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Focus on the Black Sand Mining in Albay

The province of Albay seems to have forgotten the lessons of Rapu-rapu. The open pit mining that ravaged the island, is part of the municipality with the same name in the province. In the end, the residents barely had benefit from the windfall profit from the mined gold, nickel, zinc […]

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 […]

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Move to boycott Albay power operator San Miguel Energy gains ground

Gov. Joey Salceda joins move to boycott payment to APEC LEGAZPI CITY, -– A boycott move against the San Miguel Energy Corp. (SMEC) is gaining ground as its newly acquired controversial Albay Electric Cooperative (Aleco), now named Albay Power and Energy Corp. (APEC), has yet to deliver its much-vaunted stable […]

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Sing and dance talent shows rudeness in Albay Fiesta Tsinoy Chinese event

Atty. Carol Sabio-Cruz narrates how the province of Albay warmly welcome Xian Lim as guest performer in the 1st Fiesta Tsinoy Chinese Lunar New Year celebration on Thursday here. In return, Lim showed his true nature and demeanor, unbecoming and totally to the dismay of Bicolanos. His publicist may come […]

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 […]

The Mother and Queen of All Rivers in Southern Luzon

Easily, then, Bicol river is both the queen and mother of all rivers in southern Luzon due to its size and influence. It holds sway and impact on the fertile and floodplains of the provinces, dictating the state of economic well-being and status affecting thousands of lives of people- including farmers, fisherfolks, travellers, etc., around its sphere of natural terrain.

20,000 sacks NFA rice, relief goods, spoil in Albay

Mention disaster preparedness and the province of Albay always comes to mind. But not all LGUs and government offices in the province “walk the walk” and “talk the talk” of the indefatigable governor Joey Sarte Salceda. In Tabaco, at least 21 sacks of rice and cartons of relief goods (noodles) […]

Proposed boulevard in north Legazpi city will boost tourism

LEGAZPI CITY -– The booming tourism industry here will get a boost as the city locates a new boulevard to be constructed in its northern part anytime next year after the completion of all the necessary requirements, permits and clearances, Mayor Noel E. Rosal said in an interview. The proposed […]

Bicol is 7th Poorest Among Geographic Regions of the Philippines

The latest info-statistic release by the National Statistics Coordination Board should not surprise us at all. With a poverty incidence of 34.1 percent during the first six months of 2012, Bicol is the seventh poorest region in the Philippines, based on the latest study of the agency which is releasing […]

CamSur Ranks 22nd in the 2009 Tax Revenue of PH Provinces

Here is the unofficial financial data about the Philippine provinces on tax revenue for fiscal year 2009.  Tax revenue include real property, tax on business and other taxes. Of the 80 provinces, 11 collected property tax over P155M. The list is topped by Pangasinan with collection of P437,984,080; followed by […]

Albay seeks to curb misuse of ambulance with fine and penalty

LEGAZPI CITY — In an attempt to curb blatant misuse of government ambulance vehicles, which should be solely devoted to transport seriously sick and injured patients for medical treatment, the Albay provincial legislative council on Monday passed an ordinance with accompanying penalty and fine. The move was prompted with the […]

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 […]

Bicolanos among top ten of May 2014 nursing board exam

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 11,225 out of 29,188 passed the Nurse Licensure Examination given by the Board of Nursing in the cities of Manila, Bacolod, Baguio, Cabanatuan, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, Laoag, Legazpi, Lucena, Pagadian, Pampanga, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga last May 2014. The successful […]

Campaign raise P200-K for skater; Martinez may visit Albay

LEGAZPI CITY, March 2 — The fund raising drive launched in Albay province for Olympic figure skater Michael Christian Martinez collected P200,348 and $1.25 in totals. Governor Joey Salceda personally turned over the money to Martinez and his mother as contribution to the expenses of the athlete in the (recently […]

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Info video: The national greening program in Bicol

Watch this. The national greening program in Bicol provinces. Although it is more of a prop video mouthing the government agency, still some information, including facts and numbers, make a good conversation piece. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is one of the lead agency with thrust in conservation […]

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If Albay paid sing and dance talent P350-K, was it good governance?

It is not easy telling the organizers of the just recently concluded Fiesta Tsinoy Chinese Lunar new year celebration last Thursday to stop importing Manila-based so-called entertainers. The locals love to see paid talents sing and gyrate on the stage, and attempt to say a few Bicol words which all […]

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 […]

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 […]

Campaign raise P200-K for skater; Martinez may visit Albay

LEGAZPI CITY, March 2 — The fund raising drive launched in Albay province for Olympic figure skater Michael Christian Martinez collected P200,348 and $1.25 in totals. Governor Joey Salceda personally turned over the money to Martinez and his mother as contribution to the expenses of the athlete in the (recently […]

UN Green Climate Fund HQ opens in Inchon City on Dec. 4

LEGAZPI CITY — The United Nations Green Climate Fund (GCF) headquarters will formally open on Wednesday, December 4 with an inaugural dedication at 10:30 A.M. The center is located at the G-Tower of Songdo in Incheon City, South Korea. The G-Tower building is specially designed for the GCF and other […]