Mara Cepeda


Mara considers joining Rappler as her baptism of fire. She is currently covering the House of Representatives as it puts forward the legislative agenda of President Rodrigo Duterte.

During the 2016 elections, Mara trailed the presidential bid of former vice president Jejomar Binay. She also wrote about labor and migration issues as well as hunger and poverty alleviation.

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, to binge-watch her favorite TV shows, and to dance around the room like no one's watching.

Nov 2017
PHILIPPINES 02:46pm, Nov 22, 2017
As Lumad groups protest, DepEd maintains schools are ‘zones of peace’

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) reiterated its commitment to keep schools as “zones of peace” in times of armed conflict, as Lumad groups continued their picket outside the ...

PHILIPPINES 05:45pm, Nov 21, 2017
Robredo camp hits Marcos for 'misleading' SC over witnesses

MANILA, Philippines – The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo accused former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr of "misleading" the Supreme Court (SC), sitting as the Presidential Electoral ...

PHILIPPINES 10:30am, Nov 18, 2017
Briones eyes mandatory financial literacy workshops for teachers

MANILA, Philippines – Education Secretary Leonor Briones is considering making it mandatory for teachers to take financial literacy workshops, given the recent controversy over teachers’ loan ...

PHILIPPINES 06:05pm, Nov 17, 2017
Criticisms vs DepEd over teachers' loans are 'misplaced' – Briones

MANILA, Philippines – Education Secretary Leonor Briones said the flak they have been receiving over the deductions in teachers’ salaries to pay off loans are “misplaced.” Briones defended the ...

PHILIPPINES 05:11pm, Nov 17, 2017
Ex-CHED exec director Vitriolo pleads not guilty in graft case

MANILA, Philippines – Dismissed Commission on Higher Education (CHED) executive director Julito Vitriolo pleaded not guilty to the graft charge he is facing over the irregular diploma program at the ...

PHILIPPINES 02:34pm, Nov 17, 2017
Sereno camp tells Gadon to ‘review his law' over cross-examining witnesses

MANILA, Philippines – The camp of embattled Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno did not mince words against lawyer Larry Gadon, who filed an impeachment complaint against her. Gadon is ...

PHILIPPINES 02:07pm, Nov 17, 2017
Beyond donations, help Marawi victims regain their dignity – DSWD

MANILA, Philippines – Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) officer-in-charge Emmanuel Leyco urged government agencies and the public to go beyond giving donations in helping the ...

PHILIPPINES 05:10pm, Nov 16, 2017
Robredo visits Marawi, eyes livelihood programs for residents

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo visited the main battle zone in Marawi on Thursday, November 16, a month after President Rodrigo Duterte declared the city liberated from ...

PHILIPPINES 04:25pm, Nov 16, 2017
P2B needed to rebuild 29 ‘totally damaged’ Marawi schools

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) estimated that around P2 billion is needed to rebuild 29 schools in Marawi City that were completely damaged by the war. Education ...

PHILIPPINES 12:48pm, Nov 16, 2017
'All systems go' for Pinays to avail of contraceptives from DOH

MANILA, Philippines – Filipina women can now proceed to health centers, local government units, and even civil society organizations to avail of contraceptives. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III ...