Mara Cepeda


Mara covers the Office of the Vice President and the House of Representatives for Rappler. She previously reported on the education and health sectors. During the 2016 elections, Mara trailed the presidential campaign of then-vice president Jejomar Binay.

Mara graduated cum laude from the Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in Communication. She was the editor-in-chief of The Guidon, the university's official student publication.

In her spare time, Mara loves to read books, binge-watch her favorite TV shows, and dance around the room like no one's watching.

Oct 2019
IN-DEPTH 09:00am, Oct 18, 2019
In Abby Binay's Makati, there are free cakes but no sugarcoating

MANILA, Philippines – Six minutes past 9 one night in October, a bunch of teenagers decided to pick a fight with Abby Binay. Their weapon of choice? A group chat on Facebook, where they added the ...

PHILIPPINES 01:40pm, Oct 17, 2019
Robredo regains 'good' satisfaction rating – SWS

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo’s net satisfaction rating went back to “good” in September, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey. The 3rd Quarter 2019 ...

PHILIPPINES 01:05pm, Oct 17, 2019
Cayetano: Traffic a 'product' of thriving economy

TARLAC, Philippines – House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said there is "irony" in the perennial traffic problem because he believes congested roads are also a sign that the country's economy is ...

SEA GAMES 08:03pm, Oct 16, 2019
Traffic ‘really going to be a challenge’ during SEA Games – Cayetano

TARLAC, Philippines – Brace for heavy traffic around Metro Manila once the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games goes full swing in November. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, chairperson of the ...

SEA GAMES 06:40pm, Oct 16, 2019
LOOK: New Clark City Sports Complex 'on track' for 2019 SEA Games

TARLAC, Philippines – The country's new national sports complex in Capas, Tarlac, is almost ready for this year's Southeast Asian (SEA) Games hosted by the Philippines. On Wednesday, October 16, ...

PHILIPPINES 04:19pm, Oct 16, 2019
Term-sharing out the window? Deal with Velasco 'still stands' – Cayetano

TARLAC, Philippines – Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano dismissed speculations his term-sharing deal with Marinduque Representative Lord Velasco would likely not push through. “Walang dapat ikaba ‘yong ...

PHILIPPINES 05:32pm, Oct 15, 2019
Funny that accusation of stealing would come from Bongbong Marcos – Robredo

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo did not mince words against her poll fraud accuser Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr, who once again claimed she had “robbed” him of the vice ...

PHILIPPINES 04:22pm, Oct 15, 2019
Robredo to Marcos: How many times do I have to win for you to accept defeat?

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo counted as victory the Supreme Court (SC) ruling to release the initial vote recount results in the electoral protest filed against her by ...

PHILIPPINES 07:07pm, Oct 09, 2019
Biazon berates transport officials: ‘Be sensitive when people feel there is a crisis’

MANILA, Philippines – Muntinlupa Representative Ruffy Biazon could not help but show his disappointment after a Department of Transportation (DOTr) official refused to say there is an ongoing mass ...

PHILIPPINES 02:23pm, Oct 07, 2019
For the first time, Speaker rates higher than Robredo – Pulse Asia

MANILA, Philippines – Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano received a 62% trust rating and 64% approval rating in the September poll by Pulse Asia, marking the first time a House leader rated higher than ...