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The moment Miss Philippines Catriona Gray wins Miss Universe 2018

Miss Philippines Catriona Gray is crowned this year’s Miss Universe. This is the fourth crown won by a candidate from the Philippines in the history of the popular international beauty pageant. Watch the seemingly long moment while the hopefuls wait for the announcement of the winning Miss Universe 2018.  And […]

Camalig town in Bicol wants to build an international convention center

Imagine this. A handsome building rising on Quituinan Hill fronting the majestic Mount Mayon would be a sight to behold. That prospect emboldens the municipal council committee on infrastructure of Camalig in Albay coming forward with the plan. They proposed to build a P3.5 billion Bicol International Convention Center located […]

Albay’s white elephant Pantao is regional port to nowhere?

Budget insertions for appropriations on the 2019 proposed national budget made top news these past days. Members of the house of representatives and the Budget Department are pointing fingers who did the possible insertion which bloated the proposed national budget. Budget insertions when intended for infrastructure projects of congressional districts […]

Watch The Moment Mocha Uson Locates Mayon is so Hilarious

Watch The Moment Mocha Uson Locates Mayon is so Hilarious!! Amidst the rumblings and heigthened seismic activity of Mayon, loose tongue Vlogger and Malacanang’s Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux Uson, known in the rounds of Duterte supporters as Mocha Uson showed her ignorance on Philippine geography. In the course of […]

Watch Video The Fury of Mayon Volcano

Mt. Mayon in the province of Albay, in the Philippines is again rumbling. And that restlessness has been going on for sometime now. The ultra active strato volcano in the region of Bicol is living up to its reputation. The mountain towers with the height of 2,463 meters or 8,081 […]

Live blogging the fury of Mayon Volcano

Today, at 9:32 AM, Tuesday, January 23, Legazpi time, we start a live blogging event to document the fury and ferocious destruction of Mayon volcano on its environ and the local residents living in its vicinity. We are getting a live text feed direct from the city fronting the volcano. […]

Construction of north-bound boulevard begins in Legazpi City

The construction of phase one of seawall boulevard project in the northern portion of Legazpi City has begun as part of the P2.1-billion master flood control project supervised by the Department of Public Works and Highways and the City Engineering Office. On Tuesday, city mayor Noel Rosal disclosed the project […]

DepEd Bicol says no major problem during first day of school

For lack of proper monitoring standard, an official of DepEd Bicol summarily said there were no major problems met on the first day of school in various provinces and cities of the region. Spokesperson Mayflor Jumamil said the education department had prepared for “Balik Eskwela” this school year with 973 […]

Bicolanos ready to abandon small independent stores in favor of malls

Bicolanos are now so ready to abandon small independent stores in its prime cities in exchange for in-mall stores or stands. As Metro Manila-based giant mall operators continue the incursion outside their comfort zones, and into provincial cities and big towns, independent small non-networked stores which used to be stable […]

CamSur Gov. Villafuerte favors cutting trees off highways in the province

After typhoon Nina caused wide destruction on the province of Camarines Sur on the night of Christmas 2016, Camarines Sur Governor Miguel Luis Villafuerte suddenly favors cutting off trees along the national highway traversing the province. In a Facebook post, Gov. Villafuerte wrote: “My proposal to DENR (Department of Environment […]

Bomb threat hoax stings Albay police

LEGAZPI CITY — It was the second incident this year. A bomb threat circulated by text message on Sunday kept the Albay police force on their toes. The message specifically said that “Our attack sa Nov. 9-11, 2016, nagpakalat na kami ng bomba sa mga malls ng Legazpi at Daraga. […]

Update: Bicol PNP says 351 public, barangay officials among drug surrenderees

More local public officials, many on elective posts, are among drug surrenderees according to the last tally by the Philippine National Police in Bicol. Some 351 public officials in the region, mostly barangay officials, suspected of being drug personalities have surrendered to authorities from July 1 to October 21. Bicol […]

Bicol police drive against illegal drugs add more fatalities

If the count of persons daily placed inside body bags is a certain measure of success, then the Duterte administration-driven campaign versus the proliferation of illegal drugs is a calculated success in Bicol. It seems. The rising death count is becoming a source of accomplishment for police officials in the […]

Husband of barangay official in Libon shot dead by lone gunman

Libon, Albay, Oct. 4 — Anoher Bicolano falls victim of extra judicial killing over the weekend here. A man identified by police as Ramon Concepcion, 60, was killed on the spot when a lone gunman shoot him in different parts of the body. Chief Insp. Eduardo Azotea of the Libon […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Arrowman wins only gold for CARAGA in Palarong Pambansa 2016

Remember the Arrowman we mentioned on this post Arrowman gets noticed in Albay hosting of Palarong Pambansa 2016? The athlete was part of the CARAGA Athletic Association team delegation for the Palarong Pambansa 2016 recently concluded and held for the first time ever in Albay province. The young guy we […]

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 […]

Watch replay opening of Palarong Pambansa 2016 in Albay

Watch here the video replay of the grand opening of Palarong Pambansa 2016 with the province of Albay hosting the national sports competition. The low quality video footage though did not give justice to the actual scenes personally experienced by those present during the event. Also, it would have been […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Millions of money for Rapu-rapu 4Ps beneficiaries lost to robbers by DSWD

[flexiblemap address=”Barangay Villahermosa, Rapu-rapu, Albay, Bicol” region=”Bicol” directions=”true” width=”100%” height=”250px” zoom=”10″ ]. One version of the report says that the amount lost was P3.3 million. The second version says it was P4 million. Maybe it was rounded off to the highest amount, the thing is millions of pesos were lost! […]

4-Stage, 700-KM Le Tour de Filipinas kicks-off next month

The exciting 4-stage cycling event dubbed as the Le Tour de Filipinas in Luzon kicks off next month. Now on its 7th year, the four-day sporting competition starts on the 18th from Antipolo City and ends in Legazpi city. Stage One of the race will test 75 cyclists negotiating a […]

Get to know the new National Cultural Treasures of the Philippines

The National Museum of the Philippines has come up with identifying more national cultural treasures and cultural treasures, the latest batch in 2015. The National Museum (Pambansang Museo ng Pilipinas) is a government institution which serves as an educational, scientific and cultural institution in preserving the various permanent national collections […]

Magical things that happen to tourists upon sight of Mayon Volcano

Have you seen Mt. Mayon or Mayon volcano almost upclose? With its towering height of 8,077 feet (2,462 meters), the almost perfect-coned mountain is the main tourist attraction of the province of Albay and one of Bicol regions’ natural wonder. If you have not been to the province all your […]

Here’s the last weather situation advisory before new year 2016

Yes, this is the last weather situation advisory before the new year of 2016 kicks in. And the prospect is not much desired. Expect cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers in some parts of the country on New Year’s eve due the presence of northeast monsoon, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and […]

Typhoon ‘Nona’ wrecks Legazpi boulevard

Typhoon ‘Nona’ wrecks Legazpi boulevard. Take a good look of one of Legazpi City’s pride, the immense boulevard with the imposing Mayon volcano as the backdrop. The short video below courtesy of Youtuber runafterjean. Or. The facebook posted photo by Robby Cereno at the boulevard with the backdrop of Mt. […]

Bicol killings turned cold cases result of failure of police investigators?

Bicol killings turned cold cases result of failure of police investigators? The chief of Philippine National Police Bicol regional office has ordered the reopening of at least four cold cases that involved killings of two Bicol University students and two broadcast journalists in Camarines Sur. The new PNP Bicol chief […]

Ombudsman filing graft charges versus Albay congressman

The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the filing of graft and corruption charges against one-term Albay congressman Rino Lim for the anomalous utilization of his 2007 PDAF amounting to P27 million. Lim, together with five Technology Resource Center officials, Kaagapay Magpakailanman Foundation Inc. (KMFI) representatives and Carmelita Barredo of […]

Army encounters NPA in Oas, finds local camp

Philippine Army soldiers on patrol encountered a band of alleged New Peoples Army at about 2:10 p.m. in the hinterland of Barangay Moronponros of Oas town in Albay according to 9th infantry division spokoperson Army Capt. Mardjorie Panesa on Thursday. A 20-minute firefight with the nine-man group led by Diomedes […]

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Belated report confirms Tilapia fishkill in Bato Lake

BATO, CamSur — A belated report on Tilapia fishkill in Lake Bato of Camarines Sur was recently confirmed by the municipal agriculture office here. The downpour of rain after long sunny days has brought about fishkill in 70 percent of the fish cages of “tilapia” in the lake. This report […]

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Bicol University to open a new medical school

Legazpi City — The Bicol University will open next school year a medical school in its main campus in this city, according to Gov. Joey Salceda. Its (prospective) medical students will use the facilities of the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH). Meanwhile, the BRTTH also based in the […]

Forced evacuation starts as restive Mayon on Alert Level 3

As alert Level 3 was raised as of 10 P.M. on Monday, the state institute of volcanology recommends that the six-kilometer radius permanent danger zone around Mt. Mayon in Albay province be enforced. The agency advised that the southeastern flank of the restive volcano exposed to the danger of rock […]

20 Towns and Cities Over One Third of Bicol Population

In the official national census conducted for May of 2010, twenty Bicol cities and towns registered a total count of 2,051,067 equivalent to over one third or 37.84% of the regional total. Eight of these cities and municipalities has population exceeding the 100,000 population mark. The eight cities and municipalties […]

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 […]

Geothermal plant enundates Sorsogon barangay with flooding

SORSOGON CITY — A village in Bacon district here may soon be erased from the map if the geo-hazard threatening it would not be acted upon, the village chief on Monday warned. Osiao barangay chairman Tito Dio said typhoon Glenda spawned massive flooding in their locality, made worse by the […]

DSWD – Bicol office to lead relief operations in typhoon-ravaged Samar

The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Bicol will be the lead agency in conducting relief operations in eastern and western Samar, among the worst-hit provinces in Central Visayas by super typhoon “Yolanda” on Friday, a DSWD regional official said Monday. Arnel Garcia, DSWD regional director, said he had […]

Tourist arrivals in Legazpi city hit .5M in 2013

LEGAZPI CITY – This Bicol city hosted last year more than half a million tourists, an increase of 32.27 percent from the previous year’s number of arrivals. As recorded by the Bicol regional office of the Department of Tourism, the total arrivals of both domestic and foreign tourists here for […]

Albay power blackout enters sixth day

LEGAZPI CITY, — Power blackout in Legazpi City and parts of Albay entered its sixth day on Monday after the 35-year-old 20-MVA transformer in the Bitano sub-station here, covering four feeders, totally collapsed on Wednesday morning and is now beyond repair. The problem in power supply lack came a few […]

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 […]

APEC and Mt. Mayon, the tale of two volcanoes

Indeed, with the alarming upheaval in the belly of beguiling Mayon Volcano, another one is letting out a steam of its own. It would seem to confirm that Albay is home to two volcanoes that both pose threat to health and normal economic life of the province. We are referring […]

Watch replay opening of Palarong Pambansa 2016 in Albay

Watch here the video replay of the grand opening of Palarong Pambansa 2016 with the province of Albay hosting the national sports competition. The low quality video footage though did not give justice to the actual scenes personally experienced by those present during the event. Also, it would have been […]

City reroutes traffic as Yawa bridge project starts

LEGAZPI CITY -– Commuters traversing the Yawa bridge here better find an alternative route to avoid inconvenience. Starting Monday, August 6, a traffic rerouting affecting buses, trucks and delivery vans take effect as works on the bridge widening project starts. While the project has an allotment of P140 million approved […]

CamNorte is 32nd of PH Provinces on Income from Local Sources in 2009

Presented on the first part of this series, was how the 80 Philippine provinces ranked in tax revenue which is the sum of taxes on real property, business and other taxes. On this second installment the focus is on the individual province’s total non-tax revenue which consists of collections from […]

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Living by the Hillside Provides a Healthful Respite

“The real reason for physical fitness goes beyond the benefits one accrues from a healthy lifestyle,” is a famous line by Richard H. Utt. I personally believe it could be the dogma of every person who believes that Life is the most precious gift given by GOD. Therefore, it is […]

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Bicol Akrho Celebrates Anniversary

The Alpha Kappa Rho (akrho) chapters in Albay celebrate in a parade about the main streets of Legazpi city. Some fraternity and sorority members wear their signature black shirts emblazoned with the organization’s name.

Legazpi city not hosting APEC’s ISOM meet due to typhoon

MANILA, Dec. 3 (PNA) — Blame it on Typhoon Ruby. The city of Legazpi was scrapped as choice venue for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Informal Senior Officials Meeting (ISOM) from December 8-9, 2014, as reported here. Instead, organizers opted to hold the event in Manila considering the risk poised […]

Population of 19 Towns is 4.48% of Bicol’s 5.42M

As a sharp contrast to the report about 20 Towns and Cities Over One Third of Bicol Population, 19 Bicol towns registered a population with the combined total of 242,965. It is equivalent to 4.48% of Bicol’s 5.42M in the official census conducted last May of 2010. Majority of these […]

Mayon alert level 3 stays despite decrease seismic activity

Mayon alert level 3 stays despite decrease seismic activity, at least for now. LEGAZPI CITY — No display of the fiery fury of Mayon yet even as many tourists and locals are rearing to see a live fireworks display. No explosion means frustration for the “stakeholders” who thrive on disaster […]

The discombobulation in Albay power service

LEGAZPI CITY, Dec. 22 – This continuing story shows how in the vicinities of Albay province lurks the discombobulated goings on in the local power retail delivery and services. On December 4, 2014, Albay Power and Energy Corporation disconnected the electric service to Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation due to outstanding […]