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Monday, December 11, 2017



LIGAO CITY (Dec. 11) – “It was a heartrending and exciting for the students of Ligao National High School to compete with ensembles from school, churches, residential communities, offices and special interest groups that take part in the biggest-all inclusive choral competition in the Philippines the 2017 MBC National Choral Competition”,  said Celger Venzon Villacampa, the multi-awarded conductor of Ligao National High School Children Chorus and Ligao National High School Voice Chorale. The National Choral Competition had two (2) categories: Children and Open Category.

LNHSCC’s quest for Championship is unprecedented when they nailed down their competitors and bring home the P100K cash prize of the MBC National Choral Competition’s children division. 

Other winners were Boscorale, Pasig Catholic College Children’s Choir and Tarlac National High School S.P.A . Music Chorale. Villacampa has been instrumental in the winning streak of Ligao National High School Voice Chorale both in the country and abroad prior to his organization of the Ligao National High School Children Chorus. Villacampa was a product of  PBN-DZGB’s “The Search for the Golden Voice”Regional Singing Competition in 2008. (Mar de la Cruz)



LEGAZPI CITY (Dec. 11) – Operatives of  the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Albay and Philipine National Police (PNP) Legazpi conducted on Dec. 9, Saturday another raid that resulted to the arrest of Efrenh Manansala y Espartinez a.k.a Mangga at Purok 1, Barangay San Roque, here.

More or less 80 grams of suspected shabu with estimated street value of P500,000 pesos were confiscated from Manansala.  In his statement, PDEA Dir. Christian Frivaldo said that Manansala is one of the local retailers who sourced his supply from Ismael Onsad a.k.a Opaw and Angelo Arriraya who were earlier arrested in possession of one (1) kilo of shabu valued at P7.7 million in a buy bust operation at Purok 2 Brgy. Oro Site, this city.

City Mayor Noel Rosal who is also the concurrent Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) Chairman commend PDEA and PNP Legazpi for the continuing efforts to eradicate drugs in the city. He called on the public to support the authorities. (Mar de la Cruz)



 LEGAZPI CITY (December 11) – A project of the Department of Tourism (DOT) Central Office’s “Bring Home a Friend” will be formally launched on Tuesday (Dec.11) by the DOT Regional Office here. In an exclusive interview”, DOT 5 Regional Director Benjamin “Benjie” F. Santiago said that “Bring Home a Friend”aims for additional tourist arrival ini the country.  DOT target 7M foreign touris arrival this year.

DOT allotted big prizes for the winners who garnered more points by inviting tourists from Europe, Middle East, USA and Asia as well as the invited tourists. Santiago said that the 1st Prize is an condominium unit, 2nd Prize – Vios Toyota, and 3rd Prize – Gift Check for Duty Free Shopping.  Those who are invited will also get freebies from the DOT and partners in their stay in hotel and other amenities.

A media conference will be held in the morning with DOT officials from the National Office and Regional Tourism Offices. Media representatives from all over Bicol Region were invited to grace the occasion, Santiago added.  (Mar de la Cruz with consolidated reports from Jordan Alpajaro, Edwin Peralta and VP Henry Maceda)
photo credits: #Exciting Bicol FB page

Thursday, November 23, 2017



LEGAZPI CITY (November 23) - Gold Trail Blazer recognition was conferred to the City Government of Legazpi at the helm of Mayor Noel E. Rosal by the Institute for Solidarity of Asia (ISA) for the courageous efforts  to lift the standards of governance  in the public sector Wednesday, at the Bayanihan Center Unilab Compound, Pasig City.

Prior to the award Rosal presented the Road Map 2020 that envision the City of Legazpi be among  the Top 5 Convention Destination in Luzon. To increase tourist destination from 500,000 to 1.5 million by 2020 and increase convention from 84 to 100 by the year 2020 was marked as breakthroughs.

In an exclusive interview by DZGB News Rosal said that local governance is always characterized by shared responsibility from the government and our people. He also extend gratitude to the city government employees for taking part in the tireless pursuit of excellence and integrity. “In Legazpi, it is not only the Mayor who thinks and plan in search for development, employees has the opportunity to illuminate his/her intended direction for the future", Rosal added.

The city government's quest for Gold began from October 2014 for Initiation and Compliant Phase, 2016 for Proficiency and 2017 for Institutionalization and they successfully nailed it! (Mar de la Cruz)

Wednesday, November 22, 2017



LEGAZPI CITY (November 22) - The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in cooperation with the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Bicol  and the Department of Education Regional Office 5 celebrated this year’s National Disaster Resilience Month with the launching of the Resilience Caravan Wednesday at the Ibalong Centrum for Recreation, Brgy. Bitano, this city.

With the theme “4Ks: Kamalayan sa Kahandaan, Katumbas ay Kaligtasan”, the celebration highlighted several demonstrations and static displays of DRR capabilities  which aims to educate young people on protective mechanisms and actions available to save lives and protect people's livelihood during emergencies and disasters from Legazpi City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (LCDRRMC), Dept. of Education (DepED), Phil. Army (PA), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Philipine Air Force (PAF), Dept. of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Dept. of Health (DOH), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) , Albay Provincial Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APPSEMO, Philipine Navy (PN), Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Counci (RDRRMC, Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). RDRRMC,LGU's,PAGASA,PHIVOLCS.

OCD 5 Regional Dir. Claudio Yucot in an exclusive interview with DZGB News  said that the caravan was participated by 800 Grades 4 to 6 elementary pupils from both the Albay and City Schools Division. Yucot also supported the recommendation of APPSEMO Chief Dr. Cedric Daep to incorporate the Disaster Resilience subject in the school curriculum. “It is vital that at an early age, children must know what are the usage and how to use the various tools and equipments plus knowledge of the impact of any hazards in the community because in areas where disaster frequently happened children are most vulnerable”, Yucot added. He said that OCD 5 will also replicate the caravan to the different provinces of  the Bicol Region. (Mar de la Cruz with reports from Luence Burce Barcena)