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SOHOTON: Boat rides and quick beach tour

Visiting a fishing village for the second time in the town of Siruma was worth the effort. An added bonus was like a gift of surprise visit to a secluded area away from the populous village. Here, we share the quick round trip boat rides from rustic Vito to the […]

LIVESTREAM: The Easter Vigil at the Vatican and Naga City

The Easter Vigil takes place on Saturday, April 20th, beginning at 8.25pm. in Vatican. The celebration begins with the blessing of the new fire in the atrium of St. Peter’s Basilica. The processional entrance follows next with the Easter candle and the singing of the “Exsultet” (or “Easter Proclamation”). Pope […]

Meet the “Puto Man” of Calabanga, ang lalakeng magpuputo

Meet Joseph Semifrania, the “Puto Man” of Calabanga. Find the enterprising guy in the sidewalk of Barangay San Isidro, fronting the Calabanga town public market, but only in the morning and up until he is done selling his steamed rice (puto) cakes of the day. Joseph exudes warmth with his […]

Legazpi City readies to become the first HUC in Bicol

Legazpi City readies to become the first HUC in Bicol. The city of Legazpi is looking forward to becoming the first highly urbanized city (HUC) in the Bicol region, besting six others which include Naga, Iriga, Sorsogon, Libon, Tabaco and Masbate. According to city Mayor Noel Rosal, more development and […]

Power grid enforce interruptions in towns affected by ‘Nona’

Power grid enforce interruptions in towns affected by ‘Nona.’ Six provinces had power interruptions on Monday as the typhoon heads towards Eastern Visayas. On Monday the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) said that Albay, Camarines Norte, Samar, Eastern Samar, Northern Samar and Sorsogon had power outages due to […]

Bicol farmers face climate change challenge next planting season

Bicol farmers are facing an immediate challenge based on the seasonal climate outlook advisory by the Department of Agriculture covering the months of September this year up until January 2016. Reduced rainfall and increase in temperature might reduce crop yield, specifically in rain-fed as well as irrigated areas at the […]

Bicol Comelec going ahead with voter delisting

The Commission on Elections in Bicol region is up to deleting a total of 169,193 voters from the list for failure to comply with the bio-metrics requirement. Comelec regional director Atty. Romeo Fortes said non-compliant voters are up for delisted after the deadline set lapsed last October 31st. Fortes added […]

TS “Lando” maintains strength, will threaten most of Luzon

Tropical storm “Lando” has maintained its strength and will threaten most parts of Luzon in the next two to three days or until weekend, according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Thursday. In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Shaira Nonot said that as of 4 a.m. […]

Senator Marcos has edge over Bicolano aspirants for the vice-presidency in 2016?

Senator Marcos has edge over Bicolano aspirants for the vice-presidency? There is no hiding the fact on veteran senator Juan Ponce Enrile’s belief that Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. will have a distinct advantage in the vice presidential race in 2016. ”It’s all very obvious. The Bicolanos will have to […]

Vice-presidentiasquabbles of Bicolanos loom in 2016 national elections

Vice-presidentiasquabbles of Bicolanos loom in 2016 national elections The upcoming 2016 national elections will make a mark in history for Bicol and the nation. It will be the first instance when the (national) position for vice president will be contested, among others, by four Bicolano politicians. It is a total […]

Sarong Banggi and the dearth of mainstream Bicol songs

Sarong Banggi and the dearth of mainstream Bicol songs. Now added on the sidebar of the Bicol (House Journal) section only, is the unofficial regional Bicol romantic anthem Sarung Banggi (Sarung Bangui, Sarong Banggi) a reggae version by the band Mudflow from the town of Sto. Domingo in Albay province. […]

P170.7-B North-South railway project- South Line to boost Bicol economy

MANILA, April 10 –The P170.7-B North-South railway project- South Line to boost Bicol economy. The Bicol region will get the needed business and economic upliftment in the proposed P170.7 billion North-South Railway Project- South Line. Once completed, it is seen to considerably shorten the travel time from Manila to the […]

13 Bicol towns pass fiscal stability scorecard – DOF

13 Bicol towns pass fiscal stability scorecard – DOF Thirteen municipalities in Bicol garnered satisfactory ratings in financial accomplishments according to the Department of Finance tally for local government units of the country. These municipalities pulled a surprise by capturing either the “Good” or “Very Good” rating in the DOF’s […]

The gathering storm on Pope Francis 4rth day in PH

MANILA, Jan. 18 – As the Papal Visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines nears its end gathering the faithful into unity, nature is also gathering storm. The state weather agency PAGASA on Sunday advised the public who will attend events of Pope Francis at the Rizal Park and the […]

BIcol PNP, Albay province brace for Pope’s PH visit

BIcol PNP, Albay province brace for Pope’s PH visit. The coming visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines, particularly in Manila and Tacloban, now reaches feverish proportions. Do not discount Albay to just stand by. Governor Joey Salceda has issued a no-work order for capitol employees and the suspension of […]

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) […]

DOLE thinks goat can improve life of marginalized farmers

Can a (pair) couple of goats improve life of a poverty-stricken family of a farmer? This is the purpose of the Department of Labor Bicol regional office in Legazpi with its implementation of the P2-million goat dispersal program. DOLE hopes to reverse the plight of itinerant, seasonal sugar cane plantation […]

In your dreams, Bicol International Airport completion not in P-Noy’s term

LEGAZPI CITY — There is no reason to be flaunting about the age of modern air travel in the region via the Southern Luzon international airport. The thing is, the airport’s completion may come beyond the 2016 national elections, yet. Because of this, Bicolanos, more specifically the people of Albay, […]

Miss Int’l 2013 Bea Santiago joins Albay in New Year countdown

LEGAZPI CITY — Fresh from her triumph in the Tokyo pageant, that definitely capped the year’s unprecedented haul of various international beauty titles ever, the newest Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago will be home in the Bicol region before the year ends. Bea Rose will mark her homecoming with […]

Bicol will have cloudy skies with rainshowers and thunderstorms

MANILA, Dec. 22 –The northeast monsoon or “hangin amihan” will continue to be the dominant weather system to affect the country as the Northern and Central Luzon can expect cloudy skies and rain on Sunday, according to Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). PAGASA said that Cagayan Valley, […]

Update: Typhoon ‘Yolanda’ (Haiyan) death toll now at 3,982

MANILA, Nov 19 — In its latest official tally, the national disaster council on Tuesday announced the death toll for Supertyphoon “Yolanda” has reached 3,982 while damage to lives and property reached over P11 billion The casualty count is broken down in Calabarzon with 2; Mimaropa, 5; Bicol, 5; Western […]

Bicol sends off 25 truckloads of relief goods for eastern Samar Monday

A convoy of twenty five truckloads of relief goods from Bicol intended for Leyte and Samar leaves Matnog port in Sorsogon Monday and will arrive at their destinations on the same day, a regional official of the Office of Civil Defense said. Rafael Bernardo Alejandro, civi defense regional director, on […]

DSWD- Bicol ships out 8,000 food packs for eastern Samar

The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Bicol on Tuesday morning sent some 8,000 emergency family food packs worth P8-million for victims of super typhoon “Yolanda” in Eastern Samar, a regional official said Tuesday. Arnel B. Garcia, DSWD Bicol regional director, said the initial shipment of the relief goods […]

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 […]

Team Albay OCD-5 humanitarian mission priority deployment is Tacloban City

The 179-man Team Albay-Office of Civil Defense 5 has been assigned for priority deployment in Tacloban City on Monday based on order of Undersecretary Eduardo Del Rosario, Office of Civil Defense administrator and National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council executive director. This was learned from Governor Joey Sarte Salceda […]

Tacloban city now open for land traffic via San Juanico and Bicol

After being hit hard by Super Typhoon ‘Yolanda’ (Haiyan), Tacloban City is now accessible by land, a Malacañang official said Sunday. Secretary to the Cabinet Jose Rene Almendras said at a media briefing in Roxas City in Capiz that Tacloban City can now be reached via the San Juanico Bridge […]

Casualty Update: Typhoon Yolanda leaves 2 dead, 9 injured in Masbate

An eight-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy died while nine persons were reported injured when super typhoon “Yolanda” hit the Bicol region Friday morning. Office of Civil Defense Bicol Regional Director Raffy Alejandro, concurrently Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council chairman, identified the two fatalities as Angel Geroldo of […]

Signal No. 3 on Masbate; No. 2 on Sorsogon, Albay and Burias; No. 1 on CamNorte, CamSur, Catanduanes as Typhoon Yolanda barrels through the islands

Signal No. 3 on Masbate; No. 2 on Sorsogon, Albay and Burias; No. 1 on CamNorte, CamSur, Catanduanes as Typhoon Yolanda barrels through the islands Signal 4 on Samar, Samar, Leyte, S. Leyte, Biliran; Signal 3 on N. Samar, Masbate, N. Cebu, Bantayan, Siargao, Dinagat, as Typhoon Yolanda barrels through […]

Disaster Response units from AFP on Standby with Land, Air, and Sea Transport Equipment

The Office of Civil Defense in Bicol said the activated Disaster Response Units from the Armed Forces of the Philippines are on standby with ten DRU platoons composed of 36 personnel, five military trucks, two helicopters, rubber boats and equipment. OCD Regional Director Rafael Bernardo Alejandro, also the Regional Disaster […]

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, […]

Peñafrancia Festivities 2013 Unfurls with the Traditional Traslacion

Peñafrancia Festivities 2013 Unfurls with the Traditional Traslacion on Friday. Below is a schedule of activities of the events in the continuing observation of the celebration of Bicolano’s faith to Ina, the Patroness of Bicol. September 12 / Thursday – DAY FOR THE GOVERNMENT LEADERS AND WORKERS Theme: The Divine […]

Camarines Norte Capital Town Desperately Obsessed of Becoming a City?

In a seemingly desperate but obsessed dream of guiding Daet into becoming a city, the local officials are into a frenzy of proposed redevelopment projects. According to mayor Tito Sarion, “… we are presently in the process of implementing large-scale facelift projects such as the P30-million local government center, P30-million […]

Baluko of Sorsogon Emerges as Exotic Food for Seafood Aficionados

Baluko is a meaty shellfish that can be cooked in many ways like fried, adobo or seasoned in coconut milk with lots of chili to taste like the super hot Bicol express. Ii is now a popular wet market commodity in Sorsogon province as exotic delicacy for seafood lovers. Baluko […]

Embattled PH Ambassador to Kuwait Shulan Primavera Hails From Bicol

After a long wait, definitely the truth will set free whoever was or is encumbered on the sexual harassment case that was filed by an OFW from Kuwait against a Philippine ambassador to that mideast nation. We are referring to Ambassador Shulan Primavera who was accused by “Mabel,” a Filipina […]

Bicol Hit By High Rate of Underemployment in July

Bicol has the highest underemployment rate among the regions in the country, according to the latest survey conducted by the National Statistics Office. About 33.5 per cent of workers or employees express the desire to have additional hours of work in their present job or to have additional job, or […]

7 Bicol Island-Towns Has .21M Residents in 2010

Other than the two “big” island-provinces of Masbate and Catanduanes, there are several islands comprising 7 municipalities in the Bicol region. The island of Burias, west of Albay province and slightly north northwest of Masbate main island, hosts the towns of San Pascual and Claveria. Ticao island, near north of […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Bolaobalite of My Father Recalled

Even as I have discussed and recalled memories, stories and current events about Siruma, I kept missing one more place much nearer our residence and of my father’s hometown. In a way, it is my third hometown, though. I am referring to Bolaobalite, which immediately stirred a chord in my […]

Crossing the Bicol River via Balongay

The banca operator is so experienced he managed to device a system of not going straight ahead after departing from Balongay but instead maneuvers a sharp curved route to curtail the push and shove of the current. Imagine being in a crib on a rocking motion. Just looking at the transport boat, do not expect amenities of comfort for the seat will be a piece of bamboo pole nailed across its rim.

Stepping Into the Real Balongay

At the edge of the river bank, a waiting shade serves as the landing-terminal point for arriving and departing passengers. One can let time pass just by sitting on the steps or on the cement seats. I did just that and kept awed and bewildered at how huge and overwhelming the Bicol river is.

The Season to Prepare and be Proactive

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration reminded us these weather systems are expected to affect the nation from October until December, more of the tail end of a cold front, inter-tropical convergence zone, easterly wave, ridge of high pressure area, the easterlies, and more tropical cyclones.

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In your dreams, Bicol International Airport completion not in P-Noy’s term

LEGAZPI CITY — There is no reason to be flaunting about the age of modern air travel in the region via the Southern Luzon international airport. The thing is, the airport’s completion may come beyond the 2016 national elections, yet. Because of this, Bicolanos, more specifically the people of Albay, […]

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TS “Lando” maintains strength, will threaten most of Luzon

Tropical storm “Lando” has maintained its strength and will threaten most parts of Luzon in the next two to three days or until weekend, according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Thursday. In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Shaira Nonot said that as of 4 a.m. […]

P170.7-B North-South railway project- South Line to boost Bicol economy

MANILA, April 10 –The P170.7-B North-South railway project- South Line to boost Bicol economy. The Bicol region will get the needed business and economic upliftment in the proposed P170.7 billion North-South Railway Project- South Line. Once completed, it is seen to considerably shorten the travel time from Manila to the […]

Power grid enforce interruptions in towns affected by ‘Nona’

Power grid enforce interruptions in towns affected by ‘Nona.’ Six provinces had power interruptions on Monday as the typhoon heads towards Eastern Visayas. On Monday the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) said that Albay, Camarines Norte, Samar, Eastern Samar, Northern Samar and Sorsogon had power outages due to […]

Meet the “Puto Man” of Calabanga, ang lalakeng magpuputo

Meet Joseph Semifrania, the “Puto Man” of Calabanga. Find the enterprising guy in the sidewalk of Barangay San Isidro, fronting the Calabanga town public market, but only in the morning and up until he is done selling his steamed rice (puto) cakes of the day. Joseph exudes warmth with his […]

LIVESTREAM: The Easter Vigil at the Vatican and Naga City

The Easter Vigil takes place on Saturday, April 20th, beginning at 8.25pm. in Vatican. The celebration begins with the blessing of the new fire in the atrium of St. Peter’s Basilica. The processional entrance follows next with the Easter candle and the singing of the “Exsultet” (or “Easter Proclamation”). Pope […]

Update: Typhoon ‘Yolanda’ (Haiyan) death toll now at 3,982

MANILA, Nov 19 — In its latest official tally, the national disaster council on Tuesday announced the death toll for Supertyphoon “Yolanda” has reached 3,982 while damage to lives and property reached over P11 billion The casualty count is broken down in Calabarzon with 2; Mimaropa, 5; Bicol, 5; Western […]

Sarong Banggi and the dearth of mainstream Bicol songs

Sarong Banggi and the dearth of mainstream Bicol songs. Now added on the sidebar of the Bicol (House Journal) section only, is the unofficial regional Bicol romantic anthem Sarung Banggi (Sarung Bangui, Sarong Banggi) a reggae version by the band Mudflow from the town of Sto. Domingo in Albay province. […]

Team Albay OCD-5 humanitarian mission priority deployment is Tacloban City

The 179-man Team Albay-Office of Civil Defense 5 has been assigned for priority deployment in Tacloban City on Monday based on order of Undersecretary Eduardo Del Rosario, Office of Civil Defense administrator and National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council executive director. This was learned from Governor Joey Sarte Salceda […]

The gathering storm on Pope Francis 4rth day in PH

MANILA, Jan. 18 – As the Papal Visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines nears its end gathering the faithful into unity, nature is also gathering storm. The state weather agency PAGASA on Sunday advised the public who will attend events of Pope Francis at the Rizal Park and the […]

The Season to Prepare and be Proactive

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration reminded us these weather systems are expected to affect the nation from October until December, more of the tail end of a cold front, inter-tropical convergence zone, easterly wave, ridge of high pressure area, the easterlies, and more tropical cyclones.

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 […]

Bicol will have cloudy skies with rainshowers and thunderstorms

MANILA, Dec. 22 –The northeast monsoon or “hangin amihan” will continue to be the dominant weather system to affect the country as the Northern and Central Luzon can expect cloudy skies and rain on Sunday, according to Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). PAGASA said that Cagayan Valley, […]

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Disaster Response units from AFP on Standby with Land, Air, and Sea Transport Equipment

The Office of Civil Defense in Bicol said the activated Disaster Response Units from the Armed Forces of the Philippines are on standby with ten DRU platoons composed of 36 personnel, five military trucks, two helicopters, rubber boats and equipment. OCD Regional Director Rafael Bernardo Alejandro, also the Regional Disaster […]

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Miss Int’l 2013 Bea Santiago joins Albay in New Year countdown

LEGAZPI CITY — Fresh from her triumph in the Tokyo pageant, that definitely capped the year’s unprecedented haul of various international beauty titles ever, the newest Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago will be home in the Bicol region before the year ends. Bea Rose will mark her homecoming with […]

Bicol Hit By High Rate of Underemployment in July

Bicol has the highest underemployment rate among the regions in the country, according to the latest survey conducted by the National Statistics Office. About 33.5 per cent of workers or employees express the desire to have additional hours of work in their present job or to have additional job, or […]

TS “Lando” maintains strength, will threaten most of Luzon

Tropical storm “Lando” has maintained its strength and will threaten most parts of Luzon in the next two to three days or until weekend, according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Thursday. In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Shaira Nonot said that as of 4 a.m. […]

In your dreams, Bicol International Airport completion not in P-Noy’s term

LEGAZPI CITY — There is no reason to be flaunting about the age of modern air travel in the region via the Southern Luzon international airport. The thing is, the airport’s completion may come beyond the 2016 national elections, yet. Because of this, Bicolanos, more specifically the people of Albay, […]

Bicol Comelec going ahead with voter delisting

The Commission on Elections in Bicol region is up to deleting a total of 169,193 voters from the list for failure to comply with the bio-metrics requirement. Comelec regional director Atty. Romeo Fortes said non-compliant voters are up for delisted after the deadline set lapsed last October 31st. Fortes added […]

Casualty Update: Typhoon Yolanda leaves 2 dead, 9 injured in Masbate

An eight-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy died while nine persons were reported injured when super typhoon “Yolanda” hit the Bicol region Friday morning. Office of Civil Defense Bicol Regional Director Raffy Alejandro, concurrently Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council chairman, identified the two fatalities as Angel Geroldo of […]