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Watch Walking Tour of La Porteria Parish Church

This should be the first walking tour for inmotion channel, I mean, a walking exploration. So here I was at the churchyard of the main Catholic church in my hometown which is the Parish church of Our Lady of La Porteria. Welcome to inMotion. And many thanks and appreciate for […]

Watch Found First Monument Dedicated to Filipino Teachers

You read it right, this is the first monument dedicated to the Filipino teachers found in the town of Calabanga. This monument is a landmark for the longest time since I was living in the town, or actually, since I was born. But it was just a standing structure of […]

Watch the Good Friday Procession and Tableau of Calabanga

Sharing here the coverage and watch the Good Friday procession and tableau in Calabanga, particularly by the Catholic Parish of La Porteria. As all roads lead to the celebration, but more of observance of the most holy week of the year in the Catholic world, many devotees and pious believers […]

The reason why it’s always raining in Calabanga

One year after Mother crossed over, I didn’t realize it slowly changed the memory pictured in my mind of my hometown. I don’t know if that newest impression etched will soon fade as time goes by and revert back to that of memories past of good and happy summers during […]

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 […]

What were you doing when the Google Street View guy came?

What were you doing when the Google Street View guy came? This time now you must be aware that Google map has recorded the public view of streets of cities and towns, big or small, in the Philippines, including that of Calabanga. Last year sometime in June a Google Street […]

Bicol’s man in Washington trace roots from Calabanga

Bicol’s man in Washington trace roots from Calabanga. You read it right. The man you are staring at is Ninio Hilario Fetalvo, one of the assistant press secretary of President Donald J. Trump in the White House. As the administration of the new POTUS takes shape, 23 year old Ninio […]

Evelyn Yu, 3-term mayor of Calabanga, 71

Close friends, relatives, family and many folks known to her in the town of Calabanga are missing already the presence of Mrs. Evelyn Yu, She succumbed to heart ailment yesterday. She would be 72 on December 3, The well-respected and unassuming former chief executive of the town left behind her […]

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

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

President Aquino partially fulfills campaign promise made in Calabanga

In his latest sortie of the Bicol region this week, the President of the Philippines (POTP) went on a whirlwind visits and inauguration of finished government projects just in time for the last minute push for the administration’s presidential and vice-presidential candidates. The POTP also visited the municipality of Calabanga […]

Over 61,000 CamSur voters no biometrics

Some 61,000 registered voters in Camarines Sur will not be able to vote in the coming May 9, 2016 general elections. According to the Camarines Sur Comelec provincial office spokesperson Alexander Marpuri, no less than 61,000 registered voters in the province will not be able to cast their votes during […]

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. […]

Kristo, The longest running live street play in Calabanga returns

CALABANGA, Cam.Sur, March 31 — Kristo, the longest running live street play here is being staged during the Catholic observation of the Semana Santa. It is a play given life by hometown actors for the past 22 years. Participants and the people behind says, “and counting,” giving assurance that it […]

PLDT sucks in customer service

PLDT sucks in customer service. Calabanga, CAMSUR — The new year of 2015 is seen to augur inspiration and hope for many of us. But if the new year is epitomized in telecom service like the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), then it doesn’t look good at all. Before […]

Photo update on St. Peregrine Laziosi parish

Photo update on St. Peregrine Laziosi parish and church. This a photo update about the parish of St. Peregrine de Laziosi located at barangay Sto. Domingo in the town of Calabanga. The parish is the “newest” and one among the six Catholic parishes in the town. Its pious Catholic community […]

Regional fishport facility slowly rising in Calabanga

Regional fishport facility slowly rising in Calabanga . This is a photo update on the regional fishport facilities now in construction phase in San Miguel bayside barangay of Sabang in Calabanga town of Camarines Sur. The facility is coming into physical reality, the product of Philippines House of Representatives Bill […]

Five Bicol LGUs are 2014 corn achievers

PILI, Camarines Sur -– Five local government units in Bicol are among this year’s awardees of the agriculture department’s 2014 Pinoy quality corn achievers award. Named for their performances in implementing the corn program in their localities are Ligao City (Albay), Naga City, and three Camarines Sur municipalities of Baao, […]

Bicol NIA has new regional chief effective September

NAGA CITY -– The Bicol regional office, here, of the National Irrigation Administration has a new chief, part of the reorganization instituted by the current board of directors. Engineer Vicente Vicmudo was named the new regional manager replacing engineer William Ragodon, who has been reassigned to Region 4A or the […]

Forest fire in Mt Isarog put off by volunteers and guts

Calabanga — Putting out forest fire is an emerging challenge for local governments and communities which has no equipment nor dedicated personnel for the task. Take the current case of the huge fire that gutted about 100 to 150 hectares of second forest growth in the shoulders of Mount Isarog […]

CamSur 3rd district gets P1.4B project allocation for 2014

NAGA CITY — The third district of Camarines Sur will get at least P1.4-billion worth of projects in 2014 from the national government even as the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) has been scrapped after the Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional. Before the scrapping of the PDAF or […]

DSWD provides capital assistance to Calabanga senior citizens federation

A federation of senior citizens in the municipality of Calabanga in Camarines Sur is a recipient of a P1 million investment capital assistance from the regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. The fund will be earmarked to finance the opening of a drug store in the […]

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 […]

Bicol Congressmen Use P3.881Bn Pork Barrel Funds Between 2009 and 2013

Bicol congressmen received a total of P3.881 billion pork barrel funds between 2009 and March 2013, according to the records of the Department of Budget and Management. The amount represent funds released to 24 present and past congressional representatives of the six Bicol provinces. Representative District  Amount 1 Bravo, Narciso […]

Salingoy Art Group and Black Nazarene Parish Mounts Religious Exhibit

A Bicol artist group based in Naga city and a Calabanga Catholic rural parish collaborates for a worthy project. The seminal Salingon Art Group composed of Bicolano artists and the parish of Black Nazarene in Binanuaanan Pequeno mounts a unique exhibit which will run for one month at the Gallery […]

55 Towns, 5 Cities in Bicol Vulnerable to Landslide and Flooding

The Bureau of Mines and Geosciences in Bicol (MGB-V) reiterates its previous warning made earlier this year to residents of at least five cities and 55 towns in all six provinces of the region highly susceptible to landslide and flooding. Regional Director Engr. Theodore Rommel E. Pestano said “… with […]

We Will Remember the Campaign Promise of the President in Calabanga

During the campaign period for the mid-term elections, President Benigno S. Aquino III. Aquino III, made whirlwind visits of cities and municipalities in the Bicol region. These video coverage courtesy of RTV Malacañang highlights the president’s campaign visit in the municipality of Calabanga at the Octagon multi-purpose hall. President Benigno […]

Calabanga Winners and Losers of May 13, 2013 Elections

Mayor SEVERO, EDUARDO (NPC) NATIONALIST PEOPLES’ COALITION 14,335 DUMALASA, PHILIP (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 13,508 CALISURA, CARDING (PDP) PARTIDO DEMOKRATIKO PILIPINO LAKAS NG BAYAN 3,697 Vice Mayor ROBLES, RAMONCITO (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 16,527 GONZALES, DANNY (NPC) NATIONALIST PEOPLES’ COALITION 10,690 MEMBER, SANGGUNIANG BAYAN of CAMARINES SUR – CALABANGA – LONE DIST […]

Many Bicol Families Live Dirt Poor and Always Hungry

Darnel (not his real name) lives with his family in an informal satellite community in the municipality of Calabanga. His parents and grandparents are neighbors in makeshift nipa huts which barely can be considered decent living structures on lands owned by the government, particularly by the National Irrigation Administration, as […]

In Binanuaanan, Women Are from Mars and Men from Venus

Being the first chance to visit the barangays of Binanuaanan, an eerie feeling there will be less encounter with the general populace of the area was filling us. But some information and direction about the place had to be sourced. Definitely, there will be a conversation between the unwelcomed visitor […]

The Topsy Turvy Road System of Binanuaanans

On the day and time we were supposed to depart for the twin barangays of Binanuaanan in upland Calabanga, rain poured in abundance it was more than enough to give us a good bath. We had to cancel the trip. The next day, the weather was a complete opposite. We […]

Why Are All These Candidates Running in the Election?

Calabanga, April 12 — In the local scene, one wonders why so many candidates are running in the May elections? Twenty three individuals jockey for seats less than a third of the number in the sangguniang bayan and yet they hang on the campaign trail. “As if the incumbents have […]

Calabanga Marks 20th Year in Passion Play Production

Calabanga — This lenten tourist town will mark its 20th year of presenting to locals, afficionados and devotees the annual street tableau of “An Pasyon ni Kristo” during the Semana Santa (Holy Week) festivities. The street play is spearheaded by the Calabanga Network for Talent and Arts Development and Advocacy […]

Only in Barangay San Pablo, Too

San Pablo, Calabanga — The poblacion barangay of San Pablo, this town, is a stone’s throw from the church of Our Lady of La Porteria. Despite a small and limited land area, it is host to the local (municipal) government center. The municipal hall occupies the western portion of the […]

Porteria Parish Semana Santa Festivities 2013 Part 2

This is part two of Semana Santa schedule of activities and programs as released by the parish pastoral council of Our Lady of Porteria in Calabanga together with Rev. Fr. Abenson C. Martinez and Ref. Fr. Danilo V. Arnante. Domingo nin Pagkabuhay-Liwat ni Jesus (Please bring candles for the renewal […]

Calabanga Parish Releases Schedule of Semana Santa Festivities

The Catholic Parish Pastoral Council of Nuestra Señora de la Porteria in Calabanga has released the program and schedule of activities and festivities in the observance of Semana Santa 2013. Schedule of activities: Palm Sunday (Domingo de Ramos) March 24- 6:00 AM Pagbendisyon kan Olivas asin Palmas Hosanna- Pagromdom kan […]

Calabanga Mangrove Plantation Threatened with Tussock Moths

The young mangrove plantation in the town of Calabanga is being threatened with widespread pest infestation as confirmed by the Legazpi city-based regional office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Information about the presence of insect defoliators came from the alert sounded off by the municipal government […]

Calabangueños Worldwide Celebrate Happy Fiesta

For a few days in every year, residents of Calabanga drop their daily toil to pay homage to the feast day of the Lady of the Porter (Nuestra Señora de la Porteria). Today is the 263rd of such commemorative event. Residents, tourists and guests converge on a seemingly endless merrymaking […]

Widow of Former DILG Secretary Shortlisted for Bicol RTC Post

One lucky Bicol RTC branch will get the full legal eyes and ears of former Interior secretary Jesse Robredo’s widow soon enough. There are four vacant regional trial courts in the region which includes the Ligao-Albay RTC branch 13, Pili-Camarines Sur branch 32, Calabanga-Camarines Sur, branch 63 and Daet-Camarines Norte […]

Have Dog, Will Bite

For the past five years or so, the text messages I usually receive from my sister or brothers in the province are simple updates about the family. Then I would call them on the phone to get more detailed information. And to hear their live and animated voices. I feel […]

Hernandez Clan bereaved by demise of family members

For the well entrenched clan of Hernandez in Calabanga, the shadow of death come as a reminder of their being part of one root. Death become the source and cause of uncalled unhappy reunions, repeatedly as in the immediate past. Many family members may have found their way into distant […]

Denial or Whatever, Are We Really Independent?

On July 4, 1946, the Bicol High School led the celebration of independence day in Calabanga. One of the highlight of the occasion was a parade around the town with adorned floats of young maidens and men of the locality, many of whom were students of the distinguished school. It […]

Mangrove Planting and Reforestation Continue in Camarines Sur

Small worthy endeavors that unfold in the rural areas usually miss the media radar. Here we checked out the concerted efforts of unified youth organizations in a fresh wave of mass mangrove planting on Saturday, January 28. According to Marian Ramos the volunteers represent members from Skaters-Calabanga, Skaters-Naga, the National […]

La Salud Family Farm School Thrives in Calabanga

Five years after opening its gates to the first batch of students from the surrounding communities in barangay Sta. Salud of the municipality of Calabanga, the co-educational institution still thrives and is thriving well and good. We refer to the La Salud Family Farm School, the only one of its […]

10 Bicol Light Stations Not Operating Despite Over Supply of Spare Parts

Special Report Calabanga, CamSur, September 20, 2011- A total of ten light house stations in the six provinces of Region V (five) covered by the Bicol Coast Guard District are not operating, according to the agency’s web site. This is in the heels of a finding disclosed by the Philippine […]

9/16/1972 Live Blogging at the Colgante Bridge

Saturday, September 16, 1972. As the “vancuerna” of the images of the Virgin of Peñafrancia and the Divino Rostro passed under the bridge, the people became more excited and jostled for a good view. Some were praying the rosary, many were chanting “Viva La Virgen!!!” and “Viva El Divino Rostro!!”

Happy 2011 Town Fiesta Calabanga!!!

Still into the last day of the 2011 feast and festivities that is the Calabanga fiesta here in town. Townsfolk were treated to an array of eye googling parade of sights, sounds, colors, floats, majorettes, cadets, scouts, volunteers, civic organizations and LGU personnel, since the 6th of September.

DENR: Bicol Rivers and Lakes Hyacinth-Free

There is no fear that hyacinths or water lilies would clog rivers and lakes in Bicol to cause floods and pollution resulting in fish kills, the environmental management bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources regional office in Legaspi said.

Fiesta Days Are Here Again in Calabanga

“Oh, Calabanga, gem of the province, We will stand with pride and dignity, We will watch your fragile beauty, With much love and care . . . ” The song goes on a never ending refrain as it brings in a hundred and one memories; some happy and some sad. […]

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Balongay and the Bridge of Broken Dream

Then I heard about the skyway bridges that will span the river, connecting the towns of Libmanan and Canaman. The structure will be built much farther inside and farther from Balongay. The loss of Calabanga and Cabusao became the gain of Libmanan and Canaman. Lucky folks of these towns.

Francia Falcon Apelo, Educator

Francia Falcon Apelo, one of the pillars of the local educational community will be surely missed soon enough. She last handled the post of school counsellor at the Calabanga Polytechnic college (now the Central Bicol State University of Agriculture). Previous to that, she was well remembered at the Calabanga Central Division Pilot School for the several subjects she ably handled.

Why Are All These Candidates Running in the Election?

Calabanga, April 12 — In the local scene, one wonders why so many candidates are running in the May elections? Twenty three individuals jockey for seats less than a third of the number in the sangguniang bayan and yet they hang on the campaign trail. “As if the incumbents have […]

Denial or Whatever, Are We Really Independent?

On July 4, 1946, the Bicol High School led the celebration of independence day in Calabanga. One of the highlight of the occasion was a parade around the town with adorned floats of young maidens and men of the locality, many of whom were students of the distinguished school. It […]

A Bird’s-Eye View of Calabanga

So how do we get a good impression of the vicinity about the poblacion- Parada of Calabanga, other than taking a snap from the window of a plane or helicopter or using the Google satellite-generated image?

Easter Beer Plaza Fund Raising at the Octagon

The “Octagon” is a squat building that occupies the municipal lot which used to be an open space with a basketball court. It was there we watched various village teams compete for the championship trophy during the summer night games.

CamSur 3rd district gets P1.4B project allocation for 2014

NAGA CITY — The third district of Camarines Sur will get at least P1.4-billion worth of projects in 2014 from the national government even as the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) has been scrapped after the Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional. Before the scrapping of the PDAF or […]

Happy 2010 Fiesta, Calabanga!!!

Happy Fiesta, Calabanga! The town fiesta here seems to be a one week affair now which began a few years back with two separate parades on two days. And there are may more fun attractions and happenings about the town. And don’t forget to check-out the video-report of the civic parade below the text post.

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 […]

By the Ricefield

By the ricefield. The simple joy of living in a rural area.
We tend to our rice farm and look up to the sky for rains to come at times.

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Election Hang-over And Eye Sores

The election was way past many days now and the remnants of the costliest national exercise already part of the past, and yet we are still confronted with two strong indications that its scepter and shadow still hovers above our heads.

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La Salud Family Farm School Thrives in Calabanga

Five years after opening its gates to the first batch of students from the surrounding communities in barangay Sta. Salud of the municipality of Calabanga, the co-educational institution still thrives and is thriving well and good. We refer to the La Salud Family Farm School, the only one of its […]

Indigent residents of Calabanga receive medical assistance

Some 350 residents, including children, from five barangays of Calabanga travelled to the off-site location of West Coast high school in Dominorog, were accorded free consultaton and given appropriate medicine, vitamins and anti-biotics.

Have Dog, Will Bite

For the past five years or so, the text messages I usually receive from my sister or brothers in the province are simple updates about the family. Then I would call them on the phone to get more detailed information. And to hear their live and animated voices. I feel […]

Semana Santa- A Yearly Exodus for a Calabangueño

Semana santa is a tradition deeply rooted in the heart of every Calabangueño. The holy event is ever so old and yet always new. The Calabangueño reflects in solitude, in sanctity and in seclusion. Deep in his heart finds joy and anticipation of the filial, friendly and Godly devotion renewed and refreshed by the holy week celebration. Thus, it tugs him to go on a yearly exodus he just wouldn’t want to miss.

Calabanga Winners and Losers of May 13, 2013 Elections

Mayor SEVERO, EDUARDO (NPC) NATIONALIST PEOPLES’ COALITION 14,335 DUMALASA, PHILIP (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 13,508 CALISURA, CARDING (PDP) PARTIDO DEMOKRATIKO PILIPINO LAKAS NG BAYAN 3,697 Vice Mayor ROBLES, RAMONCITO (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 16,527 GONZALES, DANNY (NPC) NATIONALIST PEOPLES’ COALITION 10,690 MEMBER, SANGGUNIANG BAYAN of CAMARINES SUR – CALABANGA – LONE DIST […]

Evelyn Yu, 3-term mayor of Calabanga, 71

Close friends, relatives, family and many folks known to her in the town of Calabanga are missing already the presence of Mrs. Evelyn Yu, She succumbed to heart ailment yesterday. She would be 72 on December 3, The well-respected and unassuming former chief executive of the town left behind her […]

Scouring for Krill in San Miguel Bay

Just a few meters from the rocky shoreline by the breakwater, this Sabang fisherman is making the most out of his early morning hours, scouring the shallow waters catching for the tiny, tiny shrimp-like marine orgnisms which thrives in San Miguel bay.