Ralf Rivas



Ralf writes about macroeconomy, finance, banks, utilities, and conglomerates for Rappler.

He has a degree in Sociology from the University of the Philippines Los Baños. Landing a job in market research was initially his career goal, until he chanced upon a classified ad of IBC 13.

Ralf covered politics and disaster for the state-controlled network, and was eventually cast as a news anchor at PTV 4.

He jumped to GMA 7 and worked as a segment producer for almost 5 years. He produced investigative stories, explainers, and features for News to Go, Unang Hirit, and State of the Nation with Jessica Soho.

He gained business reporting experience in Bloomberg TV Philippines, and wrote about the stock market and corporate news.

Ralf occasionally plays ultimate frisbee and watches movies on weekends.

Follow him on Twitter @ralfrivas or drop him a message at ralf.rivas@rappler.com.

Jul 2020
BUSINESS 05:55pm, Jul 06, 2020
PCC raises alarm over proposed state-backed ARISE Inc

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) flagged contentious provisions in the proposed creation of a state-backed holding company, which seeks to help private companies ...

BUSINESS 07:05pm, Jul 03, 2020
BOC seizes fake PPE, medical supplies smuggled from China

MANILA, Philippines – Counterfeit personal protective equipment (PPE) and other medical supplies, mostly from China, were seized by the Bureau of Customs (BOC). Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo ...

BUSINESS 05:35pm, Jul 03, 2020
At P24 per share, Converge ICT plans massive P35.9-billion IPO

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) confirmed on Friday, July 3, the planned initial public offering (IPO) of broadband services provider Converge ICT ...

BUSINESS 06:10pm, Jul 01, 2020
Philippines secures P23.5-billion Japan loan vs coronavirus

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines secured a loan from Japan worth 50 billion yen or around P23.5 billion for the country's coronavirus response. The Crisis Response Emergency Support Loan signed ...

BUSINESS 10:15am, Jul 01, 2020
Alliance Global profits down 39% in Q1 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The coronavirus pandemic and Taal Volcano eruption sank the profits of Andrew Tan's Alliance Global Group (AGI) in the 1st quarter of 2020 by 39%, but the holding company still ...

Jun 2020
PHILIPPINES 05:16pm, Jun 30, 2020
NTC shuts down ABS-CBN's Sky Direct, TV Plus channels

MANILA, Philippines (4th UPDATE) – Around 1.5 million subscribers of Sky Cable Corporation's satellite dish service saw black screens on Tuesday night, June 30, after state regulators ordered a stop ...

BUSINESS 06:05pm, Jun 29, 2020
Megaworld trims capex as coronavirus sinks profits by 9% in Q1 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Property giant Megaworld Corporation will be slashing capital expenditures (capex) for 2020 by 40%, as it saw its earnings drop by 9% amid the coronavirus pandemic. Megaworld ...

BUSINESS 04:45pm, Jun 29, 2020
Gov't launches Overseas Filipino Bank

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government launched on Monday, June 29, the Overseas Filipino Bank (OFBank), which aims to help Filipinos employed abroad to send money home faster. OFBank is a ...

BUSINESS 02:35pm, Jun 29, 2020
France loans Philippines P14 billion for infrastructure, financial inclusion

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines signed two agreements with Agence Française de Développement (AFD) worth €250 million or around P14 billion for infrastructure and financial inclusion projects ...

BUSINESS 07:43pm, Jun 26, 2020
GMA Affordabox: Kapuso network’s answer to ABS-CBN TV Plus

MANILA, Philippines – GMA Network finally unveiled on Friday, June 26, its own Digital Terrestrial Television receiver, over 5 years after rival network ABS-CBN launched its own device. Called the ...