sorsogon news and updates

Rappler's latest stories on sorsogon

ARTICLE FINDER

Teacher behind Donsol's floating library asks for Adarna books for kids

Nov 10, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Ryan Homan wants to help children develop the habit of reading books in Donsol, Sorsogon

CRUSADE FOR LEARNING. Ryan Homan, crusader of Balsa-Basa and Educador Kariton, with volunteer teachers on the Donsol bridge. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Chiz Escudero running for Sorsogon governor in 2019

Oct 12, 2018 - 11:14 AM

(UPDATED) Senator Francis Escudero, whose term ends in June 2019, is running under the Nationalist People's Coalition

Senators during the senate hearing on the controversial navy frigates deal on February 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

How beekeeping helped a Sorsogon coconut farm

Aug 11, 2018 - 6:56 PM

As coconut pollinators, kiwot bees have helped the farm increase its yield by as much as 50%

At least 17 injured in Sorsogon car crash

Apr 17, 2018 - 9:02 AM

Responders bring 11 passengers to Sorsogon Provincial Hospital, and 6 passengers to Sorsogon Medical Mission Group Hospital.

Coast Guard sees similarities in cocaine packs found in Sorsogon, Isabela

Feb 08, 2018 - 5:12 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard will buy more high-speed boats and possibly drones to help monitor the country's coastline

SIMILAR PACKAGES. Similarly packaged cocaine is found in Isabela and Sorsogon. Rappler file photo

Taiwan denies it was source of cocaine found in Sorsogon

Jan 08, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office says 'so-called Taiwanese documents' submitted by the captain of the 'Jin Ming' ship were forged

This undated handout from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-Legazpi) released on January 5, 2018 shows police officials (in blue) and PDEA local director Christian Frivaldo (2nd R) sitting next to packs of cocaine during a press conference in Legazpi City, in Bicol region, south of Manila.  Millions of dollars of cocaine packed in a plastic drum has washed up on a seashore in the eastern Philippines, an anti-narcotics official said on January 5, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPINE DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY / Handout / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPINE DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY (PDEA)" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

P125 million worth of cocaine found ashore in Sorsogon

Jan 04, 2018 - 7:15 PM

Authorities suspect the illegal drugs came from a foreign cargo vessel marked 'Jin Ming'

RECOVERED. Packs of cocaine appear to have washed ashore in Sorsogon. Rappler file photo

How a Sorsogon surf camp helps keep kids in school

Dec 18, 2017 - 8:48 AM

In Sorsogon, the surfing bug evolved into a double-edged sword: kids enjoy surfing so much that they skip classes to spend more time catching the waves. A surfing camp found a way to change that.

Photo by Vee Salazar/Rappler

Bayanihan in action: Stranded passengers help each other during Urduja

Dec 17, 2017 - 4:00 PM

On the road, a volunteer of Bike Scouts Philippines witness stories of bayanihan among passengers stranded due to Urduja

Bus Conductor Julito Gaviola cooking for his passengers. Photo by Winston Regarde

Urduja strands thousands in Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Western Visayas

Dec 16, 2017 - 11:13 AM

Nearly 7,000 passengers are stranded in areas affected by Tropical Storm Urduja

How residents make a living out of their home, Lake Bulusan

Oct 15, 2017 - 10:30 AM

For years, Virginia Negrite mastered every detail of the lake, and the stories behind it

'Stupid,' bishop says of P1,000 budget for CHR

Sep 13, 2017 - 8:01 PM

The country will be a laughingstock among nations which have respect for human rights says Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes

HITTING LAWMAKERS. Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes slams the P1,000 budget allocated by the House of Representatives for the Commission on Human Rights. File photo by Roy Lagarde

Ex-Sorsogon gov convicted of graft over fertilizer fund scam

Aug 18, 2017 - 4:59 PM

Former governor Raul Lee is sentenced to 24 to 40 years in prison

PH's longest railway to get funding from Japan, possibly China

Jun 26, 2017 - 8:15 PM

UPDATED The Manila Clark and Manila Laguna lines will be funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency while the Department of Transportation is eyeing China for the Laguna Sorsogon line

LONGEST RAILWAY. This would run from Clark in Pampanga all the way to Sorsogon , Bicol. Rappler file photo

Bicol centenarian's secret to longevity: Coconut milk, prayers

Jun 24, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Lola Ayoy of Juban Sorsogon is still not taking any maintenance medicine at age 100

NEW BICOL CENTENARIAN. Corazon 'Ayoy' de los Reyes-Barcia celebrates her birthday with her family. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Swimming with whale sharks? Don't copy these snorkelers!

Apr 19, 2017 - 11:05 AM

A viral video reminds us why it s wrong to touch whale sharks and how we can be better stewards of these gentle giants

CROWDED. A screengrab of a viral video showing snorkelers in Malaysia crowding around a whale shark.

Thousands of passengers stranded due to Tropical Depression Crising

Apr 15, 2017 - 6:34 PM

UPDATED The Office of Civil Defense advises travelers not to proceed to seaports after the cancellation of sea trips due to Tropical Depression Crising

Sorsogon provincial board member killed by riding-in-tandem

Apr 11, 2017 - 3:46 PM

Board Member Pedro Ravanilla is killed by an unidentified suspect infront of the victim s business establishment in Sorsogon City

U.S. & Russia, Lascanas, earthquake | Midday wRap

Apr 10, 2017 - 1:40 PM

Watch the midday newscast with David Lozada

News Briefs: February 3, 2017

Feb 03, 2017 - 12:16 PM

Stories from across the Philippines on Friday February 3

Briones inspects schools devastated by Typhoon Nina

Dec 28, 2016 - 10:16 PM

At least 118 schools in Bicol Mimaropa and Calabarzon regions are being used as evacuation centers for about 4 050 families affected by Typhoon Nina

AERIAL INSPECTION. Education Secretary Leonor Briones on Tuesday, December 27, joins an aerial inspection of the areas affected by Typhoon Nina. Photo courtesy of DepEd

Smart offers free calls in areas affected by Typhoon Nina

Dec 26, 2016 - 11:41 PM

The telco also sets up charging stations in some of these locations in south Luzon

Typhoon Nina affects over 100,000 in PH

Dec 26, 2016 - 7:56 PM

Thousands remain in evacuation centers as Typhoon Nina continues to move away from the Philippines

DEVASTATED. Residential areas in Naga City were shattered by Typhoon Nina. Photo by Jerome Ruiz Berja/Rappler

#ReliefPH: Help victims of Typhoon Nina

Dec 26, 2016 - 2:04 PM

UPDATED People affected by Typhoon Nina need your help and support This page shows the various ways you can help

5,700 stranded passengers bound for Matnog Port to be evacuated

Dec 25, 2016 - 8:55 PM

Many of the passengers have been in line for ferry trips since Friday December 23

LONG WAIT. Around 500 buses and trucks have been stuck in Matnog Port since Friday, December 23, due to ferry cancellations caused by Typhoon Nina. Photos by Jhay-r Timosa/ RACER/ Rappler

#NinaPH: Line of vehicles at Matnog Port reaches 4 kms due to ferry cancellations

Dec 24, 2016 - 10:58 AM

Around 3 682 passengers are stranded in various ports in Bicol region as of 8AM Saturday according to the Philippine Coast Guard

LONG WAIT. Around 500 buses and trucks have been stuck in Matnog Port since Friday, December 23, due to ferry cancellations caused by Typhoon Nina. Photos by Jhay-r Timosa/ RACER/ Rappler

WATCH: Highlights of Lunad sa Balod surfing competition in Sorsogon

Dec 17, 2016 - 4:51 PM

Some of the Philippines best surfers battle it out for wave supremacy in Gubat Sorsogon

WAVE RIDER. Pia Lopez of Sorsogon finished second runner-up in the Wahine Longboard and Shortboard event. Contributed photo

Bicol protesters: Hold Duterte accountable for Marcos burial

Nov 25, 2016 - 8:58 PM

Marches and rallies denouncing President Duterte s decision to allow a hero s burial for Marcos are held in Legazpi Daet Naga Sorsogon and Virac in the Bicol region

Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Philippines shopping for 'nice' China-funded infra deals

Nov 17, 2016 - 8:25 PM

The country s first subway a massive Northern Mindanao railway and a Tutuban Sorsogon train system are just some of the infrastructure projects the Philippine government plans to fund via official development assistance ODA from China

INFRA SHOPPING. 'We think there is an excess capacity in China because there is not much infrastructure projects there. We are really shopping for nice projects,' Budget chief Benjamin Diokno says. File photo by Rappler

Duterte gov't calls off auction for South Line of North-South Railway

Nov 17, 2016 - 12:30 PM

UPDATED Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the Tutuban Sorsogon railway will now be financed through official development assistance ODA from China or Japan

BIGGEST RAILWAY. Phase 2 of the North-South Commuter Railway will connect Tutuban in Manila to the southern peripheries of Metro Manila and a long-haul network to the Bicol region. Photo from pnr.gov.ph

NEDA board approves Tutuban-Sorsogon railway, 7 other projects

Nov 15, 2016 - 10:00 AM

UPDATED The board chaired by President Rodrigo Duterte also discusses guidelines for processing China assisted infrastructure projects

TALKING INFRA. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the board meeting with the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) at the State Dining Hall inside the Malacañang Palace on November 14, 2016. Photo by SIMEON CELI JR/Presidential Photo

Mt Bulusan spews ash column 2.5 kilometers high

Oct 23, 2016 - 6:35 PM

Phivolcs records a phreatic eruption at 3:31 pm on Sunday October 23 as the volcano in Sorsogon remains under Alert Level 1

DOH readies case vs Sorsogon mayor for 'gross violation' of RH law

Jun 22, 2016 - 6:03 PM

Because of an executive order declaring Sorsogon City as pro life family planning commodities have been withdrawn from the city and services have been stopped by the mayor arbitrarily say health officials

Mt Bulusan spews ash anew

Jun 19, 2016 - 5:45 PM

A steam driven explosion sends a 300 meter column of ash into the air

Mount Bulusan erupts

Jun 10, 2016 - 1:29 PM

UPDATED Phivolcs says the eruption lasted for 5 minutes late Friday morning

Photo by PHIVOLCS.

'Escudero supporters switched to Robredo to prevent a Marcos win'

May 11, 2016 - 4:10 PM

Political analyst Richard Heydarian says Leni Robredo became the rallying point for the reformist vote that wants to stop the return of Marcos to office

Basketball coaches Pumaren, Ayo win city council seats

May 11, 2016 - 3:37 AM

Veteran basketball coaches Franz Pumaren and Aldin Ayo brought their success from the court to the poll booths

DOUBLE DRIBBLE. Franz Pumaren (L) and Aldin Ayo (R) were successful in their city council campaigns.

2016 elections: Which senators are winning in Bicol provinces?

May 10, 2016 - 2:46 PM

Reelectionist Franklin Drilon is the leading senatorial candidate in 3 of 6 Bicol provinces

VLOG: Escudero hopes fellow Bicolano Robredo wins as VP

May 10, 2016 - 11:39 AM

It s the end of the journey for Senator Chiz Escudero s vice presidential bid

Senator Francis “ Chiz” Escudero of Partido Galing at Puso, together with his wife, Actress Heart Evangelista, line up together with residents before casting their vote with Precinct No. 0079A at Buhatan Intergrated National School in Brgy. Buhatan, Sorsogon City. Photo courtesy of Poe-Escudero Media Bureau

VLOG: Escudero calls on Filipinos to ensure clean elections

May 10, 2016 - 5:42 AM

Vice presidential bet Chiz Escudero is the running mate of Senator Grace Poe of Partido Galing at Puso

Senator Francis “ Chiz” Escudero of Partido Galing at Puso, together with his wife, Actress Heart Evangelista, during cast their vote with Precinct No. 0079A at Buhatan Intergrated National School in Brgy. Buhatan, Sorsogon City. Photo by Poe-Escudero Media Bureau

Meet the vendor who follows Duterte's sorties

May 01, 2016 - 8:45 PM

49 year old Felipe Fernando who hails from Nueva Ecija sells souvenirs to express support for Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte

DUTERTE SUPPORTER. Felipe Fernando and his wares. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Repeat of 2010? Binay confident he will win in Sorsogon

Apr 27, 2016 - 10:27 PM

His running mate who hails from the province Senator Gringo Honasan does not show up at his rally The governor is endorsing another vice presidential bet

BINAY IN SORSOGON. Sorsogon governor Raul Lee raises the hand of Vice President and UNA Presidential contender Jejomar Binay on Wednesday afternoon political rally attended by almost 10,000 people. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia

5 of 6 Bicol governors support Grace Poe

Apr 26, 2016 - 12:13 AM

The presidential bet thanks the governors for her support The endorsement comes at a time when Poe is trailing Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in surveys

BICOLANDIA. Five out of the 6 incumbent governors in the Bicol region have expressed support for presidential bet Grace Poe. Photo by Poe-Escudero Media Bureau

Pro-Escudero politicians form 'chopsuey' alliance in Sorsogon

Apr 10, 2016 - 12:21 AM

Some members of UNA NPC and LP in the province have joined forces to boost the candidacy of Senator Francis Escudero

SORSOGON ALLIANCE. Politicians in Sorsogon cheer for their provincemate, Senator Francis Escudero (3rd from left) and presidential candidate Grace Poe. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia

Beautiful Bicol: What you can see, eat, and do

Apr 09, 2016 - 2:09 PM

Find out how you can hike the hills of Quitinday swim with the fish in Matnog feast at Bicol s restaurants and more

Subic Beach. Photo via Dennis Ruiz

Armed men harass PDP-Laban gubernatorial candidate in Sorsogon

Apr 06, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Armed men demand that a rally by PDP Laban gubernatorial candidate Eric Dioneda be stopped

How an accident solved a school problem in Sorsogon

Apr 03, 2016 - 8:15 AM

Things fall into place in a picturesque town

HELP BES. Students of Bonifacio Elementary School wear IDs for the first time.

RH advocates endorse Robredo for VP, 3 senatorial bets

Mar 15, 2016 - 1:55 PM

The Purple Ribbon for RH Movement deems Senator Tito Sotto and Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao as unworthy of the people s vote

PURPLE VOTE. Former health secretary Esperanza Cabral (2-R) leads the endorsement of senatorial candidates Risa Hontiveros (3-R), Walden Bello, and Leila de Lima, and vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

No barriers: Kids in far-flung village learn to love reading

Mar 01, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Teachers in Barangay San Jose in Donsol Sorsogon go the extra mile to improve students reading skills

Every shark counts

Jan 10, 2016 - 3:24 PM

Whale sharks also known as butanding are protected by Philippine law