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Bolinao villagers are fierce protectors of mangrove forests


Romula Caranza maintains a garden on the shores of Santiago Island in this northwestern town in Pangasinan province.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Finding ‘tugasi’ on Colibra Island

ZUMA? Nick Vilda puts a “tugasi” (sea snake) around his neck in this photo taken in 2002, when sea snakes could easily be found on Colibra Island. PHOTO REPRODUCTION BY YOLANDA SOTELO

It was summer of 2002. Nick Vilda and his friends were having a picnic on Colibra Island (Snake Island) in Dasol town in Pangasinan province. While spearfishing, a “tugasi” (sea snake) slithered near Vilda. He grabbed its head and brought it ashore.

Posted: March 26th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Overharvesting perils seaweeds

SEAWEED gathering has become an alternative livelihood for fishermen, like Cristobal Ibasan, in San Fabian town in Pangasinan province. Ibasan dries seaweeds on the concrete shoulder of the highway in San Fabian. RAY ZAMBRANO

Passing through the highway traversing Alacan village in San Fabian town in Pangasinan province, one cannot ignore the peculiar smell of seaweeds being dried by fishermen by the roadside.

Posted: March 12th, 2014 in Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

1 million bags of ‘smuggled’ rice kept in ports


An alliance of food producers is suing another judge for releasing 480 container vans of rice shipments that had been under the custody of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in Manila.

Posted: March 8th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Leave the uncut trees alone, groups urge


Environmental and church groups have pledged to exert all efforts to save the remaining 770 trees along the Manila North Road (MacArthur Highway), most of them in Binalonan and Pozorrubio towns in Pangasinan province, including those that have been girdled or marked for cutting.

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Agencies liable, says provincial board

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SLOW DEATH These trees lining the MacArthur Highway in Binalonan town in Pangasinan province have been marked for cutting to make way for a road-widening project. WILLIE LOMIBAO/CONTRIBUTOR

The provincial board on Monday said government agencies behind the cutting of more than 1,000 trees along the Manila North Road (MacArthur Highway) in Pangasinan might be sued for violating a 1963 law prohibiting the destruction of trees along public roads.

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Iranian kills fellow Iranian in Dagupan City

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Dagupan City map

An Iranian student stabbed and killed a fellow Iranian following a heated argument on Sunday night, police said on Monday.

Posted: February 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

184 couples wed in Hundred Islands park

AT LEAST 184 couples wait to take their vows in the first mass beach wedding held at the Hundred Islands National Park in Alaminos City on Valentine’s Day. WILLIE LOMIBAO/CONTRIBUTOR

Before the sun rose on Valentine’s Day, 184 brides, resplendent in flowing white dresses and flower tiaras adorning their hairs, boarded boats to the Hundred Islands National Park (HINP) here. With them were their grooms who were dazzling in white short-sleeve shirts, short pants and leis around their necks.

Posted: February 15th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

‘Running priest’ joins fight to save trees

TREE STUMPS litter the road shoulder of MacArthur Highway in Binalonan town in Pangasinan. WILLIE LOMIBAO/CONTRIBUTOR

Fr. Robert Reyes, the running priest, raced through MacArthur Highway on Thursday, drawing attention to the cutting of more than 1,000 trees to make way for a government road-widening project in five towns and Urdaneta City in Pangasinan province.

Posted: February 14th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

1,829 trees to be killed for road plan

Environmentalists and church groups have petitioned the government to stop the “slaughter” of 1,829 trees that were marked for cutting or earthballing in five towns and a city in Pangasinan province to make way for the expansion of the MacArthur Highway, a major link to northern Luzon.

Environmentalists and church groups have petitioned the government to stop the “slaughter” of 1,829 trees that were marked for cutting or earthballing in five towns and a city in Pangasinan province to make way for the expansion of the MacArthur Highway, a major link to northern Luzon.

Posted: January 30th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

103-yr-old among vets honored in Pangasinan

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BONIFACIO Agacer, 103, is considered to be the oldest war veteran in Pangasinan. From fighting Japanese forces during the second world war, Agacer is now fighting poverty and a declining health as he says he wants to live to be 107 years old. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

From his rickety bed in his shanty in Barangay (village) Salud in Natividad town, World War II veteran Bonifacio Agacer, 103, is still fighting.

Posted: January 10th, 2014 in Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Archbishop urges Catholics to pray for end to war, violence, poverty

Archbishop Socrates Villegas. FILE PHOTO

Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), has called on the Catholic faithful to start the New Year by praying for an end to war, violence, hunger and poverty.

Posted: December 29th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Read-along in Urdaneta: Introducing the carabao

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CHILDREN take part in the Dec. 9 read-along session at Urdaneta City, Pangasinan province, playing characters in a story. WILLIE LOMIBAO/ CONTRIBUTOR

There is one reason local officials and public librarians asked the Inquirer’s Read-Along team to hold storytelling sessions in this booming Pangasinan city: their love for the humble carabao.

Posted: December 16th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

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