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 2019
2019 11:44am, Apr 21, 2019
On Easter 2019, Duterte hopes for integrity in May polls

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Easter Sunday, April 21, said he is hoping the midterm elections in May will be an "exercise of integrity." "I trust that this season of Easter ...

PHILIPPINES 10:04am, Apr 21, 2019
Defend freedom, Robredo tells Filipinos on Easter 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo urged Filipinos to defend their freedom in the face of threats to democracy, as the Philippines celebrated the feast of Jesus' triumph over death on ...

PHILIPPINES 01:00pm, Apr 18, 2019
Philippines down 1 spot in 2019 World Press Freedom Index

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines slipped one spot lower in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index, as President Rodrigo Duterte's government continues to attack the media. From 133rd place last ...

PHILIPPINES 10:30am, Apr 18, 2019
Cardinal Tagle hits hate speech, fake news

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle slammed the spread of false information online and hate speech, likening them to the act of enslaving others. This was Tagle’s ...

2019 12:08pm, Apr 17, 2019
In tears, Abby Binay says she’s ‘lone wolf’ in the family

MANILA, Philippines – Makati City Mayor Abby Binay turned emotional as she described herself as a “lone wolf” in the family, as her siblings have banded together to oppose her reelection bid. In an ...

PHILIPPINES 10:13am, Apr 14, 2019
Tagle on Palm Sunday 2019: Follow humble leaders

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle urged Filipinos to follow humble leaders like Jesus Christ, as he led the Palm Sunday rites at the Manila Cathedral to start Holy ...

2019 02:40pm, Apr 12, 2019
Roxas suggests adding tax incentives for BPO companies to train workers

MANILA, Philippines – Senatorial candidate Mar Roxas suggested giving incentives to companies, which would train their employees to allow the country’s business process outsourcing (BPO) industry to ...

2019 11:35am, Apr 12, 2019
‘Mahaba pa ang laban’: Survey laggard Otso Diretso bets still positive

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Opposition senatorial candidates of Otso Diretso are still hopeful about their chances of winning the elections despite their poor performance in the latest Pulse ...

2019 09:04pm, Apr 11, 2019
Roxas on lower survey ranking: 'Okay lang 'yan, family first'

MANILA, Philippines – Opposition senatorial candidate Mar Roxas is unfazed by the dip in his numbers in the latest Pulse Asia survey, saying he does not regret spending more than two weeks abroad ...

PHILIPPINES 06:45pm, Apr 10, 2019
Robredo on Duterte family wealth: All gov't officials must disclose assets

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo pointed out that not even the highest official in the land is excused from truthfully declaring all of his wealth in his Statement of Assets, ...