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FLASHBACK: The Peñafrancia Traslacion of 2019

The undying devotion of Bicolanos to the Blessed Virgin Mary is replicated every year with the religious celebration and observance of Peñafrancia feastivities and festivities. This is a quick throwback of the Peñafrancia Traslacion of September 13, 2019. The event ushered the second leg of official observance of the Bicolano […]

PEñAFRANCIA: Message of Caceres Archbishop Tirona

It’s almost the Peñafrancia Fiesta and Feastivities again. The devotion to the Our Lady of Peñnafrancia and the Divino Rostro will outpour in the city streets and the Naga river. From the Archdiocese of Caceres, here’s the message of Archbishop Rolando J. Tria Tirona OCD, DD, for this year’s celebration […]

THROWBACK: VP Leni tours Jesse Robredo Museum in Naga City

This is only a passing question for residents living around the City of Naga and also of towns nearby, and maybe of Camarines Sur province, too. Have you visited the Jesse Robredo museum yet? If not, then come on, let’s join Vice-President Leni Robredo show us around. The VPOP is […]

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 […]

Watch Teaser If We Erase Traditional Politics We Win

This Philippine province of almost two million people, or 1.9 (1,952,544) million warm bodies according to the official census count of 2015 is the biggest in the Bicol region in terms of population and land area. While it is rich in natural resources and beautiful scenic places, majority of its […]

Why Fuentebella’s Partido Development Administration got the axe

Why Fuentebella’s Partido Development Administration got the axe. The administration is cleaning up the mess of the past. Or, so it seems. Recently, Malacañang abolished a Bicol-based Government Owned or Controlled Corporation (GOCC) created during the administration of former president Fidel V. Ramos. The Partido Development Administration (PDA) was snapped […]

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 […]

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 […]

Watch Gov. Migz new tourism video campaign for CamSur

Have you been to CamSur, yet? Or, when was your last visit of the province? We are posting this because Governor Migz Villafuerte is rolling out the invitation to local tourists and ‘outsiders’ alike, to savor the warmth welcome for tourists. Take note the premier province of Bicol offers incomparable […]

Why a second airport in CamSur will rise in San Jose

Why a second airport in CamSur will rise in San Jose. Can’t get enough good airport in the province of Camarines Sur? Perhaps, this is why another airport project is coming up. The Partido area in the province of Camarines Sur is getting its own airport.

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 […]

Typhoon Nina extends Christmas vacation of students in Camarines sur

Typhoon Nina extends Christmas vacation of students in Naga city, including some areas of Camarines Sur. Yes, you read it right. Not only did howler typhoon Nina brought extensive damage on crops and properties in some Bicol provinces. The typhoon also tripped the power in the region. Sustaining damages, the […]

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 […]

President Duterte visits Bicol military camp in a breeze

It was a brief whistle stop. The President of the Philippines (POTP) Rodrigo Duterte arrived Wednesday afternoon at Camp Elias Angeles at the headquarters of the 9th Infantry Division (ID) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Barangay San Jose, Pili, Camarines Sur. Duterte’s scheduled visit was anticipated originally […]

President Duterte visits officers and men of 9th ID in Camarines Sur

NAGA CITY, Sept. 21 — President Rodrigo R. Duterte is expected to visit government security forces in Bicol under the 9th Infantry Division of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Camp Elias Angeles located in Barangay San Jose, Pili, Camarines Sur today. Upon arrival in the morning in Naga […]

The full coverage Peñafrancia 2016 Fluvial Procession in Naga City

The Peñafrancia festivities celebration continues with the masses at the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral, then the street procession at about 3 PM towards Danlugan (Dalhugan) where the images will sail thru the Naga river back to the Penafrancia Basila Minore. Another mass will be celebrated right after the arrival of the […]

Full coverage Peñafrancia 2016 Friday military parade in Naga City

The Peñafrancia festivities celebration continues with the civic parade and float competition. The Peñafrancia festivities celebration continues with the military parade and competition. The street parade is still part of the continuing tradition during the celebration of the Peñafrancia feastivities and festivities which ends on Saturday, after the street and […]

Voyadores Festival 2016 competition in Naga City

The Peñafrancia 2016 festivities celebration continues with the voyadores festival competition. The street dance parade is still part of the continuing tradition during the celebration of the Peñafrancia feastivities and festivities which ends on Saturday, after the street and fluvial procession. Alternative coverage, if available streamed live by local TV […]

Full coverage of the civic parade and float competition in Naga City

The Peñafrancia festivities celebration continues with the civic parade and float competition. The street parade is still part of the continuing tradition during the celebration of the Peñafrancia feastivities and festivities which ends on Saturday, after the street and fluvial procession. Alternative coverage, if available streamed live by local TV […]

Two months into the anti-drugs campaign, body count breaches 2,500

The number of drug fatalities, persons killed in the continuing campaign of the government against illegal drugs already passed 2,500 within a period of two months. It is the same period of President Rodrigo Duterte’s tenure at the helm of the government. The Philippine National Police update on Tuesday include […]

Ombudsman indicts Cam Sur Congressman Andaya on PDAF scam

Camarines Sur 1st district congressman Rolando Andaya, Jr., was formally charged by the Office of the Ombudsman, for his role as the secretary of the Department of Budget and Management, in connection with the anomalous utilization of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) released during the term of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Copy-cat anti-drug “vigilante” operation gets into the groove in Naga City?

The blood of alleged vigilante killings now spreads in Bicol. This after two bodies were found in separate areas of Naga City on consecutive days, Saturday and Sunday. Both victims were found with packaging tapes around their heads complimented with board signs by their side that warns: “Huwag tularan ang […]

This is how Casureco II electric bill looks like

Just looking into the details of a Casureco II power bill is a pain in the spine. Casureco II is the coop retailer of electricity covering the franchise area in the towns of Minalabac, Canaman, Tinambac, Siruma, Pili, Bombon, Magarao, Milaor, Calabanga and Naga City, all in the province of […]

Bicol cops kill suspect drug pusher, collars user

As the President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s inauguration rite nears, more drug personalities are either busted or meet their death in the hands of police officers. Is this mere coincidence or cops are upstaging their buddies to be recognized of their loyalty to the new Malacañang tenant? Senior Insp. Bernardo Peñero and […]

Random, scattered rainshowers and still storm-free

The general population would readily welcome rain any time of the day to offset the sweltering effect of heat, like the short episode of raindrops yesterday afternoon in some parts of Camarines Sur. Yet, the country will remain storm-free in the next three days, Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services […]

Bicol vice presidential bets Robredo, Escudero, top political advertisers on ABS-CBN

Robredo, Escudero, top political advertisers on ABS-CBN. Independent Partido Galing at Puso vice-presidential candidate Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Daang Matuwid Coalition Liberal Party vice-presidential candidate Ma. Leonor Robredo topped the list among candidates for national position who have spent more for television advertising with ABS-CBN alone. According to the Philippine […]

Naga City is rising as the business process outsourcing center of Bicol

Is Naga City rising as the business process outsourcing center of Bicol? Away from Mega Manila into the provinces where cost is cheaper and labor supply is plentiful, call center services or the business process outsourcing is finding Bicol, particularly the city of Naga and nearby provincial capitol complex in […]

University in Bicol settles P14.4-M of unremitted SSS contribution, penalties

This is why employees should be very vigilant when it comes to availment of their Social Security Systm benefit while updated of their status as contributing member of the system. But what happen when the employees are getting their salaries net of the SSS contribution, meaning the deduction was already […]

New mall or old city hall? The bone of contention in Iriga City

What is important, an abandoned old city hall or a new mall in its place? [flexiblemap address=”Old City Hall building, Iriga City, Camarines Sur, Bicol” region=”Bicol” directions=”true” width=”100%” height=”250px” zoom=”18″ ] This is the bone of contention and friction point between four barangay captains of Iriga city against its mayor […]

Naga City rolls on real property tax collection online service

This is one good news for real propery owners in Naga City. The local government last January 14th opened an online service for payment of real property tax which definitely exempt people from the hazzle of physically going to payment centers just to pay the bill. The new facility augurs […]

10 Units of Raymond bus company get suspension order

Ten bus units being operated by the Raymond bus line was penalized with 30-day suspension order from the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) triggered by a fatal road accident in Sariaya town of Quezon province. One of the units of Raymond bus line crashed into a restaurant along Maharlika […]

Robredo, BongBong Marcos ties for second in latest SWS survey

Liberal Party vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo ties with Sen. Bongbong Marcos for second place in the latest released result by the Social Weather (SW) survey. [ADMIN] Cong. Leni with the various basic sectors in Mindanao. #LeniInDavao pic.twitter.com/h0oEF0bdCo — Leni Robredo (@lenirobredo) December 22, 2015 Robredo gained seven points, from […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bicol Drug Menace: Buy bust operation nab trafficker

Is there a drug menace in the Bicol Region? At we read, and watch reports, coming in from the provinces and cities, there is some truth to the matter. Here’s another. Joint operatives of the Nabua Municipal Police Station led by Police Senior Insp. John Murray C. Cutaran, officer-in-charge, and […]

Libmanan diocesan priest runs for CamSur 1st congressional district seat

A 43-year-old priest from the Diocese of Libmanan has entered politics to face a well-entrenched traditional politician in the five-town first district of Camarines Sur. Fr. Apolinar Rull Napoles last Friday filed his Certificate of Candidacy (CoC) under the Liberal Party to seek the district seat of incumbent Congressman Rolando […]

Former senator Joker Arroyo dead at 88

Former senator Joker Arroyo, 88, died of heart attack in a hospital overseas Monday. Joker represented the first district of Makati City for three terms from 1992 to 2001 and later as senator from 2001 to 2013. Arroyo has received various awards and commendations for his significant contributions to the […]

Mom says “put your best foot forward, Leni”

The 79-year-old mother of Camarines Sur 3rd district congresswoman Rep. Leni Robredo, Mrs. Salvacion “Sally” Santo Tomas Gerona, has advised her daughter to put her best foot forward and make her own judgment. Robredo, who had second thoughts of becoming the running mate of the Liberal Party standard bearer following […]

Closure of San Jose bridge in Pili will cause traffic bottleneck for motorists

PILI, Cam Sur, May 11 — Motorists passing the Maharlika Highway, more particularly those that will traverse the San Jose bridge in capital town Pili will have to use alternative routes beginning May 15. The bridge will be sugjected to total closure to vehicular traffic for one month during its […]

Camarines Sur tops tourist arrivals in 2014 among Bicol provinces

The province of Camarines Sur registered the biggest number of tourist arrivals in 2014 among Bicol provinces. According to the Department of Tourism, CamSur experienced a growth rate of 20.25 per cent from 1,547,678 in 2013 to 1,861,010. In contrast, Albay province attained a measly growth of 8.92 per cent, […]

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. […]

5 PNP personnel critically wounded in NPA ambush in Libmanan

LIBMANAN, Cam. Sur, March 17 — An official of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and four of his men on board a police patrol car were critically wounded when they were ambushed by New People’s Army (NPA) at Sitio Binubon, Barangay Malinao, in this town, at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Police […]

Bicol DepEd release list of schools to offer senior high program in 2016

LEGAZPI CITY, March 14 – Despite the seeming unpreparedness in offering the proposed new senior high school (SHS) program, the Department of Education (DepEd) confirms that 1,251 schools in Bicol are ready (sic) to offer the K to 12 curriculum by 2016. DepEd V Education Program Supervisor Cecile Ferro disclosed […]

Suspect in fatal shooting of Gov. Villafuerte’s cousin surrenders

LEGAZPI CITY, March 9 — The suspect in the killing of a cousin of Camarines Sur Governor Miguel Luis Viilafuerte surrendered to Senior Supt. Marlo S. Meneses, Albay Philippine National Police provincial director, on Sunday morning inside Camp Gen. Simeon A. Ola. Meneses identified the suspect as Manny Rey, 40 […]

World Bank funds P644-M Bicol infra projects

LEGAZPI CITY, Feb. 21 — A select group of Bicol development projects of the Philippine government receives P644 million funding from the World Bank (WB). At least six major projects WB funds, worth over P644 million in three Bicol provinces that are expected to directly benefit some 65,000 persons or […]

Saving hundred-year old trees prevail on highway projects in Bicol

Saving hundred-year old trees prevail on highway projects in Bicol LEGAZPI CITY, Feb. 17 — The strong concerned citizen support and clamor for tree conservation, many over hundred years old, in highways prevail in Bicol road widening projects. The Department of Public Works and Highways here now follows the “tree […]

Bicol Pili production gets boost as landowners expand plantations

Bicol Pili production gets boost as landowners expand plantations PILI, Camarines Sur, Feb. 16 — The production of Pili nut products get the needed boost with several landowners in the towns of Minalabac, Camarines Sur has chosen to devote plantation of Pili trees. Two large farm owners joined the growing […]

Bicol netizens fired up with mall constructions in Naga and Legazpi

Bicol netizens fired up with mall constructions in Naga and Legazpi Bicol netizens on social media sites are so fired up with the news and non-news of mall constructions, etc., in and around the cities of Naga and Legazpi. Hurling each other with verbal abuse, unbecoming of a Bicolano, when […]

Government funds core housing for indigent victims of Typhoon Glenda

The government through the social welfare department is funding reconstruction and rehabilitation of damaged residential units in identified barangays of San Jose town of Camarines Sur amounting to P6.7 million. The local municipal government in turn, will contribute a counterpart sum of P750,000 for the same endeavor. The targeted beneficiaries […]

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, […]

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A Sweeping Look at a Casureco II Power Bill

Received the other day the Casureco II bill for the household consumption of 159 kilowatts for the period between Jan. 24, 2013 – Feb. 24, 2013 . Not so funny to us each time we get hold of one but just the same we amuse ourselves of the fine prints […]

Phase-out: Post offices in Camarines Sur undergo consolidation

The ease of usage by cellphone text messaging and the internet has finally caught up the territory previously dominated by the post office, that of sending and delivering letters. Little did many surmised before that it could lead to something economically disadvantageous to some sectors. One government agency is slowly […]

New Trick on Creation of Nueva Camarines Known

There’s a new twist in town. The move to split the province of Camarines Sur into two may move forward under a new trick. The twist is here: reports said that the group belonging to those opposing the division have agreed to convert the Partido area or the 4rth congressional […]

FLASHBACK: The Peñafrancia Traslacion of 2019

The undying devotion of Bicolanos to the Blessed Virgin Mary is replicated every year with the religious celebration and observance of Peñafrancia feastivities and festivities. This is a quick throwback of the Peñafrancia Traslacion of September 13, 2019. The event ushered the second leg of official observance of the Bicolano […]

Bicolana farmer, 3 others get FAO award on World Food Day celebration

A Bicolana farmer and three others were recognized for their achievements in agriculture and food production during the recent 33rd celebration of the World Food Day for the Asia-Pacific region held in Bangkok, Thailand on October 16, 2013. Myrna Conmigo Asor of Goa, (Partido district) Camarines Sur received a Food […]

Copy-cat anti-drug “vigilante” operation gets into the groove in Naga City?

The blood of alleged vigilante killings now spreads in Bicol. This after two bodies were found in separate areas of Naga City on consecutive days, Saturday and Sunday. Both victims were found with packaging tapes around their heads complimented with board signs by their side that warns: “Huwag tularan ang […]

Camarines Sur Farmers Aim to Top Corn Production in Bicol Region

Farmers of Bato town of Camarines Sur province cluster their farms into a vast area for corn plantation as the municipality gears toward top production of the crop in the entire Bicol region. The DA’s regional field unit in Pili, Camarines Sur, recently held a two-day consultation, planning workshop and […]

Peñafrancia Festival in Retrospect

“All’s well that ends well,” a popular saying that is often quoted by many and here we are, doing the same, for we just can not leave behind the immediately past regional event last week without this concluding piece. The Penafrancia tercentenary, religious festivities, celebration and fiesta all rolled into nine days in the Bicol region which centered its focal events in the city of Naga eclipsed the previous and many years of observance.

Two months into the anti-drugs campaign, body count breaches 2,500

The number of drug fatalities, persons killed in the continuing campaign of the government against illegal drugs already passed 2,500 within a period of two months. It is the same period of President Rodrigo Duterte’s tenure at the helm of the government. The Philippine National Police update on Tuesday include […]

Is it Quo Vadis, Mount Isarog?

With all these exploration and mining actions in the Bicol region initiated by the national government which contradicts itself, and at times awarded to foreign companies that solely enjoy the benefits and fruits of the national patrimony, whom do we ask for relief?

It’s Special Non-working Holiday in Iriga City on September 3

Residents of Iriga city will have time to celebrate it’s founding anniversary. President Benigno S. Aquino III has declared Sept 3 a special non-working day in the city in celebration of its 45th Founding Anniversary. The Chief Executive issued the declaration to give the people of Iriga the full opportunity […]

CamSur earns another Seal of Good Housekeeping

The province of Camarines Sur is a recipient of the Seal of Good Housekeeping for the year 2012 from the Department of Interior and Local Government. The first time the provincial local government unit received the award was for the year 2011. The recognition was more like a positive approval […]

Judge Cites Casureco II Exec for Contempt

PILI, Camarines Sur, (PNA) — For defying a court order issued in 2010 which suspended power rate a power cooperative here imposed, a regional trial court judge cited an electric coop executive for indirect contempt. Judge Marvel C. Clavecilla of the Regional Trial Court Branch 33 found Muriel Abonal, area […]

The Unbelievers Extol Camsur Tourism As A Myth?

When Camsur became a byword as an emerging tourist mecca, any claim to that effect needs tangible and statistical proof. It is not the tourists who come and repeatedly come who are dying and grandstanding to find the proof or will not stop until handed down the proof.

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The full coverage Peñafrancia 2016 Fluvial Procession in Naga City

The Peñafrancia festivities celebration continues with the masses at the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral, then the street procession at about 3 PM towards Danlugan (Dalhugan) where the images will sail thru the Naga river back to the Penafrancia Basila Minore. Another mass will be celebrated right after the arrival of the […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mrs. Robredo Ascends as Cam Sur Liberal Party Honcho

We stopped guessing on what Bicol RTC branch the good widow of former Interior secretary Jesse Robredo will be assigned. For the meantime, that will be on hold as Atty. Leni Robredo will soon occupy the chairmanship of the local Liberal Party branch in the province of Camarines Sur, the […]

How Bicol Provincial LGU’s Spent People’s Money in 2009

We are crunching figures here.  This time, we discuss how the six Bicol provinces spent the people’s money in 2009. Selected were five current operating expenditures which ate up much of the operating income of, and by comparison with, all six provincial local government units. General Public Service The province […]

Legazpi LGU Earns the Most Among Bicol Cities in FY2009

The local government unit of Legazpi city in Albay proved a notch better than Bicol’s only independent component city of Naga when it grossed higher in its total operating income for fiscal year 2009 by a margin of P31,291,467. Other local cities income rank in order from high to the […]