Eastern Samar - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Eastern Samar


People vs Pandemic: How these mayors’ priorities protected their communities

Jun 29, 2020 - 1:00 PM

Rappler features local governments that have been ahead in responding to the coronavirus pandemic

Another typhoon-ravaged town in Eastern Samar pleads for help

May 20, 2020 - 6:34 PM

The municipality of Jipapad and 8 other towns in Eastern Samar are under a state of calamity

Reeling from Typhoon Ambo, Eastern Samar town appeals for help

May 19, 2020 - 10:33 AM

The municipal government of Oras is seeking donations to help its residents bounce back after Typhoon Ambo destroyed their homes and their livelihood. Here's how you can help.

FLOODED. Several barangays in the municipality of Oras, Eastern Samar, under water after Typhoon Ambo brought torrential rains on May 14, 2020. All photos from Oras Mayor Viviane Alvarez

For Typhoon Ursula victims, welcoming the year would be difficult

Dec 30, 2019 - 1:05 PM

In Barangay Matarinao, a village of around 544 families, 3,386 houses were totally damaged while 315 houses were partially destroyed when Typhoon Ursula struck

Virginia Rangis, 53, says Typhoon Ursula caused a total damage to her house. She calls for help as she hopes that her home will be restored again.     After Typhoon Ursula, Pedro Gagap, 65, spends his time repairing his neighbor’s fishing boat. He said he couldn’t go back to fishing just yet, so in the meantime, doing repairs would be a big help to meet their daily needs. Photo byJene-Anne Pangue/Rappler

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

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

Eastern Samar town mayor suspended for 90 days over graft case

Dec 08, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Guiuan Mayor Annaliza Gonzales Kwan faces a graft case over the purchase of a fire truck without public bidding in 2007

SUSPENDED. Guiuan, Eastern Samar Mayor Annaliza Gonzales Kwan is suspended by Sandiganbayan over a 2017 graft case. Photo from Gonzales Kwan's Facebook page

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

OCD commemorates Yolanda with disaster risk reduction conference in Samar

Nov 09, 2019 - 8:12 PM

'The goal shall always be zero casualty,' Interagency Task Force Yolanda Chair and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles told participants of the DRRM conference

DISASTER RISK REDUCTION. Six years since Yolanda's onslaught, the Office of Civil Defense holds a Disaster Risk Reduction Conference in Eastern Samar on Saturday, November 9. Photo from Office of Civil Defense

MAP: Where P2.8-B cocaine ended up in PH over past decade

May 02, 2019 - 2:34 PM

In the past 10 years, at least 481 cocaine bricks have ended up in Philippine shores. We map where they were found.

COCAINE FINDS. There are over 30 incidents of Filipinos finding cocaine in Philippine shores and waters.

Groups combine weather forecast, digital finance to save lives

Mar 28, 2019 - 10:08 AM

PRESS RELEASE: 'B-Ready' paves the way for the immediate and safe delivery of cash to households prior to a disaster

Representatives from Oxfam in the Philippines, People’s Disaster Risk Reduction Network, PLAN International, and the Local Government of Salcedo Municipality sign the memorandum of agreement for the two-year project called "B-Ready." Photo courtesy by April Bulanadi

Duterte thanks Americans for returning Balangiga Bells

Dec 15, 2018 - 6:30 PM

'The credit goes to the American people and to the Filipino people. Period,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

HOME. President Rodrigo Duterte attends the 'homecoming' ceremony and turnover of the transfer certifcate of the Balangiga Bells in Eastern Samar from the United States. RTVM screenshot

Joy as U.S.-seized bells ring again on Philippine soil

Dec 15, 2018 - 1:47 PM

(UPDATED) Residents of Balangiga welcome the return of the bells that symbolized the Philippines' dark past and long struggle for independence

FIESTA ATMOSPHERE. People begin massing near the San Lorenzo de Martir Church in Balangiga, Eastern Samar, on December 15, 2018, in preparation for the official handover of the Balangiga Bells. Photo courtesy of Lady Camelot

Balangiga Bells back in Eastern Samar for handover

Dec 14, 2018 - 11:50 AM

The historic Balangiga Bells arrive in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, to be transported to the town of Balangiga for the formal handover rites on December 15

BELLS RETURNED. The Balangiga Bells are unloaded at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, its first stop in its historic return to the Philippines after 117 years. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

'Indescribable feeling,' says descendant of Filipino who rang Balangiga bell in 1901

Dec 11, 2018 - 8:18 PM

‘The bells are heirlooms from our ancestors,’ says Nemesio Duran. He claims to be a descendant of the Filipino guerrilla fighter who rang the bell in 1901 to signal the historic attack against Americans in Balangiga, Eastern Samar.

DESCENDANT. Nemesio Duran claims to be a descendant of the Filipino the Filipino fighter who rang one of the bells on September 28, 1901.

Balangiga Bells back in the Philippines

Dec 11, 2018 - 10:37 AM

(UPDATED) The Balangiga Bells are finally back home 117 years after American soldiers took them from a church in Eastern Samar as war booty

BELLS RETURNED. The Balangiga Bells are unloaded at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, its first stop in its historic return to the Philippines after 117 years. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

COA: Completion of P55-M road project in Eastern Samar delayed for 481 days

Mar 20, 2018 - 7:31 PM

The project is originally scheduled for completion on March 4, 2016

IN PHOTOS: Media groups give aid to Eastern Samar residents

Feb 04, 2018 - 11:02 PM

Over 300 households in Barangay Can-ilay receive goods from the visiting journalists, who are assisted by the DSWD and the military

OUTREACH. Members of the media, along with DSWD and the military bring goods to remote villages in Eastern Samar. All photos by Jazmin Bonifacio/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: Urduja pummels Tacloban City

Dec 16, 2017 - 1:26 PM

MovePH team goes around Tacloban City ahead of Tropical Storm Urduja's landfall

PUMMELED. Heavy winds and rainfall pound Tacloban City as Urduja is expected to make landfall in Eastern Samar in the afternoon, Saturday, December 16. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

LOOK: Houses in Eastern Samar town flooded due to Urduja

Dec 16, 2017 - 11:42 AM

Councilor Rhoda Baris says at least 1,800 families have been affected by heavy rain due to slow-moving Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-tak)

IN PHOTOS: 280 families in Guiuan evacuate ahead of Urduja landfall

Dec 15, 2017 - 12:53 AM

'Food in evacuation centers are ready. Keep praying, and we’re hoping for zero casualty', says Guiuan Mayor Christopher Sheen Gonzales as his town braces for the arrival of the storm

 Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Urduja brings landslides, floods to Eastern Samar

Dec 14, 2017 - 10:15 PM

(UPDATED) Roads are temporarily impassable in at least 3 towns in Eastern Samar

BLOCKED. Some roads in Barangay Paya, Giporlos town, Eastern Samar, are temporarily impassable due to landslide brought about by Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-tak) on Thursday, December 14, 2017. Photo courtesy of DPWH Eastern Visayas office

LOOK: Protesters camped outside DENR light up a Christmas tree

Dec 06, 2017 - 9:16 AM

The tree symbolizes the hope of residents of Sta Cruz, Zambales, and Manicani, Eastern Samar, that open-pit mining activities in those areas will soon end

As the season of Christmas is fast-approaching, communities from Manicani and Zambales and Kampo light a Christmas Tree that will symbolize the hope of the residents of the said communities to be free from suffering caused by mining activities at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Quezon City Dec 4, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Meet this 11-year-old advocate against Manicani mining

Nov 27, 2017 - 3:29 PM

Even if he did not grow up in the island of Manicani in Eastern Samar, young Fidelino personally visits the area with his family almost every year

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 10, 2017

Apr 10, 2017 - 10:11 AM

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People attend a memorial ceremony on April 9, 2017 at Sergels Torg plaza in Stockholm, close to the point where a truck drove into a department store two days before. Four people died and fifteen were injured when a truck plunged into a crowd at a busy pedestrian street in the Swedish capital on April 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSEN

DENR to suspend 2 mining companies in Eastern Samar

Aug 11, 2016 - 3:01 PM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says even with the ongoing audit she has not yet seen a model of responsible mining

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

Eastern Visayas officials penalized for fake receipts, bid documents

Feb 15, 2016 - 3:38 PM

One is found selling fake attendance certificates at the Philippine Councilors League meeting 6 have authorized the purchase of a truck without bidding

Ex-Eastern Samar lawmaker faces criminal charges over PDAF scam

Jan 13, 2016 - 1:18 PM

Others included in the charge sheet are 4 Nabcor officials and 2 GabayMasa officials

Who is running in Eastern Visayas | 2016 Elections

Oct 11, 2015 - 1:00 AM

UPDATED Rappler s list of candidates for local positions in Eastern Visayas

The women weavers of Basey

Aug 25, 2015 - 5:11 PM

If women weavers are empowered to negotiate and market they will be able to get more income

COA questions Guiuan's P1.148 M disaster fund expenses

Jun 21, 2015 - 7:27 PM

Municipal officials in the town badly hit by Typhoon Yolanda in 2013 may face sanctions for failing to submit documents explaining how the local disaster fund was used

WHERE DID IT GO? The Commission on Audit wants Guiuan officials to expenses from the local disaster fund that are unaccounted for. EPA file photo

IN PHOTOS: The life of White Russian refugees in PH

Jun 20, 2015 - 10:13 AM

Rappler posts never before seen photos of the anti communist so called White Russian refugees the Philippines welcomed into Guiuan Eastern Samar in the 1950s

TEMPORARY HOME. The so-called White Russian refugees made Guiuan, Eastern Samar their home for two to 3 years. Photo by the Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco, USA

PH a 'paradise' for grateful White Russian refugees

Jun 20, 2015 - 8:36 AM

On World Refugee Day the UN refugee agency and the Quirino Foundation recall the Philippines proud history as a refugee haven

'A BREATHER.' Anti-communist White Russian refugees stayed in Guiuan, Eastern Samar in the 1950s where they found 'a paradise, a beach and hope.' Photo by Sushkoff, courtesy of the Quirino Foundation

Monolithic domes stand as evacuation centers in E. Samar

Jun 09, 2015 - 2:07 PM

Eight domes in Barangay Busay in Mercedes are ready for use in times of disaster

Cash for work: Creating new opportunities after disasters

Mar 03, 2015 - 12:33 PM

World Vision partners with 16 villages for the implementation of 52 cash for work projects that include creek clearing and de clogging communal vegetable gardening school reconstruction and drainage excavation

France's Hollande visits typhoon-devastated Guiuan

Feb 27, 2015 - 11:17 PM

Hollywood stars Marion Cotillard and Melanie Laurent as well as Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I traveled with him to Guiuan

A community learns of love from disabled 'Jimboy'

Feb 02, 2015 - 10:00 AM

Barely able to walk straight or speak Jimboy s life has been difficult but it has been filled with love and redemption

FAMILY. Flora worries for her grandson. At 70, she fears that death might come any time soon and Jimboy will be left behind. Photo by Cristie Macabe/ World Vision Cristie Macabe/ World Vision

#AmangPH: Heavy rains in E. Samar, just after Yolanda, Ruby

Jan 17, 2015 - 5:56 PM

Heavy wind and rain force residents of Basey Eastern Samar to evacuate or take shelter as Tropical Storm Amang makes landfall

Amang hits Samar; Metro Manila now under storm signal

Jan 17, 2015 - 5:46 PM

Large areas of Luzon and Visayas now under storm signals; PAGASA forecasts storm to move just east of Luzon


Aquino launches post-Ruby Early Recovery Program in Borongan

Dec 22, 2014 - 8:36 PM

This includes a Cash for Work program and housing assistance

Magnitude 5.5 quake shakes Eastern Samar

Dec 21, 2014 - 10:03 AM

The quake which struck the area at 8:25 am was centered 79 km northeast of Hernani Eastern Samar

The PAGASA storm chasers

Dec 12, 2014 - 5:38 PM

Meet the PAGASA storm chasers

18 dead due to Ruby – NDRRMC

Dec 11, 2014 - 11:12 AM

UPDATED Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II reports that the situation in worst hit Eastern Samar has already stabilized

FLATTENED HOUSE. Typhoon victims Eloisa Roncales and husband, Renato, collect belongings inside of what used to be their home in the typhoon hit town of Dolores, Samar on December 8, 2014. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

Greenpeace visits Ground Zero

Dec 10, 2014 - 12:12 PM

Greenpeace makes a solidarity visit to Dolores town in Eastern Samar where Typhoon Ruby first made landfall in the Philippines

GROND ZERO. Eight percent of the more than 800 homes were destroyed. In Eastern Samar, at least 13,000 houses were destroyed and more than 22,300 others were partially damaged. Photo by Jimmy Domingo/Greenpeace

Roxas on viral motorcycle-riding photo: 'I did my job'

Dec 10, 2014 - 9:03 AM

‘These comments reflect more on the people making the comments and reflect more on the people propagating the comments than it does me ’ says the DILG chief

‘I DID MY JOB.’ Interior Secretary Mar Roxas rides a motorcycle during an inspection of the damages in Eastern Samar on December 7, 2014. File photo by Francis Malasig/EPA