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Tiis-pilipit: Mangyan tribesmen, tamaraw threatened by hunger and disease

May 23, 2020 - 11:00 AM

For the reclusive Taw’buid, death and disease are part of life, hindering them from protecting an animal they revere – the critically-endangered tamaraw

ENDANGERED. A century ago, disease nearly wiped out the tamaraw. It's also disease which threatens its protectors. Photo from Gregg Yan

Tubbataha’s Angelique Songco receives biodiversity award

Sep 18, 2019 - 11:51 AM

Songco receives the KfW Bernhard Grzimek Prize for her exemplary work in protecting the reef’s extraordinary biodiversity while also meeting the needs of the local population and tourists

MAMA RANGER. Angelique Songco of Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park

Lack of tenure, proper gear take toll on Mindoro's tamaraw rangers

May 01, 2019 - 8:48 PM

(UPDATED) These rangers have devoted their lives to protecting the tamaraws despite lack of tenure, lack of proper tools and gear, and the dangers that come with the job

PROTECTION. Tamaraws are not only endemic in the Philippines but also critically endangered. Photo from D'Aboville Foundation

First Bamboo Christmas village inaugurated in Albay

Dec 11, 2018 - 1:31 PM

A 60-foot illuminated tree is the centerpiece of the bamboo Christmas Village in Ligao City

Christmas village at the ground of Kawakawa Natural Park made out of bamboo materials lighted over the weekend in Ligao City. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Firefighters battle blaze in Portugal national park

Oct 07, 2018 - 7:27 PM

The fire has injured 18 including 9 firefighters

Landslide continues to block access to Cebu’s tourist spots

Sep 27, 2017 - 10:36 PM

Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office chief Nagiel Bañacia says no motorist has been allowed to use the access road leading to 3 sites in Sitio Graje, Barangay Busay, as the demolition of a mountain resort house on top of an eroding hill continues

TEMPLE OF LEAH. Photo by Mars Mosqueda Jr.

After 3 years, Mount Kanlaon reopens trails

Jul 13, 2017 - 7:48 PM

Trekkers can now climb Mount Kanlaon after the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology lowered the alert status of the active volcano to normal status

TREKKERS WELCOME. Mount Kanlaon is again open to trekkers. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Beautiful Bicol: What you can see, eat, and do

Apr 09, 2016 - 2:09 PM

Find out how you can hike the hills of Quitinday swim with the fish in Matnog feast at Bicol s restaurants and more

Subic Beach. Photo via Dennis Ruiz

Industry threatens nearly half of natural heritage sites – WWF

Apr 07, 2016 - 12:30 AM

The vulnerable sites include Australia s Great Barrier Reef Peru s Machu Picchu and the US Grand Canyon Natural Park

epa02101737 A picture dated 01 April 2010 shows a general view of the pre-Columbian Inca city Machu Picchu in Cuzco, Peru, after its reopening. The Inca city has been been closed for two months due to strong rains. EPA/PACO CHUQUIURE

Senate passes bill to protect 97 ecologically-important areas

Jul 29, 2015 - 8:45 PM

If the bill becomes a law it will automatically exclude the protected areas from activities like mining logging poaching and limits fishing

NATURAL BEAUTY. Did you know that the Chocolate Hills in Bohol is not yet protected by national law? Photo from Wikipedia.org

Skyswing: Adrenaline rush in Davao's Eden Nature Park

Jul 11, 2015 - 7:53 PM

First it was Skyrider then Skycycle Now Eden Nature Park and Resort is adding another extreme attraction called Skyswing

GO FOR IT. Skyswing and Skycycle are two of the resort's sky adventure attractions

Expedition Shark: Why we need to protect these predators

Jul 10, 2015 - 6:01 AM

A team of scientists from the Philippines Europe and America conduct a 10 day expedition in the Tubbataha Reef

Boats carrying endangered shells intercepted in Cebu

Jul 09, 2015 - 4:19 PM

The highly valued Trochus niloticus shells may have come from the Tubbataha Reef Natural Park say government conservation officials

THREATENED. Samong or Trochus niloticus is heavily poached because of its use as raw material for the manufacturing of mother-of-pearl buttons. Photo by Roberto Verzo from Wikimedia Commons

US pays Philippines P87M for Tubbataha damage

Feb 18, 2015 - 9:33 AM

UPDATED The Philippines received this full amount on January 20 the Department of Foreign Affairs says

#SharePH #ShareDavao: Diving, Mt. Apo, the Philippine eagle

Nov 24, 2014 - 5:44 PM

Watch the first episode of Rappler s new travel show SharePH as it explores Davao city Share your own Davao memories

Tubbataha, Mt Hamiguitan 'most treasured' parks in ASEAN

Nov 17, 2014 - 11:17 AM

The declaration by ASEAN environmental ministers brings the number of ASEAN Heritage Parks in the Philippines to 7 out of the total 35

#SharePH #ShareDavao: Hotels to try

Nov 04, 2014 - 3:55 PM

Here are a few hotels to try when you re in Davao city

US to pay PH P87M for damage to World Heritage Site

Oct 24, 2014 - 6:57 PM

UPDATED The amount represents the P58M that the Philippines asked the US and the P28M fuel and repair costs incurred by the Coast Guard It is lower than environmentalists estimates of P737 8M to P1 2B

5 ways to improve how we protect our parks

Jan 17, 2014 - 1:19 PM

Sustainable ecotourism projects and involving indigenous peoples can help conserve the most beautiful places in the country

PARADISES ON EARTH. The world-famous Tubbataha Reefs is one of 240 protected areas in the Philippines. Photo by Gregg Yan

'No excuse not to pursue fine for Tubbataha damage'

Jan 16, 2014 - 5:03 PM

A pending Supreme Court case is no excuse for the PH government not to demand compensation from the US for the Tubbataha grounding

GROUNDED SHIP. On January 17, 2013, the USS Guardian ran aground and damaged the Tubbataha Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site. File photo courtesy of AFP Wescom

A year later, US yet to pay P58-M Tubbataha fine

Jan 03, 2014 - 3:17 PM

The US embassy in Manila has reportedly not commented either on a related case despite a letter from the Supreme Court

GROUNDED SHIP. On January 17, 2013, the USS Guardian ran aground and damaged the Tubbataha Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site. File photo courtesy of AFP Wescom

Forest land illegally sold in Negros Occidental – task force

Nov 24, 2013 - 8:00 AM

Task Force Ilahas has found that more than 30 hectares of the Northern Negros Natural Park have been sold by illegal settlers to private individuals – and the number is expected to rise

Mt Makiling named ASEAN Heritage Park

Oct 04, 2013 - 12:11 PM

The legendary mountain is the 33rd ASEAN Heritage Park and the 5th in the Philippines

MOUNTAIN OF LEGEND. Mount Makiling, now an ASEAN Heritage Park, is associated with the legend of Maria Makiling, a beautiful fairy who guards the mountain. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Illegal loggers cut down 1,000 endemic trees in Negros

Sep 16, 2013 - 9:50 PM

Informal settlers within the Northern Negros Natural Park are blamed for felling the trees for charcoal making and housing

FALLEN. Despite efforts from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, logging continues even in the country's forest reserves

Appreciating Apo Reef’s understated beauty

Aug 15, 2013 - 9:00 AM

This low key destination deserves to be on the bucket list of any diving snorkeling or even beach bumming enthusiast

GIGANTIC, ABUNDANT. The world’s second largest contiguous coral reef system in the world, Apo Reef Natural Park’s seas and islands teem with marine life. All photos by Rhea Claire Madarang

Celebrating PH's World Heritage sites

May 05, 2013 - 1:33 PM

This National Heritage Month discover 5 World Heritage sites Filipinos can be proud of

MARINE FEST. With the abundance of marine life in Tubbataha, don’t be surprised if you get caught it in its traffic! Photo by Yvette Lee courtesy of Tubbataha Management Office

Tubbataha salvage operation begins

Feb 22, 2013 - 4:41 PM

Thanks to better weather condition in the area the crew of the lead crane ship in the salvage operation get to work

ON SITE. The Jascon 25 crane vessel is already on site and waiting to start cutting up the USS Guardian into pieces. Graphic by Bardo Wu

Post-Tubbataha: Lawyer pushes for VFA renegotiation

Feb 12, 2013 - 8:52 PM

Government should renegotiate the VFA to make sure it will address the criminal liability of US forces under Philippine law

ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER. The USS Guardian destroyed at least 1,000 sqm of coral, more than 1% of Tubbataha's marine protected area mandated by law. Graphic by Emil Mercado

All set for Tubbataha salvage operation

Feb 07, 2013 - 6:08 PM

The operation will be conducted in close cooperation with the US Navy as stipulated by the approved salvage plan

STUCK ON THE REEF. The USS Guardian hit the upper side of Tubbataha's South Atoll on January 17

Plan to remove US ship from Tubbataha approved

Feb 06, 2013 - 2:30 PM

UPDATED The salvaging of the ship is contingent on a joint assessment of the damage to the reef and strict observation of marine park rules

FLOATING CRANE. The SMIT Borneo, on its way to Tubbataha, has been used in other major salvage operations like that of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia in January 2012. Photo from Maritime News

USS Guardian salvage to cost almost $25-M

Feb 06, 2013 - 9:07 AM

UPDATED The salvage operation will not be completed until December the US Department of Defense says

WAITING TO BE DISMANTLED. The mine countermeasures ship USS Guardian seen on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 on the Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea, where it ran aground on January 17. AFP PHOTO / US NAVY

Want to dive in Tubbataha? 2 sites will be off limits

Feb 05, 2013 - 6:00 PM

At least 2 dive sites in Tubbataha will be cordoned off due to the operation to salvage USS Guardian the Philippine Coast Guard says

DIVING PARADISE. Tubbataha is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1993 and considered a paradise for scuba diving. From from the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park official website

Fines to wait until US ship pulled out of Tubbataha - Palace

Feb 04, 2013 - 7:40 PM

The fines will be imposed based on a final assessment on the damage caused to the reef that has not been done yet the government says

WAITING TO BE LIFTED. The mine countermeasures ship USS Guardian (MCM 5) sits aground Tuesday, January 22, 2013 on the Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea, Philippines, where it ran aground on January 17th. Operations to recover the ship while minimizing environmental effects are being conducted in close cooperation with allied Philippines Coast Guard and Navy. AFP PHOTO / US NAVY

US Navy needs PH approval of Tubbataha salvage plan

Jan 29, 2013 - 8:49 PM

The Philippines Coast Guard says it must approve the US Navy s salvage plan before the USS Guardian is lifted from a reef in Tubbataha

WAITING TO BE LIFTED. The mine countermeasures ship USS Guardian (MCM 5) sits aground Tuesday, January 22, 2013 on the Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea, Philippines, where it ran aground on January 17th. Operations to recover the ship while minimizing environmental effects are being conducted in close cooperation with allied Philippines Coast Guard and Navy. AFP PHOTO / US NAVY

US Navy paid Hawaii P610-M for coral damage

Jan 28, 2013 - 11:05 AM

The US Navy paid the State of Hawaii P610 M for about half the damage estimated in the case of the Tubbataha Reef accident according to the World Wildlife Fund

How much will US pay PH for Tubbataha crash?

Jan 27, 2013 - 9:53 PM

Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya said he does not intend to charge the Americans for costs incurred by the Philippine Coast Guard and Navy

WAITING FOR THE CRANE. A Philippine Coast Guard boat is seen wading through water as he tugs a boat towards the US Navy minesweeper. AFP PHOTO / PCG

Barring rangers in Tubbataha 'unfortunate' - US Navy

Jan 23, 2013 - 11:37 AM

That was an unfortunate incident that happened right at the start of the event a Navy official says

PATROLLING THE REEF. A park ranger looks out for possible intruding vessels on a patrol boat. Photo from TRNP website

US ship in Tubbataha 'flooded'

Jan 22, 2013 - 1:02 PM

Most of the starboard hull is in contact with the coral says a US Navy publication

Stranded US Navy ship 'ignored warnings'

Jan 21, 2013 - 2:28 PM

UPDATED The USS Guardian stuck on a World Heritage listed coral reef in the Philippines since last week ignored warnings to avoid the area

STILL STUCK. Philippine Air Force aerial image of the USS Guardian near the upper side of Tubbataha's South Atoll. Photo courtesy of AFP WESCOM

US Navy apologizes for Tubbataha grounding

Jan 20, 2013 - 4:44 PM

2nd UPDATE I greatly regret any damage this incident has caused to the Tubbataha Reef says the US Pacific Fleet commander

STILL STUCK. Philippine Air Force aerial image of the USS Guardian near the upper side of Tubbataha's South Atoll. Photo courtesy of AFP WESCOM

US Navy to probe faulty charts in Tubbataha

Jan 19, 2013 - 6:55 PM

Preliminary findings indicate that inaccurate navigation data may have been a factor in the crash

STUCK ON THE REEF. Photo of the USS Guardian stuck at the Tubbataha North Atoll taken from a Nomad plane from the Philippine Air Force on 17 January courtesy of AFP WESCOM

Tubbataha officials protest U.S. behavior

Jan 18, 2013 - 7:11 PM

2nd UPDATE The Tubbataha management lodges a formal protest with the US government after the US Navy again barred rangers from approaching its vessel stuck in the protected area

A sad day for a scuba diver

Jan 18, 2013 - 4:46 PM

It s a sad day when coral is destroyed by a ship that illegally entered a marine protected area

US Navy ship damaged coral in Tubbataha

Jan 17, 2013 - 3:02 PM

3rd UPDATE The US Navy can expect to pay pay P12 000 per sqm of destroyed reefs in Tubbataha says a park official

STUCK IN TUBBATAHA. File photo of the USS Guardian during a port visit to Okinawa, Japan by the US Navy

Focus: Marine riches of South China Sea

Apr 26, 2012 - 9:09 PM

Top environmental lawyer hits small thinking that focuses on oil in South China Sea the site of an ongoing standoff between the Philippines and China

TOP LAWYER. One of Asia's leading voices in environmental law, Antonio Oposa Jr, makes a proposal amid the Scarborough Shoal dispute. Photo by Melvyn Calderon

Traveling around Philippines on a shoestring budget

Mar 11, 2012 - 11:09 AM

If you are looking for travel ideas in the Philippines search no further

640 El Nido courtesy of Anton Diaz.