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.

Apr 2018
PALARONG PAMBANSA 05:07pm, Apr 19, 2018
Accident that amputated swimmer’s leg led to his Palaro 2018 journey

ILOCOS SUR, Philippines – Mark Francis Salazar will never forget that fateful day he lost his leg. It would the shape way he lived the rest of his life. Mark was crossing the pedestrian lane along ...

PALARONG PAMBANSA 11:11am, Apr 18, 2018
From being ‘pulot’ boy, young Badjao now a Palaro 2018 tennis player

ILOCOS SUR, Philippines – Three years ago, Ignohassan Mustagid just watched tennis matches on the sidelines in Tawi-Tawi. The 11-year-old Badjao was a “pulot” boy – he picked up tennis balls when ...

PALARONG PAMBANSA 08:47pm, Apr 17, 2018
Vigan Central School hosts special grad for Palaro athletes from Zamboanga Peninsula

ILOCOS SUR, Philippines (UPDATED) – More than 260 athletes from the Zamboanga Peninsula had a dilemma: The Department of Education only allows graduation rites to be held on the first week of ...

PALARONG PAMBANSA 07:13pm, Apr 17, 2018
Arnis prodigies propel Soccsksargen to early lead in Palarong Pambansa 2018

ILOCOS SUR, Philippines – It rained gold for Soccsksargen on the second day of the Palarong Pambansa 2018, earning the region the top spot in the partial medal tally so far. As of 5 pm on Tuesday, ...

PALARONG PAMBANSA 05:05pm, Apr 17, 2018
Palaro junks protest vs Calabarzon’s ‘inter-purok’ basketball jerseys

ILOCOS SUR, Philippines – Calabarzon will remain the winner of its secondary boys basketball match against Zamboanga at the Palarong Pambansa 2018. This is after officials denied on Tuesday, April ...

PALARONG PAMBANSA 03:53pm, Apr 17, 2018
Mimaropa’s SPED athlete joins Palaro 2018 against all odds

ILOCOS SUR, Philippines – The heat was almost unbearable at the stadium, but 16-year-old Leo Lee Cornel didn’t mind. The athlete competing at the Special Games of the Palarong Pambansa 2018 wanted ...

PALARONG PAMBANSA 11:34pm, Apr 16, 2018
Cagayan, NCR share top spot after Palarong Pambansa Day 1

ILOCOS SUR, Philippines – The Cagayan Valley and National Capital Region (NCR) emerged as early leaders in the partial medal tally for Palarong Pambansa at the end of the first day of ...

PALARONG PAMBANSA 07:35pm, Apr 16, 2018
Ilocos Sur 'one step ahead' in preps for Palaro living quarters

ILOCOS SUR, Philippines – Soft mattresses, pillows, and blankets welcomed every athlete who traveled to Ilocos Sur to compete at the Palarong Pambansa 2018. On Monday, April 16, Rappler visited two ...

PALARONG PAMBANSA 03:40pm, Apr 16, 2018
Lone Palaro athlete from Marawi wants to play for UST tennis someday

ILOCOS SUR, Philippines – Not even the war can stop Prince Najeeb Langitao from going after his dreams. The 13-year-old boy is the only delegate from Marawi City at this year's Palarong Pambansa in ...

PHILIPPINES 06:55pm, Apr 15, 2018
Comelec resolution disproves SC claim on ballot shading

MANILA, Philippines – Contrary to the ruling of the Supreme Court (SC), the Commission on Elections (Comelec) had issued a resolution setting the ballot oval shading threshold at 25% for the 2016 ...