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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

HB 6210: Declare elective officials running for post resigned?

It is interesting that Albay first district Rep. Edcel B. Lagman Jr. has filed a house bill seeking mandatory resignation for all elective officials who wish to run for any position other than the one they are currently holding. Lagman’s House Bill 6210 will amend the provision in the Fair […]

Severe classroom shortage marked opening of classes in Albay

DARAGA, Albay, June 4 — The first day of classes in Albay was disorderly with jampacked classrooms that reminded one of a can of sardines. Some teachers even held classes in covered courts with black boards serving as dividers. The severe scarcity of classrooms was aggravated by the implementation of […]

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Albay dispatches humanitarian team for Eastern Visayas provinces

Team Albay is sending another humaitarian team, this time, to Eastern Visayan provinces ravaged by typhoon Yolanda. The group is composed of 179 highly spirited volunteers, from the Office of Civil Defense 5. They left Legazpi city at about 8:40 p.m. Saturday, in a convoy of 14 vehicles bound for […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Lone Bicolano Casualty in Zamboanga Stand-off Flown Home

Lone Bicolano Casualty in Zamboanga Stand-off Flown Home. The fall out from the Zamboanga hostilities that pitted a group of Moro National Liberation front fighters against government military personnel became more real and touching to the family of one Bicolano soldier. To the family of Corporal Jesi Chris Reyeg, 33, […]

City mulls statue of St. John Paul II

LEGAZPI CITY — The city government will pursue its plan to build a monument of Saint John Paul II here. Vice Mayor Vittorio Roces said Tuesday they could not help regretting why they had not done it before. This is not a very original idea, but more of a copy […]

Albay plays host to 3 meets; will cost the government P18-M

LEGAZPI CITY — Secretary General Taleb Rifai of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNTWO) will arrive on Saturday to preside over the 26th Joint meeting of the UNWTO Commission for East Asia and the Pacific and the UNWTO Commission for South Asia. Rifai, a Jordanian national, will also preside […]

P781-M Bicol international airport contract up for bid

There is no holding back on the construction of the Bicol International Airport (also known as Southern Luzon International airport), which is being built in Barangay Alobo of Daraga town in the province of Albay. This was learned from the project’s lead agency, the Department of Transportation and Communications, which […]

Salceda offers cash reward VS gov’t employees lighting firecrakers

Albay governor Joey Salceda is giving a P1,000 cash reward to anybody who could furnish a video or photo, much better if accompanied by audio recording, of any provincial employee lighting firecraker on New Year’s eve. Identity of the “whistleblower” will also be kept confidential. “This is not a joke,” […]

Sorsogon serves as jump-off point of Typhoon Yolanda survivors from Samar

LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 27 – Sorsogon serves as jump-off point of Typhoon Yolanda survivors from Samar. As of Nov. 25, there were 21 families and 69 individuals who received aid from DSWD through the Public Assistance Desk. Herminia Diorico of Barangay Maya, MacArthur, Leyte, and six other members of her […]

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 […]

ALECO Consumers Voted for Private Sector Management Instead of Coop to Coop Scheme

ALECO consumers voted for private sector management instead of Coop to Coop Scheme. The PSP proposal garnered 5,506 votes, over the coop-to-coop (C2C) scheme, which received 3,491 votes in Saturday’s referendum among member-consumers of Albay Electric Cooperative. Some 100,000 Aleco consumers were earlier expected to show up at the 23 […]

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Antigong Simbahan of Albay

Antigong Simbahan. Catholic churches constructed in Albay by the Spanish conquestadores and friars. Earlier, we posted the teaser for this award winning film by gifted students of the premier state university in the regional capital of Bicol. A presentation by Cbanga360 Production of the mini-documentary by Bem’s Angel Production in […]

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Albay Marks World Water Day with Scubasura

(PNA) – A group of Bicolano divers did their share of cleaning Albay’s marine environment with a seabed clean-up activity off the coastline of Legazpi city. The event was tagged as scubasura which marked the recent observance of the World Water Day. The drive was spearheaded by the regional office […]

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 […]

DOH Dugong Bicol Awards given to LGU heads

Sixteen town and city mayors, and hundreds of barangay captains, received recognition from the regional office of the Department of Health for initiating blood-letting drives in their localities during the agency’s Dugong Bicol Awards. Awardees include the mayors of Tabaco city and Tiwi in Albay, Naga city, Ragay, Sipocot, Cabusao, […]

Gypped: 250,000 Aleco consumers face electric power rate increase

LEGAZPI CITY — Unknown to the 250,000 power consumers in Albay, the National Electric Administration has filed for a power rate increase in anticipation of the final takeover of the San Miguel Corp. of the operation of its recently acquired bankrupt electric cooperative of the province, according to documents obtained […]

Bicol Provinces on Blue Alert Status as Typhoon Santi Approaches

Bicol provinces on blue alert status as typhoon Santi approaches. The Regional Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council and the Office of Civil Defense have raised the blue alert status in the Bicol region due to Typhoon “Santi.” Blue alert means all PDRRMCs in the provinces of Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate, […]

BFAR: Widespread Corruption, Overfishing Plagues Bicol Fishing Industry

Overfishing, widespread corruption and uncooperative local executives are the key factors hampering the government’s campaign against illegal fishing practices slowly killing the industry according to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. In a media briefing, Francisco Ombao, BFAR Fisheries Regulatory and Law Enforcement Division chief, said that a study […]

Legazpi and Camsur Occupies Income Leads in 2005

Looking deep at the 2005 income of cities and provinces of Bicol this time, the trend is no different from previous years. The moneys earned stay more on the uptrend. The cities of Legazpi and Naga are truly rivals. Sorsogon may seem to occupy the third position now and the next years to come.

Bicolana wins Miss World Philippines 2014

Valerie Weigmann, a commercial model and TV host, who claims her roots from Albay province, was crowned Miss World Philippines 2014 Sunday night in Manila. Also winneres are runners up Lorraine Kendrickson, First Princess; Nelda Ibe, Second Princess; Nicole Donesa, Third Princess; and Rachel Peters, Fourth Princess. Aside from winning […]