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Tacloban City to launch COVID-19 contact tracing app

Jul 08, 2020 - 1:43 PM

City Administrator Aldrin Quebec says the Tacloban COVID-19 SCAN System will not only help the city government, but also commercial establishments in identifying people who are potentially exposed to the new virus

CONTACT TRACING APP. Tacloban City will launch its COVID-19 SCAN system on July 16, 2020. Screenshot from Tacloban City Information Office Facebook page

Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center starts RT-PCR testing

May 11, 2020 - 4:01 PM

DOH Regional Director Minerva Molon says that the testing center has an initial maximum testing capability of up to 90 specimens a day

Blessing of the RT-PCR Testing Center at Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center in Tacloban. Photo from DOH Regional Office 8

#PumasaNa: Barkada celebrates victory after passing Bar on 2nd try

May 05, 2020 - 10:52 AM

Six graduates of the Dr Vicente Orestes Romualdez Educational Foundation in Tacloban City drew strength from one another as they prepared for their second Bar exam

BARKADA. A group of 6 friends share their journey of passing the Bar exam on their 2nd attempt. Photo from Babayne Tan

Provinces, cities in the Visayas extend lockdown periods

Apr 10, 2020 - 3:21 PM

The provinces of Bohol, Negros Occidental, and Aklan, as well as the cities of Iloilo and Tacloban extend their quarantines until April 30

LOCKDOWN. Police secure border of Cebu City and Talisay City. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

'Better than canned goods': Tacloban buys relief goods from local farmers

Apr 09, 2020 - 2:29 PM

City residents receive live chicken, bangus or milk fish, meat, vegetables, and rice from the Tacloban City Social Development Welfare Office

Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio

Tacloban City coronavirus testing center pushed

Mar 21, 2020 - 1:16 PM

Setting up a testing hub in Leyte can help address the turnaround time of COVID-19 results, local health and science officials say

Tacloban City under community quarantine starting March 21

Mar 19, 2020 - 11:04 AM

Tacloban City joins other cities in the Visayas that have been placed community quarantine to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus

TACLOBAN AIRPORT. Flights to and from Tacoban City will not be allowed from MArch 21 to April 12, 2020, as the city goes in restrictive community quarantine. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio

Leyte placed under community quarantine

Mar 18, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Eastern Visayas has no confirmed novel coronavirus cases while 43 patients are under investigation

HEALTH EMERGENCY. People gather outside hospital in Tacloban City. Rappler file photo

Altermidya correspondent, 4 human rights leaders arrested in Tacloban

Feb 07, 2020 - 12:42 PM

(UPDATED) Various media and school organizations call for their immediate release, saying the arrests are meant to silence media and human rights defenders

ARRESTED. Eastern Vista executive director Frenchiemae Cumpio were among the 5 persons arrested by the police and military on February 7, 2020. Photo from Altermidya Network's Facebook page

LOOK: Solar energy powers charging stations in Ursula-hit Tacloban

Dec 28, 2019 - 11:04 AM

ICSC is also planning to set up charging stations in other severely-affected areas in the region, most especially in the remote islands of Guiuan, Eastern Samar

Families in Tacloban affected by fire during Typhoon Ursula appeal for help

Dec 27, 2019 - 1:44 PM

The residents, whose houses were razed by the fire at the height of the typhoon, are sad because they have to start from scratch again. It was only 6 years ago, when Super Typhoon Yolanda made them homeless.

LOOK: In about the same time as Typhoon Ursula’s landfall, some houses in Brgy 66 Paseo de Legazpi in Tacloban City were also affected by the fire. A day after Christmas, affected families take time to repair their home as they hope to get back to their normal life. Photos by Jene-Anne Pangue/Rappler

Areas under state of calamity due to Typhoon Ursula

Dec 26, 2019 - 9:58 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The provinces of Eastern Samar, Biliran, Leyte, and Aklan as well as the city of Tacloban, are under a state of calamity due to the trail of destruction left by Typhoon Ursula

The local government unit of Barugo, Leyte said that as of Wednesday, December 25, a total of 1394 houses were partially damaged and 58 houses were totally damaged. There are no recorded in the city casualties. #UrsulaPH Photo from LGU Barugo

Taclobanons urge community to combat disaster-related hoaxes

Nov 28, 2019 - 9:20 PM

During the #MoveTacloban forum, journalists, student leaders, and local government officials point out a rise of disaster-related hoax cases after Super Typhoon Yolanda hit the Philippines

Journalists, student leaders, and local government officials discuss how everyone has a role to play in fighting disaster-related disinformation during #MoveTacloban at the University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College on November 27. Photo by Angel Anthony Tobes/UP Vista

MovePH goes to U.P. Tacloban for Social Good in the Digital Age forum

Nov 19, 2019 - 4:35 PM

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

Survivors say prayers at Yolanda mass grave in Tacloban

Nov 01, 2019 - 10:32 PM

‘I wish Mama were here to tell me that everything’s going to be okay,’ says Nathalia, who was 4 years old when her mother and 3 sisters died during Super Typhoon Yolanda

HOLY Cross Cemetery is the mass grave in Barangay Basper, Tacloban City, where those who died during Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013 are buried. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Bleak Christmas for workers displaced by fire in Robinsons Place Tacloban

Oct 26, 2019 - 3:32 PM

Almost half of the stalls inside the mall were gutted by the 15-hour blaze

CLOSED. Robinsons Place Tacloban remains closed after a 15-hour fire gutted half of the stores inside the mall on Wednesday evening, October 23. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio

LOOK: Japan football star Shinji Kagawa meets Pacquiao in PH visit

Jun 21, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Shinji Kagawa takes time to meet with Manny Pacquiao after lending support to children's education in Yolanda-struck Tacloban City

STARSTRUCK. Shinji Kagawa pays Manny Pacquiao a visit before he flies to Los Angeles for his upcoming Thurman fight's final training. Photo from Shinji Kagawa's Instagram (@sk23.10)

IN PHOTOS: Filipino youth rally for climate justice

May 25, 2019 - 5:41 PM

Advocates in 15 cities across the Philippines demand urgent action to solve the climate crisis

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. Young activists call for environmental protection and preservation in the youth strike for climate movement on Friday, May 24 at the Mendiola Peace Arch in Metro Manila. Photo by Cherline Trajano.

Big Hugpong rally snarls traffic in Tacloban, draws flak from netizens

Mar 20, 2019 - 4:39 PM

(UPDATED) The failure of Tacloban City's Traffic Operation Management Enforcement and Control Office to release an advisory on road rerouting gets the blame

Tacloban commuters suffered some traffic jam in the morning of Hugpong ng Pagbabago's campaign rally as no traffic advisory from TOMECO was released on the Presidential Security Group diverting from the original plans to ensure the safety of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte. Photo by Dave Lagado

New year, new hope: Taclobanon spirit propped up with revived court

Jan 01, 2019 - 11:04 AM

Barangay 82 in Tacloban sees its basketball court come to life again

NEW CHAPTER. A restored basketball court signifies a fresh start for the community in Barangay 82 in Tacloban City. Photo from Rexona Philippines


71 evacuation centers ready for displaced families in Tacloban City

Dec 28, 2018 - 6:42 PM

Tacloban City Mayor Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez has also suspended work in government offices in the city over Tropical Depression Usman

EVACUATION SITE. A sign points to an evacuation site in Tacloban City as the city prepares for Tropical Depression Usman on December 28, 2018. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

FALSE: Is this a sign targetting a rival of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte?

Dec 07, 2018 - 10:43 AM

No, this is not a photo of a sign targeting a rival of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

PetroGazz completes PVL semis cast

Nov 18, 2018 - 9:15 PM

The Angels join BanKo, Ateneo-Motolite and Creamline in the Final Four of the Premier Volleyball League

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. The PetroGazz Angels wrap up their elimination run with a convincing win. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

COA to Tacloban LGU: refund P36M of pre-Yolanda drainage project | Midday wRap

Nov 12, 2018 - 1:50 PM

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Tacloban asked to refund P36M over unfinished pre-Yolanda drainage project

Nov 12, 2018 - 7:37 AM

The Notice of Disallowance is on appeal, says current Tacloban City Mayor Cristina Gonzales

The Commission on Audit (COA) in Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City on October 2, 2018 Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

The week in photos: November 3-9, 2018

Nov 10, 2018 - 4:27 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

VICTORY PARADE. Russian cadets march during a military parade at Red Square in Moscow on November 7, 2018, to commemorate the 77th anniversary of the 1941 historical parade when Red Army soldiers marched past the Kremlin walls towards the front line to fight Nazi Germany troops during World War II. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

Philippines marks 5 years since Super Typhoon Yolanda

Nov 08, 2018 - 4:48 PM

In Tacloban, the worst-hit city, residents paint gravestones, lay flowers, and light candles at a cemetery in memory of the typhoon dead

REMEMBER. A woman lights a candle at the grave of a relative at a mass grave for victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban City, Leyte on November 7, 2018. AFP photo

[OPINION] Remembering Yolanda

Nov 08, 2018 - 2:00 PM

On the 5th anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda, we remember the countless people whose lives were changed forever

THE AFTERMATH. Plastics, debris and wood are scattered along Cancabato Bay in Tacloban city. Photo courtesy of Architect Lou Daniel C. Fuentebella

IN PHOTOS: Tacloban 5 years after Typhoon Yolanda

Nov 07, 2018 - 8:00 AM

For those who survived the storm, the intervening years have been filled with painful steps forward, but also, a determination to not give up despite overwhelming challenges

HALF A DECADE AGO. Survivors stand under a shelter surrounded by pile of debris washed inland after Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) struck Tacloban City on November 10, 2013. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Fighting Warays snap skid, shock Lady Warriors

Oct 20, 2018 - 7:43 PM

Dimdim Pacres delivers as the Tacloban Fighting Warays finally live up to their name

GRITTY WIN. Learning from previous losses, Tacloban plays steadier down the stretch. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Perlas Spikers survive Warays, extend PVL run to 5

Oct 10, 2018 - 10:47 PM

BanKo-Perlas moves within two wins from sweeping the elimination round of the Premier Volleyball League

HOT RUN. Banko-Perlas' Nicole Tiamzon gets the ball past Tacloban's Shola Alvarez in the match won by the streaking Perlas Spikers. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Alyssa Valdez, Creamline make quick work of Tacloban

Oct 03, 2018 - 11:00 PM

The Cool Smashers crash into the win column in the Premier Volleyball League

DOMINANT. Creamline's Alyssa Valdez leaps for a kill over over Tacloban's Judith Abil in the match the Cool Smashers dominated. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

PVL: Tacloban raps Adamson for share of 2nd spot

Sep 30, 2018 - 10:06 PM

The Tacloban Fighting Warriors clinch their second straight triumph in the Premier Volleyball League

WINNING RUN. Shola Alvarez, Andrea Marzan and the rest of the Tacloban Fighting Warays hope to sustain their hot form. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Tacloban, Pocari score bounce-back wins

Sep 26, 2018 - 10:00 PM

The Fighting Warays and the Lady Warriors crash into the win column of the Premier Volleyball League

WINNING WAYS. Tacloban finds its winning groove to hack out a straight-set victory. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Perlas Spikers, Angels triumph in PVL opener

Sep 22, 2018 - 10:26 PM

The PetroGazz Angels and Banko Perlas Spikers get their Premier Volleyball League campaigns off to a winning start

KEY ROLE. Amanda Villanueva helps the BanKo Perlas Spikers score an opening-day win. Photo by Mix Gatpandan/Rappler

BaliPure ends PVL journey with Tacloban sweep

Jun 27, 2018 - 9:24 PM

The Water Defenders snap a 3-game skid to bow out on a high note

ATTACK. BaliPure's Alexis Mathews hammers in a kill past Tacloban's Anne Esguerra. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Bright shines for Perlas, Ubben-Whyte duo tows Oragons in PVL quarters

Jun 16, 2018 - 5:40 PM

(UPDATED) Banko Perlas pins a first quarterfinal loss on Pocari, while Iriga-Navy halts a two-game skid

Pocari bolsters PVL semis bid, PetroGazz stays in the hunt

Jun 13, 2018 - 6:28 PM

The Lady Warriors remain unbeaten in the quarterfinals as the Angels nail their first win

Journalists conduct gift giving for kids in Samar village

Jun 10, 2018 - 6:09 PM

Army First Lieutenant Orlando Casipit Jr says 'education is the only way out of poverty' for children of Barangay Mabini in Basey, Samar

GIFT GIVING. Journalists and soldiers conduct a gift giving for marginalized schoolchildren in a Samar village. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

BanKoPerlas, BaliPure win PVL quarters opener

Jun 09, 2018 - 4:15 PM

The Perlas Spikers and Water Defenders post contrasting wins at the start of the single-round phase

Hometown hero Alyssa Valdez stars as Cool Smashers gain PVL quarters

May 27, 2018 - 6:43 PM

The volleyball celebrity unloads 22 points as Creamline repels Tacloban in a Batangas road game

SMASHING. Local favorite Alyssa Valdez sneaks in a hit against Kyle Negrito and Sasiwimon Sangpan Sangpan of Tacloban during their PVL Reinforced Conference duel in Batangas.

Rountree hammers 22 as High Flyers get off to flying PVL start

May 06, 2018 - 6:10 PM

PayMaya dominates newcomer Tacloban in all departments for a straight-set victory

CHALLENGE. PayMaya and Tacloban figure in a tight second set, but the High Flyers still get away with a win. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior visits Manila

Feb 14, 2018 - 7:20 PM

'The message of the Rainbow Warrior's visit here in the Philippines is to highlight the issue of climate justice,' says Naderev Saño, executive director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia

RAINBOW WARRIOR. Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior joins Philippines communities in their call for climate justice. All photos by Noel Guevara/Greenpeace

AirAsia launches 3 domestic flights to, from Clark

Feb 05, 2018 - 2:15 PM

This is in line with the airline's commitment to make the Clark International Airport its main hub for operations

4 killed in Tacloban wall collapse

Jan 14, 2018 - 10:45 AM

(UPDATED) Search and retrieval operations will resume on Monday morning, January 15

DANGER ZONE. A view of the collapse area. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

LOOK: Tacloban residents help stranded commuters through 'baluto' rides

Jan 02, 2018 - 5:26 PM

In an admirable display of the spirit of bayanihan, Tacloban residents help ferry stranded commuters across a flooded street

LOOK: Passengers stranded in Tacloban transport terminal

Dec 17, 2017 - 1:08 AM

(UPDATED) Some 60 passengers headed to different parts of Eastern Visayas are waiting for the next available transit without any guarantees

WATCH: Woman keeps her dogs safe during Urduja

Dec 17, 2017 - 12:40 AM

Janet Romulon, an evacuee in Tacloban City, protects her 3 dogs in the middle of Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-tak)

Janet Romulon checks on one of her 3 dogs in their small home in a coastal village in Tacloban City as strong winds and heavy rainfall brought by Tropical Storm Urduja pummels Eastern Visayas on Saturday, December 16, 2017. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

LOOK: Urduja pummels Tacloban City

Dec 16, 2017 - 1:26 PM

MovePH team goes around Tacloban City ahead of Tropical Storm Urduja's landfall

PUMMELED. Heavy winds and rainfall pound Tacloban City as Urduja is expected to make landfall in Eastern Samar in the afternoon, Saturday, December 16. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Tacloban City under state of calamity due to Urduja

Dec 15, 2017 - 8:38 PM

'This is the only major storm that hit the city this year,' Tacloban City Vice Mayor Jerry Yaokasin says

FLOODING IN TACLOBAN. Heavy rain brought by Tropical Storm Urduja floods a road leading to downtown Tacloban City on December 15, 2017. Photo by Voltaire Tupaz/Rappler