Michael Bueza


Michael Bueza left a top IT company in 2013 to become part of Rappler's Research Team, where he gets to process data, create interactive maps and share trivia on a regular basis.

He has immersed himself in news and general information since he picked up his first newspaper at age 8. Back when he was a student, he was almost always at the library after classes or during breaks, reading TIME Magazine and perusing encyclopedias (both hard-bound ones and those installed on computers).

At Rappler, Michael has worked on various data sets: elections, EDSA bus stops, even beauty pageants. And he's excited to wrangle more data to better understand the world.

Among his dream projects: a database of every elected and appointed government official in the Philippines.

At home, Michael has a box full of finished books, another boxload of books in his reading queue, and a list of books he will buy in due time. One cool bookshelf or even his own library? Soon.

Feb 2020
IN-DEPTH 02:59pm, Feb 08, 2020
DICT's P800-M confidential funds: 2nd biggest in 2020 budget

MANILA, Philippines – A 4-year-old department mandated to craft and coordinate government's policy on information and communications technology as well as cybersecurity, received the second biggest ...

Jan 2020
RAPPLER IQ 09:00am, Jan 31, 2020
EXPLAINER: Visiting Forces Agreement

MANILA, Philippines – Two decades after it took effect, the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) is in danger of being terminated in the Philippines. This is after President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to ...

PHILIPPINES 07:45am, Jan 24, 2020
Perceived corruption in 2019: PH gets its lowest ranking in 7 years

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines fared worse in the 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) of Transparency International versus 2018. With a score of 34, the Philippines also ranked lower, ...

FACT CHECK 09:10am, Jan 22, 2020
CONTEXT: Number of airports, seaports, bridges, roads in 'Duterte legacy' graphic

MANILA, Philippines – Following the launch of the "Duterte Legacy" campaign of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) on Friday, January 17, an infographic started going around on ...

IN-DEPTH 09:24pm, Jan 07, 2020
Is the salary increase for teachers, gov't workers enough?

AT A GLANCE Teachers and government workers will be receiving new salary hikes starting 2020, but not as much as what was provided to the military and the police in 2018. The government has also ...

Dec 2019
PHILIPPINES 07:17pm, Dec 30, 2019
'Last resort': Duterte pushes for Kaliwa, Wawa dams

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, December 30, pushed for the construction of the Kaliwa Dam and the Wawa Dam to end the water supply problems in Metro Manila. "These will ...

FAST FACTS 09:08am, Dec 30, 2019
FAST FACTS: Harrison Plaza

MANILA, Philippines – Before there were today's sprawling malls in Metro Manila, there was, among others, Harrison Plaza. A popular shopping mall in Manila in the '70s and '80s, the Harrison Plaza ...

PHILIPPINES 08:14pm, Dec 26, 2019
LOOK: Gem-Ver damaged by Typhoon Ursula

MANILA, Philippines – The fishing boat Gem-Ver – which figured in an incident last June in the West Philippine Sea – got damaged again, this time due to the onslaught of Typhoon Ursula. Photos ...

2019 10:00am, Dec 24, 2019
#PHVote 2019 wRap: New faces bring changes to governance

MANILA, Philippines – The May 13, 2019 midterm elections brought new faces, new blood, and new brands of leadership in Philippine politics. However, while there were a few who dislodged long-time ...

RAPPLER IQ 08:00pm, Dec 20, 2019
Most-read stories on Rappler every week of 2019

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – How do we take stock of an eventful year? One way to do it is to look at the stories you, our readers and visitors, read on Rappler. The stories below are the 3 ...