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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. […]

Heaven teardrops: Duterte’s second SONA will have rainshowers?

Heaven cries, Duterte’s second SONA will have rainshowers? As supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte flock around the venue of his second SONA, rainshowers is predicted to prevail in Metro Manila this Monday. The southwest monsoon also affects the western section of Luzon and the Visayas, state weather bureau PAGASA disclosed. […]

The very ugly face of mining in the Philippines

After looking, staring at the images, what can one say, but that is the very ugly face of mining in the Philippines. So, indeed, you will be looking at the very ugly barren lands left behind or still being raped through surface mining in some parts of the country. This […]

Typhoon Auring makes second landfall in Bohol

In its recent update, the state weather bureau said typhoon Auring made a second landfall over Ubay in Bohol province. Residents of areas under Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) No. 1 are warned of possible flash floods and landslides. Areas under TCWS No. 1 are Cuyo Island, Bohol, Siquijor, Negros […]

Robredo back from USA, visits NIA road fire victims

The good news here is that upon arrival of Vice-President Leni Robredo on Monday at the airport, she visited immediately the fire victims in Quezon City. From a facebook post, Ms.Bella Enriquez said:”Straight from the airport, VP Leni Robredo visits affected residents of the NIA Road fire, promises to coordinate […]

Palawan islet home to dozens of rare bird species going underwater

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Dec. 22 — An islet in Palawan that is host to dozens of bird species is in the brink of going under seawater due to continuous erosion. The bird islet on the North Atoll of Tubbataha Reefs was confirmed undergoing a progressive erosion as officials of the […]

Super Typhoon ‘Lawin’ makes landfall in Baguio Point in Cagayan province

MANILA, Oct. 20 — Super Typhoon ‘Lawin’ made landfall in Cagayan province on Wednesday evening about 11 p.m. The state weather agency Philippine Atmospheric Astronomical Services Administration confirmed that the howler made the landfall in Baguio Point of Peablanca town. maintained its strength and already made landfall in Cagayan province […]

Severe Tropical Storm ‘Karen’ intensifies, threatens Bicol, Quezon, Aurora provinces

Tropical cyclone ‘Karen’ (international name ‘Sakira’) intensified into a severe tropical storm Friday and threatened Catanduanes province to unleash maximum sustained winds of up to 100 kph. Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its severe weather bulletin 7 released Friday afternoon that ‘Karen’ packed maximum sustained […]

Inclement weather triggers suspension of classes in these Luzon areas

Expect there will be suspension of more classes in all levels for both private and publics schools in affected areas of the country due to prevailing inclement weather situations brought about the southwest monsoon and identified low pressure area. The 13 cities under the National Capital Region all have declared […]

Five dead as monsoon rains cause floods and landslides

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Sunday reported that five people died due to floods and landslides caused by heavy rain brought by the southwest monsoon. Identified as fatalities, include Benedict Brasileño, 68, resident of Barangay Canauiklian, Janiuay, Iloilo, who died due to drowning while crossing […]

TD Carina maintains strength moves NNW direction

Tropical depression “Carina” has maintained its strength with a maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center, but has slightly accelerated at 11 kph heading northwest, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Saturday morning. Moderate to heavy rainfall may be expected within 300 km diameter […]

Signal No. 1 in 7 areas as TD ‘Ambo’ approaches

The low pressure area located east of Borongan City has developed into a tropical depression now named ‘Ambo’ as the first tropical cyclone to affect the country this year, according to the state weather bureau. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said as of 11:30 a.m., ‘Ambo’ […]

Earthquake jolts Batanes as restive Bulusan volcano calms down

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) noted in its earthquake bulletin issued at 10:37AM a magnitude 5.6 temblor whcih struck the Batanes province on dawn of Monday. The quake agency traced the location at 65 kilometers west of Sabtang town and happened at 2:20 AM. With a depth […]

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 […]

Ridge of high pressure area brings warm, humid air on Holy Monday

For Holy Monday forecast, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms will prevail over Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Expect to experience warm and humid weather in the next three days in most parts of the country because of the ridge of high pressure area extending […]

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. […]

After typhoon ‘Nona,’ four provinces still in blackout

After the passage of Typhoon ‘Nona,’ still four provinces are waiting for the full power restoration. On Wednesday, the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines said Aurora, Northern Samar, Nueva Ecija and Sorsogon still have blackouts. Power was lost in Aurora on Thursday, affecting the towns of Dingalan, San Luis, […]

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 […]

Typhoon ‘Nona’ makes landfall in Batag Island of Northern Samar

Typhoon ‘Nona makes landfall in Batag Island of Northern Samar PAGASA said typhoon Nona hit land in Batag Island in Northern Samar around 11 a.m. Typhoon “Nona” maintained its strength and made the landfall as it continues to move westward, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said […]

CamSur, Albay suspends classes for Monday as typhoon Nona approaches

The provinces of Albay and Camarines Sur have declared class suspensions in all levels effective on Monday, Dec. 14, as the severe tropical storm “Nona” continues to threaten the Samar provinces and the Bicol Region. Camarines Sur Gov. Miguel Villafuerte posted a memorandum announcing the province-wide suspension of classes in […]

Quake rocks Yogyakarta of Indonesia at 5.6 magnitude

[flexiblemap title=”Yogyakarta-Indonesia Quake” address=”Yogyakart, Indonesia” region=”South East Asia” directions=”true” width=”100%” height=”250px” zoom=”8″] An earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale jolted Indonesia’s Yogyakarta Special Region in Java island on Wednesday afternoon. Tremors were also felt in several cities in neighboring province of Central Java. The epicenter, with a depth of […]

8 Quakes jolt areas in Luzon, Mindanao in past 30 hours

Seven earthquakes was felt in Mndanao and one in Luzon in the past 30 hours since Saturday according to the bulletin issued by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) on Sunday. The latest tremor was of magnitude 5.7, tectonic in origin and traced 58 kilometers west of Bolinao, […]

DOH advise haze-affected residents to use face mask

The Department of Health is advising the people, particularly the elderly, children and those with asthma or other chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPDs) on ways of coping with the risks of haze now being experienced in some parts of Mindanao. Read more:Indonesian haze worsens, compromise Southern Mindanao air quality DOH […]

Indonesian haze worsens, compromise Southern Mindanao air quality

As Inodnesian-triggered haze worsens Southern Mindanao air quality, health officials in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) on Friday as it released an advisory for the public to stay indoors to avoid suffering from respiratory diseases. ”Don’t underestimate the ill effects of haze. It’s worsening the already compromised quality […]

Typhoon ‘Lando’ cut power supply in Luzon provinces

Typhoon ‘Lando’ brought power down in 12 provinces located in North and South Luzon, the country’s grid-operator National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said. On Sunday, NGCP reported the provinces that had power interruptions due to typhoon “Lando” are: La Union, Pangasinan, Aurora, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Ecija, Zambales, Tarlac, […]

Luzon to experience stormy weather as Typhoon “Lando” weakens

Stormy weather continues to prevail in most parts of Luzon including Metro Manila as Typhoon “Lando” has slightly weakened as it made its first landfall in the town of Casiguran, Aurora Province, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said. PAGASA weather forecaster Buddy Javier said that as […]

Typhoon “Lando” in, Signal 1 up in Luzon areas

Severe tropical storm “Lando” has intensified into typhoon and is now threatening the Aurora-Isabela area as 14 areas in Luzon are now under public storm warning signal (PSWS) no. 1, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical, Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Friday. PAGASA defines a typhoon an intense tropical cyclone with […]

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. […]

Typhoon Chedeng weakens, typhoon signals raised on several provinces

Typhoon Chedeng has weakend further as it moves closer to eastern Luzon. It is estimated to make landfall over the coast of Aurora-Isabela area by Sunday morning, April 5, and will exit the landmass via Ilocos Sur by Sunday evening and will exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Monday […]

Monsanto supporter insists Roundup safe, refuses to drink when offered

Roundup is an effective weed-killer. Recently, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, tagged glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, as the second highest risk level for possible cancer-causing agents. The interview below conducted by French cable channel Canal+ turned sour and was cut short when the […]

Tropical Storm Amang makes landfall in Camarines Sur

TS ‘Amang’ makes landfall in CamSur, storm signals up in 24 areas, yellow rainfall alert issued MANILA, Jan. 18 — Tropical Storm “Amang” (international name: Mekkhala) made landfall over Camarines Sur Sunday morning as it slightly weakened. PAGASA said “Amang” was estimated at 100 km west-northwest of Virac, Catanduanes or […]

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 […]

Isolated rain showers, cold weather over many parts of PH

Isolated rain showers, cold weather over many parts of PH. MANILA, Jan. 5 — Parts of Eastern Visayas, Caraga and Northern Mindanao on Monday will have light to moderate rains due to the tail-end of cold front, according to state weather agency PAGASA. PAGASA also said Luzon will experience cold […]

TD Seniang weakens towards Palawan, leaves 35 dead

MANILA, Dec 31 -– Tropical Storm “Seniang” has weakened into a tropical depression Wednesday, due to its land interaction in Visayas and partly due to the northeast monsoon or hangin amihan, according to state weather agency PAGASA. Meanwhile, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, in its Wednesday morning […]

Cloudy skies with light rains on New Year’s Eve – PAGASA

MANILA, Dec. 31 — PAGASA said the Bicol Region, Quezon Province, Mindoro, Marinduque and Romblon will have cloudy with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms, caused by the cold winds blown by the Northeast Monsoon or “Hangin Amihan”. Expect cloudy skies with light rains in the National Capital Region (NCR) […]

Tropical Storm Seniang Signal #2 up in 9 areas

MANILA, Dec. 29 — Nine areas in Visayas and Mindanao are under storm signal #2 as Tropical Depression “Seniang” intensified into a Tropical Storm, according to state weather agency Pagasa on Monday. Areas under Storm Signal No. 2 are Bohol and Siquijor in Visayas; Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, […]

Weather systems to bring rainshowers in parts of PH

MANILA, Dec. 18 — Weather systems to bring rainshowers in parts of PH. State weather agency PAGASA forecasts that tail-end of a cold front is affecting Central and Southern Luzon while the northeast monsoon continues to affect Northern Luzon and the Trough of low pressure area (LPA) affects Mindanao. Most […]

Exiting PAR “Ruby” intensifies as tropical storm again

MANILA, Dec. 10 – Tropical depression “Ruby” intensifies anew into a tropical storm category and is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility by early Thursday morning, the state weather agency PAGASA said on Wednesday. Weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said that Ruby gained strength as it traverses the West […]

Typhoon Ruby makes second landfall in Cataingan, Masbate

Philippines state weather agency confirmed that Typhoon Ruby has made its second landfall over Cataingan, Masbate. At 10:00 A. M., the eye of the typhoon was located based on all available data including Cebu Doppler radar at 20 km East of Cataingan, Masbate (12.0°N, 124.1°E) with maximum sustained winds of […]

Typhoon “Ruby” evacuees now 716,000 – NDRRMC

MANILA, Dec. 7 — The official count of individuals in safe evacuation centers is now reaching 716,000 according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council on Sunday. The number comprises persons who joined pre-emptive evacuations before Typhoon “Ruby” hits land. In its 6 a.m. update, the council said […]

Typhoon Ruby makes landfall over Samar, heads for Masbate

MANILA, Dec. 6 — Typhoon Ruby makes landfall over Samar, heads for Masbate. After Typhoon “Ruby” made landfall over Eastern Samar on Saturday evening, the state weather agency Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) placed 49 areas in the country including Metro Manila under public storm warning signals. […]

Typhoon Ruby trips power grid in Samar provinces

One of the immediate effects of oncoming Typhoon Ruby in the provinces of Samar is power outage. The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines said power in Northern Samar and Eastern Samar went down Saturday, as typhoon “Ruby” passed the area. “NGCP’s power transmission service in Northern Samar is affected […]

Fear for “Ruby” prompts residents of Eastern Samar to evacuate

As Typhoon Ruby nears landfall, we hear stories of how people in affected and threatened areas cope with disaster and prevention. In the rural town of San Julian, Eastern Samar a minor landslide occurred Saturday morning as typhoon Ruby started to dump rains. Sr. Insp. Michael Oraller, chief of San […]

Slow-moving Typhoon Ruby might make 5 landfalls – Pagasa

MANILA, Dec. 6 — Typhoon Ruby is expected to make landfall in Visayas and Luzon five times starting Sunday morning, the state weather bureau said on Saturday. PAGASA forecasts that if typhoon Ruby continue its track at 13 kph towards west direction, it is expected to make a landfall in […]

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Tropical Storm Amang makes landfall in Camarines Sur

TS ‘Amang’ makes landfall in CamSur, storm signals up in 24 areas, yellow rainfall alert issued MANILA, Jan. 18 — Tropical Storm “Amang” (international name: Mekkhala) made landfall over Camarines Sur Sunday morning as it slightly weakened. PAGASA said “Amang” was estimated at 100 km west-northwest of Virac, Catanduanes or […]

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US $24.6M boost humanitarian aid to typhoon-afflicted areas

TACLOBAN CITY, Dec. 18 –United States government boosted its humanitarian aid to typhoon-afflicted areas of the Philippines with an additional US$24.6 million on top of its $ 62 million already been provided. US Secretary of State John Kerry during his visit here Wednesday underscored the additional assistance to be coursed […]

Calabanga Coastline Remained Calm Despite Fukushima Tsunami

The calm, salty sea of San Miguel bay kiss the breakwaters of Sabang, Sibobo and other shoreline villages of Calabanga in a clockwork manner. So much unlike as those that brought a devastating tsunami caused by an earthquake that hit the Japanese prefecture of Fukushima and surrounding areas last Friday.

CamSur, Albay suspends classes for Monday as typhoon Nona approaches

The provinces of Albay and Camarines Sur have declared class suspensions in all levels effective on Monday, Dec. 14, as the severe tropical storm “Nona” continues to threaten the Samar provinces and the Bicol Region. Camarines Sur Gov. Miguel Villafuerte posted a memorandum announcing the province-wide suspension of classes in […]

At the Port of Legazpi

Thankfully enough we have this boat on the foreground. There’s the hint of blue in the sky but so faint and the general mood of the day is drab and dreary. The port at the city of Legazpi is the port of call for cargo and passenger ships that ply […]

Exiting PAR “Ruby” intensifies as tropical storm again

MANILA, Dec. 10 – Tropical depression “Ruby” intensifies anew into a tropical storm category and is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility by early Thursday morning, the state weather agency PAGASA said on Wednesday. Weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said that Ruby gained strength as it traverses the West […]

Devotees Await Peñafrancia Fluvial Procession

The official opening of tercentenary celebration of the devotion to Our Lady of Peñafrancia winds down this Saturday with the traditional fluvial procession. It is the combined procession and river boat ride of the images from the Metropolitan Cathedral back to the Basilica Minore by way of the Naga river.

The Children of a Restive Mayon Volcano

It’s been more than two weeks now (and counting), the evacuees of about forty seven thousand people are huddled in designated safe centers in the province of Albay. The “former” residents who called their home the slopes of restive, almost perfect-coned Mayon volcano, spent their first Christmas and New Year, in cramped and crowded surroundings.

TD Carina maintains strength moves NNW direction

Tropical depression “Carina” has maintained its strength with a maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center, but has slightly accelerated at 11 kph heading northwest, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Saturday morning. Moderate to heavy rainfall may be expected within 300 km diameter […]

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 […]

Mt. Bulusan’s Seismic Activities Continue

Mount Bulusan in Sorsogon continued to show signs of increasing volcanic activities, recording explosion-type quakes and belching a 200-meter high white steam clouds above the crater rim, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

Two Bicol Provinces Hit by Flash Floods

Albay Governor Joey Salceda has ordered the reactivation of evacuation plans for landslide and flood prone areas and residents in six towns following the continuous and heavy rains almost all throughout the Bicol region, and most heavily Albay for the past six days.

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Sky View with Tangled Wires

Sometimes can only wish for a good view of the sky clear and far from the electrical post with its tangled wires. We have to sacrifice a little in exchange for some convenience or I won’t be posting this skyview.

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Above the Clouds

Sitting by the plane window of an domestic Airbus319 series plane, I feel like floating on the pluffy clouds the aircraft was passing through.

7 provinces under Signal 3 as Typhoon Glenda maintains strength

Seven provinces are now under public storm signal No. 3 as typhoon “Glenda” has maintained its strength and continues to move westward towards Bicol region, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Tuesday. Public storm signal No. 3 (winds of 101-185 kilometers per hour is […]

After typhoon ‘Nona,’ four provinces still in blackout

After the passage of Typhoon ‘Nona,’ still four provinces are waiting for the full power restoration. On Wednesday, the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines said Aurora, Northern Samar, Nueva Ecija and Sorsogon still have blackouts. Power was lost in Aurora on Thursday, affecting the towns of Dingalan, San Luis, […]

Devotees Await Peñafrancia Fluvial Procession

The official opening of tercentenary celebration of the devotion to Our Lady of Peñafrancia winds down this Saturday with the traditional fluvial procession. It is the combined procession and river boat ride of the images from the Metropolitan Cathedral back to the Basilica Minore by way of the Naga river.