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Breaking waves: PWD rules skimboarding in Surf in the City

Dec 19, 2019 - 5:49 PM

Despite having speech and movement difficulties, Jesus Lawrence Quitorio shows he is beyond his disability

SURF FRIENDS. Jesus Lawrence Quitorio (left) and Junder Baser set their eyes on more skimboarding competitions. Photo by David Lozada

Pinoy kids make waves at Surf in the City Festival

Dec 18, 2019 - 3:05 PM

Kai Alcala and Nano Capacite may look like ordinary kids but they are showing spectators at the Surf in the City Festival in Borongan, Eastern Samar, a glimpse of the future of Philippine surfing

Surfers from across PH feel warm Borongan welcome

Dec 16, 2019 - 11:09 PM

Around 103 surfers from all over the country flock to Borongan City to compete in 'Surf in the City'

BEYOND COMPETITION. Angelo Abucay says surfing is an avenue to build new relationships. Photo by Gio Costuna/Este News

2 dead in landmine blast in Borongan

Dec 13, 2019 - 7:45 PM

(UPDATED) A cop and a civilian die after a landmine exploded on a highway in Barangay Libuton in Borongan, Eastern Samar

LANDMINE BLAST. Rescuers help victims of a landmine blast in Borongan, Eastern Samar, on December 13, 2019. Photo courtesy of the 801st Brigade of the Philippine Army

6 soldiers killed, 20 wounded in Eastern Samar clash with communist rebels

Nov 12, 2019 - 2:23 PM

Improvised bomb blasts meet Philippine Army soldiers acting on a tip that NPA rebels were harassing communities in the outskirts of Borongan City

Panelo on Balangiga ceremony 'incident': Not Duterte's style

Dec 16, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says President Rodrigo Duterte could not have been involved in telling priests to leave the venue of the Balangiga Bells handover

TURNOVER CEREMONY. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shakes the hand of Borongan Bishop Crispin Varquez at the Balangiga Bells turover ceremony on December 15, 2018. Photo from Presidential Communications Office

Borongan diocese claims priests in Balangiga Bells turnover asked to leave

Dec 15, 2018 - 11:47 PM

In a Facebook post, the Diocese of Borongan says President Rodrigo Duterte 'only wants [Archbishop Romulo] Valles to be in the area'

HOME. The Balangiga Bells are formally turned over to the local parish in Balangiga, Eastern Samar, on December 15, 2018. Photo by Roy Lagarde

Church hits bid to put one Balangiga bell in National Museum

Dec 13, 2018 - 12:00 PM

'They belong in the church, not in a museum,' says the Catholic Church in Borongan, which owns the historic Balangiga Bells

HISTORIC BELLS. The Balangiga Bells arrive at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on December 11, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Surfing in Eastern Samar and balancing its many challenges

Jan 08, 2018 - 6:43 PM

In Eastern Samar, surfing pioneers are not only balancing waves. They are also riding the challenges that come with the rising popularity of the water sports in their hometown.

LOOK: Not even storm Urduja can stop these newlyweds in Eastern Samar

Dec 18, 2017 - 5:00 PM

'As Urduja rages, they overflow with love,' wedding photographer Allen Beverly Anire says of the couple Mariel Anire and Charmaine Dulfo

Bicolano fishermen rescued off Eastern Samar coast after 2 weeks

Oct 25, 2016 - 8:17 PM

Rene Del Valle Zaldy de Jesus and Luis Tupig drift out to sea during Typhoon Karen

SURVIVORS. Catanduanes fishermen Rene Del Valle, Zaldy de Jesus, and Luis Tupig survived their 14-day ordeal in the middle of sea. Photo by Cora Basada

NDRRMC to LGUs: Don't take low pressure area lightly

Jun 25, 2016 - 7:45 PM

A low pressure area LPA east of Surigao City might bring floods and landslides to parts of the country

Eastern Samar all set for May 9 - provincial Comelec

May 07, 2016 - 11:46 AM

But 7 towns are under the Comelec s watch list due to past incidents of election related violence

VLOG: Rivals turn allies in Eastern Samar

May 07, 2016 - 6:00 AM

This is the very first time that a sitting governor and an incumbent congressman are running together in the same party

Borongan City mayor: 'We are not traitors'

May 06, 2016 - 9:02 PM

Mayor Maria Fe Abunda denies endorsing Senator Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos adding the city is solid in its support for the Liberal Party bets

12 dead in Eastern Samar due to Ruby – Roxas

Dec 09, 2014 - 6:26 PM

The DILG chief who flew to Borongan ahead of Ruby’s landfall confirms the death toll in the hardest hit province of Eastern Samar

POST-RUBY. Residents evacuate to safer grounds in Borongan, Eastern Samar on December 7, 2014. File photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

Roxas: Ruby-hit towns, cities will get relief goods

Dec 09, 2014 - 5:00 PM

Impassable roads hamper the delivery of relief goods in Eastern Visayas but government s the National Frontline Team says the area is past the emergency phase

'EMERGENCY OVER.' Residents walk through heavy mud in a village in Taft, Samar on December 9, 2014. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

#RubyResponse: 2 C130 cargo planes bring relief to Samar

Dec 08, 2014 - 11:53 AM

Borongan airport is now open

MILITARY PLANES: File photo of a C130 aircraft in Villamor Airbase

VIDEO ESSAY: Typhoon Ruby floods streets of Borongan, Tacloban

Dec 07, 2014 - 4:44 PM

See how Typhoon Ruby has affected residents of Borongan and Tacloban in Eastern Visayas

Priority is clearing roads, runway for relief operations

Dec 07, 2014 - 2:55 PM

UPDATED Troops have cleared a major road in Jiabong town early Sunday afternoon December 7 paving the way for relief operations

AFTERMATH. Residents wade through floodwaters in Borongan, Northern Samar or December 7, 2014. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

VIDEO ESSAY: Borongan, Eastern Samar braces for Ruby

Dec 06, 2014 - 7:00 PM

See how residents of Borongan Eastern Samar prepare for Typhoon Ruby

Empty streets, stores in Borongan, E. Samar ahead of Ruby

Dec 06, 2014 - 6:37 PM

People in Borongan flock to churches and scramble to buy food ahead of Typhoon Ruby s Hagupit expected landfall in Eastern Samar Saturday evening

Roxas: Cops won't leave posts during, after Ruby

Dec 06, 2014 - 1:10 PM

DILG Secretary Mar Roxas assures the public that emergency responders – PNP and BFP personnel – will be ready to respond during and after Typhoon Ruby

ON CALL. DILG Secretary Mar Roxas speaks to PNP personnel in Boronga, Eastern Samar on December 5, 2014. Photo by the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office

Mar Roxas in Borongan for Typhoon Ruby preparations

Dec 05, 2014 - 7:56 PM

The DILG chief also the NDRRMC’s vice chairman for disaster preparedness goes to Borongan Eastern Samar where Typhoon Ruby is expected to make landfall

DISASTER READY? DILG Secretary Mar Roxas speaks to a Borongan resident the on December 5, 2014. Photo by the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office

Church turns into grave for Yolanda victims

Nov 18, 2013 - 2:57 PM

In Hernani Eastern Samar a church said to be destroyed by an earlier typhoon turns into a grave for Yolanda victims

Haiyan: This boxer’s final nemesis

Nov 14, 2013 - 10:25 AM

As the death toll from super typhoon Yolanda rises more stories emerge from isolated areas

DEFEATED. Boxer Antonio Baful lost his final battle to super typhoon Yolanda. Photo by Franz Lopez

Most school divisions in Eastern Visayas closed, unreachable

Nov 12, 2013 - 11:00 PM

As of Tuesday November 12 only school divisions of Northern Samar Maasin Southern Leyte and Calbayog have resumed operations

ASAP. Education Secretary Br Armin Luistro says the best way for children to recover is to bring them back to schools as soon as possible. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Eastern Samar: 'My prayer is for our story to reach the President'

Nov 12, 2013 - 2:03 PM

Survivors in Eastern Samar face the cameras to assure relatives they re safe

DPWH working to open roads to Eastern Samar

Nov 11, 2013 - 9:09 PM

Secretary Rogelio Singson says the DPWH is focused on restoring road access to the Borangan and Guiuan so aid workers can access the typhoon battered areas

FLATTENED. Reports say that 100% of the structures in Guiuan, Eastern Samar are damaged. All photos - credit: AFP Central Command from their Facebook page:

Yolanda traps Our Lady of Fatima image in Eastern Samar

Nov 09, 2013 - 5:46 AM

The original image from Fatima Portugal arrives in Dolores Eastern Samar a day before the super typhoon hit the province

Yolanda terrifies young, old alike

Nov 08, 2013 - 11:59 AM

Even a 6 year old knows that super typhoon Yolanda is catastrophic