Mara Cepeda


Mara considers joining Rappler as her baptism of fire. She is currently covering the Office of the Vice President and writes stories about the education and health sectors.

Previously, she covered the House of Representatives. During the 2016 elections, Mara trailed the presidential bid of former 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.

Sep 2018
PHILIPPINES 05:42pm, Sep 20, 2018
Makabayan bloc wants annual commemoration of First Quarter Storm

MANILA, Philippines – Progressive lawmakers in the Makabayan bloc filed a bill to declare January 26 as the anniversary of the First Quarter Storm. The following legislators filed House Bill (HB) ...

PHILIPPINES 02:25pm, Sep 20, 2018
Additional P428 million in 2019 budget sought for SUCs after Ompong

MANILA, Philippines – A lawmaker is seeking an additional P428 million in the proposed 2019 budget to help fund the rehabilitation of state universities and colleges (SUCs) damaged by Typhoon Ompong ...

PHILIPPINES 12:17pm, Sep 20, 2018
Fariñas, Alvarez deny ‘parking’ money for lawmakers in 2019 budget

MANILA, Philippines – The former leadership of the House of Representatives denied accusations that more than P51 billion was “parked” in infrastructure allocations under the proposed 2019 budget ...

PHILIPPINES 03:45pm, Sep 19, 2018
Nograles praises House realignment of P51 billion in DPWH funds

MANILA, Philippines – He may not have sponsored the proposed 2019 budget at the House plenary, but committee on appropriations chairperson Karlo Nograles still praised the realignment of P51.792 ...

PHILIPPINES 02:42pm, Sep 19, 2018
How government plans to fund proposed P3.757T 2019 budget

MANILA, Philippines – The House of Representative has finally kicked off the plenary debates on the proposed P3.757-trillion budget for 2019 on Wednesday, September 19 after a two-day delay. House ...

PHILIPPINES 12:30pm, Sep 19, 2018
Makabayan on 'pork barrel': Lawmakers fighting over people's money

MANILA, Philippines – Progressive lawmakers from the Makabayan bloc slammed the House leadership and committee on appropriations chairperson Karlo Nograles for feuding over the "pork barrel" in the ...

PHILIPPINES 09:15pm, Sep 18, 2018
House OKs Department of Disaster Resilience bill on 2nd reading

MANILA, Philippines – The House of Representatives approved on 2nd reading the bill that would create the Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR). Lawmakers gave their nod to House Bill (HB) No. ...

PHILIPPINES 08:20pm, Sep 18, 2018
Lawmakers realign P51 billion in DPWH funds to other agencies

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Lawmakers agreed to realign to other government agencies a total of P51.792 billion originally earmarked for various infrastructure projects under the proposed ...

PHILIPPINES 05:19pm, Sep 18, 2018
With 2019 budget deadlock, House convenes into committee of the whole

MANILA, Philippines – The House of Representatives has convened itself into a committee of the whole in an apparent bid to address the deadlock in the proposed P3.757-trillion budget for 2019. At ...

PHILIPPINES 04:20pm, Sep 18, 2018
Loading process in Guihulngan could damage ballot boxes – Robredo camp

MANILA, Philippines – The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo warned the Supreme Court (SC) that the manner by which ballot boxes from Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental were loaded for transport made ...