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GoPro video reveals last moments of doomed Himalayan climbers

Jul 09, 2019 - 7:25 AM

An officer of the rescuing Indo-Tibetan Border Police says, the 'GoPro has proved to be like the black box of an aircraft giving an insight into the last few moments of the climbers'

In this handout photo taken and released by the Indo Tibetan Border Patrol (ITBP) on July 3, 2019, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel line up the bodies of mountaineers retrieved from Nanda Devi after landing in a helicopter in Pithoragarh in the Indian state of Uttarakhand on July 3, 2019. - Indian rescuers brought down on July 3 the bodies of four out of eight climbers killed in an avalanche almost six weeks ago on the country's second-highest mountain. The four Britons, two Americans, one Indian and one Australian went missing in the last week of May trying to summit a virgin peak on Nanda Devi in the Himalayas. (Photo by Handout / Indo Tibetan Border Patrol (ITBP) / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / INDO TIBETAN BORDER PATROL" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ---

Indian rescuers to airlift bodies back from Himalaya slope

Jun 24, 2019 - 4:11 PM

Indo-Tibetan Border Police spokesman Vivek Kumar Pandey says the bodies would be brought to the base camp from where they will attempt to airlift them down using special choppers

RESCUE TEAM. This handout photo released by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 13, 2019, shows members of the rescue team before their departure by land to the Nanda Devi East base camp, Handout photo by Indo Tibetan Border Police/AFP

Bodies of 7 climbers retrieved from Indian mountain

Jun 23, 2019 - 11:25 PM

Authorities say it took 5 hours to retrieve the bodies

India aborts mission to recover climbers' bodies on Nanda Devi

Jun 05, 2019 - 11:21 PM

An Air Force helicopter is hindered by turbulent winds, the risk of further avalanches, the bowl-shaped terrain, the high altitude, and the fact that there is only one possible approach route to the site

AERIAL VIEW. In this handout photo released by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police on June 3, 2019, rescued mountaineers look at a an aerial picture along with rescue personnel upon arriving to a Indo-Tibetan Border Police camp in Pithoragarh after being rescued following an avalanche while climbing the Nanda Devi in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand in India. AFP PHOTO / Indo-Tibetan Border Police

Climbers who died on Indian peak took path without permission

Jun 05, 2019 - 12:22 AM

'This mountain range is more difficult to scale than Mount Everest. They knowingly risked their lives after changing their plans without informing the authorities,' says an official involved in the operation

RESCUED. In this handout photo released by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police on June 3, 2019, rescued mountaineer Zachary Quain (R) and Mark Thomas (2R) arrive with rescue personnel to Indo-Tibetan Border Police camp in Pithoragarh after being rescued following an avalanche while climbing the Nanda Devi in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand in India. AFP PHOTO / Indo-Tibetan Border Police

Bodies spotted in search for missing climbers in India

Jun 03, 2019 - 10:59 PM

The search operation involving the helicopters and dozens of mountain rescuers has been hampered by poor weather and the remoteness of the area

RESCUED. In this handout photo released by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 3, 2019, rescued mountaineers (L-R) Zachary Quai, Ian Wade, Kate Armstrone and Mark Thomas speak with an ITBP personnel upon arriving to the ITBP camp in Pithoragarh after being rescued following an avalanche while climbing the Nanda Devi in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand in India. AFP PHOTO / Indo-Tibetan Border Police

4 rescued, 8 still missing on avalanche-hit Indian peak

Jun 02, 2019 - 7:53 PM

The 8 missing climbers are said to have scaled an unclimbed summit in the mountain range

Rivals no more? Daniel Padilla, James Reid star in ‘Doble Hataw’

May 24, 2019 - 6:03 PM

Pepsi and Mountain Dew bring together PH’s two biggest stars for their biggest project yet

Are you ready for a James Reid and Daniel Padilla collab?

May 21, 2019 - 5:30 PM

You read that right. Two of today’s biggest actors will be starring in a project together.

Sagada mayor, residents tell tourists: 'Respect us'

Apr 15, 2019 - 7:22 PM

Sagada is at the forefront of limiting tourists in the area ever since 'That Thing Called Tadhana' hit theaters in 2014, creating a spike in tourist arrivals in the town

SAGADA'S RESPONSIBLE TOURISM. Photo composite. Images courtesy of the Sagada Responsible Tourism Facebook page

Butcher beheads fellow butcher in Bontoc

Apr 13, 2019 - 10:33 PM

A drinking spree between the two butchers turns gruesome

Image from Shutterstock

Nepal sending team to clean Mount Everest

Apr 12, 2019 - 10:20 AM

A 14-member team will be sent to Everest base camp from April 25 and aim to bring back 10,000 kilograms or 11 tons of trash

CLEAN-UP. File photo of taken on May 9, 2016, mountaineers walk from Camp 3 to Camp 4, as they push for the summit of Mount Everest. Photo by Nima Gyalzen Sherpa

Cop dies in NPA encounter in Mountain Province

Apr 02, 2019 - 9:42 PM

Police Corporal Marlon Casil is killed in the Tadian encounter

PCpl Marlon Casil. Photo by Harley Palangchao

Mountain Province cop killed in encounter with NPA

Mar 29, 2019 - 6:34 PM

The encounter occurs as Philippine National Police chief Director Oscar Albayalde is in nearby Camp Dangwa in La Trinidad, Benguet, for a command conference

ENCOUNTER. Patrolman Wilfredo Padawil dies while being treated at the Luis Hora Memorial Hospital in Bauko, Mt. Province. Photo by Jonathan Tambol

Filipina mountaineer eyes Everest after Mt Apo conquest

Mar 05, 2019 - 6:20 PM

In preparation for her Everest expedition, Carla Tumaliuan regularly climbs, does crampons training, bouldering, running, and practices of her knot-tying skills

GREATER HEIGHTS. Carla Tumaliuan prepares for her Mount Everest climb after finishing Mount Apo in 6 hours. Photo from release

DOH records 508% increase in measles cases in Cordillera

Feb 08, 2019 - 9:45 PM

(UPDATED) The regional health office has monitored 79 measles cases in the region from January 1 to February 2 – more than 5 times what it recorded in the same period last year

Refugee's book written on WhatsApp wins Australia's richest literary prize

Feb 01, 2019 - 10:58 AM

The imprisoned Behrouz Boochani, a Kurd journalist and filmmaker, says he wrote his book 'No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison' bit-by-bit using WhatsApp

WHATSAPP.

Itogon miners fulfill promise to make town safer for Natonin folk

Dec 28, 2018 - 11:35 PM

The miners make good on a promise to blast the rocks remaining precariously on a slope, endangering people

Photos by Jake Gayog

Mayor issues new traffic ordinance to end 'Sagada Carmageddon'

Dec 27, 2018 - 6:26 PM

Parking will not be allowed in all major roads, sidewalks and other passages in Sagada from 6 am to 8:30 pm. This means, tourists are advised to walk or take public transport.

Photo by Dr Philip Del Carmen

Morocco eyes 'terror' link as it makes new arrests in hikers murder

Dec 20, 2018 - 8:27 PM

The killings spark fears of a hit to Morocco's crucial tourist sector as the kingdom's relative security has always been a major selling point

Long weekend 'carmageddon' prompts calls for Sagada tourism regulation

Dec 06, 2018 - 4:15 PM

The Sagada tourism council, regional Department of Tourism representatives, and stakeholders have met to discuss the situation, especially with more visitors expected during the Christmas holidays

SAGADA SUNRISE. Tourists watch the sunrise at Sagada. Photo by Jungarcia888 from Wikimedia Commons

Fire ruins famous Sagada sunrise view

Nov 09, 2018 - 10:44 PM

All tours are temporarily prohibited at Kiltepan Peak – that spot made famous by the movie 'That Thing Called Tadhana'

RUINS. A huge fire on November 8, 2018, hits the two buildings behind the spot where dozens of tourists station themselves to watch the Kiltepan sunrise in Sagada, Mountain Province. Photo courtesy of Sagada LGU

Retrieval operations in DPWH building in Mountain Province terminated

Nov 08, 2018 - 10:53 PM

After three days of fruitless dig-and-search operations, the retrieval team decides to terminate its work

Rescue operations now on going at Brgy Banawel, Natonin. Photo from the Department of Public Works and Highways

2 more bodies retrieved from DPWH building identified

Nov 05, 2018 - 7:04 PM

Rains the past two days hamper retrieval operations in buried DPWH building in Mountain Province

Rescue operations now on going at Brgy Banawel, Natonin. Photo from the Department of Public Works and Highways

At least 12 bodies recovered from buried DPWH building

Nov 03, 2018 - 2:18 PM

More bodies are recovered at the landslide site in Natonin, Mountain Province, on Friday, November 2, bringing the total to 12

RETRIEVAL OPERATIONS. The second day of retrieval operations in Sitio Ha'rang, Banawel, Natonin, Mountain Province. Photo courtesy of the Natonin Municipal Police Station

3 more bodies recovered from DPWH Bldg in Mountain Province

Nov 01, 2018 - 10:03 PM

Twenty remain unaccounted for, according to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office

RETRIEVAL. Rescuers say 20 more persons are unaccounted for in a landslide that buried the DPWH building in Natonin, Mountain Province, on the second day of retrieval operation on November 1, 2018. All photos by Mau Victa/Rappler

Duterte urges Filipinos to follow 'virtuous example' of saints

Nov 01, 2018 - 12:17 PM

On All Saints' Day, President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to visit Benguet in relation to the deadly Mountain Province landslide

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte takes a solemn time to pay respects to the memories of his parents the late Governor Vicente and Soledad Duterte during his visit to their resting place at the Roman Catholic Public Cemetery in Davao City on November 4, 2017. Malacañan Photo

8 bodies recovered from DPWH building buried in landslide

Oct 31, 2018 - 12:22 PM

(UPDATED) The Mountain Province disaster risk reduction and management office says rescue operations would be tedious because the area had become isolated due to road cuts and landslides

BODY RECOVERY. Photo by DPWH MP SDEO

4 dead as landslide buries DPWH office in Mountain Province

Oct 30, 2018 - 11:35 PM

About 30 evacuees as well as DPWH employees are in the building, and 4 persons are confirmed dead, says the mayor of Natonin town

No more leadership vacuum in Mountain Province

Oct 19, 2018 - 7:50 PM

Bonifacio Lacwasan Jr faces 5 challengers in his bid for governor of Mountain Province

FULL-TERM. Bonifacio C. Lacwasan, Jr faces 5 challengers for governor of Mountain Province. Photo from his Facebook page

Nepal rescuers retrieve bodies of 9 climbers

Oct 14, 2018 - 3:32 PM

The freak snowstorm is the deadliest incident to hit Nepal's mountaineering industry since 18 people were killed at Mount Everest's base camp in 2015 in an avalanche triggered by a powerful earthquake

Snowstorm kills 9 climbers on Nepal peak

Oct 13, 2018 - 5:52 PM

A deadly snowstorm hits Mount Gurja as a South Korean 9-man team conducts a climbing expedition

Belgian tourist buried in Sagada

Oct 10, 2018 - 12:19 PM

Sagada officials say that the Belgian embassy in Manila conveyed its appreciation for the final rites given to its national, Rouben Marc

RIP. Belgian tourist Rouben Marc is buried in Sagada on October 9, 2018. Photo courtesy of Sagada LGU

LIST: Deadly landslides in the Philippines

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Almost all of these major disasters in the last two decades happened in the midst of heavy rain that loosened the soil in landslide-prone areas

LANDSLIDES. There have been many deadly landslides in the Philippines in recent years. Photos by Jire Carreon/Rappler and Querl Panilag

Ateneo student dies after qualifying run for mountaineer group

Sep 21, 2018 - 1:35 PM

Graduating student Trisha Marie Yap collapses while completing a 6-kilometer run

RUN. A graduating student at the Ateneo de Manila University collapsed and died while on a test run for the school's mountaineering organization last September 19. Photo from Shutterstock

At least 59 dead in Philippines due to Typhoon Ompong

Sep 16, 2018 - 10:05 AM

(5th UPDATE) Most of the fatalities are in the Cordillera Administrative Region, which was badly hit by landslides

A massive landslide in Portal 07, Loacan, Itogon buried a number of bunkhouses killing 13 people. Forty more more remained missing. Photo courtesy of Lily Ann Rosal-Ullani

2 dead after pick-up truck plunges into ravine in Mt. Province

Sep 04, 2018 - 10:14 PM

Driver Charlie Domao-il and passenger Johnson Faroden are both killed when the pick-up truck falls into the ravine. Two other passengers are in critical condition.

Cordillera deals with landslides, damaged schools after heavy rains

Jul 24, 2018 - 9:32 PM

Classes resume but 22 schoolhouses were totally or partially destroyed in the region

Bontoc councilor's wife killed in road crash

Jul 19, 2018 - 4:03 PM

Luisa Caowa-ing Pelew, a teacher at Guina-ang Elementary School, is the wife of Bontoc Councilor John Pelew of Radyo Natin Bontoc

1 dead, 12 hurt in encounters with NPA in Cordillera

Jun 06, 2018 - 8:02 PM

Members of New People's Army launch June offensive in Northern Luzon

Nana with the father of slain SAF PO2 Henry Dion. Photo by Frank Cimatu/Rappler

Two Sherpa guides killed on Everest

May 22, 2018 - 11:34 PM

Since the first British expedition tried and failed to reach Everest's summit in 1921, the mountain has claimed 295 lives, according to the Himalayan Database

EVEREST CLIMBER. Volunteers and friends carry the body of Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki on a stretcher at a hospital in Kathmandu on May 21, 2018.  Photo by Prakash Mathema/AFP

Hiker from Cebu indicted over Mt Pulag fire, faces P2.36-M fine

May 22, 2018 - 12:01 PM

The 6 other hikers in the group were excluded in the case because 'their acts may not be interpreted to have assisted or aided the respondent,' says the Benguet Prosecutor's Office

TORCHED. Mount Pulag has been closed off from hikers after a grassland fire. BFP photos

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 17, 2018

May 17, 2018 - 10:41 AM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reiterates his stance against corruption as he convenes with various rice traders during a meeting at the Malacañan Palace on April 5, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Sagada council urges DOJ: Drop terror tag vs indigenous activists

May 02, 2018 - 1:09 PM

'The above-named individuals tagged in the list are personally known to this body and to the community of Sagada as common and law-abiding citizens,' says the Sagada Municipal Council

TERROR TAG 'WRONG'. The Department of Justice has a petition before the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 19 to have hundreds declared as terrorists. Rappler file photo

What gets James Reid's heart pumping?

Apr 13, 2018 - 8:04 PM

The actor tells us about his most thrilling adventures so far

Iran resumes hunt for missing plane with 66 on board

Feb 19, 2018 - 5:34 PM

Officials say hundreds of mountaineers, dogs, and drones are operating around the Dena mountain at altitudes as high as 4,500 meters

ASEMAN AIRLINES. A French-made ATR-72 owned by Iran's Aseman Airlines sits on the tarmac at Dubai airport on July 29, 2008. File photo by Marwan Naamani/AFP

Mt Pulag fire: Hikers face imprisonment, P18-M fine

Feb 14, 2018 - 6:13 PM

The hikers from Cebu will be charged for violating the Forest Code of the Philippines, says the DENR

 TORCHED. Mount Pulag is closed off from hikers for 6 months after a grassland fire. Bureau of Fire Protection photo

Mount Pulag's Akiki trail temporarily closed for at least 6 months – DENR

Jan 26, 2018 - 8:39 PM

'Authorities have decided to close the Akiki trail for 6 months or more to facilitate the regeneration process,' says the environment department

DENR prepares charges vs hikers responsible for Mount Pulag fire

Jan 24, 2018 - 3:55 PM

'The DENR recognizes the impact the fire had on the national park and we will pursue all legal avenues to bring those responsible to account,' says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu

Fall in the Swedish Lapland

Jan 13, 2018 - 8:00 PM

A mountain climber shares his experience hiking in the mountains of the North