probe of Ferdinand Marcos daughter Their families were longtime allies until they split in 2015

TOBACCO FUND MISUSE? Ilocos Norte Representative Rodolfo Farinas leads a probe on alleged tobacco funds misuse in his own province. Rappler photo

High school teacher from Ilocos places 6th in Bar

May 04, 2017 - 6:54 PM

Mark Dave Camarao makes history for Northwestern University Ilocandia s premiere university in Laoag City

TOPNOTCHER. Mark Camarao becomes the second bar topnotcher produced by the Northwern University in almost six decades.

#InspireCourage: Polio not an obstacle to work in vulcanizing shop

Mar 25, 2017 - 11:02 PM

Despite having no legs Warlito Tumpap works tirelessly at a vulcanizing shop to make ends meet for his family and send his children to school

PERSEVERANCE. Photo by Jeff Digma/ Rappler

WATCH: Filipino bike enthusiasts create hubless motorcycle

Mar 23, 2017 - 5:43 PM

Without a guide to speak of an all Ilocano group creates a fully functional hubless motorcycle showing Filipino ingenuity and resourcefulness at its finest

INNOVATIVE. This hubless motorcycle created by an all-Ilocano group is functional. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

Commercial activity back in Ilocos Norte

Oct 21, 2016 - 3:53 PM

UPDATED In Laoag City alone Vice Mayor Michael Fariñas pegs agricultural destruction at P7 million

BACK IN BUSINESS. Commercial establishments in Ilocos slowly recover after the storm. Photo by Patty Pasion

Some Ilocanos go home after Lawin devastation

Oct 20, 2016 - 9:59 PM

Some of the evacuees prefer staying in the centers because electricity has not been fully revived in the whole province

HOME SWEET HOME. Evacuees at Laoag, Ilocos Norte about to ride a coaster to go home after the onslaught of typhoon Lawin on Thursday, October 20. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Ilocanos show 'unconditional love' for Marcos on his 99th birthday

Sep 12, 2016 - 1:20 PM

Marcos daughter Imee thanks the Ilocanos for their unconditional love

NO TO HERO'S BURIAL. Three petitions have been filed against the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Supreme Court image from wikimedia.org

Ilocanos kick off Marcos' 99th birthday celebration

Sep 11, 2016 - 12:17 PM

The Solid North remains steadfast in their support for the late strongman

NO TO HERO'S BURIAL. Three petitions have been filed against the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Supreme Court image from wikimedia.org

'Great Ilocano': Province mates ask for hero's burial for Marcos

Sep 09, 2016 - 8:30 PM

As they celebrate the late dictator s 99th birth anniversary supporters say his presidency should be viewed not just from the perspective of Martial Law victims

MARCOS SUPPORTERS. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and members of the Rotary Club of Metro Ilocos Norte demonstrate the late president's trademark V-sign on September 9. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

DOF to file charges vs Laoag treasurer over missing P85-M fund

Aug 16, 2016 - 6:10 PM

Laoag City Treasurer Elena Asuncion has reportedly fled to Hawaii with her city s money The Department of Finance has asked the National Bureau of Investigation and other government agencies to get to the bottom of the case

MISSING FUNDS. Of the over P88 million of the Laoag City government’s funds, only P2.64 million are left in the form of time deposits

Filipino youth fear disenfranchisement in October polls

Aug 04, 2016 - 8:37 PM

October 31 marks the first Sangguniang Kabataan election after 3 years

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Bali Pure diposes Laoag, bags bronze in Shakey’s V-League

Jul 16, 2016 - 8:24 PM

The star studded crowd favorites Bali Pure sweep Laoag in the best of 3 series

BRONZE. Gretchel Soltones leads Bali Pure to a podium finish. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Soltones: Bali Pure must loosen up in V-League battle for 3rd

Jul 12, 2016 - 7:55 PM

Heading into the battle for third against the Laoag Power Smashers Gretchel Soltones hopes Bali Pure will reconnect with its identity of playing happy and relaxed

PLAY HAPPY. Gretchel Soltones (C) says Bali Pure must return to playing loose and composed. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

V-League: Air Force escapes Laoag to book first finals ticket

Jul 02, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Judy Ann Caballejo explodes with 23 points to lead Air Force in a 5 set victory

FINALS-BOUND. Judy Caballejo (L) jousts for the ball at the net. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Air Force sweeps Laoag, draws first blood in V-league semis

Jun 29, 2016 - 7:16 PM

Judy Ann Caballejo and Joy Cases lead the scoring for the Jet Spikers with 15 points each

SMASH. May Ann Pantino attempts an attack against two blockers. Photo by Josh Albelda/ Rappler

Robredo: Bongbong very active, not a minor during martial law

Mar 18, 2016 - 7:00 PM

The LP vice presidential candidate reiterates that the least her rival can do is to recognize that something wrong happened during his late father s regime

STRONG ADVOCACY. Administration candidate Leni Robredo is the most vocal among the vice presidential candidates on the issue of martial law. File photo from Leni Robredo's Twitter account

VLOG: Miriam Santiago woos Ilocano vote to launch campaign

Feb 09, 2016 - 5:41 PM

But she flies back to Manila right after

3 places in Ilocos to unwind this Halloween

Oct 28, 2015 - 10:28 PM

Planning a trip to Ilocos this Halloween? Check these place and events happening there

VIGAN. This city is one of the places you can visit for a great Halloween experience, with events like the Raniag Twilight Festival, the Zombie Outrun, and Halloween parties all over the city. The photo above shows Cirsologo street in 2002. File photo by Romeo Gacad / AFP

From Laoag to Fairbanks: A Fil-Am finds roots in Alaska

Aug 17, 2015 - 6:00 PM

What I love about living in Alaska is that being different is OK

Aquino ratings, military on Abu Sayyaf, ISIS beheading | The wRap

Nov 17, 2014 - 7:24 PM

The Aquino administration’s ratings recover after a record low The Philippine military puts pressure on the Abu Sayyaf after a deadly encounter ISIS beheads a US aid worker and 18 Syrians

#MarioPH grounds Laoag airport night flights

Sep 22, 2014 - 8:49 PM

Typhoon MarioPH flooded Laoag airport which grounded the lighting system at the runway

Online petition: Kick Ilocos school president out of PH

Aug 08, 2013 - 7:37 PM

The petitioners – the Hawaii based Nakem International – say the expulsion of 3 Ilocano speaking students demeans not only individuals but communities as well

SPEAK ENGLISH ONLY. The Saviour's Christian Academy in Ilocos Norte implements a strict English-speaking policy inside the campus. All photos by Herdy Yumul

Ilocano-speaking students only 'advised to transfer' – school

Aug 07, 2013 - 7:36 PM

The legal counsel of Saviour s Christian Academy in Laoag City says advised to transfer and expelled are two different things

SPEAK ENGLISH ONLY. The Saviour's Christian Academy in Ilocos Norte implements a strict English-speaking policy inside the campus. All photos by Herdy Yumul

Female Fariñas is Laoag City mayor

May 14, 2013 - 4:42 AM

In the province’s lone district Laoag City Chevylle V Fariñas receives majority votes as city mayor

Lolas vote in Laoag

May 13, 2013 - 6:36 PM

I always assumed that optimism fades as one grows older Today I saw otherwise

Homestretch: Fariñas vs Fariñas Part 2

May 02, 2013 - 9:23 PM

Roger Fariñas files a disqualification complaint against his rival in the Laoag mayoral race niece in law Chevylle Fariñas and her entire slate

Rudy Fariñas' son drops bid vs cousin

Apr 26, 2013 - 2:45 PM

This makes the vice mayoral race in Laoag a two way fight between outgoing Mayor Michael Fariñas and lawyer Kris Ablan

Suspected killer of party-list coordinator nabbed

Apr 10, 2013 - 12:33 AM

Laoag City police says Napoleon Ganotisi is the main suspect in the killing of Protestant pastor and 1st Kabagis party list coordinator Macario Campanano