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.

Feb 2020
PHILIPPINES 01:35pm, Feb 25, 2020
Joint resolution extending ABS-CBN's franchise to June 2022 filed in House

MANILA, Philippines – Cebu City 1st District Representative Raul del Mar filed a resolution that would extend the validity of ABS-CBN's soon-to-expire legislative franchise to June 30, 2022. In ...

PHILIPPINES 12:02pm, Feb 25, 2020
Robredo: EDSA anniversary a reminder that tyrants won’t succeed

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – As the country marked the 34th year of its return to democracy on Tuesday, February 25, Vice President Leni Robredo said she remained convinced that Filipinos would ...

PHILIPPINES 08:53pm, Feb 24, 2020
Cayetano: House notice to NTC 'sufficient’ to allow ABS-CBN to keep operating

MANILA, Philippines – Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said a notice from the House committee on legislative franchises should be “more than sufficient” for the National Telecommunications Commission ...

BUSINESS 04:40pm, Feb 24, 2020
Coronavirus to have 'minimal effect' on OFW remittances in 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government expects that the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak would only have a "minimal effect" on the total cash remittances from overseas Filipino ...

PHILIPPINES 02:35pm, Feb 24, 2020
Philippines won't impose travel ban on South Korea for now

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government will not yet impose a travel ban on South Korea, which has so far recorded the highest number of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) cases outside of ...

PHILIPPINES 12:57pm, Feb 24, 2020
Filipino crew of Japan cruise ship infected with coronavirus now at 59

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The number of Filipino crew members aboard Japanese cruise ship M/V Diamond Princess who have been infected with the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has risen to 59 as ...

PHILIPPINES 09:30am, Feb 24, 2020
House begins ‘proceedings’ on ABS-CBN franchise, asks for position papers

MANILA, Philippines – After sitting on the bills renewing the franchise of ABS-CBN, the House committee on legislative franchises will begin “proceedings” on the measures by asking all parties to ...

PHILIPPINES 07:19pm, Feb 21, 2020
52 Filipinos on Japan cruise ship infected with coronavirus will not be repatriated yet

MANILA, Philippines – The scores of Filipino passengers and crew members of Japanese cruise ship Diamond Princess who were infected by the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) will not be among those to be ...

PHILIPPINES 04:58pm, Feb 21, 2020
Filipino repatriates from Wuhan going home after showing no COVID-19 symptoms

MANILA, Philippines – The first batch of 49 Filipinos quarantined in New Clark City will now be allowed to go home after showing no signs and symptoms of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). In a ...

PHILIPPINES 08:47pm, Feb 20, 2020
3 more Filipinos in Japan cruise ship infected with novel coronavirus – DFA

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed that 3 more Filipinos who were onboard the Japanese cruise ship M/V Diamond Princess were infected with the novel ...