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NCR, Western Visayas nail Palaro volley title berths

May 03, 2019 - 8:59 PM

National Capital Region and Western Visayas arrange a championship showdown in secondary boys volleyball

TIGHT DUEL. A Western Visayas spiker soars for a kill against Central Luzon during their thrilling semis duel. Photo by Adz Bernabe/Rappler

Countries send condolences after earthquakes in PH

Apr 24, 2019 - 7:50 PM

'We offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims of [the Luzon] earthquake,' says United States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim

Rescuers look for victims from a collapsed supermarket in Porac, Pampanga on Tuesday, April, 23, 2019, after a 6.1-magnitude earthquake jolted Zambales, Pampanga, Metro Manila, and parts of Luzon late Monday afternoon. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: People evacuate after magnitude 6.5 earthquake hits Visayas

Apr 23, 2019 - 6:19 PM

The earthquake prompts evacuations in Samar, Tacloban City, Leyte, Bacolod City, Iloilo, and Cebu

LEYTE NORMAL UNIVERSITY. Photo by Oliver Diaz

Netizens tweet photos, videos after magnitude 6.5 earthquake in Visayas

Apr 23, 2019 - 3:45 PM

Social media users shared photos of evacuation conducted in campuses, buildings, and commercial establishments following the latest strong earthquake

Brownouts occur after strong Visayas earthquake

Apr 23, 2019 - 3:45 PM

(UPDATED) The magnitude 6.5 earthquake on Tuesday, April 23, causes power outages in Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Calbayog City, and Leyte

Magnitude 6.5 earthquake jolts Visayas

Apr 23, 2019 - 2:01 PM

(UPDATED) The epicenter of the Visayas earthquake on Tuesday, April 23, is located in Eastern Samar

Duterte says new drug lord in Western Visayas will also die

Apr 12, 2019 - 7:51 PM

'Patay rin yan. Yan ang sigurado,' says Duterte, speaking behind a bullet-proof glass during the PDP-Laban rally in Bacolod

PREDICTION. President Rodrigo Duterte leads the campaign rally of PDP-Laban in the Bacolod City Government Center football field in Bacolod City Thursday night, April 11. RTVM screenshot

Who are winning in campus mock senatorial polls?

Apr 12, 2019 - 11:56 AM

Share the results of your campus mock polls with MovePH, Rappler’s civic engagement arm

Cebu police arrest another suspect in Silawan killing

Apr 10, 2019 - 12:32 AM

Police Colonel Limuel Obon, chief of Lapu-Lapu City police, confirms the arrest but does not give further details about the operation

Visayas State University cleared after bomb threat

Mar 28, 2019 - 10:58 PM

VSU President Edgardo Tulin urges students to remain vigilant following the 'security threat' that prompted the suspension of classes and office work in the university

SWEEPING EVERY CORNER. Bomb sniffing dogs check one of the dorms inside VSU Upper Campus on March 27, 2019. Contributed Photo

Miagao's hablon weavers to conduct free demos, lectures in Iloilo

Mar 03, 2019 - 5:35 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The 'Kababainhan, Paghabol, Komunidad: A Hablon Weaving Demonstration and Lecture' is a tribute to the artistry and craftsmanship of weavers of Panay

Ateneo claims PCCL national title with UV rout

Jan 28, 2019 - 6:35 PM

With players arriving late from their classes, the Blue Eagles bank on Isaac Go to lift the championship

KINGS OF COURT. After winning a second straight UAAP crown, Ateneo Blue Eagles rule the Philippine Collegiate Champions League. Photo by JR Isaga/Rappler


9 soldiers wounded as Army seizes NPA camp in Samar

Jan 19, 2019 - 11:49 PM

Brigadier General Ramil Bitong says the New People's Army rebels hastily escaped, leaving behind their valuables and subversive documents

OVERRUN. The 803rd Brigade of the Philippine Army overruns a camp of the New People's Army in Samar. Photo courtesy of 803rd Brigade, Philippine Army

Call for applications: 2019 Cebu Young Writers Studio

Nov 22, 2018 - 4:10 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Deadline for the submission of manuscripts is on January 5, 2019

Visayas football event comes to Batangas

Sep 15, 2018 - 11:07 AM

On its 20th season, the Aboitiz Cup football tournament in the Visayas branches out to Luzon

GAME ON. Aboitiz Cup organizers (from left) RSA 1 CEO Rely San Agustin, Dudes Aboitiz of Aboitiz Land, Joey Zamora of The Outlets at Lipa, and Mischelle Sta. Ana, the CSR head of Abiotiz Land unveil the new football event in Batangas.

Arrests, killings not enough to solve Cebu drug problem – regional police

Sep 13, 2018 - 12:32 AM

There has to be intervention too, says Central Visayas police chief Debold Sinas, like rehabilitation and the provision of livelihood to reintegrated citizens

CEBU'S DRUG PROBLEM. Image of Debold Sinas from pnppro7.org. Surrenderees photo from Cebu City PNP PRO 7 Twitter account. File image of Jaime Mata's body from Facebook account of Lymar Tan.

WATCH: #MoveLeyte: 'Social Good in the Digital Age' forum in VSU

Sep 12, 2018 - 5:02 PM

Tickets to the public forum are free, but seats are limited. Register now!

Roque: Visayas, Mindanao 'more liberal' in defining what is offensive

Aug 31, 2018 - 1:07 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is 'mature enough' to know when his jokes are 'too low,' says Malacañang after his joke about rape cases in Davao City

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte interacts with the guests during the 49th Charter Day celebration of Mandaue City at the Mandaue City Cultural and Sports Complex (MCCSC) in Cebu on August 30, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

College student shot dead in Baybay City

Aug 28, 2018 - 2:20 PM

(UPDATED) Ronie Bercede Recilla was a computer science student at the Visayas State University

STUDENT KILLED. Visayas State University student Ronie Bercede Recilla is gunned down near a vulcanizing shop in Baybay City, Leyte. Photo courtesy of Jed Cortes/Amaranth

Scholars who didn't take science courses owe P6.8M to PSHS

Aug 21, 2018 - 4:23 PM

The COA report says the students come from the Philippine Science High School campuses in Western Visayas and Cordillera Administrative Region

MONEY OWED. The COA says students from the Philippine Science High School who did not take science and technology courses in college owe the school some P6.8 million. Photo from Philippine Science High School

Police link drug syndicate to killing of young Cebu couple

Jul 27, 2018 - 10:44 PM

Central Visayas police say they have evidence showing the male victim was involved in the illegal drug trade

The body of Jaime Mata is found dead in Barangay San Roque, Lilo-an town, Cebu on July 24.

Giving up not an option for persons with disabilities in Western Visayas

Jul 24, 2018 - 1:42 PM

Four PWDs in Western Visayas have given a face to the struggles commonly experienced by their sector in the Philippines

Visayas thwarts Gilas in final leg of PBA All-Star Week 2018

May 27, 2018 - 9:45 PM

The Visayas All-Stars spoil Calvin Abueva's monster 41-point and 27-rebound performance for the national team

LOOK: Gilas jives to Bboom Bboom to win dance showdown vs Visayas

May 27, 2018 - 9:30 PM

The national team players ham it up for their lone win in the dance showdown of the 3-leg series of the 2018 PBA All-Star Week

THE BEAST. Calvin Abueva and the national team may have lost on the basketball court but not on the dance floor. Photo by PBA Images


Police strengthen efforts to protect Boracay, Carabao islands

May 27, 2018 - 8:00 AM

'We should protect Boracay from outside Boracay,' Senior Superintendent Jesus Cambay Jr says, adding that the memorandum of understanding formalizes 'the cooperation of security forces and marketing of Hambil as a tourist destination'

PATROL. The almost empty Boracay White Beach is dotted with police who patrols the area. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Knee injury sidelines Joe Devance in Visayas leg of PBA All-Star Game 2018

May 23, 2018 - 5:16 PM

Barangay Ginebra fans in Iloilo City won't be seeing the 11-year PBA veteran

PERENNIAL. Joe Devance saw action in the last 4 editions of the All-Star festivities. Photo from PBA Images


LTO Western Visayas wants 1,800 ‘unregistered’ vehicles out of Boracay

May 01, 2018 - 4:09 PM

‘This is not confiscation of vehicles. This is clearing Boracay of unregistered vehicles and submitting them for registration,’ says Land Transportation Office Region VI Director Rolando Ramos

PHASEOUT. The Land Transportation Office in Western Visayas says registered tricycles on the island will be phased out by August 2018. Photo Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 27, 2018

Apr 27, 2018 - 11:31 AM

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

INTER-KOREAN SUMMIT. This screengrab from the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) taken on April 27, 2018 shows North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un (L) and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in walking together past the Military Demarcation Line that divides their countries at Panmunjeom. AFP PHOTO / KOREAN BROADCASTING SYSTEM (KBS)

DILG to file cases vs Aklan local gov't officials over Boracay neglect

Apr 26, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Interior Assistant Secretary Epimaco Densing III says that at least 10 local government officials are responsible for the neglect of the island

GREEN SHORES. The algae-tinged shores of Boracay is said to be an indication of high levels of water pollution. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Philippine economy to lose up to P1.96 billion over Boracay closure

Apr 24, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia says the growth rates of Western Visayas 'will be trimmed'

ECONOMIC IMPACT. Upon the orders of President Rodrigo Duterte, Boracay Island will be closed to tourists for 6 months starting Thursday, April 26. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Philippine athletics chief thumbs down Palarong Pambansa 2018 records

Apr 23, 2018 - 1:44 PM

The national athletics federation nullifies the records set by Veruel Verdadero, Eliza Cuyom, and Ann Katherine Quitoy as DepEd fails to follow protocol

SPEEDY STAR. Veruel Verdadero, a 16-year-old bet from Cavite, impresses in the 100-meter dash. File photo from Rappler

NCR lords over Palarong Pambansa field for 14th straight year

Apr 21, 2018 - 3:21 PM

The Big City bets amass 100 gold medals as Southern Tagalog-Calabarzon and Western Visayas round out the top 3

NCR shores up gold-medal haul to seal top spot in Palarong Pambansa 2018

Apr 20, 2018 - 12:50 PM

Calabarzon and Western Visayas figure in tight race for second spot

Davao Region eyes first gold in softball vs Western Visayas in Palarong Pabansa 2018

Apr 19, 2018 - 10:10 PM

The Davao Eagles enter for the first time the softball elementary finals of Palarong Pambansa

PITCH FOR GOLD. Davao Region Eagles beat Calabarzon in an extra eighth inning in softball elementary, securing a spot in the finals. Photo by Gerard Lucena/Rappler

Western Visayas, Calabarzon battle for 2nd spot as NCR pulls away in Palaro medal race

Apr 19, 2018 - 9:01 PM

Powerhouse Metro Manila virtually seals No. 1 with 42 gold medals heading into the final stretch

NCR breaches 30-gold mark, keeps top spot in Palarong Pambansa 2018

Apr 19, 2018 - 1:34 PM

Region 6 Western Visayas climbs to second, Region 4-A Southern Tagalog slips

Powerhouse NCR tightens grip of top spot in Palarong Pambansa 2018

Apr 18, 2018 - 1:58 PM

Traditional favorite NCR stays on top with a 25-gold, 16-silver, 12-bronze medal haul

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

Boracay workers need to get IDs starting April 18

Apr 17, 2018 - 11:43 PM

There will only be two entry and exit points during the 6-month closure of the world-famous tourist destination

PERMITS. Workers who are not residents of Boracay Island will have to apply for terminal passes at the Caticlan port in mainland Malay and the Cagban port in Manoc-Manoc, the rehabilitation task force says. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

Baguio's Bea Mendoza claims 2 chess golds in Palarong Pambansa 2018

Apr 17, 2018 - 9:49 AM

Mendoza, a Grade 11 student, snatches golds in the individual and team in chess blitz for high school girls

DOUBLE GOLD. File photo of Bea Mendoza, a senior high school student of University of Baguio, who has won two gold medals so far in Day 2 of Palarong Pambansa. Photo from Rene Pascua/ubaguio.edu

Labor groups seek wage hike for Central Visayas

Apr 08, 2018 - 12:35 PM

One petition is for an across-the-board daily wage increase of P155.80, while another petition wants an increase of P120

Guimaras teacher to get correct salary 11 years after promotion

Apr 01, 2018 - 7:24 PM

The Commission on Audit rules in favor of a Guimaras public school teacher who was denied her rightful pay grade from September 2006 to October 2015

'Payag Habagatan' calls for literary writings from Visayas and Mindanao

Mar 30, 2018 - 10:43 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The literary journal now welcomes literary works written in Binisaya, Chavacano, English, Hiligaynon, Meranao, and Surigaonon

PH student app developers nab presentation award in Japan

Mar 22, 2018 - 9:59 PM

The Philippine delegation's entry, an educational smartphone application called ‘Arijo’, bags the oustanding poster presentation award and is among the top 8 of 78 other groups from 34 different schools

PH DELEGATION. Banusing, Briones, Cruz and Flores (from Left to Right) at the event venue, Yokohama National University. Photos courtesy of Justin Banusing

CIDG to DOJ: Stop witness protection for 'uncooperative' Kerwin Espinosa

Mar 14, 2018 - 3:08 PM

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group has appealed to the justice department as early as September 2017. As of March 2018, Espinosa remains under witness protection.

WORTHY OF PROTECTION? Self-confessed drug lord appears before a DOJ hearing on August 24, 2017. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PNP to use subpoena powers if Lim, Espinosa drug charges dismissed

Mar 14, 2018 - 11:40 AM

(UPDATED) PNP CIDG chief Director Roel Obusan also says alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa has recanted his confession at a 2016 Senate hearing that he was involved in illegal drugs

UNDER OATH. Alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa takes his oath before testifying at the Senate hearing on the illegal drug trade in November 2016. Photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

DOJ clears Cebu businessman Peter Lim of drug trade charges

Mar 12, 2018 - 7:20 PM

In doing so, the DOJ also clears Kerwin Espinosa, convicted drug lord Peter Co, and alleged supplier Lovely Impal

Alleged Druglord Peter Lim with his councel arrive to attend the preliminary investigation on the illegal drug trade in Regions 7 and 8 at the DOJ in Manila on August 24, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Panglao island next in DENR 'crackdown on environmental violators'

Feb 22, 2018 - 5:49 PM

A regional investigating team is tasked to find out the establishments in Panglao Bay that are violating the Clean Water Act and the Solid Waste Management Act

UP NEXT. The environment department says Bohol's Panglao island is next in its crackdown of beach resorts and establishments that are violating environmental laws.

Hundreds of passengers stranded in Visayas and Mindanao due to Basyang

Feb 12, 2018 - 4:30 PM

Ports in Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, and Northern Mindanao, and Caraga are affected

After Carandang, VACC goes after another Deputy Ombudsman

Jan 09, 2018 - 4:01 PM

The complaint is filed before the Office of the President despite an SC ruling declaring the President's power to remove a deputy ombudsman and special prosecutor unconstitutional

FOR DISCIPLINARY ACTION? For his suspension and dismissal orders against former governor Roel Degamo, Deputy Ombudsman for Visayas Paul Clemente faces a complaint before the Office of the President seeking a disciplinary action against him.