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.

Feb 2018
PHILIPPINES 08:28pm, Feb 23, 2018
Robredo wants Pinoys to wear white, remember lessons from EDSA

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Vice President Leni Robredo called on Filipinos to wear white as the nation commemorates the EDSA People Power Revolution on Sunday, February 25. Robredo said she ...

PHILIPPINES 07:24pm, Feb 23, 2018
Robredo supports #WalkOutPH: 'Don’t stifle dissent' of youth

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo supported the decision of thousands of students to walk out of their classes to condemn the government’s recent attacks on the free press. Robredo ...

PHILIPPINES 04:58pm, Feb 23, 2018
7 officials file libel complaint vs ‘DOH mafia’ accuser

MANILA, Philippines – Seven more officials from the Department of Health (DOH) filed a libel complaint against Dr Francis Cruz, who accused them of engaging in mafia-like operations. The following ...

PHILIPPINES 03:25pm, Feb 22, 2018
SC reminds Robredo, Marcos not to comment on VP protest

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Supreme Court (SC) ordered the camps of Vice President Leni Robredo and her rival, former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr, to observe the sub judice rule ...

PHILIPPINES 07:23pm, Feb 21, 2018
Weeping mothers say their kids got Dengvaxia without consent

MANILA, Philippine – Mothers invited to the 6th Senate hearing on the Dengvaxia controversy tearfully told senators their late children were given the vaccine without their consent. Janet Elipane ...

PHILIPPINES 05:52pm, Feb 21, 2018
Garin grilled for taking over FDA while DOH chief

MANILA, Philippines – Former health chief Janette Garin was put on the hot seat for appointing herself as Food and Drug Administration (FDA) director-general while she was also secretary of the ...

PHILIPPINES 03:22pm, Feb 21, 2018
Gordon says DOH 'liable' over Dengvaxia mess

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Richard Gordon berated former and current officials of the Department of Health (DOH) for the implementation of the now-suspended dengue vaccination program. The Senate ...

PHILIPPINES 01:57pm, Feb 21, 2018
Duque to health workers: ‘Woo' parents to avail of vaccination programs

MANILA, Philippines – Health Secretary Francisco Duque III has ordered health workers nationwide to be persistent in convincing parents to avail of other vaccination programs offered by the ...

PHILIPPINES 05:50pm, Feb 20, 2018
Duque orders DOH employees to disclose, manage conflicts of interest

MANILA, Philippines – Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III ordered all health officials and employees to disclose and manage their conflicts of interest (COI) in relation to ...

PHILIPPINES 10:42am, Feb 20, 2018
DOH to sue Sanofi over refusal to give full Dengvaxia refund

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) is set to file a civil case against Sanofi Pasteur for its refusal to comply with the government’s demand for a full P3 billion refund over the ...