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LOOK: Christmas village brings holiday cheer to Legazpi City

Dec 14, 2019 - 4:38 PM

The Christmas village in Sawangan Waterfront Park cheers up Bicolanos affected by Typhoon Tisoy

Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia

Legazpi Airport rehabilitation could take up to 40 days

Dec 05, 2019 - 11:42 PM

While the rehabilitation is ongoing, the airport's international arrival area will be used as its interim pre-departure area

MAJOR DAMAGE. The Legazpi Airport passenger terminal was heavily damaged when Typhoon Tisoy made landfall in Sorsogon last December 2. Photo by Simvale Sayat/AFP

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

Areas under state of calamity due to Typhoon Tisoy

Dec 04, 2019 - 7:15 PM

Here is a list of areas placed under a state of calamity due to Typhoon Tisoy (Kammuri) in December 2019

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

Typhoon Tisoy leaves 600 families homeless in Albay

Dec 03, 2019 - 7:48 PM

Albay remains powerless while communication lines are were also affected by typhoon

AFTERMATH. Residents of coastal villages in Legazpi City are left homeless by Typhoon Tisoy after barreling for province of Albay for 8 hours from Monday, December 2, until Tuesday morning, December 3, 2019. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Typhoon Tisoy leaves trail of destruction across Bicol

Dec 03, 2019 - 2:11 PM

Several buildings, trees, and electrical posts across the Bicol region are damaged after Typhoon Tisoy lashed the Philippines with fierce winds and heavy rain

DAMAGE. Several areas in Guinobatan, Albay face damage due to Typhoon Tisoy on Tuesday, December 3. Photo by Guinobatan Mayor Ann Gemma Ongjoco

LOOK: Legazpi Airport sustains heavy damage due to Typhoon Tisoy

Dec 03, 2019 - 8:58 AM

Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara says they will inspect the airport facilities soon as weather in the province improves

A view of the destroyed wall of the passenger terminal in Legaspi City, Albay province, south of Manila on December 3, 2019, after Typhoon Kamurri battered the province. - Typhoon Kammuri lashed the Philippines with fierce winds and heavy rain, as hundreds of thousands took refuge in shelters and the capital Manila prepared to shut down its international airport over safety concerns. (Photo by Simvale SAYAT / AFP)

LOOK: How local government units prepare for Typhoon Tisoy

Dec 02, 2019 - 4:44 PM

(UPDATED) Different local government units prepare for Typhoon Tisoy (Kammuri) by evacuating residents ahead of its landfall

Bichara orders mandatory evacuation in Albay due to Typhoon Tisoy

Dec 01, 2019 - 9:10 PM

Towns and cities prone to lahar, landslides, floods, and storm surges are covered by Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara's mandatory evacuation order

FORCED EVACUATION. Albay governor Al Francis Bichara orders the mandatory evacuation of families living in flood, lahar, and landslide prone areas, including communities threatened by storm surges. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

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

Albay couple turns unproductive riceland into bustling agritourism farm

Oct 26, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Rose and Maximo Sasutona reap the rewards of their patience and hard work 4 years after they converted their riceland into a grape farm

NEW TOURIST DESTINATION. Rose Sasutona (left) talks to a guest at her agri-tourism farm in Barangay Macabugos, Libon, Albay. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

LOOK: Sea turtle hatchlings released in Albay waters

Sep 05, 2019 - 6:51 PM

Close to a hundred sea turtle hatchlings are released in the coast of Cagmanaba village in Oas town

HEADED TO SEA. The DENR in Bicol releases 95 hawksbill turtle hatchlings in the waters of Sitio Imacoto, in Cagmanaba, Oas town in Albay on September 4, 2019. Photo courtesy of DENR Bicol

Ex-mayor Carlwyn Baldo posts P8.72M bail

Sep 04, 2019 - 4:59 PM

The family of the late congressman Rodel Batocabe opposes the grant of bail to former Daraga mayor Carlwyn Baldo, calling him a 'flight risk'

Businesswoman Gloria Go Baldo and lawyer Merito Levensky Fernandez pays the bail bond for ex-mayor Carlwyn Baldo at the RTC Branch 10. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Green sea turtle, whales found lifeless on Bicol shores

Aug 23, 2019 - 11:34 AM

Local residents bury the carcasses with the supervision of environment officials

DEAD. A 15-year-old green sea turtle is found dead in the shoreline of Barangay Calayucay in Sto Domingo, Albay. Photo courtesy of Andy Magdregalejo

Albay declares state of calamity due to dengue outbreak

Aug 14, 2019 - 11:21 AM

Regional authorities advise tourists not to visit dengue hot spots in Bicol as the number of cases in the region continues to rise

PROVINCIAL BOARD SESSION. The Sangguniang Panlalawigan holds its regular session on August 13, 2019. Photo from the Provincial Government of Albay website

Lahar-prone Albay town undergoes disaster preparation drill

Aug 10, 2019 - 10:05 AM

Residents of Santo Domingo town in Albay realize the importance of family and community cooperation during calamities

GUIDED. Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management staff facilitated the evacuation drill. Photo courtesy of Casandra Balala.

SSS runs after delinquent employers in Legazpi City

Aug 02, 2019 - 11:04 AM

Legazpi City was the latest stop in the nationwide Run After Contribution Evaders operations of the SSS

NON-COMPLIANT. SSS Acting Vice President for Operations Legal Services Division I and II Renato Jacinto S. Cuisia posts a show cause order outside a non-compliant business establishment in Legazpi, Albay. Photo by Mavic Conde

HPV vaccination now part of school-based immunization in Albay

Aug 01, 2019 - 7:26 PM

The HPV vaccination will start in August in the cities of Legazpi, Tabaco, and Ligao

VACCINATED. Female Grade 4 students are given the HPV vaccine during the ceremonial vaccination. Photo courtesy of Mavic Conde/Rappler

Light up Mayon Volcano? No plans yet, says Albay tourism official

Jul 07, 2019 - 1:44 PM

How can anyone consider lighting up something the size of Mayon Volcano when Albay has power problems, some netizens ask

PERFECT CONE. Mayon Volcano drwas tourists near and far to see its perfect cone. Photo by MarvinBikolano, CC BY-SA 4.0

Two fishermen drown in abandoned open-pit mine in Rapu-Rapu

Jun 25, 2019 - 5:57 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard and police are still looking for the two farmers who were with the fishermen

Aussies nab 2nd straight leg as foreigners dominate Le Tour Stage 4

Jun 17, 2019 - 6:14 PM

Jesse Coyle rules the grueling Legazpi-Sorsogon leg after teammate Samuel Hill topped Stage 3

ENDGAME. Le Tour de Filipinas enters its fifth and final stage. Pool photo


Residents of island in Albay struggle to get daily water supply

Jun 15, 2019 - 8:51 AM

Many residents of San Miguel Island in Tabaco, Albay, take daily boat trips to available water sources after their wells dried up due to prolonged El Niño

FULLY STOCKED UP. A couple on a boat full of filled water containers. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia

Rapu-Rapu's fishermen after mining

Jun 12, 2019 - 6:17 PM

Former miners in Rapu-Rapu, Albay, have returned to fishing, but they bring home less catch from waters that have been tainted by the mine's wastewater

LEFT BEHIND. The open pit mine is set to be dumped with land soon.

Usman-affected families in Albay village wish for safe relocation site

Jun 08, 2019 - 7:42 PM

Residents of Barangay Maynonong in Tiwi, Albay, have received help after their village experienced landslides in December 2018, but their ultimate wish is to live in a place free from the threat of disaster

Photo by Mavic Conde/Rappler

In Albay, impoverished kids find refuge in summer reading program

Jun 01, 2019 - 6:41 PM

'If they can connect the sound to the letter, which by the way is simply a symbol, they can read any word,' says reading trainer Humilidad Perfecto

BONDING. These kids were present during the interview for this article. Photo by Mavic Conde/Rappler

How a head teacher brings change to remote school in Albay

May 29, 2019 - 6:21 PM

Joem Periña has been teacher-in-charge of Sto Cristo Elementary School in Tiwi town for only 6 months, yet the local community has already felt the 'good changes' he has implemented in the school

TEACHER-IN-CHARGE. Joem Eprina, teacher-in-charge of Sto Cristo Elementary School, takes a breather during the Brigada Eskuwela on May 27, 2019. Photo by Mavic Conde

10 dead after jeepney falls into ravine in Albay

May 21, 2019 - 6:24 PM

(UPDATED) Among those killed are a school principal and a teacher who had just participated at Brigida Eskuwela at Apud Elementary School

CRASH SITE. A jeepney fell into a ravine in Libon, Albay, on May 21, 2019, leaving 6 people dead and 18 other passengers hurt. Photo courtesy of Jeric Bhor

Youth officials, cancer patient among PPCRV volunteers in Albay

May 18, 2019 - 10:35 AM

Meet some of the volunteers of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting in Albay

YOUTH VOLUNTEERS. The youth officials with another PPCRV volunteer. (Left to right) Analiza Villegas, Mark Anthony Bongalbal, and Maybelle Bogñalbal. Photo by Mavic Conde

Vice mayor edges out mayor, Batocabe widow in Daraga race

May 15, 2019 - 8:42 PM

(UPDATED) Mayor Carlwyn Baldo was tagged as the mastermind in the killing of Ako Bicol Partylist Rep. Rodel Batocabe

Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Pacquiao trainer Buboy Fernandez wins as Polangui vice mayor

May 15, 2019 - 1:04 AM

The eight-division world champion's confidante takes on a bigger role after first serving as councilor

TRUSTED. Buboy Fernandez has helped Manny Pacquiao clinch two rousing wins since taking over as chief trainer. File photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions


Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo opts not to vote

May 13, 2019 - 12:42 PM

Among the 172 prisoners given a chance to vote, Baldo opts not to, citing 'personal reasons'

EMBATTLED MAYOR. Daraga, Albay Mayor Carlwyn Baldo is accused of being the mastermind in the killing of AKO-Bicol congressman Rodel Batocabe and his aide. Photo from Baldo's Facebook page

Albay bank runs out of small bills few days before elections

May 12, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Make a guess why this bank has released small bills worth up to P100 million just before the May 13 elections

Bikoy faces estafa complaint over 2018 beauty pageant mess

May 10, 2019 - 1:27 PM

Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy is slapped with a P304,422 estafa complaint at the DOJ

BIKOY. Peter Joemel Advincula surfaces at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in Pasig City on May 6, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo surrenders

May 10, 2019 - 11:33 AM

(UPDATED) Mayor Carlwyn Baldo appears before Legazpi City Regional Trial Court Branch 10 Judge Maria Theresa San Juan Loquillano days after she issued a warrant for his arrest over the killing of AKO-Bicol congressman Rodel Batocabe and his aide

SURRENDER. Daraga, Albay Mayor Carlwyn Baldo surrenders to a courthouse. Photo from Baldo's Facebook page

Surrender, Batocabe son asks Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo

May 07, 2019 - 6:43 PM

The head of Baldo's legal team says they 'don't know the whereabouts' of the mayor

'PEACEFULLY SURRENDER.' Justin Batocabe, the son of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe, seeks justice for the killing of his father. File photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

MAP: Where P2.8-B cocaine ended up in PH over past decade

May 02, 2019 - 2:34 PM

In the past 10 years, at least 481 cocaine bricks have ended up in Philippine shores. We map where they were found.

COCAINE FINDS. There are over 30 incidents of Filipinos finding cocaine in Philippine shores and waters.

LOOK: Albay supermarket uses banana leaves, abaca instead of plastic

Apr 28, 2019 - 11:05 PM

A supermarket in Legazpi City, Albay, goes for eco-friendly alternatives to wrap fresh produce

How Santo Entierro unites Albay families in Good Friday procession

Apr 20, 2019 - 8:00 AM

'While making mistakes is part of our being human, we should not lose hope,' says a devotee, explaining how for her, Santo Entierro represents Jesus taking responsibility for our sins to save us

GOOD FRIDAY PROCESSION.Devotees join the Good Friday procession in Tiwi, Albay, on April 19, 2019. Photo by Mavic Conde

Touring Albay's churches through Visita Iglesia

Apr 18, 2019 - 11:26 AM

The rich Catholic heritage of Albay province is best seen during the traditional Visita Iglesia

Joroan church. Photo courtesy of Jemn Dimaculangan

Legazpi bishop urges voters not to sell their votes

Apr 15, 2019 - 10:55 PM

Legazpi Bishop Joel Baylon even challenges parishioners who attended the Palm Sunday service to drop the palaspas if they will give in to vote buying

EASTER. Bishop Joel Baylon of the Diocese of Legazpi leads the children back to Albay Cathedral right after the Easter Sunday dawn mass held at Penaranda Park. File photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Retired police colonel running for councilor killed in Legazpi City

Apr 10, 2019 - 4:26 PM

(UPDATED) Retired Police Colonel Ramiro Bausa, an independent candidate for Legazpi City councilor, was a former Camarines Sur police chief

SLAIN CANDIDATE. Former Camarines Sur police chief Ramiro Bausa was eyeing a seat in the Legazpi City Council. Photo from the Facebook page of Ramiro Mendenilla Bausa

Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo charged with murder over Batocabe killing

Apr 04, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Prosecutors file the murder charges before the Legazpi City Regional Trial Court

CHARGED. Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo is charged of murder and attempted murder over the killing of Ako Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe. Photo from Carlwyn Baldo's Facebook page

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

Papal Nuncio misses plane, skips Bicol Youth Day

Mar 04, 2019 - 8:50 PM

The absence of Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia disappoints over 3,000 youth delegates from all over Bicol

SUBSTITUTE. Bishop Joel 'Bong' Z. Baylon of the Diocese of Legazpi officiates the mass celebration on Saturday afternoon during the Bicol Regional Youth Day. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia

Court grants bail to Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo

Feb 12, 2019 - 5:49 PM

Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo will assume his duties as local chief executive after posting bail, says the Commission on Elections in Bicol

GRANTED BAIL. Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo is granted bail on February 12, 2019, 3 weeks after he was arrested for alleged illegal possession of firearms. Photo from Carlwyn Baldo's Facebook page

Out-of-school youth, undergrads shift to becoming full-time workers

Feb 06, 2019 - 9:31 AM

'I thought my life is going nowhere. Thanks to JobStart, I got hope,' says teenage father Stonelieh Constante of the DOLE's program in Bicol

LIFE CHANGER. 18-year-old Stonelieh Constante takes a photo at their site. He is now working as a hydraulic excavator. Photos courtesy of Stonelieh Constante

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

Batocabe widow to run for mayor

Feb 01, 2019 - 3:58 PM

'I have the President behind me, the governor behind me, the people behind me and my family behind me,' says Gertie Duran-Batocabe

ANNOUNCEMENT. Gertie Duran-Batocabe announces her decision to replace slain husband AKO-Bicol Rep Rodel Batocabe in the mayoral race in Daraga, Albay, on February 1, 2019. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Principal's wish: Relocate flood-prone school in Albay

Jan 26, 2019 - 2:47 PM

Joroan Elementary School in Tiwi town is located near a farm irrigation system and a river

SCHOOL PRINCIPAL. Head teacher Mary Jean Cirujales, together with Joroan Elementary students, during a relief operation. Photo by Mavic Conde/Rappler

Victor Perete named acting Daraga mayor while Baldo is in jail

Jan 25, 2019 - 6:07 PM

(3rd UPDATE) DILG Bicol will have to enforce the succession within 48 hours from Friday afternoon

DILG orders Vice Mayor Victor Perete to take over as mayor of Daraga, Albay. Photo from Perete's Facebook