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Cavite-Laguna Expressway to start toll collection on February 10

Feb 06, 2020 - 7:50 PM

The first 10.7-kilometer segment of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway will begin charging toll after 3 months of operations

TOLL COLLECTION STARTS. The Cavite-Laguna Expressway will now charge a toll fee from motorists. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

FALSE: 'Positive' coronavirus case in Laguna hospital

Jan 31, 2020 - 10:37 PM

The Global Medical Center of Laguna says it 'has no confirmed 2019 coronavirus case' there around the time the claim was spread

Taal Volcano ash wipes out bee pasture in Laguna

Jan 18, 2020 - 5:54 PM

Native bee colonies take a hit from widespread damage to plants, but they can help the regrowth of foliage if people introduce the plant species bees prefer

ASHFALL. Flower plots in a bee pasture in Calamba, Laguna, are choked by ash from Taal Volcano in neighboring Batangas. Photo courtesy of Ame Locsin

Calabarzon residents have no management plan for volcanic eruptions – survey

Jan 15, 2020 - 9:00 AM

On a national average, 99.80% of households surveyed across the Philippines also have no disaster management plan specific for volcanic eruption

Photo courtesy of the Philippine Air Force

Biñan City is turning Taal Volcano's ash into bricks

Jan 14, 2020 - 9:07 PM

The bricks produced from the ash will be used for constructing facilities in Biñan City

In disaster-hit areas, people are stepping up to help Taal Volcano victims

Jan 13, 2020 - 7:14 PM

Meanwhile, some slam the Philippine government's perceived inaction in helping evacuees and other victims

1 dead, 3 hurt in Laguna road crash amid Taal Volcano ashfall

Jan 13, 2020 - 12:11 PM

A truck driver dies after sustaining severe injuries from a mishap in Calamba, Laguna

ROAD CRASH. Gilbert Dawal Briones, the driver of this truck, died due to severe injuries following a road crash in Calamba, Laguna, on January 13, 2019. Photo courtesy of Calamba Police

LOOK: Ashfall from Taal Volcano spreads to Calabarzon, Metro Manila

Jan 12, 2020 - 9:00 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology says the Taal Volcano ashfall has reached as far as Quezon City

Ashfall from the Taal Volcano was observed reaching as far Silang, Cavite on Sunday afternoon, January 12. Photo by Vea Magsaysay

Lambanog that killed 8 in Laguna tests positive for high levels of methanol

Dec 25, 2019 - 1:32 PM

The samples contain 11.4% to 18.2% methanol, a toxic amount of the substance

LAMBANOG POISONING. Patients from Rizal, Laguna rest at the Emergency Room of Philippine General Hospital on December 23, 2019. Around 8 individuals are reportedly dead after drinking lambanog and experiencing stomach ache and vomiting. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

At least 8 dead after drinking lambanog in Laguna, Quezon

Dec 22, 2019 - 9:55 PM

(3rd UPDATE) More than 100 people are also rushed to hospitals after experiencing stomachache and vomiting

POISONING. More than 150 residents of Rizal, Laguna, are rushed to the Philippine General Hospital in Manila on Sunday night, December 22, for suspected methanol poisoning after drinking lambanog. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PNR: More trips to Los Baños if ridership improves

Dec 04, 2019 - 7:40 PM

The new train set added to the main line can accommodate 81 passengers

KOGANE TRAIN. The Philippine National Railways added a Kogane train set to its main line that now extends to Los Baños. File photo from DOTr

An 'interactive water show' by Tokyo-based teamLab is coming to Nuvali

Nov 14, 2019 - 3:10 PM

(UPDATED) The global teamLab digital art experience is heading to the Philippines for a one-of-a-kind interactive water show!

Basilan sends Abu Sayyaf surrenderers to various cities to learn livelihood

Nov 13, 2019 - 9:58 PM

Hundreds of former Abu Sayyaf Group members will undergo an exposure tour in Quezon City, Bulacan, Baguio City, La Trinidad, Benguet, and Los Baños, Laguna

EXPOSURE TOUR. Hundreds of former Abu Sayyaf Group members will undergo an exposure tour in Quezon City, Bulacan, Baguio City, La Trinidad, Benguet, and Los Baños, Laguna. Photo from Richard Falcatan/Rappler

This farm in Pagsanjan empowers banana farmers through sustainable agri-livelihood project

Nov 08, 2019 - 12:15 AM

Villa Socorro Farm has provided livelihood for over 200 farmers through producing banana chips

Labor leader shot dead in Laguna

Nov 06, 2019 - 8:30 AM

Reynaldo Malaborbor was among 3 farmers arrested in 2010 by the military and whose case was dismissed 4 years ago

SEEKING JUSTICE. Image courtesy of Kasama-TK.

Cavite-Laguna Expressway starts partial operations

Oct 30, 2019 - 8:32 PM

CALAX will be open from 6 am to 10 pm during the Undas weeked

OPEN FOR MOTORISTS. The Cavite-Laguna Expressway is expected to serve around 10,000 cars, cutting travel time from 45 minutes to 10 minutes from Mamplasan to Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road. Photo from MPT South Management Corporation

LOOK: The first segment of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway

Oct 23, 2019 - 4:53 PM

The project is 90% completed, says Public Works Secretary Mark Villar

OPENING SOON. This section of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway covers the Mamplasan Exit in Biñan, Laguna. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Cavite-Laguna Expressway passable by October 30 – DPWH

Oct 22, 2019 - 3:28 PM

Entry and exit points at Mamplasan Interchange in Biñan, Laguna, and Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road will be opened in time for Undas 2019

OPEN ON UNDAS. The Cavite-Laguna Expressway is set to open on October 30, and is expected to serve 10,000 motorists. Photo from MPIC website

Suspects in Masbate town vice mayor’s slay ordered released

Oct 13, 2019 - 11:02 AM

The cases filed against the 4 men are under investigation

Manila Police District director Vicente Danao shows to members of the media the suspects allegedly responsible for the killing of Batuan, Masbate vice mayor Charlie Yuson III during a press briefing at the lobby of the MPD Headquarters on October 10, 2019. The suspects were identified as Bradford Solis Fuerte,Juanito De luna Bustamante,Junel Gomez Reyes at Rigor Dela Cruz. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Masbate town vice mayor’s slay: Alleged gunmen from Tarlac, Laguna arrested

Oct 10, 2019 - 8:01 PM

The suspected killers of Batuan Vice Mayor Charlie Yuson III are arrested after a CCTV camera captures the plate number of their escape vehicle

PARADED. The four suspects who killed Vice-Mayor Charlie Yuson III of Batuan, Masbate is arrested by authorities and now being detained Manila Police District. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Farmers are business partners in this zero-waste café

Sep 28, 2019 - 1:30 PM

Sierreza – which has artisan stores in Los Baños and Maginhawa Street – has no set menu. It serves what farmers in partner communities plant.

DRIED and processed goods are available at Sierreza.

DOH confirms 2nd case of polio in the Philippines

Sep 20, 2019 - 6:23 PM

A day after declaring a polio outbreak in the country, the health department says the disease is found in a 5-year-old boy from Laguna

SECOND CASE OF POLIO. The Department of Health confirmed a second case of polio in Laguna, September 20, 2019.

AFP: 'NPA leader arrested' in Laguna

Sep 18, 2019 - 9:40 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The military says the arrest of Antonia Setias Dizon is a 'major blow' to the communist party, but a labor rights group calls it 'illegal' and a form of 'political harassment'

REBEL LEADER. Antonia Setias Dizon is arrested in Laguna on September 17, 2019. The military says her arrest is a 'major blow' to the communist New People's Army. Photo from the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Cockpit voice recorder of crashed plane in Laguna retrieved, to be decoded

Sep 12, 2019 - 9:12 PM

The aircraft wreckage also undergoes reconstruction

RETRIEVED RECORDER. A third-party Australian firm will be decoding the recorder's contents in aid of the probe into what caused the crash. Photo courtesy of CAAP Media - FOI

9 dead as small plane crashes at Calamba resort in Laguna

Sep 01, 2019 - 5:00 PM

(4th UPDATE) The light aircraft was used for medical evacuation. Among the dead are the patient being transported, the patient's wife, a doctor, and nurses.

Plane crash Calamba City Sept 1. Photo by Cabuyao Cabuyao City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office

Santa Rosa City in Laguna gets own congressional district

Aug 28, 2019 - 9:35 PM

(UPDATED) The city is carved out of the 1st district of Laguna, leaving San Pedro City as the only local government left in that district

COA to Laguna hospital: Fix waste storage and disposal

Aug 27, 2019 - 11:25 AM

The Commission on Audit finds that the Laguna Medical Center violated the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 and the Health Care Waste Management Manual

Here’s why you’re never too young (or old) to change the world

Aug 16, 2019 - 12:07 PM

These grade 6 students prove that anyone can make a difference

Suspect in Grade 7 Laguna student slay arrested

Jul 09, 2019 - 11:35 AM

Police track down security guard Renz Ivan Balderama in Barangay Bucal in Calamba City

Grade 7 student from Laguna shot inside school

Jul 04, 2019 - 5:37 PM

(4th UPDATE) The Department of Education says the victim died at at 4 pm on Thursday, hours after the attack

Rice straw biogas facility in Laguna makes use of waste

Jun 24, 2019 - 3:47 PM

The Rice Straw to Biogas project is the first of its kind and scale in the Philippines to use leftover rice straw to produce food, fuel, and soil conditioner

GLIMPSE. The country’s first rice straw biogas facility is set to formally open in Victoria, Laguna on June 26, 2019. Photo from Straw Innovations Ltd Press Release

UPLB graduate wants to help farmers like his grandfather

Jun 23, 2019 - 3:31 PM

University of the Philippines Los Baños graduate Romel Arrobang recalls his grandfather saying, 'Kung hindi ako magtatanim, paano kakain ang mga tao?'

  Photo by Romel Arrobang

Son of junk collector graduates from UPLB, dedicates achievement to parents

Jun 18, 2019 - 6:54 PM

27-year-old Thomas John Tenedero says he owes his success to his parents, who exhausted all means for his studies


WATCH: Ice pellets hit Laguna

May 28, 2019 - 10:20 PM

In the video, ice pellets are seen hitting the roof of a tricycle parked in Barangay Langkiwa in Biñan, Laguna

Ebe Dancel returns to stage with benefit gig for some very good boys and girls

May 17, 2019 - 4:59 PM

The singer is performing for the benefit of Save the Laguna Pit Bulls Sanctuary

EBE DANCEL. The musician returns to the stage for a benefit gig for Save the Laguna Pitbulls Sanctuary. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Last push: Where 2019 senatorial candidates close their campaigns

May 11, 2019 - 5:18 PM

(UPDATED) Here's where and how the senatorial candidates are spending their last days on the campaign trail

On the last day of the 2019 election campaign, reelectionist Sen. Nancy Binay is joined by Rep. Gus Tambunting while visiting a public market in Sucat Road. Sen. Binay woed Paranaque voters as she barnstormed barangays BF Homes, San Isidro, La Huerta, Dongalo and Baclaran in Paranaque City. Photo courtesy of Senator Nancy Binay Media

Kris Aquino endorses Bam Aquino, Chel Diokno in San Pedro, Laguna

May 06, 2019 - 7:20 PM

'I hope you'll like them,' Kris Aquino says during a mini-rally

Celebrity host and actress Kris Aquino visited Sen. Bam Aquino’s sortie in San Pedro, Laguna to greet her cousin on his birthday. With them is Senatorial candidate Chel Diokno. May 6, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

1 killed, 130 arrested in Laguna one-day, anti-crime drive

Apr 12, 2019 - 9:24 AM

Police say one drug suspect armed with a gun 'became aggressive,' forcing cops to shoot him

Former Batangas official abducted in Nuvali hotel in Laguna

Apr 04, 2019 - 9:46 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Police say around 15 gun-toting masked men abducted two former aides of slain Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili as they dined at the Seda Nuvali hotel restaurant

Construction of CALAEX Cavite segment starts

Mar 27, 2019 - 2:25 PM

The Cavite-Laguna Expressway is expected to reduce travel time from the Cavitex to the SLEX by 45 minutes

SEAMLESS CONNECTION. The Department of Public Works and Highways leads the groundbreaking of the Cavite portion of the Cavite Laguna Expressway, along with officials from Pangilinan-led Metro Pacific group and Cavite local government. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

MWSS eyes Laguna Lake as additional water source

Mar 26, 2019 - 7:25 PM

MWSS Administrator Reynaldo Velasco says Laguna de Bay should be dredged to improve its water quality, therefore making it easier to source water

MWSS Administrator Reynaldo Velasco gestures during a congressional hearing, on March 18, 2019, on the water shortage being experienced in many areas in Metro Manila and Rizal province. Photo by Darren Langit

NDF consultant Frank Fernandez, wife arrested in Laguna

Mar 25, 2019 - 2:14 PM

The 71-year-old communist leader is the 6th National Democratic Front consultant arrested since talks between the Duterte government and communist insurgents broke down

ARRESTED. NDF consultant Frank Fernandez and his wife Cleofe Lagtapon are arrested for illegal possession of firearms and explosives in Laguna. PNP photo

VIRAL: Father sells banana cake for son's liver transplant

Mar 06, 2019 - 2:07 PM

Antonio Detablan sells homemade banana cakes for P120 each to fund a P1.6-million liver transplant for his infant son

Laguna newspaper out to prove print is not dying

Mar 05, 2019 - 3:57 PM

While newspapers are moving online, a media start-up in Laguna ventures into the print business

Laguna-based rehab center champions mental health through comic book

Feb 26, 2019 - 6:31 PM

'Cyber Brain' is about man’s overdependence on technology in a highly-digitized world and how it affects people’s state of mind

DEDICATION. The One Algon Place Foundation launches Cyber Brain comic book on February 22, 2019 at New World Hotel, Makati City. (From left to right: Dr. Eric Tayag, Mr. Rudin Gonzalez III, Atty. Toni Umali). Photo by Nicole Anne Del Rosario/Rappler

Laguna politicians vow to deliver votes for Duterte's slate

Feb 24, 2019 - 9:45 AM

In 2016, these local politicians supported then-administration standard bearer Mar Roxas

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte raises the hands of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-LABAN) candidates during the party's campaign rally at the Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan City, Laguna on February 23, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Department of Agriculture eyes more solar irrigation facilities in Laguna, Rizal

Feb 20, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says that the use of solar-powered irrigation systems can also save farmers more money

Busy Farmers in North of Manila in Pugo La Union get hope after Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said “We will focus on agriculture in the coming years. We know that the major reason for inflation this year has been the logistics problems we have had in agriculture, as well as production problems.” Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

DOH monitoring suspected MERS case in Laguna

Feb 20, 2019 - 2:11 PM

DOH Undersecretary Eric Domingo says they are still waiting for the results of lab tests to confirm if the patient has the viral respiratory disease

MERS. This undated handout picture courtesy of the British Health Protection Agency shows the Coronavirus seen under an electron microscope. AFP PHOTO / British Health Protection Agency

Gov't goes after more businesses polluting Manila Bay, waterways

Feb 19, 2019 - 6:10 PM

The Laguna Lake Development Authority finds more businesses with environmental violations in Pasay and Manila

The Laguna Lake Development Authority has issued 5 cease and desist orders, 3 ex-parte orders and 12 notice of violations to erring businesses in the cities of Pasay and Manila on Tuesday, February 19. Photo by Anna Mogato/Rappler

DOH: Rizal, Laguna, Batangas top measles cases in Calabarzon

Feb 09, 2019 - 7:01 PM

(UPDATED) There is a total of 560 cases in Calabarzon, 409% higher than 2018's record of 110

VACCINATE. DOH Calabarzon regional director Eduard Janairo vaccinates a child during a regional mass immunization program of the region. Photo by DOH-Calabarzon