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Filipino-Australian model bags Miss Philippines World 2016 crown

A Filipino-Australian model was crowned last night the country’s representative to the upcoming Miss World 2016 beauty tilt in Washington DC in December. Catriona Elisa Magnayon Gray, 22 topped the list of winners among the 23 contestants during the pageant held at the Manila Hotel Tent on Sunday night. Gray’s […]

President Duterte visits Bicol military camp in a breeze

It was a brief whistle stop. The President of the Philippines (POTP) Rodrigo Duterte arrived Wednesday afternoon at Camp Elias Angeles at the headquarters of the 9th Infantry Division (ID) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Barangay San Jose, Pili, Camarines Sur. Duterte’s scheduled visit was anticipated originally […]

President Duterte visits officers and men of 9th ID in Camarines Sur

NAGA CITY, Sept. 21 — President Rodrigo R. Duterte is expected to visit government security forces in Bicol under the 9th Infantry Division of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Camp Elias Angeles located in Barangay San Jose, Pili, Camarines Sur today. Upon arrival in the morning in Naga […]

The full coverage Peñafrancia 2016 Fluvial Procession in Naga City

The Peñafrancia festivities celebration continues with the masses at the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral, then the street procession at about 3 PM towards Danlugan (Dalhugan) where the images will sail thru the Naga river back to the Penafrancia Basila Minore. Another mass will be celebrated right after the arrival of the […]

Full coverage Peñafrancia 2016 Friday military parade in Naga City

The Peñafrancia festivities celebration continues with the civic parade and float competition. The Peñafrancia festivities celebration continues with the military parade and competition. The street parade is still part of the continuing tradition during the celebration of the Peñafrancia feastivities and festivities which ends on Saturday, after the street and […]

Voyadores Festival 2016 competition in Naga City

The Peñafrancia 2016 festivities celebration continues with the voyadores festival competition. The street dance parade is still part of the continuing tradition during the celebration of the Peñafrancia feastivities and festivities which ends on Saturday, after the street and fluvial procession. Alternative coverage, if available streamed live by local TV […]

Full coverage of the civic parade and float competition in Naga City

The Peñafrancia festivities celebration continues with the civic parade and float competition. The street parade is still part of the continuing tradition during the celebration of the Peñafrancia feastivities and festivities which ends on Saturday, after the street and fluvial procession. Alternative coverage, if available streamed live by local TV […]

Two months into the anti-drugs campaign, body count breaches 2,500

The number of drug fatalities, persons killed in the continuing campaign of the government against illegal drugs already passed 2,500 within a period of two months. It is the same period of President Rodrigo Duterte’s tenure at the helm of the government. The Philippine National Police update on Tuesday include […]

DILG forms Task Force Agila to handle investigation of local public officials with alleged links to proliferation of illegal drugs

As the Philippine National Police under Director Ronald dela Rosa digs deep into the war against illegal drugs and personalities involved, either users, pushers, dealers, financiers and the dragons in the trade, its mother agency is stomping another foot further. PNP’s parent executive dapartment level agency is the Interior and […]

No blame game even as P4.8-B Bicol International Airport design is a mess

Without finger pointing and resorting to the blame game, the Bicol Regional Development Council almost owned the mess and error in the continuing implementation of the construction of the vaunted Bicol International Airport located in Barangay Alobo of Daraga town in the province of Albay. The project was originally seen […]

Why only now? Albay solon bats for huge impounding dams in Bicol

In the season of change espoused by the President of the Philippines (POTP), elective government officials try to outsmart another with brilliant ideas so they would not be percieved as mere stones gathering moss on the pillars of their four cornered offices. Some fear lurks in their heart that President […]

Ombudsman indicts Cam Sur Congressman Andaya on PDAF scam

Camarines Sur 1st district congressman Rolando Andaya, Jr., was formally charged by the Office of the Ombudsman, for his role as the secretary of the Department of Budget and Management, in connection with the anomalous utilization of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) released during the term of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Copy-cat anti-drug “vigilante” operation gets into the groove in Naga City?

The blood of alleged vigilante killings now spreads in Bicol. This after two bodies were found in separate areas of Naga City on consecutive days, Saturday and Sunday. Both victims were found with packaging tapes around their heads complimented with board signs by their side that warns: “Huwag tularan ang […]

Drug pushers accuse Naga City cops as protectors

Three members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Naga City (Camarines Sur) facing investigation as protectors of the illegal drug trade have been relieved of their duties. Police Senior Supt. Marlon Tejada, CIDG regional operations director in Bicol, said an arrested drug pusher pinned down two policemen with ranks […]

This is how Casureco II electric bill looks like

Just looking into the details of a Casureco II power bill is a pain in the spine. Casureco II is the coop retailer of electricity covering the franchise area in the towns of Minalabac, Canaman, Tinambac, Siruma, Pili, Bombon, Magarao, Milaor, Calabanga and Naga City, all in the province of […]

The barangay that gave Robredo 100% of its votes and zero to her opponents

CALABANGA, Camarines Sur — As third district Congresswoman Leni Robredo got elected vice president in the May 2016 national elections, a barangay in the town of Calabanga was dragged into the limelight. It is because Robredo harvested all the votes of the entire village of Punta Tarawal of this town […]

Bicol cops kill suspect drug pusher, collars user

As the President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s inauguration rite nears, more drug personalities are either busted or meet their death in the hands of police officers. Is this mere coincidence or cops are upstaging their buddies to be recognized of their loyalty to the new Malacañang tenant? Senior Insp. Bernardo Peñero and […]

Salceda wants to separate OCD from NDRRMC

LEGAZPI CITY — If he will have his way, outgoing Albay governor Joey Salceda will separate the Office of Civil Defense from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. Now that he is the newly elected representative of the second legislative district of Albay, it is exactly what he […]

Random, scattered rainshowers and still storm-free

The general population would readily welcome rain any time of the day to offset the sweltering effect of heat, like the short episode of raindrops yesterday afternoon in some parts of Camarines Sur. Yet, the country will remain storm-free in the next three days, Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services […]

Andaya, Salceda chairs, co-chairs House committee on appropriations

Outgoing Bicol Regional Development Council chairman Joey Sarte Salceda announced during the last council meeting at the National Economic Development Authority office on Friday he was given the position of senior vice chairman of the committee on appropriations in the 17th Congress while Camarines Sur 1st district Rep. Rolando Andaya […]

Bicol private schools gets nod to hike tuition fees

LEGAZPI CITY — The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) has approved the requests of 12 out of 22 private colleges and universities in the Bicol Region for increases in tuition fees and other school fees this coming school year while it rejected those of eight others for lack of requirements […]

Ako Bicol regains 3 congressional seats in party-list elections

MANILA, May 19 — Ako Bicol regained three congressional seats for its group, having topped the 2016 congressional derby among party list. It garnered 1,664,975 votes (5.1423%) out of the 32,377,841 votes cast for the party-list polls. Comelec has allotted 59 seats for party-list groups in the House of Representatives […]

LP’s Leni Robredo tops tv ads campaign spending

These candidates who trace their roots to Bicol have spent a total of P.979 billion already from February 9 to April 27, 2016 for television advertisement alone according to the Nielsen Media data. The list is topped by Liberal Party vice presidential candidate and Camarines Sur 1st district freshman representative […]

DOTC confirms approval of new fund for Bicol airport construction

Fund for the construction of the much delayed project of Bicol International Airport was already approved by the Department of Transportation and Communications. According to Albay Gov. Joey Salceda, DOTC Secretary Abaya called him up last Friday that the P780-million fund for the project has already been awarded. The now […]

More Bicol politicians vow support for presidential candidacy of Grace Poe

Just a few days after Albay Governor Joey Salceda resigned as regional chairman of the Liberal Party and vowed support for independent presidential candidate Grace Poe, more Bicol provincial officials followed his move. On Monday, it was confirmed that Gov. Edgardo Tallado (LP) of Camarines Norte, Gov. Raul Lee (UNA) […]

This is why Albay Governor Joey Salceda dumps LP’s RORO team

Below is the full text of Governor Joey Salceda’s official statement posted on his Facebook account, explaining why he is totally dumping the daang matuwid roro team of Liberal Party: Ang Presidente ko ay may malinaw na plano at may puso para sa ordinaryong Filipino. May pagkiling sa kanayunan at […]

Albay Gov Joey Salceda dumps LP’s RORO team for Grace Poe

Finally, Albay Governor Joey Sarte Salceda came out with final word on who he will support in the May 9, 2016 elections. The vocal provincial chief ended the speculation on his political plan and confirmed the unwavering support for the candidacy of Grace Poe Llamanzares of the independent Partido Galing […]

Special games athlete electrocuted during Palarong Pambansa 2016

LEGAZPI CITY, April 18 — Buried in the sidelines of the just concluded Palarong Pambansa 2016 in Albay province was the accidental electrocution of a blind female athlete of MIMAROPA Region 4-B for the special games. Seventeen year old athlete Pamela Tabastabas was supposed to take part in the standing […]

Powerhouse NCRAA reigns champion of the Palarong Pambansa 2016

LEGAZPI CITY, April 17 — Palarong Pambansa 2016 is all over but the memory. So here is the final result of the national sportsfest competition. Winning 209 medals in various games, the powerhouse of National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) bagged again the championship of the Palarong Pambansa 2016 held […]

NCRAA dominates harvest of gold medals in Palarong Pambansa 2016

As of end of day of April 13, 2016 here is the current medal standing of eighteen competing regional athletic teams on the on-going Palarong Pambansa being hosted by the province of Albay with competition venues spread about the facilities in towns and Legazpi city. Dominating the harvest of gold […]

Memorable, iconic photos on Palarong Pambansa 2016 in Albay via Instagram

Sharing here selected posts via Instagram that will make you wish to be where all the action and events are taking place, all throughout the duration of the Albay province’s hosting of the Palarong Pambansa 2016 from April 10-16. As the joy and drama of winning and defeat continue to […]

Albay opens Palarong Pambansa in grand style

Legazpi City, Albay, April 11 — Lost in the din of excitement and expectation for the TV broadcast of the Manny Pacquiao vs Tim Bradley fight in Las Vegas, and the expected brawling noise and cacophony of the vice presidential debates at the University of Santo Tomas later, was the […]

Bicol PNP beefs up security during Holy Week, summer vacations

Security during the Holy Week feastivities and summer season is now in place, according to top Philippine National Police Bicol official on Tuesday. Bicol regional director Police Chief Supt. Augusto M. Marquez Jr. said his directive for this purpose stands effective up to May 31. The summer vacation and holy […]

PhilHealth official warns corporation needs more fund to avert collapse

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) needs a shot in the arm as it might have its last breath after 10 months since it is fast losing blood with its fund payout larger than its members’ monthly contributions and income. This was disclosed by PhilHealth board member Eddie Dorotan, who […]

Bicol vice presidential bets Robredo, Escudero, top political advertisers on ABS-CBN

Robredo, Escudero, top political advertisers on ABS-CBN. Independent Partido Galing at Puso vice-presidential candidate Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Daang Matuwid Coalition Liberal Party vice-presidential candidate Ma. Leonor Robredo topped the list among candidates for national position who have spent more for television advertising with ABS-CBN alone. According to the Philippine […]

Albay’s Gov. Salceda says his statement was grossly picked up, misinterpreted

After the widely publicized news attributed to Albay Gov. Joey Salceda, about the unfinished Bicol International Airport and the Liberal Party candidates, the provincial chief executive clarified on Wednesday that his statement was misinterpreted. He said during the visit of People’s Reform Party senatorial candidate Francis Tolentino, a news correspondent […]

Naga City is rising as the business process outsourcing center of Bicol

Is Naga City rising as the business process outsourcing center of Bicol? Away from Mega Manila into the provinces where cost is cheaper and labor supply is plentiful, call center services or the business process outsourcing is finding Bicol, particularly the city of Naga and nearby provincial capitol complex in […]

Salceda to junk LP bets because of Bicol International Airport

Salceda to junk LP bets because of unfinished Bicol International Airport, which may tip the balance of LP’s winning or losing in his province even as Roxas said he is not afraid to lose Albay. On Thursday, Salceda said his province may junk the administration ticket after the failure of […]

Cagsawa branch of National Museum to reopen after P50-M rehab works

The idle Cagsawa Museum of Daraga gets a needed boost with a P50 million allocation from the National Museum of the Philippines. The funds will be used for rehabilitation that will lead to its eventual reopening to the public as the regional branch of the institution. Once operational, the local […]

P171-B south line of North South Railway Project has 5 bidders

Big money projects under the government’s Public Private Partnership program is a crowd drawer among investors. The P171-billion South Line of the North South Railway Project (NSRP) under the public-private partnership (PPP) program has attracted five firms already. Leading the pack of parties interested include Ayala Corp., Metro Pacific Investments […]

Whale shark in Donsol communicates, leaves lasting message to tourists

[flexiblemap address=”Whale Shark Interaction Center, Donsol, Sorsogon, Bicol” region=”Bicol” directions=”true” width=”100%” height=”250px” zoom=”12″ ]. A tourist completed his day in good vibes while interacting with a whale shark (scientific name Rhincodon Typusin) at the Butanding capital of the world of Donsol, Sorsogon. The moment not only gave him a close-up […]

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Divine Mercy Parish Celebrates Church Completion

The seven-year journey from its foundation and since the time capsule lowered down the ground, the Divine Mercy parish of Paolbo realized a long- sought dream, the final completion of the church edifice. The last phase that hindered the said event was the altar, the focal attraction of the building.

The Children of Sabang

A walk by the breakwaters of Sabang on a Saturday morning is an exercise of inhaling almost seafresh air. What caught the attention of this passerby was the rickety-raggedy nipa structure with kids playing cards. I offered to take a photo of the group as one boy retreated to a corner, and back of the camera.

Whale shark in Donsol communicates, leaves lasting message to tourists

[flexiblemap address=”Whale Shark Interaction Center, Donsol, Sorsogon, Bicol” region=”Bicol” directions=”true” width=”100%” height=”250px” zoom=”12″ ]. A tourist completed his day in good vibes while interacting with a whale shark (scientific name Rhincodon Typusin) at the Butanding capital of the world of Donsol, Sorsogon. The moment not only gave him a close-up […]

Bonot and a Beach Memoire

It was one of those summer and Holy week scheduled vacations when we packed our bags for a short respite from the pressures of office work and daily commute from Antipolo to Makati. Days we looked up to as the only opportune time we connect with relatives in the province.

Bicol Drug Menace: Buy bust operation nab trafficker

Is there a drug menace in the Bicol Region? At we read, and watch reports, coming in from the provinces and cities, there is some truth to the matter. Here’s another. Joint operatives of the Nabua Municipal Police Station led by Police Senior Insp. John Murray C. Cutaran, officer-in-charge, and […]

The full coverage Peñafrancia 2016 Fluvial Procession in Naga City

The Peñafrancia festivities celebration continues with the masses at the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral, then the street procession at about 3 PM towards Danlugan (Dalhugan) where the images will sail thru the Naga river back to the Penafrancia Basila Minore. Another mass will be celebrated right after the arrival of the […]

WATCH: The Easter Sunday mass in Naga City by Archbishop of Caceres

Happy Easter!! As part of our continuing coverage of the Holy Week and partial culmination of the activities, we share below the just concluded mass celebration in Naga Metropolitan Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Archbishop of Caceres, the Most Rev. Rolando Octavus Joven Tria Tirona, OCD, D.D. , led […]

Crime Rise in Camarines Sur Noted

The volume of recorded crimes committed in the province of CamSur rose to 256 per cent or 294 cases in the first six months of the past year against 1,047 for the same half-year period, this year. Meanwhile, Naga city’s crime index seemed to follow the provincial trend.

Naga is richest city in Bicol region

Naga City, Bicol’s financial, business, educational and religious capital now has a total net worth of over P4.675 billion, making it the richest local government unit (LGU) in the region, according to the Commission on Audit (COA). The City of Ligao, in Albay province, followed far second, with a total […]

CamNorte Gov. Tallado and wife back in each others’ arms

Never mind if Camarines Norte Governor Edgar Tallado was ousted as member of the ruling Liberal party. Somehow, he may no longer attempt to reclaim the membership, but for now, he is happy being reunited with his wife after a separation following his scandalous affair with a young provincial employee. […]

New Tropical Depression expected to enter PAR Thursday – PAGASA

New Tropical Depression expected to enter PAR Thursday – PAGASA MANILA, May 4 — The low-pressure area (LPA) outside the country has intensified into a tropical depression, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Sunday. With its speed and movement, the tropical depression is expected to […]

Fusion of Filipino-Chinese culture shines in Albay’s Fiesta Tsinoy

LEGAZPI CITY, Feb. 21 — The Filipino-Chinese community and the Albayano culture and traditions blended during the Fiesta Tsinoy Chinese Lunar new year celebration on Thursday here, the first time ever. Tourism department’s Bicol regional director Ma. Nini-Ong Ravanilla, infused the Pastores Bicol in this year’s Fiesta Tsinoy new year […]

University in Bicol settles P14.4-M of unremitted SSS contribution, penalties

This is why employees should be very vigilant when it comes to availment of their Social Security Systm benefit while updated of their status as contributing member of the system. But what happen when the employees are getting their salaries net of the SSS contribution, meaning the deduction was already […]

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Friendship Bridge proposal will link Catanduanes with Bicol mainland

The Maqueda channel separates the island of Catanduanes from Bicol mainland province of Camarines Sur in its nearest opposite points at approxiamtely 10.8 kilometers. And provincial governor Araceli Wong hopes that one day that great divide will become part of the past. The solution is a proposed bridge, linking Barangay […]

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Peñafrancia Fluvial on the Naga River

Some 300 military personnel helped in cleaning the river due to unwanted debris and garbage before the actual fluvial procession. The residents and the city government of Naga should take not only one look but also envision a program on how to keep the river clean and alive again before is too late.

Typhoon Nina extends Christmas vacation of students in Camarines sur

Typhoon Nina extends Christmas vacation of students in Naga city, including some areas of Camarines Sur. Yes, you read it right. Not only did howler typhoon Nina brought extensive damage on crops and properties in some Bicol provinces. The typhoon also tripped the power in the region. Sustaining damages, the […]

Sorsogon highly dependent Bicol province on IRA share for fiscal year 2009

The short discussion here will delve on the “External Sources” of income by the provincial local governments. That is specifically referring to the LGU share in (1) Internal Revenue Allotment, (2) other shares from the National Tax collections, (3) inter-local transfer, (4) and extraordinary receipts, grants donations and aids. The […]

Calabanga Celebrates Town Fiesta

On September 6 and 7, the townsfolk of Calabanga will celebrate the feast day of Nuestra Señora de la Porteria. The civil and religious heirarchy in the whole municipality closes ranks to celebrate as one the joyous occasion.

Rejoinder, which Bicol city is ready to become an HUC?

After posting Legazpi City readies to become the first HUC in Bicol, this writer felt like taken for a ride (‘nakuryente’) by the information. So I reviewed some numbers to compare the remaining cities of the region. First. Bicol cities verified annual regular income from the years 2011 up to […]