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.

Oct 2019
BUSINESS 05:45pm, Oct 14, 2019
Resorts World operator to delist from PSE on October 21

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) granted the petition for voluntary delisting of Travellers International Hotel Group, a memo from the local bourse said on Monday, October ...

BUSINESS 04:50pm, Oct 14, 2019
Design of new P20 coin to be unveiled in December

MANILA, Philippines – The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is still keeping the P20 coin design under wraps, but noted that it is on track to reveal the look of the new coin this December. The new ...

BUSINESS 03:31pm, Oct 11, 2019
Palay now just P15.94 per kilo, lowest in 8 years

MANILA, Philippines – Prevailing farmgate prices of palay has plummeted to an 8-year low, with production cost staying the same. As of the 3rd week of September, palay was sold at P15.94 per kilo on ...

ROAD SAFETY 10:56am, Oct 11, 2019
WATCH: Fed up with traffic, I walked from Cubao to BGC for work

MANILA, Philippines – To experience work stress, one must endure the stressful commute first. The latter is more stressful, If you ask me. This is the daily grind in Metro Manila. I avoid riding the ...

BUSINESS 09:31am, Oct 11, 2019
Foreign direct investments drop 41% in July 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Foreign direct investments (FDI) in July incurred a substantial 41.4% drop to $543 million, latest data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas showed. This is the 5th straight ...

BUSINESS 10:05pm, Oct 10, 2019
Philippines to miss 2019 economic growth target – World Bank

MANILA, Philippines – The gross domestic product (GDP) growth of the Philippines will only likely hit 5.8% in 2019, according to the World Bank. On Thursday, October 10, the multilateral lender said ...

BUSINESS 08:35pm, Oct 10, 2019
Manila Water to SC: Reverse ruling or people face 780% rate increase

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Water warned of an exponential 780% increase in water rates or as much as P26.70 per cubic meter if the Supreme Court (SC) does not reverse its decision to penalize the ...

BUSINESS 07:20pm, Oct 10, 2019
AllHome gets relatively warm welcome, gains 0.5% on PSE debut

MANILA, Philippines – Billionaire Manny Villar's AllHome gained some 0.5% on its first day of listing at the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) on Thursday, October 10. The home furnishing chain opened ...

BUSINESS 06:30pm, Oct 10, 2019
August 2019 trade figures point to Q3 GDP growth struggle

MANILA, Philippines – The country's total trade declined by 7% in August 2019 to $14.9 billion, as both exports and imports fell during the period, the Philippine Statistics Authority said on ...

BUSINESS 08:40pm, Oct 09, 2019
Top casino execs to meet in Manila in December

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines will be hosting one of the most highly anticipated gambling exhibitions later this year, a move that positions the country to be the top gaming destination in ...