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
2019 11:55am, Sep 26, 2018
Imee Marcos on survey ranking: ‘Engagement with public paid off’

MANILA, Philippines – Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos attributed her rise in the latest Pulse Asia senatorial survey to her constant exposure to Filipinos across the country. In Pulse Asia’s ...

PHILIPPINES 11:44pm, Sep 25, 2018
Noynoy Aquino eyes filing cases vs accusers in court

MANILA, Philippines – Former president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III is considering taking legal action against the people who have filed cases against him. Aquino hinted about his plans in his ...

PHILIPPINES 07:35pm, Sep 25, 2018
Arroyo least trusted among top national officials – Pulse Asia

MANILA, Philippines – Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is the least trusted among the top 5 national government officials, based on the latest Pulse Asia survey. The former president turned Pampanga ...

PHILIPPINES 06:12pm, Sep 25, 2018
Trillanes arrest shows ‘attempt to silence dissent’ – Robredo

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo believes the government is attempting to silence critics after staunch opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV was arrested on Tuesday, September ...

PHILIPPINES 05:06pm, Sep 25, 2018
Trillanes on his arrest: ‘Democracy died today’

MANILA, Philippines – Democracy is dead, said opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV shortly after a Makati court issued an arrest warrant against him for charges covered by an amnesty granted to ...

2019 10:47am, Sep 25, 2018
LP's initial Senate slate for 2019: Bam Aquino, Chel Diokno, Erin Tañada

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Liberal Party (LP) announced its first 3 senatorial candidates for the 2019 elections, all of whom were scions of opposition leaders during the Martial Law ...

PHILIPPINES 10:22am, Sep 25, 2018
House panel junks impeachment complaints vs SC justices

MANILA, Philippines – The House committee on justice formally dismissed the impeachment complaints filed against Chief Justice Teresita de Castro and 6 associate justices of the Supreme Court ...

PHILIPPINES 09:16am, Sep 25, 2018
Linking opposition to Red October plot ‘politicizes the AFP’ – Robredo

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo said military officials who have been linking her and the political opposition to the supposed “Red October” ouster plot against President Rodrigo ...

PHILIPPINES 07:33pm, Sep 24, 2018
What Red October? Robredo camp, Tindig Pilipinas groups deny ouster plot

MANILA, Phlippines – Vice President Leni Robredo’s camp and leaders of groups under the Tindig Pilipinas coalition denied forging an alliance with the communists to oust President Rodrigo ...

PHILIPPINES 05:15pm, Sep 24, 2018
House resolution seeks to adopt 'restrictive' rules on media coverage

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – A House resolution has been filed seeking the adoption of proposed rules for media coverage that were previously criticized for being restrictive towards ...