TD Kabayan: PCG bans vessels from sailing in E. Samar, S. Leyte

Joey Gabieta 12/17/2023

TACLOBAN CITY — Due to threats of Tropical Depression Kabayan, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) offices in Eastern Samar and Southern Leyte provinces have prohibited vessels from venturing into the sea. The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) also…

Yolanda: A decade later, ‘moving on’ still hard for survivors

Ador Mayol, Joey Gabieta, Nestle Semilla 11/08/2023

(First of two parts) TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, Philippines — Tropiano Esperas, an overseas Filipino worker, had just returned from Saudi Arabia to spend time with his family at Barangay 88 in San Jose District, Tacloban City, a…

Imelda’s beach property in Tolosa, Leyte undergoes rehab

Joey Gabieta 11/05/2023

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, Philippines — The beach house of former first lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos in Tolosa, Leyte is undergoing rehabilitation as part of efforts to boost local tourism. The property, located in Barangay Olot and once…

Lawmaker wants bridge built to link Luzon, Visayas

Joey Gabieta 09/01/2023

TACLOBAN CITY—A lawmaker is pushing for the construction of a bridge that will connect Luzon and the Visayas to ease seaport congestion and address the problem of passengers being stranded during typhoons. House Minority Floor Leader Marcelino…

Bullied boy graduates at the top of his class in Leyte

Joey Gabieta 08/07/2023

TACLOBAN CITY — He grew up being bullied due to a cleft lip. But Rico Palconit did not allow this physical deformity to stop him from achieving his goal. The 25-year-old native of Cabucgayan town in Biliran…

In Tacloban, sequestered Marcos properties now tourist sites

Joey Gabieta 05/17/2023

TACLOBAN CITY—The Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) has leased out to a private corporation two sequestered properties of the Marcos family here for P150,000 a month. The Santo Niño Shrine and Museum and the People’s Center…

Borongan lensmen provide free portraits to graduating students in E. Samar

Joey Gabieta 04/10/2023

TACLOBAN CITY — A group of photographers in Borongan City resumed their mission of giving free portraits to graduating elementary and secondary students in various remote schools in Eastern Samar province. Giving these students their graduation photos…

62-year-old stepson stabs, wounds stepdad, 81, in Leyte

Joey Gabieta 04/10/2023

TACLOBAN CITY — An 81-year-old stepdad was stabbed and wounded by his 62-year-old stepson in Bato town, Leyte province on Saturday night, April 8, 2023. Clemente Salvame sustained a stab wound on his abdomen, based on the…

Amending Constitution not a priority – Sen. Imee Marcos

Joey Gabieta 04/09/2023

TACLOBAN CITY — While she considers the 1987 Constitution as “anti-Marcos,” Senator Imee Marcos opposed plans to amend it. Speaking to reporters here earlier this month, Marcos said moves to tinker with the Constitution will not get any majority…

International cruise ship visits Visayas, boosts tourism

Joey Gabieta, Leo Udtohan 02/15/2023

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, Philippines — An international cruise ship carrying at least 500 foreign tourists and crew docked in Bohol province and Kalanggaman Island in Leyte province last week, helping tourism-related businesses earn as they slowly recover…

Classes, work suspended in Eastern Visayas due to non-stop rains

Joey Gabieta, Robert Dejon 01/11/2023

TACLOBAN CITY — Non-stop rains caused by a low-pressure area (LPA) resulted in the suspension of classes and work in Eastern Visayas on Tuesday, Jan. 10. Northern Samar Gov. Edwin Ongchuan issued an order suspending all classes…

Heavy rains cause flooding, landslides in Eastern, Northern Samar

Joey Gabieta 12/24/2022

TACLOBAN CITY — Heavy rains due to a shear line have resulted in flooding and landslides in Eastern Samar and Northern Samar provinces with several fishermen reported missing and some eventually rescued. In Jipapad town, Eastern Samar,…

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