A Manila court found Ressa and former reporter Reynaldo Santos Jr. guilty of libeling a wealthy businessman.
Officials have warned the volcano, which began erupting on Sunday, could be on the cusp of a much bigger and more dangerous eruption.
Typhoon Phanfone stranded people in sea and airports at the peak of holiday travel, flooded villages and knocked out power in entire provinces.
Officials estimated the value of the unusual shipment at $5,900.
The blasts blew away the entrance to the cathedral and ripped through the main hall.
Four people were killed and seven were missing, officials said.
Dozens of journalists in the Philippines have been killed with impunity over the last decade.
“That chubby face that looks kind," he said. "That son of a bitch."
Many of the dead suffocated in the chaos as guests and staff tried to flee choking smoke at the complex.