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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

Legazpi City prepares a table for the quarantined

Jun 29, 2020 - 11:00 AM

‘The local government should be felt. ’Pag nag-lockdown ka, ’tapos pinabayaan mo ang mga tao, ’wag ka na,’ says Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal

CITY LIGHTS. Legazpi City during one of Mayon Volcano's recent eruptions. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Albay couple gives free vegetables to neighbors from ECQ to MGCQ

Jun 25, 2020 - 10:47 AM

Jonathan and Dalyn Yap heeded the call of the Albay government for residents to tend vegetable gardens during the lockdown, and they have been providing free vegetables to their community since then

URBAN GARDEN. Jonathan and Dalyn Yap tend their vegetable garden in Legazpi, Albay. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Bicol Region's 2 coronavirus testing centers now operational

May 28, 2020 - 10:08 PM

The two coronavirus testing facilities are located in Bicol's major cities of Legazpi and Naga

BICOL TEST CENTER. Combo photos of the Bicol Regional Diagnostic and Reference Laboratory (left)in Legazpi City and the lBicol Medical Center in Naga City.

Bicol's weeklong zero-streak ends with patient No. 69 in Legazpi City

May 28, 2020 - 8:35 PM

The new COVID-19 case comes on the first day of Bicol Region's transitiion into a modified general community quarantine

QUARANTINE. File photo of the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital in Legazpi City. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Legazpi City reiterates rules vs discrimination of frontliners, OFWs

May 23, 2020 - 12:51 PM

The Legazpi City government gives the reminder following reports and complaints from residents who were harassed because they were suspected to be coronavirus carriers

CITY HALL. Legazpi City Hall in Albay. Photo by Irvin Parco Sto. Tomas/Wikimedia Commons

Bicol hospital cuts down admission of patients as staff get coronavirus

May 05, 2020 - 7:31 PM

The Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital in Legazpi City, Albay is transferring patients to other government and private hospitals

The region's biggest government tertiary hospital, Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital limits patients admission for non-COVID-19 and emergency cases after more than 100 medical health workers subjected to quarantine. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

IATF approves Albay request to extend ECQ

May 02, 2020 - 8:02 AM

Albay has 3 new cases on Friday, bringing its total to 31, based on the tracker

Bar 2019: Provincial schools again emerge on top

Apr 29, 2020 - 5:31 PM

The University of Santo Tomas-Legazpi in Albay produces the 2019 Bar examinations' 1st and 3rd placers

TOP 10. Provincial schools emerge at the top of the 2019 Bar Examinations. Photo from Supreme Court


Legazpi City records first coronavirus death

Apr 19, 2020 - 10:11 PM

The Department of Health's Bicol office says the patient also had diabetes, hypertension, and ischemic heart disease

DOH Bicol confirms first 3 coronavirus cases

Mar 28, 2020 - 12:03 AM

Two male patients are now admitted at the Bicol Regional and Training Hospital, while the female case is confined at the Bicol Medical Center

Legazpi City imposes curfew due to coronavirus

Mar 16, 2020 - 9:25 AM

The curfew is from 9 pm to 4 am daily and will cover all persons within the city, including those who are just visiting

Rappler story on out-of-school youth in Bicol wins DOLE media award

Feb 12, 2020 - 3:43 PM

Written by Bicol-based journalist Mavic Conde, the story tells of opportunities for full-time work that out-of-school youth and undergraduates got through DOLE's Jobstart program

Albay governor cancels Magayon Festival

Feb 06, 2020 - 1:56 PM

Governor Al Francis Bichara also creates a task force to prepare Albay from a possible 2019-nCoV outbreak

Albay gov. Al Francis Bichara orders cancellation of month long Magayon Festival set on April to prevent and retain Bicol from novel coronavirus.(Rhaydz B. Barcia)

Legazpi cops sue man who 'pretended' to be sick with novel coronavirus

Feb 04, 2020 - 4:30 PM

The man reportedly laid down and acted sick in front of a popular mall in Legazpi City

How this Albay village keeps its Christmas tradition alive with ‘Bulilit Pastores’

Dec 23, 2019 - 5:15 PM

In Legazpi City, young children sing and dance to 'Pastores-A-Belen' before Christmas Day, continuing the age-old and unique Christmas tradition of Bicol to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ

BLOOMING. Bulilit Pastores, comprised of 12 young boys and girls performing a reenactment of the birth of Jesus Christ, showcases the colorful Christmas tradition of Bicol through a contest at the Penaranda Park on December 19. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Legazpi bishop leads Simbang Gabi: See God's image in IPs

Dec 16, 2019 - 10:52 PM

Bishop Joel Baylon urges the parishioners of Albay to stand up for indigenous peoples in need, especially those affected by Typhoon Tisoy

SIMBANG GABI. Catholics thronged the St Gregory the Great Cathedral on the first night of Simbang Gabi. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

LOOK: Christmas village brings holiday cheer to Legazpi City

Dec 14, 2019 - 4:38 PM

The Christmas village in Sawangan Waterfront Park cheers up Bicolanos affected by Typhoon Tisoy

Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia

Legazpi Airport rehabilitation could take up to 40 days

Dec 05, 2019 - 11:42 PM

While the rehabilitation is ongoing, the airport's international arrival area will be used as its interim pre-departure area

MAJOR DAMAGE. The Legazpi Airport passenger terminal was heavily damaged when Typhoon Tisoy made landfall in Sorsogon last December 2. Photo by Simvale Sayat/AFP

Duterte to visit Bicol as Typhoon Tisoy leaves agriculture, housing damage

Dec 04, 2019 - 11:39 PM

The damage to fisheries and livestock in Sorsogon province alone is estimated at nearly P700 million

ALBAY HIT. Strong winds and heavy rain toppled electrical posts, trees, and debris in Legazpi, Albay, blocking roads in some areas across Bicol after Typhoon Tisoy battered the region for nearly 8 hours. Photos from Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Typhoon Tisoy leaves 600 families homeless in Albay

Dec 03, 2019 - 7:48 PM

Albay remains powerless while communication lines are were also affected by typhoon

AFTERMATH. Residents of coastal villages in Legazpi City are left homeless by Typhoon Tisoy after barreling for province of Albay for 8 hours from Monday, December 2, until Tuesday morning, December 3, 2019. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Typhoon Tisoy leaves trail of destruction across Bicol

Dec 03, 2019 - 2:11 PM

Several buildings, trees, and electrical posts across the Bicol region are damaged after Typhoon Tisoy lashed the Philippines with fierce winds and heavy rain

DAMAGE. Several areas in Guinobatan, Albay face damage due to Typhoon Tisoy on Tuesday, December 3. Photo by Guinobatan Mayor Ann Gemma Ongjoco

LOOK: Legazpi Airport sustains heavy damage due to Typhoon Tisoy

Dec 03, 2019 - 8:58 AM

Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara says they will inspect the airport facilities soon as weather in the province improves

A view of the destroyed wall of the passenger terminal in Legaspi City, Albay province, south of Manila on December 3, 2019, after Typhoon Kamurri battered the province. - Typhoon Kammuri lashed the Philippines with fierce winds and heavy rain, as hundreds of thousands took refuge in shelters and the capital Manila prepared to shut down its international airport over safety concerns. (Photo by Simvale SAYAT / AFP)

Taiwanese siblings complete 2019 Mayon Triathlon sweep

Aug 18, 2019 - 9:23 PM

Despite juggling their studies and sport, the Changs dominate the men and women’s divisions of the swim-bike-run event

FAMILY AFFAIR. Chang Ting Ting and Chang Chia Hao celebrate their title run with the podium finishers. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

SSS runs after delinquent employers in Legazpi City

Aug 02, 2019 - 11:04 AM

Legazpi City was the latest stop in the nationwide Run After Contribution Evaders operations of the SSS

NON-COMPLIANT. SSS Acting Vice President for Operations Legal Services Division I and II Renato Jacinto S. Cuisia posts a show cause order outside a non-compliant business establishment in Legazpi, Albay. Photo by Mavic Conde

Aussies nab 2nd straight leg as foreigners dominate Le Tour Stage 4

Jun 17, 2019 - 6:14 PM

Jesse Coyle rules the grueling Legazpi-Sorsogon leg after teammate Samuel Hill topped Stage 3

ENDGAME. Le Tour de Filipinas enters its fifth and final stage. Pool photo


LOOK: Albay supermarket uses banana leaves, abaca instead of plastic

Apr 28, 2019 - 11:05 PM

A supermarket in Legazpi City, Albay, goes for eco-friendly alternatives to wrap fresh produce

Legazpi bishop urges voters not to sell their votes

Apr 15, 2019 - 10:55 PM

Legazpi Bishop Joel Baylon even challenges parishioners who attended the Palm Sunday service to drop the palaspas if they will give in to vote buying

EASTER. Bishop Joel Baylon of the Diocese of Legazpi leads the children back to Albay Cathedral right after the Easter Sunday dawn mass held at Penaranda Park. File photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Retired police colonel running for councilor killed in Legazpi City

Apr 10, 2019 - 4:26 PM

(UPDATED) Retired Police Colonel Ramiro Bausa, an independent candidate for Legazpi City councilor, was a former Camarines Sur police chief

SLAIN CANDIDATE. Former Camarines Sur police chief Ramiro Bausa was eyeing a seat in the Legazpi City Council. Photo from the Facebook page of Ramiro Mendenilla Bausa

Papal Nuncio misses plane, skips Bicol Youth Day

Mar 04, 2019 - 8:50 PM

The absence of Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia disappoints over 3,000 youth delegates from all over Bicol

SUBSTITUTE. Bishop Joel 'Bong' Z. Baylon of the Diocese of Legazpi officiates the mass celebration on Saturday afternoon during the Bicol Regional Youth Day. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia

Out-of-school youth, undergrads shift to becoming full-time workers

Feb 06, 2019 - 9:31 AM

'I thought my life is going nowhere. Thanks to JobStart, I got hope,' says teenage father Stonelieh Constante of the DOLE's program in Bicol

LIFE CHANGER. 18-year-old Stonelieh Constante takes a photo at their site. He is now working as a hydraulic excavator. Photos courtesy of Stonelieh Constante

Legazpi court bars overseas travel for Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo

Jan 25, 2019 - 5:02 PM

The Legazpi Regional Trial Court issues a a Precautionary Hold Departure Order against the local chief exeutive

PHDO. A Legazpi court bars overseas travel for embattled Mayor Carlwyn Baldo of Daraga, Albay, who was arrested for an unrelated firearms offense on January 22, 2019. (Photo courtesy by CIDG Albay)

3 dead as floods trigger landslide in Legazpi City

Dec 29, 2018 - 9:32 AM

(4th UPDATE) Another woman is reportedly crushed by another landslide in Bulan, Sorsogon

 Flooding in low lying areas are swelling due to heavy rainfall brought by amihan in Bicol. At least 40 families or 2  120 people isolated in Barangay zone 7 of libon town the catch basin of Albay and Camarines Sure. Mayor Dadz Moronilla of libon, albay asked rubber boots from Phil. Navy and Albay Public Safely Emergency Management office to send them militayr truck for escue aside from rubber boats. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Camarines Norte mayor laments 'disappointing' federalism roadshow in Albay

Dec 08, 2018 - 5:17 PM

Jose Panganiban town Mayor Ricarte Padilla says the speakers failed to meet the basic expectation of the participants, some of whom traveled for over 5 hours to attend the event

ANTI-CORRUPTION CHIEF. Dante Jimenez, Chairman of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission, addresses the 2nd convention on federalism in Legazpi, Albay, on December 7, 2018. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

How Legazpi City fights drugs through its health office

Aug 07, 2018 - 10:45 AM

The city government holds the community-based rehabilitation program in an air-conditioned venue and provides food for participants to show them that they matter

LEGAZPI CITY HALL. The facade of Legazpi City Hall. Photo from RioHondo at English Wikipedia

Bicol bishop slams broadcaster's slay: 'Voice of truth will never be stifled'

Jul 21, 2018 - 6:48 PM

Bishop Joel Baylon of the Diocese of Legazpi joins other voices in Bicol seeking justice for hard-hitting Albay broadcaster Joey Llana

AMBUSHED. Police check the vehicle of slain Albay broadcaster Joey Llana in Daraga, Albay, on July 20, 2018. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Church official refutes report that 6,000 Bicolanos back federalism

Jul 08, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Father Rex Paul Arjona, executive director of the Diocese of Legazpi's Social Action Center, hits 'how Albayanos have been manipulated... to railroad federalism'

Image based on screenshot from Father Rex Paul Arjona's Facebook account

Bishop warns vs propaganda in Duterte admin's talks with churches

Jul 08, 2018 - 11:02 AM

The proposed dialogue will only be fruitful if it convinces President Rodrigo Duterte to stop killings and respect human rights, says Legazpi Bishop Joel Baylon

CRITICIZING DUTERTE. Legazpi Bishop Joel Baylon says President Rodrigo Duterte crossed the line when he called God stupid. File photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

DILG federalism roadshow's 'surprise' guest in Albay

Jul 07, 2018 - 11:58 AM

(UPDATED) This official did not only have a video presentation at a federalism convention attended by thousands in Albay, he had his speech read by a fellow Cabinet official too

ROADSHOW. Hundreds of participants gathered at the federalism roadshow in Legazpi City on July 6, 2018. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Bong Go's pre-campaign 'proxy' in Albay

Jun 23, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Where he cannot be physically present to give money or shoes to fire victims, the apparent senatorial aspirant has a proxy sure to place him at the back of people's minds in Albay, whether they like it or not

Former New Zealand beauty queen competes in Xterra Albay

Jun 17, 2018 - 12:21 PM

Kristy Jennings and Bradley Weiss join the off-road triathlon in Legazpi City, Albay

SPORTSWOMAN. Former beauty queen Kristy Jennings is in the Philippines for a series of sporting events. Photo from Jennings' Instagram

Solar-powered cross joins Albay Gulf's coral garden

Jun 02, 2018 - 9:30 AM

The artificial reef is part of the Coral Genesis project which seeks to promote healthy coral growth in Albay Gulf through faith and technology

CORAL REGENERATION. The solar-powered coral genesis cross is towed to its site in the Albay Gulf. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Legazpi bishop calls for vigilance: 'Go on speaking and do not be silent'

May 14, 2018 - 8:33 AM

'With the ouster of Chief Justice Sereno based on the flimsiest legal grounds and contrary to the spirit and letter of the constitution, we join countless voices throughout the country in sounding the alarm,' Bishop Joel Baylon says

PASTORAL LETTER. Legazpi Bishop Joel Baylon urges people to not be afraid to speak out against injustice in a pastoral letter. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Mass held in Budiao Ruins for the first time in 204 years

May 12, 2018 - 8:32 PM

The Budiao archaeological project is the first attempt to investigate and better understand the structure of Budiao Church which was buried by volcanic debris during Mount Mayon's eruption in 1814

MASS AT BUDIAN RUINS. Mass is held in the Budian Ruins for the first time in over 200 years on May 11, 2018.  Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

China’s 2nd biggest city signs sisterhood pact with Legazpi

Mar 16, 2018 - 9:59 PM

'We've come to Legazpi City to see beautiful Mayon and partner with Mayor Noel Rosal to strengthen tourism, education, agriculture, and best practices,' Hengyang City mayor Gong Xueye says at a sisterhood pact meeting at the Oriental Hotel

SISTERHOOD PACT. Vice Mayor Gong Xueye of Hengyang City, in the Hunan province  of China, gives a token to Mayor Noel Rosal during the sisterhood pact held at The Oriental Hotel in Legazpi City. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler.

With iPhone photos, priest mounts exhibit for a cause

Mar 11, 2018 - 11:31 AM

Dubbed as 'A Grey Journey,' the photo exhibit of Father Vladimir Echalas is open at Ayala Mall, Legazpi City, until March 31

IPHONE PHOTOS? Echalas poses beside one of his exhibit shots at Ayala Mall, Legazpi City. All photos by Rhaydz B Barcia/Rappler

Albay officials order decampment of over 54,000 Mayon evacuees

Mar 06, 2018 - 6:38 PM

The Albay Public Safety Emergency Management Office orders the total decampment of Mayon evacuees from the cities of Legazpi and Ligao, and the municipalities of Sto Domingo and Bacacay

MAYON. Ed Laguerta, Phivolcs' resident volcanologist chief in Bicol, announces lowering of Mayon volcano's status from Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3 on Tuesday, March 6, during a press briefing at the Apsemo hall. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia

Legazpi City Domestic Airport reopens for commercial operations

Jan 26, 2018 - 8:33 PM

Meanwhile, Cebu Pacific resumes daytime flights from January 27-29 while early morning and evening flights remain cancelled

IN THE SHADOW OF MAYON. Legazpi City Domestic Airport resumes operations. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia

Flights canceled as Legazpi Airport closed due to Mayon Volcano

Jan 22, 2018 - 7:30 PM

(UPDATED) Please refresh this page for updates on cancellations due to the ash cloud spewed by Mayon Volcano

DSWD plans for immediate recovery in case of Mayon eruption

Jan 21, 2018 - 9:43 AM

According to DSWD, at least 10,405 families or 40,565 individuals in 39 barangays and 7 municipalities in Albay are affected by Mayon's impending eruption