Don Kevin Hapal

Kevin is a self-proclaimed heartthrob and devoted worshipper of burgers. His hobbies include writing, graphic designing, filmmaking, binge-watching anime, and finding even more new hobbies.

He is a graduate of AB Communication from the University of Santo Tomas - Legazpi and was an intern for Rappler’s Social Media Team prior to his employment as Social Media Producer and Balikbayan Coordinator.

As Balikbayan Coordinator, Kevin writes stories about overseas Filipino workers and their families. He also does research on social media and online disinformation. He has written investigative and data stories on disinformation campaigns and online propaganda and recently helped produce a documentary on fake news in the Philippines.

Dec 2019
INVESTIGATIVE 09:55pm, Dec 02, 2019
Government offensive: Info operations attack media to manage SEA Games PR crisis

MANILA, Philippines – A week-long case study captured by Rappler shows how information operations turn a potential disaster for the Philippine government's handling of the Southeast Asian Games (SEA ...

Sep 2019
SOCIAL GOOD SUMMIT 08:11pm, Sep 19, 2019
Citizen wish list for Metro mayors: Fix traffic, lower cost of living

MANILA, Philippines – Metro Manila represents the best and the worst of the Philippines. While it is the country's seat of power, both economically and politically, it is also a stark symbol ...

Jun 2019
MOVEPH 01:03pm, Jun 25, 2019
How gay seafarer Dyosa Makinista proved she's 'queen of the seas'

MANILA, Philippines – On their ship, she’s the “queen of the seas” who sits on a literal iron throne. She holds a wrench for a scepter and wears a hard hat for a crown. You’ll see her walking around ...

May 2019
2019 02:36am, May 14, 2019
Pinoys tweet, search about migrating as election results come in

MANILA, Philippines – As polls closed for the 2019 midterm elections on Monday, May 13, Google was abuzz with queries on migrating, data from Google Trends showed. As seen in the graph below, ...

Nov 2018
TV 02:01pm, Nov 17, 2018
5 Lee Jong-suk roles we can't get enough of

With his killer smile and delicate features, it's hard not to admire Korean actor Lee Jong-suk. Seriously, we can just stare at this guy on-screen for hours – he won't even have to do anything! Good ...

PHILIPPINES 01:31pm, Nov 01, 2018
OFW saved from UAE death row coming home to PH

MANILA, Philippines – Overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Jennifer Dalquez is set to be released from prison in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and will be repatriated back to the Philippines, the ...

Oct 2018
PHILIPPINES 03:32pm, Oct 06, 2018
11-year-old Filipina gymnast killed in UK car crash

MANILA, Philippines – An 11-year-old Filipina gymnast was killed after getting hit by a car on her way home from school in Rochester, Greater Manchester in the United Kingdom on Monday, October ...

Jul 2018
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 09:15am, Jul 31, 2018
8 things we learned about Sandara, Nam Joo-hyuk during their PH visit

MANILA, Philippines – July 29 was a day to remember for fans of Korean stars Sandara Park, aka Dara, and Nam Joo-hyuk. Not only did they get to see their idols in person at Penshoppe’s 2018 FanCon, ...

ENTERTAINMENT 07:00pm, Jul 30, 2018
The Linggo ng Wika performance that ‘changed’ Sandara Park’s life

MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos are witness to Sandara Park’s rise to fame. We got to know her as the self-proclaimed "krung krung" who joined and almost won the Filipino talent search TV show, ...

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 04:36pm, Jul 30, 2018
Filipino fans called out for 'inappropriately' touching Nam Joo-Hyuk at FanCon

MANILA, Philippines – Fans of Korean actor Nam Joo-Hyuk expressed their anger online against fellow Filipino fans who were seen on video “inappropriately” touching him onstage at the Penshoppe ...